Toeing the Line #5: U-M Stays In the State for EMU Fall Classic
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Oct. 20, 2009

Friday, Oct. 23 -- at EMU Fall Classic (Dexter, Mich.), 4 p.m.

After losing last weekend's Penn State National appearance due to weather issues, the University of Michigan women's cross country team will wrap up the regular-season portion on Friday (Oct. 23) at the EMU Fall Classic in Dexter, Mich. Hosted by Eastern Michigan, the women's 5,000-meter race is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start at the Hudson Mills Metropark.

The Wolverine lineup will largely feature the same contingent that was slated for last weekend's PSU meet: freshman Rebecca Addison, sophomore/freshman Christine Barren, freshman Lindsey Hilton, junior/sophomore Melany Mioduszewski, sophomore/freshman Kourtney Moody, freshman Kaitlyn Patterson, junior/sophomore Kaitlyn Peale, sophomore Mary Grace Pellegrini, freshman Nicole Prince, senior/junior Rachel Severin and freshman Jillian Smith.

WOLVERINE TO WATCH

Kaitlyn Patterson, Freshman
Freshman Kaitlyn Patterson (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac HS) has consistently placed among Michigan's top-five runners across the finish line this season and ranks among U-M's fastest 5,000m (17:35.6) and 6,000m (21:56) times on the season. Most recently, she claimed 16th place -- as U-M's second finisher -- at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational (Oct. 3).

LAST TIME OUT: WISCONSIN ADIDAS INVITATIONAL
In their first scored meet of the season, the Wolverines claimed fifth place (118 points) against a nationally competitive field at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational (Oct. 3), placing their scored five among the race's top-50 finishers. Four of Michigan's top five runners established career-best 5,000-meter times. Junior/sophomore Kaitlyn Peale (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington HS) paced the U-M squad with her third top-10 finish of the season, claiming fourth place with a personal-best 17:11.3, while a trio of freshmen -- Kaitlyn Patterson, Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven HS) and Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional HS) -- crossed the finish line within a narrow 13-second window in 16th, 24th and 30th place, respectively.

WOLVERINE BITES
High Five -- Adding the Wolverines' fifth-place finish at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational (Oct. 3), the Michigan women's cross country program boasts 35 top-five performances in its last 40 scored meets since 2003. [Two of U-M's non-top-five showings were sixth-place efforts at the NCAA meet (2004, '05).] Over that stretch, Michigan has claimed 18 first-place performances, including six in 2005. U-M has boasted at least one team victory in every season since 2002.

Peale Out -- Poised for a breakout campaign, junior/sophomore Kaitlyn Peale already boasts three top-10 finishes in as many appearances this season, matching her previous career total for top-10 finishes. Most recently, she claimed fourth-place honors at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational (Oct. 3), clocking 17:11.3 as Michigan's top finisher -- a mark that shaved 50 seconds from her previous career-best 5,000-meter time and established a new high among Michigan's current lineup. 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, and took fourth place at the season-opening Michigan Open (Sept. 5). Peale's best -- albeit unofficial -- collegiate finish was a third-place showing at the 2007 EMU Fall Classic; she ran the event unattached.

Fantastic Freshmen -- Michigan's standout rookie trio of freshmen Rebecca Addison, Kaitlyn Patterson and Jillian Smith has made a quick impact in the Wolverine lineup this season with all three placing among their team's top five in each completed appearance this season. 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), while Smith and Addison claimed second and seventh, respectively, at the season-opening Michigan Open (Sept. 5). The trio crossed the line as U-M's second, third, and fourth runners, respectively, in their scoring debut at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational (Oct. 3).

Ten Wolverine newcomers have made their collegiate debuts this season. 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.

TWITTER-TASTIC
Michigan cross country/track is now on Twitter. Sign up and follow the Wolverines (michigan_track) with up-to-the-minute news and information throughout the season and beyond. Twitter is a free casual, online social network that is designed to connect businesses, organizations and individuals. Each Twitter post (or "tweet") can be received on a user's cell phone via text or on the web.

IN THE POLLS
Despite losing its most recent event to poor weather, Michigan picked up a spot, climbing to the No. 22 position, in the latest NCAA Division I cross country poll, released Tuesday (Oct. 20) by the United States Cross Country Coaches Association. One of six 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. Villanova Mid-Atlantic-1 347 2
3. Colorado Mountain-1 331 19
4. West Virginia Mid-Atlantic-2 329 3
5. Florida South-1 311 9
6. Florida State South-2 294 11
7. Princeton Mid-Atlantic-3 289 5
8. Oregon West-2 279 4
9. Georgetown Mid-Atlantic-4 248 13
10. Syracuse Northeast-1 241 15
11. Virginia Southeast-1 225 10
12. Stanford West-3 220 6
13. Illinois Midwest-4 209 18
14. Texas Tech Mountain-2 197 20
15. Minnesota Midwest-2 192 8
16. Duke Southeast-2 189 14
17. Arizona West-4 164 NR
18. Penn State Mid-Atlantic-5 162 16
19. Iowa State Midwest-3 154 7
20. New Mexico Mountain-3 124 21
21. BYU Mountain-4 117 22
22. MICHIGAN Great Lakes-1 90 23
23. Iowa Midwest-4 85 29
24. Providence Northeast-2 78 25
25. UTEP Mountain-5 74 NR
26. Baylor South Central-1 72 12
27. Michigan State Great Lakes-2 51 24
28. North Carolina Southeast-3 43 NR
29. Arkansas South Central-2 37 NR
30. Notre Dame Great Lakes-3 33 24


UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Sunday, Nov. 1 -- at Big Ten Championships (State College, Pa.), 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 14 -- at NCAA Great Lakes Regional (Bloomington, Ind.), 1:15 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 23 -- at NCAA Championships (Terre Haute, Ind.), 1 p.m.

Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423