Toeing the Line #5: U-M to Travel to Nearby Dexter for EMU Classic
Chloe Prince

Oct. 19, 2011

Friday, Oct. 21 -- at EMU Fall Classic (Dexter, Mich.), 5:30 p.m.

The No. 19 ranked University of Michigan women's cross country team will compete in the EMU Fall Classic on Friday (Oct. 21) at Hudson Mills Metropark in Dexter, Mich. The 5,000-meter race is slated for a 5:30 p.m. start.

The U-M lineup, which has produced two wins and a third-place finish in three scored meets this season, will include junior/sophomore Morgan Bailey, junior/sophomore Meg Bellino, sophomore/freshman Erica Crane, sophomore/freshman Ariel Dempsey, sophomore/freshman Alex Keyser, junior/sophomore Chloe Prince and junior Nicole Prince. Seven runners will also compete unattached for the Wolverines.

This will mark the season debuts for Bellino and Nicole Prince, as well as the career debuts for Dempsey and Keyser. Bailey and Crane appeared in Michigan's first meet at the Michigan Open on Sept. 2, which was also held at Hudson Mills Metropark. Crane and Chloe Prince have run for the Maize and Blue in three of four meets this season.

Five other teams are set to compete at the annual event, including No. 15 Michigan State, Toledo, Macomb Community College, Concordia and Ursuline College.

Hudson Mills Metro Park in Dexter, Mich., is best reached by exiting North Territorial Road (west) from US-23. The park entrance is past Zeeb Road on the left when exiting US-23. Parking for the event costs $5 per vehicle, payable upon entry to the park.

The 18th-ranked Wolverines took third place at the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet on Oct. 16 on the 2011 NCAA Championship course in Terre Haute, Ind., compliments of three top-25 finishes. Junior Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven HS) led U-M in the 6,000-meter race, finishing 18th in a time of 21:13.

U-M's second and third finishers were separated by just two seconds. Fifth-year senior Danielle Tauro (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional HS) took 21st with a time of 21:20, while sophomore/freshman Taylor Pogue (Goodrich, Mich./Goodrich) placed 22nd in 21:22. The Maize and Blue finished two points ahead of the nation's fourth-ranked team, Colorado.

On what he's expecting from the EMU Classic ... "Most of the girls competing ran this course very early in the season (Michigan Open on Sept. 2). This gives them a good barometer to see how far they've come after 10 weeks of training. All the kids that will be in uniform are excited to compete."


Building for the Future -- The seven runners that will be sporting the Maize and Blue on Friday have run in a combined 15 meets in their careers. Michigan's roster features just two seniors.

Meet History -- Since 2006, U-M has competed in Dexter twice per season, with each including the season-opening Michigan Open and midseason EMU Classic. Before that, the non-scoring event was held in Ann Arbor.

Calling the Shots -- Head coach Mike McGuire is in the midst of 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.

The Wolverines are ranked No. 19 in the latest NCAA Division I cross country poll, released Tuesday (Oct. 18) by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). As the second-highest of five Big Ten Conference schools featured in the rankings, U-M sits in the No. 3 spot among the Great Lakes Region.

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Sunday, Oct. 30 -- at Big Ten Championship (Champaign, Ill.), 11:45 a.m. CDT
Saturday, Nov. 12 -- at NCAA Great Lakes Regional (Toledo, Ohio), 1 p.m.

Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423