U-M Goes 1-2-3-4 to Defend Rim Rock Team, Individual Crowns
Taylor Pogue

Oct. 5, 2013

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Site: Lawrence, Kan. (Rim Rock Farm)
Meet: Rim Rock Farm Classic (6,000 Meters)
U-M Team Finish: 1st of 12 Teams (18 points)
Top U-M Individual: Taylor Pogue, 1st (20.53)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Oct. 19 -- at NCAA Pre-Nationals (Terre Haute, Ind.), Time TBA

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The University of Michigan women's cross country team braved cool and windy conditions to defend its team and individual titles at the Rim Rock Farm Classic on Saturday (Oct. 5), securing five of the top eight spots to finish with 18 total points at Rim Rock Farm. Senior/junior Taylor Pogue (Goodrich, Mich./Goodrich) crossed the line first, earning her second consecutive collegiate win.

The Wolverines' five scorers packed up early and remained in a group through the first mile and a half, where senior/junior Megan Weschler (Wyandotte, Mich./Roosevelt) trailed off slightly. Pogue, junior Brook Handler (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester), sophomore Taylor Manett (Rockford, Mich./Rockford) and freshman Erin Finn (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) remained in the lead pack through the entirety of the race, eventually securing the top four spots, respectively, in an 11-second split.

Pogue's winning time was 20:53.09, while Handler and Manett finished just a second apart in 20:58.71 and 20:59.12, respectively, and Finn crossed the line at 21.04.36. Weschler rounded out the five scorers in 21.20.68 to complete a 27-second split among the 1-5 runners.

Junior/sophomore Anna Pasternak (Brighton, Mich./Hartland) and senior/junior Alex Leptich (Ann Arbor, Mich./Saline) finished just outside of the top 10 in 11th and 12th place, respectively, with times of 22:06.48 and 22:13.11.

The Wolverines will be back in action at the NCAA Pre-Nationals on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Ind. -- the site of the 2013 NCAA Championships. The race times and field will be announced on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at noon.

Overall Top 4 Team Finishes (Division I and II)

  1. MICHIGAN              18
  2. Kansas                63
  3. Kansas State          65
  4. College of Idaho      92

Team Finishes (Division I Only)

  1. MICHIGAN              17
  2. Kansas                57
  3. Kansas State          65
  4. New Mexico State     113
  5. Nebraska-Omaha       145
  6. UMKC                 164

Top 10 Finishers

  1. TAYLOR POGUE, U-M                  20:53.09
  2. BROOK HANDLER, U-M                 20.58.71
  3. TAYLOR MANETT, U-M                 20.59.12
  4. ERIN FINN, U-M                     21.04.36
  5. Hillary Holt, College of Idaho     21:05.95
  6. Martina Tresch, Kansas State       21:07.80
  7. Hannah Richardson, Kansas          21:17.13
  8. MEGAN WESCHLER, U-M                21.20.68
  9. Laura Galvan, Kansas State         21:21.44
 10. Natalie Becker, Kansas             21:55.49

Other U-M Finishers

 11. Anna Pasternak, U-M                22:06.48
 12. Alex Leptich, U-M                  22:13.11
 22. Devon Hoppe, U-M                   22:32.94
 25. Victoria Waidley, U-M              22:40.56
 33. Brittany Robinson, U-M             23:13.75
 41. Gabriella DeFlorio, U-M            23:30.52
 44. Gina McNamara, U-M                 23:43.72


Taylor Pogue become the second straight Wolverine to win the Rim Rock Farm Classic, as former U-M standout and current undergraduate assistant coach Rebecca Addison won the title in 2012.

Taylor Pogue and Brook Handler have finished first and second, respectively, in each of the last two races, as they also went 1-2 at the Purdue Invitational (Sept. 13).

• Michigan has won each of its last two meets, putting all five of its scorers in the top eight at both events. U-M finished with 16 points at the Purdue Invitational and 18 points today.

• Division I and Division II athletes competed in today's race, but official team scoring was based on Division I schools only. Michigan scored 18 points when factoring in Division I and II athletes, and 17 points when considering Division I athletes only.


Michigan Head Coach Mike McGuire
On today's race compared to three weeks ago at Purdue ... "I thought the conditions were a little different today -- the footing was a pretty heavy, and it was a cool, brisk day. I could tell that we were running harder than we ran at Purdue. It was a much more sustained effort and a faster effort. Similar to Purdue, we did a nice job of grouping up. We responded well to the Kansas State, Kansas and College of Idaho girls that were up there in the front. We were responding well to anything that was volleyed at us, in the first half of the race in particular. Well passed half way we had our top five up front together, and at the end those top four came across together within 11 seconds. I saw some positives from where we were 22 days ago."

On captains Taylor Pogue and Brook Handler leading the team ... "Part of it is two talented athletes that have been in the program a while. They know the environment that they're in, and experience and training breeds success."

On what he expects to see from a larger, more talented field at Pre-Nationals ... "I think we'll be two weeks further along in our training at that point, and the girls know what's coming. The larger field will get us split up a little bit, but my expectation is that we're not going to be all over the map. There is no question that we're not going to run four abreast. But we'll have a feel for where each other are at, and I think we still have the capacity to operate those types of game plans in a bigger field."

U-M Senior/Junior Taylor Pogue
On being consistent as U-M's top runner in the last two races ... "I'm happy with how we've stayed consistent. Our workouts have helped us learn how to run the end of the race hard so I think that has helped our consistency."

On how the team improved from the last race ... "I think that the race today showed our improvement over the last three weeks because our times between our first and fourth runner improved a lot and ever between our first and fifth was an improvement. We definitely have improvements to make -- we want to get our fifth and sixth runners closer in the pack. But I think we've definitely packed together better than we did three weeks ago."

On what the team will need to do to be successful in a bigger field at Pre-Nationals ... "I think to be successful in the bigger fields, we have to keep doing what we're doing and pack together well. But I think the biggest thing for us will be keeping our composure. It's going to be a larger field with more talented people. Keeping ourselves together mentally and physically will be key."

Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423