Oct. 21, 2011
Site: Hudson Mills Metropark (Dexter, Mich.)
Meet: EMU Fall Classic (5,000 Meters)
U-M Finish: No Team Scoring
Top U-M Individual: Chloe Prince, 11th (18:33.08)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Oct. 30 -- at Big Ten Championships (Champaign, Ill.), 11:45 a.m. CDT
DEXTER, Mich. -- The 19th-ranked University of Michigan women's cross country team concluded the regular season at the annual 5,000-meter EMU Fall Classic on Friday (Oct. 21) at Hudson Mills Metropark. The Wolverines placed three runners in the top 25, while the entire squad finished in the top 45 in a field of 72.
Junior/sophomore Chloe Prince (Okemos, Mich./Okemos) led the Maize and Blue to the finish line, placing 11th overall. She ran a personal-best time of 18:33.08 on the Hudson Mills course, shaving more than 30 seconds off her mark from the 2010 EMU Fall Classic.
Junior/sophomore Meg Bellino (Monroe, Mich./Catholic Central), 19:19.92, and sophomore/freshman Erica Crane (Dearborn, Mich./Divine Child), 19:24.88, took the 24th and 25th spots, respectively. In her season debut, Bellino topped her personal-best 5,000-meter time by 30 seconds, which was set at Hudson Mills in the 2010 Michigan Open. Crane improved her 5k time from the 2011 Michigan Open, which was held on the same course on Sept. 2, by more than a minute.
Also competing in their first races of the season were junior Nicole Prince (Okemos, Mich./Okemos) and sophomore/freshman Alex Keyser (Sturgis, Mich./Sturgis). Nicole Prince finished 32nd in a time of 19:40.19, while Keyser placed 36th at 19:57.39 in her career debut.
Junior/sophomore Morgan Bailey (Mason, Mich./Okemos) finished the 5,000-meter course more than two minutes faster than at this year's Michigan Open, legging out a 42nd-place finish in 20:11.48. She also shaved nearly 30 seconds off her personal-best time set at last year's EMU Fall Classic.
Joining Keyser in her first career race for the Wolverines was sophomore/freshman Ariel Dempsey (Jenison, Mich./Jenison), who finished the race in 20:18.47 to secure the 44th spot.
Sophomore Alex Leptich (Ann Arbor, Mich./Saline) ran unattached and took second overall in the race. As a local runner from Ann Arbor, Mich., Leptich had run the course at Hudson Mills many times. Her mark of 17:56.48 was her best to date on the 5,000-meter trail.
The postseason will begin for the Wolverines at the Big Ten Championships on Oct. 30 in Champaign, Ill. The 6,000-meter race will begin at 11:45 a.m. CDT at UI's Arboretum. U-M took second at the 2010 conference meet.
Top 10 Individuals
1. Lindsey Clark, unattached 17:52.20
2. Alex Leptich, unattached (U-M) 17:56.45
3. Shannon Osika, Unattached 18:01.00
4. Megan Wright, Unattached 18:07.58
5. Elizabeth Watson, Michigan State 18:10.14
6. Devan John, Michigan State 18:11.27
7. Meggan Freeland, Michigan State 18:23.81
8. Katie Landwehr, Unattached 18:27.39
9. Verronica Wilson, Michigan State 18:27.98
10. Michaela Carnegie, unattached (U-M) 18:32.39
11. Chloe Prince, U-M 18:33.08
14. Anna Pasternak, unattached 18:47.08
24. Meg Bellino, U-M 19:19.92
25. Erica Crane, U-M 19:24.88
31. Chloe Gilbert, unattached 19:38.38
32. Nicole Prince, U-M 19:40.19
33. Laura Addison, unattached 19:41.41
36. Alex Keyser, U-M 19:57.39
37. Devon Hoppe, unattached 20:01.62
42. Morgan Bailey, U-M 20:11.48
44. Ariel Dempsey, U-M 20:18.47
45. Taylor Nye, unattached 20:20.34
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Mike McGuire
On the team improving since the Michigan Open on Sept. 2 ... "The conditions were a lot better today. It was much, much cooler and we are quite a bit more fit. In that regard I feel they did a really nice job. Temperature wise, it was better today and the wind was down. The course is real slow down in the bottom along the river at its lowest point, but once they got into high ground, the course is in great shape. The girls in uniform ran well. Chloe Prince had another solid race considering that she just raced on Sunday. It's normally not our rotation to run that soon after, but in her case we wanted to give her another opportunity. For a lot of the freshmen, their biggest thing is that by this point in their season last year as high school seniors, they had probably run 11-12 races. Today was just their second. You can train them, and they're doing a nice job in training, but we aren't able to provide that given our schedule. I see some people that definitely have a good future with the program."
On how important it is for young runners to run against competition at this stage in their careers ... "It's really important. In particular with our middle distance runners, we're already seeing them quite a bit stronger just with the work they've done this fall. That should translate into them being more ready to go for track season."
U-M Sophomore/Freshman Erica Crane
On the team improving since the Michigan Open on Sept. 2 ... "We came out here the week after camp for the Michigan Open and everyone was pretty tired, but we worked really hard during that race. I think we improved a lot over the last 10 weeks. Coach (McGuire) told us to treat this as if it was Big Tens for all of us today and I think our hard work paid off when we came out here and gave it our all as a team. We had some good groups working together and we were just trying to get in front of as many green shirts as possible."
On how the conditions played a factor in today's race ... "It was beautiful today. I think the first time (Michigan Open) it was a challenge for everybody. Getting out here today in some perfect running weather was really nice and a good change from the last meet."
On the importance of day's meet ... "I was really impressed with everyone. I feel like everyone had race mentality today, which was harder to do when you don't have as many races throughout the season. I think it was good for me having some more in between, but I was really impressed by all the unattached girls who had their race mentality today and went out and gave it everything they had."
On the future outlook of Michigan cross country ... "It's looking good. Everyone is working really hard. I see good attitudes on the team. I see everyone working together, packing up, staying with their girls and just doing everything the way we need to."
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423