U-M Places Seventh at NCAA Pre-Nationals

Oct. 16, 2010

Site: Terre Haute, Ind. (LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country)
Meet: NCAA Pre-Nationals (6,000 meters)
U-M Finish: 7th of 40 Teams (311 points)
Top U-M Individual: Danielle Tauro, 21st (20:56.1)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Oct. 23 -- at EMU Fall Classic (Dexter, Mich.), 10:30 a.m.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The University of Michigan women's cross country team earned a seventh-place finish in the white race at the NCAA Pre-Nationals on Saturday (Oct. 16) at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center. The Wolverines posted a one-minute split from their first and fifth runners.

Senior Danielle Tauro (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional HS) paced the Wolverines for the fourth time this season, claiming 21st place with a time of 20:56.1 -- her third consecutive race with a sub 21-minute showing. Former high school teammate, sophomore Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional HS), was Michigan's second runner across the line, turning in a 34th-place effort with a time of 21:06.5.

Rounding out the Wolverines' five scored runners were sophomore Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven HS), sophomore Kaitlyn Patterson (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac HS) and sophomore Lindsey Hilton (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams HS), who placed 70th, 73rd and 113th, respectively. Addison and Patterson crossed the finish line just two seconds apart; Addison registered a time of 21:33.3, while Patterson clocked 21:35.5. Hilton scored the first team points of her career for the Maize and Blue with a time of 21:56.7.

Michigan will close out the regular-season portion of its 2010 schedule at the annual EMU Fall Classic on Saturday (Oct. 23) in Dexter, Mich. The 5,000-meter race is slated for a 10:30 a.m. start at Hudson Mills Metropark.

Top 10 Teams (White Race)

 1. Georgetown            100
 2. Colorado              123
 3. Stanford              125
 4. Stony Brooke          216
 5. Minnesota             241
 6. San Francisco         308
 7. MICHIGAN              311
 8. North Carolina State  341
 9. Toledo                342
10. Kansas State          361

Top 10 Individuals

 1. Lucy Van Dalen, Stony Brook           20:08.1
 2. Laura Tremblay, Colorado              20:10.1
 3. Kathy Kroeger, Stanford               20:12.0
 4. Laura Hoer, North Carolina State      20:13.2
 5. Emily Jones, Georgetown               20:20.0
 6. Stephanie Price, Minnesota            20:25.2
 7. Alison Parris, James Madison          20:26.1
 8. Holly Van Dalen, Stony Brook          20:27.1
 9. Kristie Krueger, Georgia              20:30.1
10. Amanda Moreno, UC Santa Barbara       20:34.7

Other Michigan Individuals

 21. Danielle Tauro, U-M         20:56.1
 34. Jillian Smith, U-M          21:06.5
 70. Rebecca Addison, U-M        21:33.3
 73. Kaitlyn Patterson, U-M      21:35.5
113. Lindsey Hilton, U-M         21:56.7
146. Alex Leptich, U-M           22:15.0
192. Mary Grace Pellegrini, U-M  22:38.1

Other Michigan Individuals (Open Race)

 49. Kourtney Moody, U-M         23:00.2
 61. Monica Barnes, U-M          23:15.7
 67. Chloe Prince, U-M           23:18.3
 87. Jami Hill, U-M              23:42.3

Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423