Wolverines Secure Third Place at NCAA Pre-Nationals
Jillian Smith

Oct. 13, 2012

Site: Louisville, Ky. (E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park)
Meet: NCAA Pre-Nationals (6,000 Meters)
U-M Team Finish: 3rd Place of 38 Teams (141 points)
Top U-M Individual: Jillian Smith, 10th (20:13.7)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Oct. 19 -- at EMU Fall Classic (Dexter, Mich.), 4:30 p.m.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The eighth-ranked University of Michigan women's cross country team finished in third place at NCAA Pre-Nationals on Saturday (Oct. 13) at Louisville's E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park. Top-ranked Florida State captured the team title with 72 points, while No. 4 Oregon finished runner-up with 87 points.

All five U-M scorers finished in the top 40 in a field of 265 runners, led by senior Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional), who placed 10th. Smith clocked a career-best 6,000-meter time of 20:13.7 to pace the Wolverines to the finish line.

Senior Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven) was U-M's second finisher, crossing the line at 20:35.4 to take 25th. Fifth-year senior Amanda Eccleston (Adrian, Mich./[Tecumseh) and junior/sophomore Taylor Pogue (Goodrich, Mich./Goodrich) finished 32nd and 35th in times of 20:46.4 and 20:49.2, respectively.

Sophomore Brook Handler (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) secured Michigan's final scoring position, placing 37th in a personal-best time of 20:54.3.

Freshman Shannon Osika (Waterford, Mich./Mott) (21:07.6) and senior Lindsey Hilton (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams) (21:24.3) were also members Michigan's top seven, finishing 56th and 77th, respectively.

Louisville's E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park will also be the site of the 2012 NCAA Championships, which will be held on Nov. 17.

The Wolverines will compete in their last regular-season meet at the EMU Fall Classic on Oct. 19 at Hudson Mills Metromark. The postseason will begin on Sunday, Oct. 28, with the Big Ten Championships at Michigan State.

Top 10 Team Finishes

 1. Florida State                    72
 2. Oregon                           87
 3. MICHIGAN                        141
 4. Georgetown                      163
 5. Texas                           184
 6. William & Mary                  266
 7. Colorado                        273
 7. Villanova                       273
 9. Florida                         308
10. UC Davis                        320

Top 10 Finishers

  1. Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton, Wichita State           19:43.9
  2. Risper Kimaiyo. UTEP                              19:46.0
  3. Alexi Pappas, Oregon                              19:56.9
  4. Violah Lagat, Florida State                       20:00.6
  5. Jordan Hasay, Oregon                              20:03.4
  6. Colleen Quigley, Florida State                    20:06.4
  7. Emily Lipari, Villanova                           20:06.9
  8. Cally Macumber, Kentucky                          20:09.0
  9. Sara Sutherland, Texas                            20:10.7
 10. JILLIAN SMITH, U-M                                20:13.7

Other U-M Finishers

 25. Rebecca Addison, U-M                              20:35.4
 32. Amanda Eccleston, U-M                             20:46.4
 35. Taylor Pogue, U-M                                 20:49.2
 37. Brook Handler, U-M                                20:54.3
 56. Shannon Osika, U-M                                21:07.6
 77. Lindsey Hilton, U-M                               21:24.3

Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423