Sept. 4, 2009
Site: Dexter, Mich. (Hudson Mills Metropark)
Meet: Michigan Open (5,000 Meters)
U-M Finish: Non-scoring
Top U-M Individual: Danielle Tauro, 1st (18:00.5)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Sept. 18 -- at Spartan Invitational (East Lansing, Mich.), 1:35 p.m.
DEXTER, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's cross country team kicked off its 2009 season with the annual Michigan Open on Friday (Sept. 4) at Hudson Mills Metropark. Eight Wolverines -- including one who competed unattached -- placed among the top 10 finishers in the 5,000-meter, non-scoring event.
Junior Danielle Tauro(Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) captured the event's top individual honors for the third consecutive season, winning the race with a time of 18:00.5. As two separate groups formed through the race's two-mile point, Tauro paced the lead pack into its second loop through the woods and emerged kicking away from the competition, providing herself about a 60-yard cushion down the final stretch.
Ten Wolverine newcomers made their collegiate debuts -- five ran unattached -- including freshmen Jillian Smith(Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional HS) and Kaitlyn Patterson(Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac HS), who cross the line together to claim second and third place, respectively.
The Wolverines will have a two-week hiatus before returning to action on Friday, Sept. 18, at the Spartan Invitational in East Lansing, Mich. Hosted by Michigan State, the non-scoring event is slated to begin at 1:35 p.m. at Forest Akers East Golf Course.
1. Danielle Tauro, U-M 18:00.5 2. Jillian Smith, unatt. 18:11.4 3. Kaitlyn Patterson, U-M 18:11.8 4. Kaitlyn Peale, U-M 18:14.0 5. Courtney Calka, EMU 18:24.2 6. Lisa Montgomery, unatt. 18:38.1 7. Becca Addison, U-M 18:43.9 8. Mary Grace Pellegrini, U-M 18:47.9 9. Lindsey Hilton, U-M 19:00.1 10. Rachel Severin, unatt. 19:10.7 11. Kourtney Moody, U-M 19:12.6 12. Rachel Hollinger-Janzen, EMU 19:12.6 13. Lindsay Hagan, U-M 19:42.2 14. Linda Montgomery, unatt. 19:45.4 15. Natalie Webb, EMU 19:59.8 16. Rachel Quaintance, EMU 20:00.0 17. Jackie Ellis, EMU 20:05.4 18. Chloe Prince, unatt. 20:13.7 19. Morgan Bailey, unatt. 20:15.2 20. Tiffany Kincaid, EMU 20:18.7 21. Kourtney Clancy, unatt. 20:27.9 22. Beverley Elcock, EMU 20:41.4 23. Christina Farrow, EMU 20:49.9 24. Rachel Kalayjan, unatt. 20:51.1 25. Morgan Churchwell, EMU 20:58.4 26. Nicole Prince, U-M 21:06.1 27. Megan Flewelling, EMU 21:07.9 28. Lauren Quaintance, EMU 21:20.0 29. Lassie Coffman, EMU 21:42.8 30. Beth Zimpfer, EMU 22:00.7
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Mike McGuire
On Wolverines' team effort... "In a perfect world, I'd like not to start this early. Coming off of camp, we wanted to keep the group together going out, and I thought we did a pretty good job with that. In particular, the two freshmen -- Jillian Smith, who we ran unattached, and Kaitlyn Patterson -- had a really good race. It was a good start. Danielle (Tauro) ran pretty controlled, and she's going to be our leader this year. We had one fall off the group a little bit, but for the first week I thought it was pretty solid. We've established the benchmark, and we've just got to get better from here."
On the Wolverines' large freshman contingent... "We've got a good group. We had four freshmen in our top 7 today. We're in a position this year where we're going to need help from the freshmen. I think some of them are of the quality where they could have helped one of our past, established teams; they are really high-level athletes. They're definitely going to be called upon, and I think they'll be equal to the challenge."
U-M Junior Danielle Tauro
On the season-opening meet... "This meet is definitely low key. We got back from cross country camp yesterday, so everyone is pretty tired. It's a tough week of camp, and everyone is a bit beat up. We got back yesterday, and then it was move in. So, with this meet, our top priority isn't really to run fast, it's more about getting a race under our belt before the big meets get going. The plan was just to keep our team together, run as a pack and kick it in at the finish. We just wanted to get as many Michigan uniforms -- and those running unattached -- across the line before those Eastern runners."
On her individual performance... "I was planning on going out with the leaders from Eastern. Courtney [Calka] took it out pretty hard, and our plan as a pack was to surround her and run together. We did that for as long as possible. I was just going to settle in until about 800 to go and then kick it in to the finish."
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423