Aug 16, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan women's cross country head coach Mike McGuire announced the addition of eight freshmen to the 2013-14 cross country and track and field rosters today (Friday, Aug. 16).
Kristen Eisenhauer (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington) - Mid-Distance
Corinne Florie (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) - Distance
Darby Middlebrook (Boone, N.C./Watauga) - Distance
Jessica Miles (McLean, Va./Langley) - Mid-Distance
Courtney Munley (Clarkston, Mich./Mott) - Mid-Distance
Gina Sereno (Madison, Wis./West) - Distance
Jill Smith (Mayetta, N.J./Southern Regional) - Distance
Sarah Zieve (Northport, N.Y./Northport) - Distance
"Overall, this is a big class in numbers, but we also feel that there is quality within those numbers," said McGuire. "We will have some that will impact us in year one, and I feel the majority of them will impact us in year two, similar to Devon Hoppe, who was someone who we redshirted as a freshman and really impacted us in year two. There are several athletes in this class that once they adjust to the rigors of the training, as well as the academic demands and all the demands as a student-athlete, they will really be able to contribute for us. We know there is a little bit of an adjustment curve and we're willing to work with these young ladies and help them through that. Over time I think they'll continue the legacy of student-athletes who have really developed within our program."
Distance runners Erin Finn, Jamie Morrissey and Jaimie Phelan signed National Letters of Intent to compete for U-M in April, and will round out the group of 11 freshmen. [April 24, 2013: Wolverines Ink Five to National Letters of Intent ].
The Wolverines will kick off the 2013 cross country season on Friday, Aug. 30, by hosting the annual Michigan Open at Hudson Mills Metropark in Dexter, Mich.
McGuire commented on each of their high school careers and what they bring to the 2013-14 Wolverine squads.
Kristen Eisenhauer Pickerington, Ohio Pickerington HS Mid-Distance
Eisenhauer is a four-time All-Ohio Capital Conference first team and All-District performer. She earned All-Region honors and qualified for the Ohio state meet as a sophomore, junior and senior. As a freshman and sophomore, she helped lead Pickerington to back-to-back conference championships. She also claimed the individual district title as a sophomore.
On the indoor track, she helped her 4x800-meter relay team qualify for the state meet as a senior, while as a junior, she qualified individually in the 1,600-meter run, where she finished fourth to earn All-State accolades.
During her sophomore season of outdoor track, she won the OCC 1,600-meter title and went on to finish runner up at the district and regional meets and advanced to the state meet. By her senior season, she had moved down an event to the 800-meter run, where she was a regional qualified.
Eisenhauer finished her high school career as the school record holder in the 1,600-meter (5:03) and 3,200-meter (11:24).
During the summer of 2012, Eisenhauer finished third in the mile at the Midwest Distance Festival and also competed in the mile run at New Balance Outdoor Nationals.
Off the track, Eisenhauer is a National Merit Scholar, National Honor Society Treasurer, Distinguished Honor Roll student and Student Council President.
5K (cross country) -- 18:51
1,600m (indoor) -- 5:13
800m (outdoor) -- 2:16
1,600m (outdoor) -- 5:03
3,200m (outdoor) -- 11:24
Cross Country head coach Mike McGuire on Eisenhauer:
"Kristen is a good middle distance prospect. Her range in high school was the 800m and 1,500m, and we're looking initially to keep her at that level. She is someone that we feel over time can really contribute for us."
Corinne Florie Mahopac, N.Y. Mahopac HS Distance
Florie was a two-time team captain for the Indians' cross country team, receiving all-league first team, All-Northern County first team and All-Section I first team accolades as a junior and senior. As a senior, she captured the league and Northern County titles on her way to earning a spot on the New York State Sportswriters Association All-State Team, as well as the Journal News All-Star first team. Florie also qualified for the New York State Federation Meet and competed in the Nike Cross Regionals, finishing 24th with a 5K time of 19:06.
Florie was also a two-time captain in track and field, garnering All-Northern County second team honors on the indoor track as a junior and senior. As a senior, she was a state qualifier in indoor track and earned Journal News All-Star first team recognition in the 3,000-meter run.
Florie clocked a lifetime-best mile time of 5:02 at the 2013 New Balance Games in January to finish in sixth place. At the New Balance Indoor Nationals in March, she placed 15th in the 5,000-meter run with a personal-best time of 17:42.
She finished her career at Mahopac High School as the school record holder in the 1,500-meter run, mile run, 3,000-meter run, 3,200-meter run and 5K.
The four-time High Honor Roll student earned New York State Scholar Athlete honors as a junior and senior, en route to graduating in the top 10 percent of her class at Mahopac.
5K -- 17:42
1,500m -- 4:41
Mile -- 5:02
3,000m -- 10:08
5,000m -- 17:42
Cross Country head coach Mike McGuire on Florie:
"Corinne really made some great strides, particularly during indoor season. We think we'll she'll impact us in the 3K and 5K area, and maybe upwards of 10K over time. I think she's someone who will adjust well to the 6K distance in cross country."
