Pellegrini Claims Top Honors at Toledo Rocket Open

Nov. 6, 2009

Site: Toledo, Ohio (Ottawa Park Golf Course)
Meet: Toledo (5,000 meters)
U-M Finish: Non-scoring
Top U-M Individual: Mary Grace Pellegrini, 1st (17:43)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Nov. 14 -- at NCAA Great Lakes Regional (Bloomington, Ind.), 1:15 p.m.

TOLEDO, Ohio -- The No. 23-ranked University of Michigan women's cross country team claimed the top two spots and five of the top-10 individual finishers, including two runners who competed unattached, in its final postseason tuneup at the Toledo Rocket Open on Friday afternoon (Nov. 6) at Ottawa Park Golf Course.

Sophomore Mary Grace Pellegrini (Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manuel HS) paced the Wolverine squad for the first time in her career, capturing her first collegiate cross country victory with a personal-best time of 17:43 -- a 32-second improvement on her previous best. The effort was Pellegrini's third top-10 finish of the season -- and fifth of her career -- and marked the third individual win by a Wolverine runner this year.

Junior/sophomore Melany Mioduszewski (Dexter, Mich./Dexter HS) claimed runner-up honors with a time of 18:13, marking the Wolverine sophomore's best finish and best time -- by 51 seconds -- of her collegiate career. Senior/junior Alysha Valencia (Lawrence, Kan./Free State HS) claimed seventh place in her season debut, while freshmen Courtney Clancy (Richland, Mich./ Gull Lake HS) and Morgan Bailey (Mason, Mich./Okemos HS) turned in top-10 performance, taking eighth and 10th, respectively, in unattached appearances.

The Wolverines will continue postseason competition at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional next Saturday (Nov. 14) at Indiana University Championship Cross Country Course in Bloomington, Ind. The women's 6,000-meter race is slated for a 1:15 p.m. start.

Top 10 Individuals

 1. Mary Grace Pellegrini, U-M      17:43
 2. Melany Mioduszewski, U-M        18:13
 3. Rachel Quaintance, EMU          18:17
 4. Rachel Hollinger-Janzen, EMU    18:21
 5. Allie Hock, unatt.              18:32
 6. Tiffany Evans, unatt.           18:33
 7. Alysha Valencia, U-M            18:36
 8. Courtney Clancy, unatt., U-M    18:37
 9. Jennifer Yee, unatt.            18:43
10. Morgan Bailey, unatt., U-M      18:44

Other Michigan Individuals

15. Amanda McKenzie, U-M            19:02
22. Chloe Prince, unatt.            19:11
27. Nicole Prince, U-M              19:24

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