Four All-Conference Performances Place Female Wolverines Second at Big Tens

Four All-Conference Performances Place Female Wolverines Second at Big Tens

Provided by U of M

Oct. 30, 2011

Site: The University of Illinois' Arboretum (Champaign, Ill.)
Meet: Big Ten Championships (6,000 Meters)
U-M Finish: 2nd of 12 Teams (61 points) 
Top U-M Individual: Danielle Tauro, 3rd (20:14)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Nov. 12 -- at NCAA Great Lakes Regional (Toledo, Ohio), 1 p.m.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The 19th-ranked University of Michigan women's cross country team used four all-conference performances to take second at the 2011 Big Ten Championships on Sunday (Oct. 30) at the University of Illinois' Arboretum. The squad's score of 61 points was just six points behind repeating champion Michigan State.

Fifth-year senior Danielle Tauro (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) led the Wolverines to the finish line, placing third in a time of 20:14. Junior Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven HS) followed on Tauro's heels to take fourth in 20:21. Tauro and Addison each ran personal-best 6,000-meter times to secure All-Big Ten first team honors.

Finishing just outside the top 10 was junior Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional), who matched a personal-best time of 20:41 to take the 11th spot. Crossing the finish line simultaneously with Smith was sophomore/freshman Taylor Pogue (Goodrich, Mich./Goodrich). In her Big Ten Championships debut, Pogue finished 12th in 20:41. Smith and Pogue each garnered All-Big Ten second team honors for their performances.

Senior Mary Grace Pellegrini (Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual) wrapped up Michigan's scoring positions in 31st with a personal-best time of 21:03.

The Maize and Blue matched its performance from last year's Big Ten Championships with the second-place finish. With three top-10 runners and all five scorers in the top 20, Michigan State secured its second consecutive Big Ten title.

The Wolverines will be back in action in two weeks at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Nov. 12. The 6,000-meter event is set for a 1 p.m. start in Toledo, Ohio.



Team Standings

 1. Michigan State    55
3. Penn State 71
4. Wisconsin 89
5. Minnesota 140
6. Iowa 149
7. Nebraska 202
8. Northwestern 213
9. Ohio State 217
10. Indiana 228
11. Purdue 306
12. Illinois 351

Top 10 Individuals

 1. Caitlin Lane, Penn State       19:58
2. Caitlin Comfort, Wisconsin 20:12
5. Stephanie Price, Minnesota 20:30
6. Julia Otwell, Michigan State 20:30
7. Kara Millhouse, Penn State 20:34
8. Sara Kroll, Michigan State 20:35
9. Carlie Green, Michigan State 20:36
10. Audrey Huth, Northwestern 20:38

Other Michigan Finishes

11. Taylor Pogue, U-M              20:41
12. Jillian Smith, U-M 20:41
31. Mary Grace Pellegrini, U-M 21:03
43. Megan Weschler, U-M 21:16
45. Lindsey Hilton, U-M 21:22
46. Ellen Junewick, U-M 21:23
52. Brook Handler, U-M 21:28




Michigan Head Coach Mike McGuire 
On taking second at Big Tens ... "Obviously were disappointed to come up a little short, but I was proud of the effort. Our kids competed hard. We've got Jillian Smith back in the mix now so that's a big boost to our lineup. It would have been nice to send Danielle (Tauro) and Mary Grace (Pellegrini) out with a Big Ten Championship ring, but it was not due to lack of effort on our part."

On whether the team met their expectations ... "I kind of thought that's about where we would be, somewhere in that range, with our fifth scorer. Michigan State stepped up at their fifth spot probably a little bit more than I thought they would."

On where the team's focus is moving forward ... "We've got to regroup and get ourselves prepared for Regionals. Teams that we'll see from this meet will be Michigan State and Wisconsin and then from outside the Big Ten will be Toledo, the MAC champions, and Notre Dame from the Big East, so that should provide a good challenge for us."

U-M Fifth-Year Senior Danielle Tauro 
On the team's execution today ... "Today everyone ran amazing and executed their plan. Michigan State just showed a little more depth than us in their fourth through seventh runners. We were disappointed not to win but are that much more motivated moving forward to regionals and nationals."