Finn, Michigan Race to National Runner-Up

Nov. 19, 2016

What You Need to Know
» Senior Erin Finn led Michigan with a runner-up finish, pacing U-M's five scorers, who each finished in the top 65 -- Avery Evenson (18th), Gina Sereno (30th), Madeline Trevison (46th) and Jaimie Phelan (65th).
» With its runner-up team finish, U-M matched the best performance in program history and earned its 13th top-10 NCAA finish in program history and its third top-five finish in the last five years.
» The team race was extremely close tight, as Oregon won the team title with 125 points, Michigan followed with 126 points, and Colorado took third with 134 points.

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Site: Terre Haute, Ind. (Lavern Gibson Championship Course)
Meet: NCAA Championships (6,000 meters)
U-M Team Finish: 2nd Place (126 points)
Top U-M Individual: Erin Finn, 2nd place (19:44.2)
Next U-M Event: Season Complete

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Behind a national runner-up finish from senior Erin Finn, the fifth-ranked University of Michigan women's cross country team matched the program-best national finish, placing second as a team at the NCAA Championships on Saturday (Nov. 19) at the Lavern Gibson Championship Course. The Wolverines finished just one point behind Oregon, which won the national title with 125 points, and eight points ahead of third-place Colorado (134).

Finn led U-M as she has in each race this season, with all five Maize and Blue scorers crossing the line in the top 65. U-M's five scorers had a 54-second split from one to five, including a 27-second gap between two and five.

Finn was in the lead pack from the gun and by the two-mile mark the lead pack had slimmed down to 10 runners with Finn in the lead. Near the 5K marker, Notre Dame's Anna Rohrer had worked her way into the lead with Finn trailing her. By the final straightaway, Finn had tracked down Rohrer to regain the lead, but in the last 100 meters Missouri's Karissa Schweizer used a strong kick to win the individual title by a 2.6-second margin. Finn crossed the line at 19:44.2 as the national runner-up to earn her third All-America citation in cross country. She is the third three-time All-American in program history, joining Molly McClimon (1990, '92, '93) and Rebecca Walter (2003, '04, '05).

In her NCAA Championship debut, junior Avery Evenson was Michigan's second finisher, completing the 6K race in 20:11.5 to secure 18th place. Senior/junior Gina Sereno followed shortly behind at 20:19.5, good for 30th place. Evenson and Sereno joined Finn on the All-America team.

Freshman Madeline Trevisan, who has been steadily improving throughout the championship season, was the Wolverines' fourth scorer, running 20:29.7 to lock up 46th place, just shy of All-America honors. Senior/junior Jaimie Phelan grabbed U-M's fifth scoring position, placing 65th in a time of 20:38.2.

Senior/junior Jamie Morrissey and junior/sophomore Claire Borchers were the other two members of Michigan's NCAA squad, finishing in 90th and 166th, respectively.

The second-place team finish matched Michigan's best result at the national meet, as the 1994 squad also took second. This marked the program's 13th top-10 finish and 12th under head coach Mike McGuire, as well as U-M's sixth top-five finish at the NCAA Championships.

Michigan capped a historic season as national runners-up after winning the Big Ten and Great Lakes Region titles. This mirrors the 1994 team's championship season run, as that squad also won the conference and regional titles and went on to finish second at the national meet.

Top 10 Teams
1. Oregon (125 points)
2. MICHIGAN (126)
3. Colorado (134)
4. NC State (223)
5. Stanford (255)
6. San Francisco (307)
7. New Mexico (310)
8. Michigan State (314)
9. Eastern Michigan (316)
10. BYU (328)

Top 10 Individual Finishers
1. Karissa Schweizer, Missouri (19:41.6)
2. ERIN FINN, U-M (19:44.2)
3. Anna Rohrer, Notre Dame (19:44.6)
4. Katie Rainsberger, Oregon (19:51.1)
5. Sharon Lokedi, Kansas (19:52.2)
6. Brenna Peloquin, Boise State (19:54.5)
7. Elinor Purrier, New Hampshire (19:56.9)
8. Amy-Eloise Neale, Washington (19:58.3)
9. Grace Barnett, Clemson (20:02.4)
10. Charlotte Taylor, San Francisco (20:02.7)

Other U-M Finishers
18. Avery Evenson, 20:11.5
30. Gina Sereno, 20:19.5
46. Madeline Trevisan, 20:29.7
65. Jaimie Phelan, 20:38.2
90. Jamie Morrissey, 20:47.7
166. Claire Borchers, 21:10.2

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