Toeing the Line #3: Wisconsin adidas Invitational Up Next for Maize & Blue

Sept. 28, 2010

Saturday, Oct. 2 -- at Wisconsin adidas Invitational (Madison, Wis.), 11 a.m. CDT

The University of Michigan women's cross country will send 12 runners to the second annual Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Saturday (Oct. 2) at Wisconsin's Thomas Zimmer Championship Course in Madison, Wis. The 6,000-meter race is slated for an 11 a.m. CDT start.

The U-M lineup will feature sophomore Rebecca Addison, sophomore/freshman Monica Barnes, sophomore/freshman Courtney Clancy, sophomore/freshman Jami Hill, sophomore Lindsey Hilton, freshman Alex Leptich, junior/sophomore Kourtney Moody, sophomore Kaitlyn Patterson, senior/junior Kaitlyn Peale, junior Mary Grace Pellegrini, sophomore Jillian Smith and senior Danielle Tauro.

Among the teams slated to appear at the Wisconsin meet are Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, Purdue, Syracuse, Texas A&M and Wisconsin. For more information about Wisconsin adidas Invitational, including a course video tour, please visit

On what he wants to see in the Wisconsin adidas Invitational ... "Obviously we want to do a multitude of things; one of them is preview that we'll be running at later in the month at the Big Ten meet. My experience is familiarity can breed aggression and help them be aware of things on the course down the road. Some of them ran there last year, but several of them haven't, including [Danielle] Tauro. It will be a mini Big Ten meet within the meet, so we'll get a benchmark of where we're at among our Big Ten rivals. We can accomplish things in a broad range of categories if we can perform up to par."

Senior Danielle Tauro (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional HS) paced the Wolverines for the second time in as many meets this season, placing fifth at the non-scoring Spartan Invitational (Friday, Sept. 17). Michigan recorded a familiar top five -- with four Wolverines among the race's top-10 individual finishers -- and posted a 33-second split between its first and fifth runners across the line.

Tauro! Tauro! Tauro! -- Senior Danielle Tauro earned her fourth consecutive top-five finish -- dating back to last season -- with her fifth-place effort at the Spartan Invitational (Sept. 17). Tauro clocked a personal-best 20:58, shaving 11 second from her previous 6,000-meter best, which she tallied at the 2007 NCAA Pre-Nationals.

Saving the Best -- In all, four Wolverines clocked personal-best times at the Spartan Invitational (Sept. 17), most notably sophomore Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional HS), whose eighth-place time of 21:17 shaved nearly 21 seconds from her previous best. Sophomore Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven HS) and junior Mary Grace Pellegrini (Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual HS) trimmed two seconds and 15 seconds from the previous best times, posting 21:21 and 22:24.

Calling the Shots -- Head coach Mike McGuire is in his 19th 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 14 top-two finishes in 18 seasons at the Big Ten Championships, 12 top-two finishes at NCAA Regionals and eight top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships.

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After moving up several spots in its bye week, Michigan held onto the No. 22 position in the latest NCAA Division I cross country poll, released Tuesday (Sept. 28) by the United States Cross Country Coaches Association. One of five Big Ten Conference schools featured in the rankings, U-M also owns the second spot among the Great Lakes Region.

Saturday, Oct. 16 -- at NCAA Pre Nationals (Terre Haute, Ind.), 11 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 23 -- at EMU Fall Classic (Dexter, Mich.), 10:30 a.m.

Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423