Darby Middlebrook Boone, N.C. Watauga HS Distance
Middlebrook was a two-time NCHSAA 4A All-State selection in cross country, winning the state meet as a sophomore and finishing as the runner up in her junior season. Throughout her career, she was a four-time All-Northwestern Conference and NCHSAA 4A All-Region honoree, and was named the Charlotte Observer and Northwestern Conference Runner of the Year as a sophomore, junior and senior. She was also selected as the North Carolina Gatorade Runner of the Year as a sophomore. Additionally, Middlebrook competed in the Footlocker South Regional 5K in 2010 and 2011, finishing 13th and 12th, respectively.
On the indoor track, Middlebrook was a two-time state runner-up in the 3,200-meter run as a sophomore and junior, and also captured the 1,600-meter run state title as a junior, setting a new state meet record of 5:01.72.
On the outdoor track, she was a three-time All-Northwestern Conference (2010, '11, '12) and two-time All-Region and All-State performer (2011, '12). As a sophomore, she was the NCHSAA 4A runner up in the 3,200-meter run, and was named the Northwestern Conference Runner of the Year following her sophomore and junior seasons.
She capped her high school career as the school record holder in the 5K, 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter run.
Cross country and track run in the Middlebrook family, as her older sister, Hailey Middlebrook, is a second-year member of the U-M cross country and track teams. Their father, John Middlebrook, also ran cross country and track at Albion College.
In addition to her success as a runner, Middlebrook was also a four-year swimmer for the Pioneers. The four-time conference champion and three-time state qualifier earned Northwestern Conference Swimmer of the Year honors in three consecutive years from 2011-13. Off the track, Middlebrook was a member of National Honor Society, French Club, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Beta Club.
5K -- 17:35
1,600m (indoor) -- 5:01.75
3,200m (indoor) -- 10:59
800m (outdoor) -- 2:13
1,600m (outdoor) -- 4:59.1
Mile -- 5:00.1
3,200m (outdoor) -- 10:47
Cross Country head coach Mike McGuire on Middlebrook:
"Darby's senior season was short-circuited with injuries, but she had a very successful junior season. She is kind of our prototypical middle-distance runner that has range from 800 meters all the way up through 3,200m. I'd say, initially, we'll look for her to contribute somewhere between 800m and 3K early in her career. She has a good aerobic background because she was a highly successful swimmer as well."
Jessica Miles McLean, Va. Langley HS Mid-Distance
Miles was named her team's Most Valuable Distance Runner during all four years in cross county and outdoor track and field. She won the district cross country title as a sophomore and qualified for the Virginia state meet as a freshman and sophomore, en route to earning All-Northern Virginia Regional team honors in back-to-back years (2009, '10).
On the indoor track, Miles won the Liberty District title in the 1,000-meter run to advance to the indoor state meet, where she garnered All-State accolades as a sophomore.
Off the track, Miles served as Secretary for National Honor Society, and was also a member of the Spanish Honor Society and Leadership Honor Society. She also participated in Relay for Life, the Ready to Run youth program and volunteered with a non-profit organization called Running Strong.
1,000m (outdoor) -- 3:07.77
800m (outdoor) -- 2:24.54
1,500m (outdoor) -- 4:54.20
1,600m (outdoor) -- 5:03.86
3,200m (outdoor) -- 11:13.01
Cross Country head coach Mike McGuire on Miles:
"Jessica has run 5:03 in the mile. I think she's someone who has ability, and will spend her first year getting stronger and developing. We feel that's she's someone who is a diamond in the rough."
Courtney Munley Clarkston, Mich. Mott HS Mid-Distance
Munley helped lead Waterford Mott's cross country team to the division championship in 2012. The three-time individual state qualifier (2010, '11, '12) also garnered All-Conference, All-Region and All-County honors as a sophomore, junior and senior. As a sophomore, she also earned Academic All-State recognition in both cross country and track and field.
On the indoor track, Munley was a member of the state champion 4x800-meter relay team as a senior in 2013.
On the outdoor track, she helped lead 2011 Mott to the Kensington Lakes Athletic Association team championship, competing as a member of the winning 4x800- and 4x400-meter relays. Munley and the 4x800 relay went on to capture the regional title and finish fourth at the state meet, earning all four members a spot on the All-State team.
She won her first individual conference and regional titles as a senior in the 800-meter run. Throughout her four-year high school career, she earned six total all-conference honors in the 4x400-meter relay (2), 4x800-meter relay (2), and the 800-meter run (2). Munley was a three-time state qualifier in the 800-meter run, appearing in the meet in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
As a senior, she served as a team captain in cross country and track and field.
During the summer of 2012, Munley finished third in the 800-meter run (2:17) at the Midwest Distance Festival, and also competed in the Emerging Elite 800-meter run at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals, where she placed 15th.
In addition to her success as a runner, Munley was also a two-year member of the varsity basketball and volleyball teams at Langley. Off the track, the four-time Academic Achievement Award winner was also a member of the National Honor Society, Positive Peer Influence, the Anti-Defamation League and Link Crew. Munley also attended the same high school as current Wolverine distance runner, sophomore Shannon Osika.
Collegiate athletics run in the Munley family, as her father, Richard Munley, wrestled at Ferris State University.
