U of M Women - Finn Claims Big Ten Athlete of the Week Honors

U of M Women - Finn Claims Big Ten Athlete of the Week Honors

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ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Junior Erin Finn of the fifth-ranked University of Michigan women's cross country team was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week on Wednesday (Oct. 7).

Finn was recognized by the conference after winning the individual title at the Greater Louisville Classic this past weekend, helping U-M to a team victory in the process. She crossed the line at 16:48.23, about two seconds faster than runner-up and teammate senior Shannon Osika.

The win was U-M's second team victory of the year. Finn has now led U-M in eight of the last nine races she has run with the varsity team, dating back to 2013, and her efforts helped the Wolverines move up in the latest USTFCCCA Coaches' Poll, settling at No. 5.

In U-M's first trip to the Greater Louisville Classic since 2011 (an event U-M also won), eight of 12 competing Wolverines set personal bests at the 5,000-meter distance. The Maize and Blue topped Big Ten foes No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 19 Penn State and No. 23 Minnesota among five ranked foes and four conference opponents in all.

The race was run at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park, the host site of the 2015 NCAA Champoinships (Nov. 21) and of U-M's next competition, the NCAA Pre-Nationals Meet on Oct. 17.

This week's award marks the second this season for Finn and for U-M; she also earned the recognition after leading U-M to a team win at Vanderbilt's Commodore Classic and now has four conference honors to her name.

Fifth-year senior co-captain Mason Ferlic of the eighth-ranked men's team was also recognized by the Big Ten this week. This marks the second time in the last two seasons that Ferlic and Finn have swept the conference awards (Sept. 23, 2014), and they are also the most recent pairing in conference history to do so.

After a weekend off, U-M will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 17, with the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet in Louisville. The race is set for a 10:15 a.m.

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