Oct. 19, 2012
Site: Dexter, Mich. (Hudson Mills Metropark)
Meet: EMU Fall Classic (5,000 Meters)
U-M Team Finish: Non-scoring
Top U-M Individual: Anna Pasternak, 1st (17:49.3)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Oct. 28 -- at Big Ten Championships (East Lansing, Mich.), 10:45 a.m.
DEXTER, Mich. -- Sophomore/freshman Anna Pasternak (Brighton, Mich./Hartland) won her first collegiate individual title as the No. 7-ranked University of Michigan women's cross country team wrapped up the regular season with the 5,000-meter EMU Fall Classic on Friday (Oct. 28) at Hudson Mills Metropark.
Pasternak began to pull away from the pack around the two-mile mark and won the race with a career-best time of 17:49.3, topping her previous personal best by nearly a minute.
Senior/junior Kaitlyn Patterson (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac) finished a runner-up in the final race of her collegiate career, clocking a time of 18:04.2.
Senior/junior Meg Bellino (Monroe, Mich./Catholic Central) and sophomore/freshman Devon Hoppe (Newport Beach, Calif./Corona Del Mar) finished sixth and eighth with times of 18:17.5 and 18:22.1, respectively. Both times are career bests.
Senior/junior Chloe Prince (Okemos, Mich./Okemos) edged out teammate and junior/sophomore Nicola Hallenborg (Summit, N.J./Summit) by 0.02 seconds in the final meters of the course. Prince finished 19th in a time of 19:00.2, while Hallenborg followed in 19:00.4 to place 20th.
The Wolverines will begin the championship portion of their season when they travel to Michigan State for the Big Ten Championships on Sunday, Oct. 28. The women's race will begin at 10:45 a.m., followed by the men's race at 11:45 a.m. at Forest Akers Golf Course.
Top 10 Finishers
1. ANNA PASTERNAK, U-M 17:49.3 2. KAITLYN PATTERSON, U-M 18:04.2 3. Alexa Rumsey, Unattached 18:09.0 4. Deirdre Dwyer, Unattached 18:13.5 5. Melanie Brender, Michigan State 18:16.3 6. MEG BELLINO, U-M 18:17.5 7. Sharon Morgan, Toledo 18:19.6 8. DEVON HOPPE, U-M 18:22.1 9. Carissa Hudson, Unattached 18:27.7 10. Stephanie Ingraham, Toledo 18:28.0
Other U-M Finishers
19. Chloe Prince, U-M 19:00.2 20. Nicola Hallenborg, U-M 19:00.4
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Mike McGuire
On his overall thought on today's race ... "We lucked out -- it was a great day to run with the rain holding off. This is a little cold for standing around, but it's actually perfect for distance running and that was reflected in the times. It was a combination of preparation and hitting the course on a good day. I was very encouraged. That was a really nice win for Anna Pasternak. She's done a nice job as a redshirt freshman for us. She's run on this course before and this was a big PR compared to what she ran out here before. It's indicative of her good training. Kaitlyn Patterson I thought did a good job. More than likely, this is going to be her last collegiate race. I thought she really got in there and competed hard and finished up on a high note. I was really encouraged by our two middle distance runners, Meg Bellino and Devon Hoppe. They did some things that I've seen in their preparation and they put it together out here on race day. And this isn't really their forum -- this is a stepping stone to what we feel they will excel at on that track, and that is middle distance running. They're stronger than they've ever been and I think that will be reflected in some big PRs in some middle distance races during indoor and outdoor season."
On the entire track team coming to support the girls in uniform ... "It's an uplifting feeling for the people on our cross country team. We're out doing a lot of training now and we're separate from the track team right now because we're in a different part of our season. They're all going up to East Lansing next weekend and cheering loudly at the Big Ten meet, so we're hoping to have a good cheering squad that can compete with Michigan State's legion of people. I think it's a great bonding experience for the track athletes and the cross country athletes. The track athletes see what we're doing in the fall and know that we're going to be contributing to a new cause during the indoor and outdoor season when we all come together, so we're really excited about that."
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423