Michigan Women Ranked No. 12 in National Preseason Poll

Michigan Women Ranked No. 12 in National Preseason Poll

Provided by U of M

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The University of Michigan women's cross country team is tabbed No. 12 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Cross Country Coaches' Preseason Poll, as announced Tuesday (Aug. 28).

The Wolverines earned the highest ranking among Big Ten institutions in the national poll. Three other conference teams -- Michigan State (No. 17), Minnesota (No. 27) and Wisconsin (No. 29) -- also appeared in the top 30.

U-M returns all but one scorer from the 2011 squad, which finished 15th at the NCAA Championship -- its best national finish since 2006 (third). The Maize and Blue also captured the NCAA Great Lakes Regional title and finished runner-up at the Big Ten Championships a year ago.

The Wolverines will be led by an All-Big Ten first team member, senior Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven), and two second-team selections, senior Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) and junior/sophomore Taylor Pogue (Goodrich, Mich./Goodrich), who was also honored as the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Year.

Contact: Whitney Dixon