Sept. 27, 2011
Saturday, Oct. 1 -- at Greater Louisville Classic (Louisville, Ky.), 10:15 a.m. ET
The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan women's cross country squad will feature 11 runners at the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday (Oct. 1) at the University of Louisville. The 5,000-meter race is slated for a 10:15 a.m. start at E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.
The Wolverines are coming off a team and individual win at the Illinois Orange & Blue Preview (Sept. 16). All 10 of the harriers from that squad will be in action again at Louisville.
The U-M lineup will include junior Rebecca Addison, sophomore/freshman Erica Crane, sophomore/freshman Nicola Hallenborg, freshman Brook Handler, junior Lindsey Hilton, freshman Ellen Junewick, senior Mary Grace Pellegrini, sophomore/freshman Taylor Pogue, junior/sophomore Chloe Prince, fifth-year senior Danielle Tauro and sophomore/freshman Megan Weschler. After competing in the Michigan Open and sitting out the Illinois Invitational, Crane will return to the course to run at Louisville.
LAST TIME OUT: ILLINOIS ORANGE & BLUE PREVIEW
The Wolverines competed against their first Big Ten competition at the Illinois Orange & Blue Preview (Sept. 16), winning the team and individual titles. Fifth-year senior Danielle Tauro (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional HS) paced the Maize and Blue to the finish line for the second straight meet, finishing first overall with a personal-best time of 20:19. The Maize and Blue claimed the top six spots in the race en route to a perfect score and the team victory.
Maize & Blue on a Roll -- The Wolverines have placed second or first in three of the past four scored events. Previously to winning the Orange & Blue Preview, U-M scored runner-up at both the Big Ten Championships and NCAA Regionals before placing 22nd at NCAAs.
Tauro Honored by Big Ten -- Fifth-year senior Danielle Tauro (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) was named Big Ten Runner of the Week on Sept. 20 after leading the Wolverines at the Illinois Orange & Blue Preview on Sept. 16. She recorded her second individual win of the season and 12th of her career. Her 6,000-meter time of 20:19 topped her previous personal best by one second. It was the third time Tauro received Runner of the Week in her career and the first for the Wolverines this season.
Young and Talented -- Five runners from Michigan's first-place squad at the Illinois Orange & Blue Preview are in their first season of competition for the Wolverines. That group includes three redshirt freshmen and two true freshmen. After redshirting last season, sophomore/freshmen Taylor Pogue (Goodrich, Mich./Goodrich) and Megan Weschler (Wyandotta, Mich./Roosevelt HS) have each appeared in U-M's top four, while Nicola Hallenborg (Summit, N.J./Summit) earned two 12th-place finishes in the first two meets. Freshmen Brook Handler (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) and Ellen Junewick (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern) both finished in the top 10 at Illinois in their first meet against Big Ten competition.
Hometown Feel -- Senior Mary Grace Pellegrini (Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual) will return to her hometown of Louisville, Ky., this weekend to compete in the Greater Louisville Classic. It will mark the first time in her career that she will get the chance to run in front of a hometown crowd.
Calling the Shots -- Head coach Mike McGuire is in his 20th season as head coach of the Michigan women's cross country team. During his tenure, the Wolverines have won eight Big Ten titles and six NCAA Regional crowns. McGuire has been honored as the Big Ten Coach of the Year on eight occasions and has been named NCAA Regional Coach of the Year five times. Under McGuire, Michigan has posted 15 top-two finishes in 19 seasons at the Big Ten Championships, 13 top-two finishes at NCAA Regionals and eight top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships.
IN THE POLLS
The Wolverines remain at No. 13 in the NCAA Division I cross country poll, released Tuesday (Sept. 27) by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). As the highest of five Big Ten Conference schools featured in the rankings, U-M also held onto the top spot in the Great Lakes Region for the fourth consecutive week.
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Sunday, Oct. 16 -- at NCAA Pre Nationals (Terre Haute, Ind.), 11:40 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 21 -- at EMU Fall Classic (Dexter, Mich.), Time TBA
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423