Toeing the Line #5: Wolverines Make Short Trip to EMU Fall Classic

Oct. 19, 2010


Saturday, Oct. 23 -- at EMU Fall Classic (Dexter, Mich.), 10:45 a.m.

The No. 21-ranked University of Michigan women's cross country team will send eight runners -- plus several more unattached -- to the annual EMU Fall Classic on Saturday (Oct. 23) at Hudson Mills Metropark in Dexter, Mich. The 5,000-meter race is slated for an 10:45 a.m. start.

The U-M lineup will feature sophomore/freshman Mackenzie Adams, sophomore/freshman Morgan Bailey, sophomore/freshman Monica Barnes, sophomore/freshman Courtney Clancy, sophomore/freshman Jami Hill, junior/sophomore Kourtney Moody, sophomore Chloe Prince and sophomore Nicole Prince.

Among the teams slated to appear at the EMU Classic are Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Kent State, Toledo, Ferris State and Oakland. For more information, including directions to Hudson Mills Metropark, please visit

Michigan earned a seventh-place finish in the white race at the NCAA Pre-Nationals (Oct. 16), posting a one-minute split from their first and fifth runners to accumulate 311 points -- just three shy of sixth-place San Francisco. Former high school teammates senior Danielle Tauro(Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional HS) and sophomore Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional HS) headlined the Wolverines' effort, placing 21st and 34th, respectively.

Tauro! Tauro! Tauro! -- Senior Danielle Tauro has paced the Wolverines to the finish line in each appearance this season after her sixth-place effort at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Oct. 2. Tauro clocked a personal-best 20:24.1, shaving nearly 17 seconds off her previous 6,000-meter personal best, which she registered just two weeks earlier at the Spartan Invitational. After missing a majority of the 2009 season with injury, the Wolverine senior has twice lowered her personal standard this season, trimming more than 45 seconds from her best time entering the year.

Saving the Best -- Michigan boasted multiple personal-best performers as five of the Wolverines' top seven, including the first four across the line, established new standards at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Oct. 2. Michigan's sophomore trio of Jillian Smith, Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven HS) and Kaitlyn Patterson (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac HS) claimed 17th, 21st and 34th place, respectively. Just two weeks after posting a personal best at the Spartan Invitational, Smith trimmed 36 seconds from her best time with a 20:41. Addison registered 20:46.3 to improve 37 seconds on her previous best, while Patterson shaved 25 seconds from her best with a 20:55 finish.

It was the first time in six years that Michigan's top five all ran under 21 minutes, dating back to the 2004 NCAA Great Lakes Regional -- an event the Wolverines won by 39 points. U-M claimed sixth place at the NCAA Championships nine days later.

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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The Wolverines dropped a couple spots to the No. 21 position in the latest NCAA Division I cross country poll, released Tuesday (Oct. 19) 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.

Sunday, Oct. 31 -- at Big Ten Championships (Madison, Wis.), 10:45 a.m. CDT
Saturday, Nov. 13 -- at NCAA Great Lakes Regional (Rochester, Mich.), Noon

Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423