Nov. 3, 2013
Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Boilermaker Cross Country Course)
Meet: Big Ten Championships (6,000 Meters)
U-M Team Finish: 2nd Place of 12 Teams (55 points)
Top U-M Individual: Erin Finn, 1st (20:48.3)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Nov. 15 -- at NCAA Great Lakes Regional (Madison, Wis.), 1:15 p.m. CST
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Freshman Erin Finn (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) captured the individual Big Ten title to lead the 14th-ranked University of Michigan women's cross country team to a runner-up finish at the conference championships on Sunday (Nov. 3) with 55 points. Michigan State won the team title with 43 points on Purdue's Boilermaker Cross Country Course, which featured sunny and muddy conditions.
Finn was at the front of the lead pack from the gun and broke away from the pack just before the 3K mark. She gained a healthy lead on the rest of the 104-person field and crossed the finish line at 20:48.3 -- more than eight seconds ahead of Michigan State's Leah O' Connor, who finished second.
Senior/junior Megan Weschler (Wyandotte, Mich./Roosevelt) was just off the lead pack at the 3K mark with a 10:14 split and placed 10th in 21:20.1. Sophomore Shannon Osika (Waterford, Mich./Mott) split 10:13 at the 3K mark but fell off pace slightly before finishing on Weschler's heels in 11th with a time of 21:20.5.
Sophomore Taylor Manett (Rockford, Mich./Rockford) held off a Michigan State and a Penn State runner down the final stretch to claim the final All-Big Ten spot in 14th with a time of 21:26.2.
Finn's winning performance put her on the All-Big Ten first, while Weschler, Osika and Manett earned All-Big Ten second team recognition.
Junior Brook Handler (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) came across the line in 19th place as Michigan's fifth scorer in a time of 21:36.4.
Senior/junior Alex Leptich (Ann Arbor, Mich./Saline) (21:39.9) and junior/sophomore Anna Pasternak (Brighton, Mich./Hartland) (21:49.4) secured Michigan's sixth and seventh positions, crossing the line in the 23rd and 32nd spots, respectively.
Junior/sophomore Devon Hoppe (Newport Beach, Calif./Corona Del Mar) rounded out the Wolverines' eight-person squad, placing 70th in a time of 22:44.9.
The Wolverines will continue their championship run on Friday, Nov. 15, when they travel to Madison, Wis., to defend their NCAA Great Lakes Regional title for the third straight year. The women's 6K race is set to start at 1:15 p.m. CST at the University of Wisconsin's Zimmer Championship Course.
1. Michigan State 43 2. MICHIGAN 55 3. Minnesota 68 4. Penn State 143 5. Ohio State 157 6. Indiana 158 7. Wisconsin 158 8. Purdue 221 9. Illinois 241 10. Northwestern 264 11. Nebraska 320 12. Iowa 369
Top 10 Finishers
1. ERIN FINN, U-M 20:48.3 2. Leah O'Connor, Michigan State 20:56.9 3. Laura Docherty, Minnesota 21:03.9 4. Michelle Thomas, Ohio State 21:04.1 5. Katie Landwehr, Michigan State 21:04.4 6. Katie Borchers, Ohio State 21:07.2 7. Samantha Ginther, Indiana 21:08.4 8. Molly Kayfes, Minnesota 21:10.8 9. Lindsay Clark, Michigan State 21:12.3 10. MEGAN WESCHLER, U-M 21:20.2
Other Michigan Finishers
11. Shannon Osika, U-M 21:20.5 14. Taylor Manett, U-M 21:26.2 19. Brook Handler, U-M 21:36.4 23. Alex Leptich, U-M 21:39.9 32. Anna Pasternak, U-M 21:49.4 70. Devon Hoppe, U-M 22:44.9 -- Taylor Pogue, U-M DNS
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