Putt to Run Cross Country, Track as U-M Graduate Student

June 12, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan women's cross country head coach Mike McGuire announced Tuesday (June 12) the addition of graduate student Amanda Putt (Adrian, Mich./Tecumseh HS) to the Wolverines' 2012 recruiting class. She will join seven others who in February signed National Letters of Intent to compete for U-M.

Putt is a recent graduate of Hillsdale (Mich.) College and will use her final year of eligibility in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field to compete for the Maize and Blue. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Hillsdale and will pursue a master's degree in epidemiology at U-M.

"We're thrilled to have Amanda on board with us next year," said McGuire. "Once again, we've benefited from the outstanding graduate schools we have here at Michigan as Amanda is going to be a graduate student in our School of Public Health."

While at Hillsdale, Putt was a three-time NCAA Division II champion in 2012, winning national titles in the indoor 800- and 1,500-meter runs and outdoor 1,500 meters. She earned All-America honors in all three events, making her a six-time All-American in her career. She also earned the honor during the 2011 indoor (mile) and outdoor (1,500m) seasons, as well as cross country in 2011.

She was named the 2012 Division II National Indoor Female Track Athlete of the Year for her winning performances by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). At the 2012 GLIAC Indoor Championships, she earned GLIAC Female Runner of the Meet honors.

"Amanda has improved by leaps and bounds throughout her career," McGuire added. "Her improvements started in her junior year and continued this year. She's to the point that she is a high-level Division I runner. We see her coming in and impacting us right away in cross country, and anywhere from the 1,500 up through the 5K during indoor and outdoor season. We're fortunate that she has all three seasons of eligibility. I think she's someone whose improvement curve is still there, and when she merges in with the talented group of young women that we have, it will be a great situation for her and for us."

Putt's outdoor career bests include 2:09.63 in the 800m, 4:15.64 in the 1,500m, and 16:29.96 in the 5,000m. Her indoor personal bests are 2:09.15 in the 800m, 4:46.43 in the mile, and 16:29.95 in the 5,000m.

Putt will join incoming freshman distance runners Danielle Pfeifer (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley) and Taylor Manett (Rockford, Mich./Rockford). The remainder of the 2012 track and field class includes sprinters Lily Clifford (East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids), Maya Long (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) and Emily D'Amico (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates), as well as hurdlers Cindy Ofili (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) and Emily Wee (Frankenmuth, Mich./Frankenmuth).

During the 2011 cross country season, Michigan finished runner up at the Big Ten Championships, won the Great Lakes Region title and placed 15th at the NCAA Championships. The Wolverines placed seventh at the indoor and outdoor conference championships. The eight newcomers will join a Michigan squad which lost just seven seniors to graduation following the 2012 season.

Wolverines Ink Seven to National Letters of Intent (Feb. 9, 2012)

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