U-M Takes 15th for Best NCAA Championships Finish Since 2006
Danielle Tauro

Nov. 21, 2011

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Site: Gibson Championship Course (Terre Haute, Ind.)
Meet: NCAA Championships (6,000 Meters)
U-M Finish: 15th Place of 31 Teams (383 points)
Top U-M Individual: Danielle Tauro, 45th (20:33.6)
Next U-M Event: Season Complete

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan women's cross country team used a 45th-place finish from fifth-year senior Danielle Tauro (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) to place 15th out of 31 teams at the NCAA Championships on Monday afternoon (Nov. 21) at the 6,000-meter Gibson Championship Course. It is U-M's best team finish since 2006 (third).

Tauro, racing for the final time as a Wolverine, finished in 20:33.6 as the first Michigan runner across the line. Junior Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) was the next Wolverine harrier to cross the finish line, taking 90th place in a time of 20:56.1, and sophomore/freshman Taylor Pogue (Goodrich, Mich./Goodrich) finished in 21:03.5 for 103rd place in her first NCAA Championships race.

Coming off her runner-up showing at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, junior Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven HS) finished in 21:11.3 to take 118th place. Freshman Brook Handler (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) rounded out the U-M scorers, finishing 157th in 21:25.3.

Also running for Michigan were freshman Ellen Junewick (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern) and senior Mary Grace Pellegrini (Louisville, Ky./duPont Manual). Junewick took 168th place with a time of 21:31.6 and Pellegrini capped her cross country career with a 206th finish in 21:56.3.

Georgetown won its first team title with a total of 162 points, followed by Washington (170) and Villanova (181). Penn State was the highest finishing Big Ten team (13th), totaling 368 points.

U-M wraps up a season that saw the Wolverines place no lower than third in any scored meet prior to NCAAs, including first-place showings at the Illinois Orange & Blue Preview, Greater Louisville Classic and NCAA Great Lakes Regional.

Team Standings (Top 10)

 1. Georgetown                162
 2. Washington                170
 3. Villanova                 181
 4. Florida State             189
 5. Oregon                    281
 6. Vanderbilt                282
 7. Iowa State                290
 8. West Virginia             297
 9. New Mexico                322
10. Stanford                  332
15. MICHIGAN                  383

Top 10 Individuals

 1. Sheila Reid, Villanova          19:41.2
 2. Jordan Hasay, Oregon            19:41.8
 3. Abbey D'Agostino, Dartmouth     19:42.9
 4. Emily Infeld, Georgetown        19:44.3
 5. Alex Banfich, Princeton         19:45.0
 6. Bogdana Mimic, Villanova        19:45.7
 7. Katie Flood, Washington         19:47.9
 8. Kate Harrison, West Virginia    19:49.5
 9. Betsy Saina, Iowa State         19:50.7
10. Tara Erdmann, Loyola Marymount  19:51.3

Michigan Finishes

 45. Danielle Tauro, U-M            20:33.6
 90. Jillian Smith, U-M             20:56.1
103. Taylor Pogue, U-M              21:03.5
118. Rebecca Addison, U-M           21:11.3
157. Brook Handler, U-M             21:25.3
168. Ellen Junewick, U-M            21:31.6
206. Mary Grace Pellegrini, U-M     21:56.3


• Michigan's 15th-place finish was its highest finish since 2006 (third).

• This was Michigan's 22nd appearance at the NCAA Championships.

Danielle Tauro recorded her best finish at the NCAA Championships, crossing the line 45th. Her previous best was a 103rd-place showing as a sophomore in 2008.

• Michigan has made the NCAA Championships in all but two of head coach Mike McGuire's seasons. He took over in 1992 and Michigan has only missed team action in 1996 and 2001.

Taylor Pogue, Brook Handler and Ellen Junewick all made their NCAA Championships debut.

Mary Grace Pellegrini chalked up her best finish at the NCAA Championships, taking 168th. She finished 202nd last season.

Rebecca Addison, who finished 103rd, also recorded her best finish at the NCAA Championships. Her previous best came last season with a 117th-place finish.


U-M Fifth-year Senior Danielle Tauro
On today's race ... "Today we had a solid day. We were 15th overall as a team, which was back slightly from our ranking, but we still placed higher than we've ever been since I have run with this program. I had a great last race of my collegiate career. While I missed getting All-American by five spots and three seconds, I ran the fastest time I have ever run on this course and placed the highest I have ever placed at this meet. I am extremely happy with this race and this season, both individually and from a team standpoint."