ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan women's cross country head coach Mike McGuire announced today (Friday, August 22) that senior Brook Handler (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) and fifth-year seniors Alexandra Leptich (Ann Arbor, Mich./Saline), Taylor Pogue (Goodrich, Mich./Goodrich) and Megan Weschler (Wyandotte, Mich./Roosevelt) will serve as team captains for the 2014 season.
Leptich and Weschler will experience their first seasons as captains, joining the duo of Handler and Pogue, who served as co-captains last year. It is the first time under McGuire, now in his 23rd season in Ann Arbor, that the program has featured four team captains.
"We have a large team this year," said McGuire. "Each of these women has contributed a great deal to our program, both on and off the course. I felt it was right to recognize Alexandra and Megan and have them join our other two returning captains. I know they will add to our leadership council on the team."
All four captains helped the Wolverines to their third consecutive NCAA Great Lakes Regional title last season, where Handler and Weschler earned All-Great Lakes Region honors. While Pogue missed the championship part of the season due to injury, the group was still able to vault U-M to its best finish at the NCAA Championships since 2006, finishing in fourth place.
The Wolverines will begin the 2014 season by hosting the Michigan Open on Friday (Aug. 29) at 10 a.m. at Hudson Mills Metropark in Dexter, Mich.
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