U of M Woman - Finn Earns Second Career B1G Athlete of the Year Award

U of M Woman - Finn Earns Second Career B1G Athlete of the Year Award

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ROSEMONT, Ill. -- After securing her second career individual Big Ten Title and aiding the seventh-ranked University of Michigan women's cross country team to a runner-up team finish at the 6,000-meter Big Ten Championships on Sunday (Nov. 1), junior Erin Finn was named the conference's female Athlete of the Year on Wednesday (Nov. 4), as voted by the Big Ten coaches.

Finn is one of just five athletes in Big Ten history to own multiple individual conference titles and is the first since Wisconsin's Erica Palmer in 1999-2000 to accomplish the feat. She joins former Wolverine Katie McGregor as the only two athletes in program history with multiple Big Ten titles.

Aside from her two conference titles, two Athlete of the Year awards and Big Ten Freshman of the Year (2013) honor, Finn was part of U-M's most-recent title-winning team at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional (2013), where she was an all-region honoree.

In Sunday's championship race at the Sydney Marovitz Golf Course on the shores of Lake Michigan, the West Bloomfield, Michigan, native led a trio of all-conference performers for the Maize and Blue and shaved about 15 seconds off her previous 6K PR. She also bested her 2013 title-winning time by more than one minute (20:48 to 19:44.9), though the pace and course were quick in Chicago.

Finn has led the Maize and Blue in the last 10 consecutive scored meets in which she has participated, dating to her freshman season in 2013. She now has a pair of all-conference honors (2013, '15; first team) on her résumé and has compiled three Big Ten Female Athlete of the Week awards as well.

Before she earned the conference's top honor as a freshman in 2013, the most-recent athlete in U-M history to earn the recognition was Erin Webster in 2006. Finn is now one of six Wolverines to have won an individual Big Ten championship, amounting to eight titles in all.

The junior dynamo is a conference leader in the classroom as well. She was Academic All-Big Ten last fall (2014), in her first eligible season, and was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar that year as well.

On the track, the three-time USTFCCCA All-American is also a four-time Big Ten champion, three-time U-M program record-holder and two-time USTFCCCA Academic All-American (2014-15).

The Big Ten Championships will be tape-delay broadcast on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m.

The seventh-ranked Maize and Blue continues its postseason run one week from Friday (Nov. 13) with the NCAA Great Lakes Regionals at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course in Madison, Wisconsin. The race is set for noon CDT.

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