Dec. 19, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Sophomore Taylor Manett (Rockford, Mich./Rockford) of the University of Michigan women's cross country team was selected to represent Team USA at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country Challenge in Edinburgh, Scotland's Holyrood Park on Saturday, Jan. 11. She will be one of six members of Team USA competing in the Junior Women's 4K race. The event is set for a 5 a.m. EST start, with the women's junior race beginning at 7:45 a.m. EST (12:45 GMT).
Michigan Athletic Trainer Christie-Lee Miller will also join Manett in Scotland as she was chosen by USA Track & Field to represent Team USA as a member of its medical staff.
Manett was selected by the USA Track & Field Cross country council based on her performances throughout her sophomore season at Michigan. To be considered for nomination to the junior squad, athletes must be between the ages of 16-20 and must be a USA Track & Field member in good standing.
It will mark Manett's second straight year representing Team USA at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Challenge. At the 2013 event she placed 17th in the women's junior 4K in a time of 15:13.
"This is a reward and recognition for the great season Taylor had, particularly the championship part of her season with what she accomplished at the Big Ten, regional and national meets," said head coach Mike McGuire. When you combine her experience from last year and her growth from training and racing this year, I think that will be reflected in a strong performance for the U.S. team."
Manett built upon her success from her freshman campaign, competing as a part of U-M's top seven all season. She was an integral part of the Wolverines' success in the postseason, scoring in all three championship meets. She finished 14th at the Big Ten Championships to earn All-Big Ten second team honors. Her All-Great Lakes Region performance (11th) helped Michigan claim its third straight NCAA Great Lakes Region title. In the season finale at the NCAA Championships, Manett was U-M's third scorer in 57th place to help the Maize and Blue finish fourth as a team -- its highest finish since 2006.
"It's great for Taylor and it's great for the program," said McGuire of Manett representing the block M internationally. "Recruits know that we're supportive of our athletes having a chance to represent their country in international competition."
For Miller, who is in her fourth year working with the Wolverines' cross country and track and field programs, the Bupa Great Edinburgh Challenge will be her first event working with Team USA.
"I'm excited for Christie and again it's a reward and recognition for someone who has done a heck of a job as an athletic trainer in the arena of middle-distance and distance running," McGuire added. "What she's done for the cross country and track programs in the time that's she's been with us had been outstanding. We're equally as proud to have her representing Michigan as we are of Taylor."
The Bupa Great Edinburgh Challenge is an international team challenge that includes senior and junior teams from Great Britain & N. Ireland, the USA and Europe competing in four separate races with the aim of taking the overall team challenge title. The winning team is determined by the best aggregate finishing positions over the four races.
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