Oct. 9, 2012
Saturday, Oct. 13 -- at NCAA Pre-Nationals (Louisville, Ky.), 10:15 a.m.
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The No. 8-ranked University of Michigan women's cross country team will travel to the University of Louisville for NCAA Pre-Nationals on Saturday (Oct. 13) in Louisville, Ky. The women's 6,000-meter race will begin at 10:15 a.m. at E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park, which will also be the site of the NCAA Championships, hosted by the University of Louisville on Nov. 17.
Wolverines in Action
Twelve Wolverines will compete in uniform for Michigan this weekend -- Rebecca Addison, Michaela Carnegie, Amanda Eccleston, Brook Handler, Lindsey Hilton, Alex Leptich, Taylor Manett, Shannon Osika, Anna Pasternak, Taylor Pogue, Jillian Smith and Megan Weschler.
After winning the Rim Rock Farm Classic on Sept. 29, the Wolverines moved up three spots to No. 8 in the USTFCCCA National Coaches' Poll.
Michigan will be joined by seven other teams ranked in the USTFCCCA National Coaches' Poll, including No. 1 Florida State, No. 4 Oregon and No. 6 Georgetown from the top 10.
Big Ten Conference teams Illinois and Indiana will also be in attendance.
Junior/sophomore Alex Leptich will make her season debut at Louisville this weekend. Leptich was a member of U-M's Big Ten Championships squad as a freshman in 2010 before redshirting last season.
Michigan finished third out of 37 teams last season at NCAA Pre-Nationals. Senior Rebecca Addison was U-M's top finisher at that race, taking 18th place.
Michigan has competed at NCAA Pre-Nationals in each of the last two years, finishing third in 2011 and seventh in 2010.
The Wolverines will compete at Louisville's E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park for the second straight year as they won the team title last season at the Greater Louisville Classic on Oct. 1, 2011.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
1. On being a second-year captain and her leadership style ... "I think we're all pretty similar. We've each been doing this for three years, so I think people especially look up to our experience. They know that we were all freshmen once, so the freshmen look to us for what to do. We also try to bring fun to the team. During practice, we try to make sure to show them that you can work hard and also have fun. I'm definitely not one that likes to tell people what to do, so I try to lead more by example."
2. On winning at Kansas after starting the season off slow ... "I think so much is based on what you did in your last race -- you either have to try to forget about the fact that you did bad or try to remember how good you felt in the race before. I definitely had to not think about Spartan (Invitational) and remember how early in the season it was. Thinking back to last year at Illinois helped, that race was early too and we knew it was going to keep getting more important, so we had to stay focused and not think about the bad races."
3. On how the team is progressing in preparation for the postseason ... "I think we're coming along really well. We've all been training really well. We don't always get to train at the same time, but we make sure that everyone always has people to work out with. We've been pushing each other in workouts, so that's been helping a lot."
4. On the importance of previewing the NCAA Championships course ... "I think last year going to Illinois for the Big Ten preview helped so much. I felt so comfortable on the course at Big Tens, so I think it's good that we're going to Louisville. There was a 5k there a couple weeks ago, but I'm glad that we're going to see the actual 6K course."
5. On helping the team stay loose at practices and meets ... "We have so much fun at practice even though we're working really hard and that helps. And at meets as well, I think it helps us perform better when we're relaxed before. Mike (McGuire) helps with that too -- he makes sure we're all pretty relaxed. Even when we get to the course, we try to stay relaxed until we really have to focus right before the race."
LAST TIME OUT
Senior Rebecca Addison won the individual title to lead Michigan to the team victory at Kansas' Rim Rock Farm Classic on Sept. 29. It marked the first individual title of Addison's career.
Friday, Oct. 19 -- at EMU Fall Classic (Dexter, Mich.), 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 28 -- at Big Ten Championships (East Lansing, Mich.), 10:45 a.m.
OTHER RELATED LINKS
Addison Collects Big Ten Athlete of the Week Award (Oct. 2)