Tauro Named Region's Top Athlete, McGuire Coach of the Year
Mike McGuire and Danielle Tauro

Nov. 16, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Fifth-year senior Danielle Tauro (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) of the University of Michigan women's cross country team was named the Great Lakes Region Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year, while head coach Mike McGuire earned Regional Coach of the Year, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced on Wednesday (Nov. 16).

Tauro won the individual title at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Nov. 12, leading the Wolverines to their eighth regional team title in program history and their 10th consecutive automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. She earned All-Great Lakes Region for the fourth time in her career for finishing in the top 25. Tauro was the first U-M runner to receive Athlete of the Year honors since Nicole Edwards in 2007.

At the 2011 Big Ten Championships, Tauro led the Maize and Blue to a runner-up finish with her third-place performance to earn All-Big Ten honors.

In his 20th season at the helm of the program, McGuire earned his sixth Regional Coach of the Year accolade. Under McGuire, Michigan has posted 14 top-two finishes at NCAA Regionals, including seven first-place performances. He most recently earned the recognition after leading Michigan to Big Ten and Great Lakes Regional titles in 2005 and is the only coach in U-M history to earn the honor.

The Wolverines, who were ranked No. 10 in the recent USTFCCCA DI Coaches Poll, will conclude the season at the NCAA Championships on Monday, Nov. 21. The 6,000-meter event is set for a 12:58 p.m. start at Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind., and will be streamed live on NCAA.com.

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