Trio in Top 25 Leads Michigan to Third Place at Pre-Nationals
Rebecca Addison

Oct. 16, 2011

Site: Terre Haute, Ind. (LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course)
Meet: NCAA Pre-Nationals (6,000 Meters)
U-M Finish: 3rd of 37 Teams (158 points)
Top U-M Individual: Rebecca Addison, 18th (21:13)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Oct. 21 -- at EMU Fall Classic (Dexter, Mich.), 5:30 p.m.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The 18th-ranked University of Michigan women's cross country team ran its way to a third-place finish at the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet on Sunday (Oct. 16) at LaVern Gibson Championship Course -- the site of the 2011 NCAA Championships. Junior Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven HS) led the Wolverines in the 6,000-meter race, finishing 18th in a time of 21:13.

The Maize and Blue finished with 158 points overall to take third out of 37 teams -- two points better than the nation's fourth-ranked team, Colorado. Only No. 3 Florida State (46 points) and No. 5 Georgetown (99) finished higher.

Michigan's second and third finishers were separated by just two seconds at the finish line. Fifth-year senior Danielle Tauro (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional HS) took 21st with a time of 21:20, while sophomore/freshman Taylor Pogue (Goodrich, Mich./Goodrich) placed 22nd in 21:22.

Freshman Ellen Junewick (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern) earned her highest team finish of her career as U-M's fourth harrier to cross the line at 21:51, placing 47th overall. Sophomore/freshman Megan Weschler (Wyandotta, Mich./Roosevelt HS), who has consistently been in Michigan's top five throughout her rookie season, did so again today, finishing 54th in a time of 22:00.

Junior Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional HS), an All-Big Ten second team honoree in 2010, returned to the Wolverine lineup today after missing the first three meets of the season. She claimed the 60th spot, just two seconds behind Weschler in 22:02.

Two-time All-American, junior Risper Kimaiyo, of UTEP captured the individual title in a time of 20:19.

Members of Michigan's squad will compete in the 5,000-meter EMU Fall Classic on Friday (Oct. 21) at 4:30 p.m. in Dexter, Mich. The Big Ten Championships will follow on Oct. 30 at the University of Illinois. The 6,000-meter race will begin at 11:45 a.m. CDT at UI's Arboretum.

Team Standings (Top 10)

 1. Florida State        46
 2. Georgetown           99
 3. MICHIGAN            158
 4. Colorado            160
 5. Cornell             161
 6. UC Davis            221
 7. Dartmouth           273
 8. Iona                304
 9. Central Michigan    329
10. Tulsa               336

Top 10 Individuals

 1. Risper Kimaiyo, UTEP             20:19
 2. Abbey D'Agostino, Dartmouth      20:23
 3. Tara Erdmann, Loyola Marymount   20:41
 4. Amanda Winslow, Florida State    20:44
 5. Emily Infeld, Georgetown         20:44
 6. Hollie Rowland, Iona             20:46
 7. Violah Lagat, Florida State      20:47
 8. Hannah Brooks, Florida State     20:48
 9. Shalaya Kipp, Colorado           20:51
10. Lydia Kosgei, Eastern Kentucky   20:56

Michigan Finishes

 18. Rebecca Addison, U-M            21.13
 21. Danielle Tauro, U-M             21:20
 22. Taylor Pogue, U-M               21:22
 47. Ellen Junewick, U-M             21:51
 54. Megan Weschler, U-M             22:00
 60. Jillian Smith, U-M              22:02
 72. Lindsey Hilton, U-M             22:12
 89. Brook Handler, U-M              22:26
118. Mary Grace Pellegrini, U-M      22:47
130. Chloe Prince, U-M               22:58
215. Erica Crane, U-M                23:56


U-M Head Coach Mike McGuire
On the team's third-place finish ... "We did a good job early of getting out, we just need to do a better job of finishing it off. I thought Rebecca Addison did a really good job. She stuck her nose in there, she faded a bit, but I thought she did a good job of getting engaged in the race. Danielle Tauro and Taylor Pogue were pretty solid. We were pretty solid with our top three, although I thought we were capable of getting started in the lower single digits. We just have to close the gap a little big after that. Ellen Junewick ran solid. After that, we've got to get some of our better kids closer to the lead group. We beat one team outside of our region in Colorado. What we do now, looking toward Big Tens, really has a lot to do with where we're going with the rest of our season."

On having Jillian Smith back in the lineup today ... "I think if we can continue with good health, that is key. Time is her ally going into the championship part of the season. We've got to get her in there where she's capable of being close to our first three. If we get her back to that point as we get into the championship part of our season, we should be fine."

On looking forward to the Big Ten Championships ... "A pretty big Big Ten meet was run up in Madison, Wis., on Friday (Wisconsin adidas Invitational). Most of the Big Ten teams ran up there with the exception of us and Penn State. Most Big Ten teams that ran here today ran their second squads. Going in (to the Big Ten Championships), Michigan State is running well on big stages and is a favorite, but I think we're certainly capable. But it's going to take a much better performance than today if we hope to win."

U-M Junior Jillian Smith
On how it felt to be competing again ... "It felt good to be back in it today after missing a few meets early in the season. I'm still not running like I want to, but hopefully Big Tens will be better."

On the team's overall performance and mindset moving forward ... "I think we all put forth a good effort today and are ready to move forward for Big Tens. Our first through third places packed up extremely well with only nine seconds between them. I think we will definitely use that as inspiration in the upcoming meets."

Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423