Sept. 29, 2012
Site: Lawrence, Kan. (Rim Rock Farm)
Event: Rim Rock Farm Classic (6,000 Meters)
U-M Team Finish: 1st of 15 Teams (33 points)
Top U-M Individual: Rebecca Addison, 1st (20:29.20)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Oct. 13 -- at NCAA Pre-Nationals (Louisville, Ky.), 10:15 a.m.
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The 11th-ranked University of Michigan women's cross country team captured the team title with 33 points at the Rim Rock Farm Classic on Saturday (Sept. 29) at Kansas' Rim Rock Farm.
Senior Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven) won the individual title, leading the group of Wolverine scorers that each finished within the top 11 spots.
Addison clocked a season-best 6K time of 20:29.20 to finish first. Fellow senior Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) (20:51.60) and freshman Shannon Osika (Waterford, Mich./Mott) (20:54.10) were the next two across the line for U-M, placing fifth and sixth, respectively.
Senior Lindsey Hilton (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams) and junior/sophomore Taylor Pogue (Goodrich, Mich./Goodrich) rounded out Michigan's scorers, securing the 10th and 11th spots. Hilton ran 21:00.40, while Pogue finished the 6,000-meter course in 21:01.20.
Fifth-year senior Amanda Eccleston (Adrian, Mich./[Tecumseh) finished just out of scoring position, following Pogue across the line in 21:01.60 to finish 12th.
In her career debut in a Maize and Blue uniform, freshman Taylor Manett (Rockford, Mich./Rockford) capped Michigan's top seven finishers, taking 17th in a time of 21:15.20.
In the team standings, No. 22 Toledo finished second with 43 points, while Big Ten opponent Indiana took third with 99 points.
The Wolverines will take a week off from competition before returning to action at NCAA Pre-Nationals at the University of Louisville's E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park at 10:15 a.m. The state park will also be the site of the 2012 NCAA Championships.
Top 10 Team Finishes
1. MICHIGAN 33 2. Toledo 43 3. Indiana 99 4. Air Force 128 5. New Mexico State 138 6. Kansas 160 7. Kansas State 170 8. Midwestern State 241 9. Nebraska 242 10. Texas Tech 264
Top 10 Finishers
1. Rebecca Addison, U-M 20:29.20 2. Courtney Schultz, New Mexico State 20:30.90 3. Mackenzie Chojnacky, Toledo 20:45.10 4. Kaylin Belair, Toledo 20:50.00 5. Jillian Smith, U-M 20:51.60 6. Shannon Osika, U-M 20:54.10 7. Laura Galvan, Kansas State 20:58.60 8. Megan Wright, Toledo 20:58.70 9. Jennifer Bremser, Air Force 20:59.80 10. Lindsey Hilton, U-M 21:00.40
Other U-M Finishers
11. Taylor Pogue, U-M 21:01.20 12. Amanda Eccleston, U-M 21:01.60 17. Taylor Manett, U-M 21:15.20 20. Megan Weschler, U-M 21:28.10 22. Michaela Carnegie, U-M 21:37.60 34. Anna Pasternak, U-M 22:02.20 40. Kaitlyn Patterson, U-M 22:12.90 59. Meg Bellino, U-M 22:50.70
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Mike McGuire
On Rebecca Addison winning the team title ... "It was a great race and a big win for Becca (Addison) to build her confidence. The race was indicative of how she has prepared all season. I think she's on her way now."
On the low individual finishes across the board ... "We didn't have as tight of a split as we did at Michigan State, but it was a much faster pace and tougher course. We still split 32 seconds from Becca (Addison) back to Amanda (Eccleston) at number six. We definitely were real tight. The race fractured a little bit at around 4K, but we had a nice race with Jill (Smith) and Shannon (Osika) running together. I like the way we're running. I think we're running the pack better than we have in quite a while. I think we're getting it started up front as well or better than we did last year, even with Danielle (Tauro) leading us. The pack is great, but the pack is even better when you're first person is coming through with a low card at a big meet and you're packing up after that. I think we're on our way to doing that also."
On the team's depth ... "Becca (Addison) was our sixth runner at Michigan State and she was our first runner today. It wasn't that those other runners ran poorly, she's an accomplished runner who was firing on all cylinders today. I think we've got a good mindset on that. Our team is pretty selfless -- we can get our egos through doorways right now.
"We're not going to worry about who's getting it started. We don't have to designate a starter. Our theme is that whoever gets it going and gets across the line, there better be a lot of blue shirts following behind. At Michigan State, it was Jill (Smith) and Shannon (Osika) getting it started, with Lindsey (Hilton) as the catalyst for them to finish. Today it was Becca (Addison) getting it started as far as our first Block M across the line. Once we get it started, we just have to keep them coming."
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423