Toeing the Line #8: U-M to Race on National Stage on Monday
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Jillian Smith
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Nov. 17, 2011

THIS WEEK
Monday, Nov. 21 -- NCAA Championships (Terre Haute, Ind.), 12:58 p.m.
Webcast: NCAA.com | Meet Information

The 10th-ranked University of Michigan women's cross country team will make its 10th consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships, hosted by Indiana State University, on Monday (Nov. 21). The 6,000-meter race is set to start at 12:58 p.m. at Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind., and will be streamed live on NCAA.com free of charge.

The Wolverines captured the program's eighth Great Lakes Regional title on Nov. 12 to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. The regional title boosted their ranking up five spots to No. 10 in the recent USTFCCCA Division I Coaches Poll.

LAST TIME OUT: NCAA GREAT LAKES REGIONAL
Michigan took home the 2011 NCAA Great Lakes Regional title behind individual champion, fifth-year senior Danielle Tauro (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional), on Nov. 12.U-M secured the first, second, fifth, eighth and 29th spots individually to tally 45 points. The Wolverines finished 32 points ahead of runner-up Michigan State, which topped U-M two weeks prior at the Big Ten Championships. Tauro and junior Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven HS) remained in the lead pack throughout the duration of the race, finishing one-two. Michigan's top five also included junior Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional), sophomore/freshman Taylor Pogue (Goodrich, Mich./Goodrich) and freshman Brook Handler (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester), who took the fifth, eighth and 29th spots, respectively. Tauro, Addison, Smith and Pogue each earned All-Great Lakes Region honors for finishing in the top 25.

WOLVERINE BITES

We are the Champions -- Michigan won the 2011 NCAA Great Lakes Regional title on Nov. 12 in Toledo, Ohio to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the 10th straight season, dating back to 2002. During that 10-year stretch, the Wolverines won four regional titles and recorded four runner-up finishes. U-M has won a total of eight regional crowns in program history -- seven of which have come during head coach Mike McGuire's tenure.

Tauro, Tauro, Tauro! -- Fifth-year senior Danielle Tauro (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) clinched the Great Lakes Regional individual title on Nov. 12 in a time of 20:27.9. She became the first Wolverine to win the individual title since Nicole Edwards won back-to-back crowns in 2006 and '07. She also earned All-Great Lakes Region honors for the fourth time in her career. Tauro has now been a part of two regional championship teams, including 2008 where she finished 16th as a sophomore.

Regional Recognition -- Fifth-year senior Danielle Tauro (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) 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's individual regional crown led the Wolverines to the program's eighth team title. 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.

NCAA Championship History -- U-M will make its 22nd trip to the NCAA Championships in the program's 33-year history on Monday (Nov. 21). The Wolverines placed 22nd at last year's national meet, led by junior Jillian Smith's (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) 47th-place finish. U-M has posted nine top-10 finishes, coming as close as second place in 1994 and third in 2006, but has never won a NCAA Championship. The Wolverines only individual NCAA champion was Katie McGregor in 1998. Each year, the top 40 runners to cross the finish line earn All-America honors. Michigan's last harrier to earn a spot on that list was Kaitlyn Peale in 2009.

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 seven 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 six times. Under McGuire, Michigan has posted 16 top-two finishes in 20 seasons at the Big Ten Championships, 14 top-two finishes at NCAA Regionals and eight top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships.

IN THE POLLS
Michigan's Great Lakes Regional title bumped its ranking up five spots to No. 10 in the NCAA Division I cross country poll, released Tuesday (Nov. 15) by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). U-M is the highest ranked Big Ten team heading into the NCAA Championships.

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Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423