U of M Women - Toeing the Line #6: at Big Ten Championships
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Sunday, Nov. 1 -- at Big Ten Championships (Chicago, Ill.), 11:45 a.m. CST
The second-ranked University of Michigan women's cross country team is primed and ready for the 2015 postseason, beginning with Sunday's (Nov. 1) Big Ten Championships. The 6,000-meter race for the conference crown will be run at the Sydney Marovitz Golf Course in Chicago, Illinois.
On the shores of Lake Michigan, the Maize and Blue will seek its first Big Ten title since 2012. The postseason lineup includes Erin Finn, Sophie Linn, Taylor Manett, Jamie Morrissey, Courtney Munley, Shannon Osika, Anna Pasternak, Jaimie Phelan and Gina Sereno.
Linn, Morrissey and Munley will make their postseason debuts. All other athletes in the lineup were part of the 2013 or 2014 Big Ten Championships squads.
Conference foes from No. 15 Penn State, No. 21 Michigan State, No. 22 Minnesota and No. 30 Purdue will be among the 126 athletes competing from 14 Big Ten programs.
Nestled between Lake Shore Drive and the shores of Lake Michigan, Sydney Marovitz Golf Couse offers unparalleled views of the lake, Montrose Harbor and the Chicago skyline. The course's mature trees, undulating landscape and waterfront location will challenge some of the nation's best collegiate distance runners. The starting point for the 8K course will begin and end just north of the clubhouse and Clock Tower Café.
The meet will be broadcast on tape-delay on the Big Ten Network on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. CST.
THINGS TO KNOW
• Michigan is seeking its first Big Ten title since 2012 and 10th under 24th-year head coach Mike McGuire. U-M has finished either first or second in the conference in 18 of 23 seasons with McGuire at the helm.
• The Maize and Blue's No. 2 ranking in the latest edition of the USTFCCCA Coaches' poll marks the first time since the 2004 season that both the men's and women's programs are both ranked in the top five, with Coach Kevin Sullivan's men at No. 5.
• Michigan enters the postseason with a perfect 64-0 record this season, including a 6-0 mark against the rest of the Great Lakes Region.
• U-M earned a team victory at the team's last scored meet, the NCAA Pre-Nationals, run two weekends ago (Oct. 17) in Louisville, Kentucky. The Wolverines topped seven ranked programs, including four in the top 10, with four of the seven competing athletes setting new collegiate bests at 6,000 meters.
• Junior All-American Erin Finn has been a two-time Big Ten Athlete of the Week (Sept. 23; Oct. 7) this fall, giving her four in her Wolverine career.
• Finn is ranked No. 6 in the latest edition of the Flo50 rankings. She has led U-M in the last nine consecutive scored meets that she has participated in.
• Behind 2013 individual Big Ten champion Erin Finn and three-time conference honoree Shannon Osika (2014 first team; 2012-13 second team), U-M has an experienced and productive lineup. Spots three through nine include four athletes that have either won conference honors of their own or were on the roster during the 2012 Great Lakes Regional title run.
Top Returning Times from 2014 Big Ten Championships
Shannon Osika 20:03.4
Jaimie Phelan 20:47.2
Erin Finn 20:48.3*
Anna Pasternak 20:48.9
Gina Sereno 20:55.1
Corinne Florie 21:27.7
Taylor Manett 21:23.8
* = Time is from 2013 Big Ten Championships; did not compete in 2014 (injury)
Friday, Nov. 13 -- at NCAA Great Lakes Regional (Madison, Wis.), Noon CST
Saturday, Nov. 21 -- at NCAA Championships (Louisville, Ky.), 1 p.m.
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