Toeing the Line #3: Wolverines Head to Wisconsin for adidas Invite

Sept. 29, 2009

Saturday, Oct. 3 -- at Wisconsin adidas Invitational (Madison, Wis.), 11:45 a.m. CDT

The University of Michigan women's cross country team will send 12 runners to the inaugural Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Saturday (Oct. 3) at Wisconsin's new Thomas Zimmer Championship Course in Madison, Wis. The 5,000-meter women's race is slated for an 11:45 a.m. CDT start.

The U-M lineup will feature freshman Rebecca Addison, sophomore/freshman Lindsay Hagan, freshman Lindsey Hilton, junior/sophomore Melany Mioduszewski, sophomore/freshman Kourtney Moody, senior Jenny Morgan, freshman Kaitlyn Patterson, junior/sophomore Kaitlyn Peale, sophomore Mary Grace Pellegrini, senior/junior Rachel Severin, freshman Jillian Smith and junior Danielle Tauro.

Among the teams slated to appear at the Wisconsin meet are Arkansas, Auburn, Brigham Young, Duke, Georgetown, Illinois, Iowa, Marquette, Nebraska, Syracuse, Texas A&M and Wisconsin.

For more information about Wisconsin adidas Invitational, including a course video tour, please visit


Kaitlyn Peale, Junior/Sophomore
With a pair of top-10 finishes already under her belt, junior/sophomore Kaitlyn Peale (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington HS) is poised for a breakout season in 2009. She claimed seventh place in her 6,000-meter debut at the Spartan Invitational (Sept. 18), clocking 21:47 as Michigan's second runner across the line. The Wolverine sophomore took fourth place at the season-opening Michigan Open (Sept. 5), marking the second-highest finish of her collegiate career.

Junior Danielle Tauro (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) claimed runner-up honors to headline Michigan's effort at the non-scoring Spartan Invitational two weeks ago (Sept. 18). Six members of the U-M contingent made their 6,000-meter debut, including three of Michigan's top-five placers, who finished within a 77-second window. Junior/sophomore Kaitlyn Peale, freshman Kaitlyn Patterson (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac HS) and freshman Rebecca Addison(Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven HS) placed seventh, ninth and 12th, respectively. Sophomore Mary Grace Pellegrini (Louisville, Ky./duPont Manuel HS) rounded out the Wolverines' top five in 24th place and a career-best 22:36.

Tauro! Tauro! Tauro! -- Junior Danielle Tauro has paced the Wolverines in as many appearances this season, claiming runner-up honors at the Spartan Invitational (Sept. 18) two weeks after winning the season-opening Michigan Open (Sept. 4). Tauro crossed the line as U-M's top finisher in two events last season, most notably the 2008 Big Ten Championships, where she claimed 13th place to earn All-Big Ten second team honors. The Wolverine junior boasts six top-10 finishes in her collegiate career.

Fantastic Freshmen -- Ten Wolverine newcomers have made their collegiate debuts this season. Freshman Kaitlyn Patterson has stood out from the pack with a pair of top-10 showings in Michigan's first two events of the season, including a ninth-place finish at the Spartan Invitational (Sept. 18). Freshmen Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional HS), Rebecca Addison and Lindsey Hilton (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams HS) claimed second, seventh and ninth place, respectively, at the season-opening Michigan Open (Sept. 5).

The 2009 Michigan team boasts 13 newcomers; only four members of the squad have junior or senior eligibility.

Calling the Shots -- Head coach Mike McGuire is in his 18th 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 17 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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Climbing two spots from its preseason ranking, Michigan carries the No. 17 spot in the latest NCAA Division I cross country poll, released Tuesday (Sept. 29) by the United States Cross Country Coaches Association. One of five Big Ten Conference schools featured in the rankings, U-M also owns the top spot among the Great Lakes Region.

USTFCCCA Women's Division I Cross Country National Poll
Ranking Team Region/Rank Totals Previous
1. Washington West-1 360 1
2. Oregon West-2 347 2
3. Florida State South-1 335 3
4. West Virginia Mid-Atlantic-1 324 4
5. Villanova Mid-Atlantic-2 305 5
6. Princeton Mid-Atlantic-3 289 7
7. Stanford West-3 287 6
8. Iowa State Midwest-1 275 28
9. Minnesota Midwest-2 266 8
10. Illinois Midwest-3 238 10
11. Georgetown Mid-Atlantic-4 236 9
12. Providence Northeast-1 218 12
13. Arizona State West-4 214 11
14. Baylor South Central-1 206 13
15. Florida South-2 179 14
16. Northern Arizona Mountain-1 174 16
17. MICHIGAN Great Lakes-1 169 19
18. Michigan State Great Lakes-2 146 17
19. Virginia Southeast-1 143 18
20. Colorado Mountain-2 124 21
21. Syracuse Northeast-2 100 23
22. Penn State Mid-Atlantic-5 90 26
23. BYU Mountain-2 84 25
24. Notre Dame Great Lakes-3 71 29
25. New Mexico Mountain-3 65 22
26. Wisconsin Great Lakes-4 56 15
27. Rice South Central-2 52 20
28. Arkansas South Central-3 49 27
29. Duke Southeast-2 40 30
30. Texas Tech Mountain-4 32 24

Friday, Oct. 16 -- at Penn State National (State College, Pa.), 11 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 23 -- at EMU Fall Classic (Dexter, Mich.), 4 p.m.

Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423