U of M Women - Wolverines, Finn Bring Home Second Straight Regional Title
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What You Need to Know
» Erin Finn won her sixth race this year, and her first career regional title, and is the first Wolverine to win the individual regional crown since Danielle Tauro in 2011.
» U-M defended its Great Lakes Regional title, earning the 11th in program history, each of which has come under head coach Mike McGuire.
» This marks the first back-to-back regional titles for U-M since it won three straight from 2011-13.
» Though it is not official until next week, U-M should have five all-region performers as Erin Finn (1st), Gina Sereno (8th), Avery Evenson (9th), Jamie Morrissey (21st) and Madeline Trevisan (22nd) each finished in the top 24.
• Complete Results PDF | Regional Central
Site: Madison, Wis. (Thomas Zimmer Championship Course)
Meet: NCAA Great Lakes Regional (6,000 meters)
U-M Team Finish: 1st place (61 points)
Top U-M Individual: Erin Finn, 1st place (19:44.7)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Nov. 19 -- at NCAA Championships (Terre Haute, Ind.), 11 a.m.
MADISON, Wis. -- The sixth-ranked University of Michigan women's cross country team defended its NCAA Great Lakes Regional crown Friday (Nov. 11) at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course. Once again, the Wolverines were led by senior Erin Finn, who earned her first career regional crown in a personal-best 6,000-meter time of 19:27.5, adding the penultimate piece to her personal trophy case as she seeks an individual NCAA championship next weekend.
Finn led from the start, challenged only by Notre Dame's Anna Rohrer as she sought to leave her competition in the dust in the same fashion as her Big Ten title two weekends ago. By 1,000 meters, Finn and Rohrer had created significant separation from the rest of the field. They came through the mile mark at 5:21 and pushed that lead even further over the next several hundred meters.
Near 2,000 meters, senior/junior co-captain Gina Sereno had worked her way into the top five, among the leaders of the chase pack with junior Avery Evenson tucked in underneath.
Senior/junior Jamie Morrissey and freshman Madeline Trevisan paired together, and junior/sophomore Claire Borchers teamed up with senior/junior Jaimie Phelan, while the Wolverines continued to practice their pack running mentality.
Finn and Rohrer continued a two-horse battle and had built their lead to about 20 seconds at the 4K mark.
Finn, who finished second in 2013 and fifth in 2015, surged ahead of Rohrer over the final 2,000 meters, while her teammates continued to jockey for position in the chase pack. Finn crossed the line in 19:27.5, more than 15 seconds faster than her quickest race of the season prior to this afternoon. She beat Rohrer by about eight seconds and came in ahead of Indiana's Katherine Receveur, who finished third, by 30 seconds. Behind Finn, Sereno was the top-finishing Wolverine in eighth with a time of 20:15.5, while Evenson took ninth in 20:19.1.
Morrissey and Trevisan stuck together to earn top-25 finishes at 20:33.1 and 20:33.8, respectively, and Phelan was not far behind in 28th with a time of 20:47. Borchers finished seventh in 39th place at 20:58.5.
The NCAA Championships mark Michigan's final meet of the season, and the team will return to run in Terre Haute, Indiana, for the third time this weekend next Saturday (Nov. 19). The 6,000-meter race will be run at the Lavern Gibson Championship Course.
Top 10 Team Finishes
1. MICHIGAN (61 points)
2. Notre Dame (91)
T3. Wisconsin (97)
T3. Michigan State (97)
5. Eastern Michigan (102)
6. Ohio State (193)
7. Purdue (232)
8. Butler (239)
9. Indiana (268)
10. Marquette (330)
Top 10 Individual Finishers
1. ERIN FINN, U-M (19:27.8)
2. Anna Rohrer, Notre Dame (19:35.7)
3. Katherine Receveur, Indiana (19:57.3)
4. Rachele Schulist, Michigan State (19:59.2)
5. Jordann McDermitt, Eastern Michigan (19:59.5)
6. Katherine Turner, Butler (20:05.5)
7. Emma Benner, Purdue (20:14.7)
8. GINA SERENO, U-M (20:15.5)
9. AVERY EVENSON, U-M (20:19.1)
10. Annie Heffernan, Notre Dame (20:19.3)
Other U-M Finishers
21. Jamie Morrissey (20:33.1)
22. Madeline Trevisan (20:33.8)
28. Jaimie Phelan (20:47.0)
39. Claire Borchers (20:58.5)
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