June 9, 2014
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- University of Michigan women's track and field freshman Erin Finn (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield), the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Track Athlete of the Championships, was named the Great Lakes Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced today (Monday, June 9).
At the recent NCAA East Preliminary Rounds (May 29-31), Finn's winning 10,000-meter run time of 33:13.46 was the fastest time clocked at both the East and West Preliminary Rounds, giving her the top seed at the upcoming NCAA Outdoor Championships.
At the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, Finn became the 12th runner in conference history to double as the 5,000- and 10,000-meter champion and first since U-M's Rebecca Walter completed the feat in 2006. Finn's performance led to her becoming the first athlete in conference history to garner Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Track Athlete of the Championships all in the same year.
In her first attempt at the 10,000-meter run at the conference meet, Finn led from wire-to-wire, setting new school and Big Ten meet records with her time of 32:41.65 -- 1:18.37 ahead of the second place finisher. She became just the second runner in the conference's 33-year history to break the 33-minute barrier at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. Finn then returned two days later to capture the conference 5,000-meter run crown in a Big Ten-meet and facility-record time of 15:48.90.
Finn also holds the school record in the 5,000-meter run with her time of 15:26.08, which she clocked at the Payton Jordan Invitational.
In addition to sweeping the three Big Ten postseason awards for the outdoor season, Finn also earned several awards in cross country and indoor track and field, including Big Ten Athlete and Freshman of the Year for cross country, and Freshman of the Year during the indoor season.
Finn and four other Wolverines that qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships will begin competition on Wednesday, June 11, at the University of Oregon's historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Contact: Whitney Dixon