5K (cross country) -- 19:22
400m -- 1:00.0
800m -- 2:15.7
1,600m -- 5:17
Cross Country head coach Mike McGuire on Munley:
"Courtney is from a very successful program, which also produced Shannon Osika. She has pretty much raced at 800 meters and we look for her to expand her range up to the mile, and at this level will probably become a miler. She's someone who has decent leg speed and is someone that we can develop by moving her up an event."
Gina Sereno Madison, Wis. West HS Distance
Sereno's high school career highlight came when she won the WIAA state championship in the outdoor 3,200-meter run as a senior, setting a new school record with a time of 10:39.85, and also took third in the 1,600-meter run. She received All-State recognition in both events at the 2013 state meet. Her success at the state level came after winning the All-City indoor 3,200-meter run, All-City outdoor 1,600-meter run (2012 and 2013), as well as the All-Big Eight Conference titles in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter run.
She helped lead West High School to four straight Big Eight Conference cross country championships from 2009-12, as well as third-place finishes at the WCCCA state meet in 2011 and 2012. She earned All-State second team honors as a senior in 2012.
In addition to her running success, Sereno was also a two-year member of the varsity soccer team (2010, '11) and a four-year member of the Nordic ski team (2009-12). The four-time Academic All-State Award recipient was also a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), and the Peer Tutorial and Honor Guard Program.
4K (cross country) -- 14:45
1,600m (indoor) -- 5:16.91
3,200m (indoor) -- 11:27.66
800m (outdoor) -- 2:24.86
1,600m (outdoor) -- 5:03.73
Mile (outdoor) -- 5:12.40
3,200m (outdoor) -- 10:39.85
Cross Country head coach Mike McGuire on Sereno:
"Gina is coming off a great outdoor track season. She was the Wisconsin state champ in the 3,200 meters and improved her time close to a minute in the 3,200, compared to her junior year. She is relatively young from a training-age standpoint because she competed in soccer early in her career. We feel she's someone who has an outstanding upside."
Jillian E. Smith Mayetta, N.J. Southern Regional HS Distance
Smith was a two-time All-Ocean performer (2011, '12), awarded by the Star Ledger, Asbury Park Press and Press of Atlantic City. The three-time Southern Regional Most Valuable Runner earned All-Shore Conference first team recognition as a junior. During her sophomore season, Smith qualified individually for the New Jersey Meet of Champions and received All-Shore Conference third team accolades.
On the track, Smith earned a spot on the Press of Atlantic City's spring track first team in the 3,200-meter run as a senior. She captured the Shore Conference 3,200-meter title during her junior season in 2012.
In the summer of 2012, Smith competed in New Balance Outdoor Nationals, helping her distance medley relay team finish in sixth place and earn All-America honors.
Off the track, the High Honor Roll student is also a member of the National Honor Society, National World Language Honor Society, Interact Club and Intergenerational Council.
5K (cross country) -- 18:32
800m (indoor) -- 2:24
1,600m (indoor) -- 5:10
800m (outdoor) -- 2:24
1,600m (outdoor) -- 5:06
Cross Country head coach Mike McGuire on Smith:
"Jill will be our third Southern Regional athlete that we've had in the program in the last seven or eight years, so she's coming from a highly successful program that's very team oriented. We feel that the program she is coming out of will really help her merge into our team setting here at Michigan. She had a good junior season, but her senior outdoor track season was interrupted with an injury. She's someone who will help us in the 1,500 meter through 3K range."
Sarah Zieve Northport, N.Y. Northport HS Distance
Zieve was a two-time cross country All-League first team, All-Suffolk County second team, and New York State Section XI team member, earning the honors as a sophomore and senior.
On the outdoor track, she was also an All-League first team, All-Suffolk County second team, and New York State Section XI team selection as a sophomore and senior. As a senior, she ran a 2:13 split as part of the New York State champion 4x800-meter relay team, which set a new school record of 9:02.42. Zieve was also members of the 4xMile (20:45.32) and distance medley relays (11:55.43) that set school records during her senior year.
Following her senior year, she was also named to the All-Long Island first team, as selected by Newsday.
Off the track, Zieve was a member of National Honor Society and Foreign Language Honor Society and earned Principals List honors all four years at Northport.
Collegiate athletics run it the Zieve family, as her father, Gary Zieve, wrestled at Cal Tech from 1970-74.
5K (cross country) -- 20:23
3,000m (indoor) -- 10:34
2K Steeplechase (outdoor) -- 7:14.08
3,000m (outdoor) -- 10:18.47
Cross Country head coach Mike McGuire on Zieve:
"Sarah is interesting; she is actually an accomplished steeplechaser. They run the 2K steeple in the state of New York, so she has some experience there. And coupled with that, she has pretty good leg speed, as she ran 2:13 this spring, leading off her 4x8 relay that won the New York State meet. She's coming in similar to an Alex Leptich -- she has that type of speed and she's already accomplished in the steeple -- so the learning curve will be a little bit less. We feel that with that type of leg speed and steeple prowess, she can develop and contribute in that specialty event when we get to outdoor track."
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423