U of M - Finn Returns to Lead Wolverines to Team Victory at Commodore Classic
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What You Need to Know
» All five of Michigan's scoring runners finished in the top 20, with a 48-second split between 1-5, to lead the Wolverines to the team victory with 39 total points.
» Michigan junior Erin Finn ran her first cross country race in a U-M uniform since Oct. 18, 2014, and claimed the individual title by a 19-second margin at 16:43.4.
» Today's race represented the first look at Big Ten-level competition for U-M, as it topped Ohio State, as well as No. 22-ranked Vanderbilt.
» U-M sophomore/freshmen Sydney Badger and Rachel Barrett and freshman Kayla Keane made their debut in a U-M singlet.
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Site: Vaughn's Gap Course (Nashville, Tenn.)
Meet: Commodore Classic
U-M Team Finish: 1st Place of 21 Teams (39 points)
Top U-M Individual: Erin Finn, 1st Place (16:43.4)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Oct. 3 -- at Greater Louisville Classic (Louisville, Ky.)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The 12th-ranked University of Michigan women's cross country team earned a team victory in U-M's first scored meet of the season at Vanderbilt's Commodore Classic, placing all five scoring runners in the top 20, to finish with 39 points at Vaughn's Gap Course.
The race featured 244 athletes from 21 different schools. The team win included victories over the host school, second-place and No. 22-ranked Vanderbilt (92 points), as well as Big Ten foe Ohio State, which took sixth in today's race.
In her first race in a Michigan uniform since Oct. 18, 2014, junior Erin Finn took the individual crown, crossing the line with a 5K time of 16:43.4, which was 19 seconds ahead of runner-up Marta Freitas of Mississippi State. Finn missed the 2014 cross country postseason due to injury and ran unattached in Michigan's 2015 season opener.
There was a 48-second split between Michigan's top five finishers, including just an eight-second split between its 2-3-4 runners. Senior Shannon Osika (17:10.2), junior/sophomore Gina Sereno (17:14.0) and fifth-year senior Anna Pasternak (17:18.0) packed up throughout the race and crossed the finish line in fifth, seventh and ninth place, respectively. Junior/sophomore Sophie Linn rounded out the Maize and Blue's scoring positions, placing 18th in a time of 17:31.4.
A pack of young Wolverines were right on the heels of Michigan's scoring contingent. Sophomore/freshman Claire Borchers (17:38.7), freshman Kayla Keane (17:39.2) and junior/sophomore Jaimie Phelan (17:40.1) claimed the 20th, 21st and 22nd spots, respectively, giving the Wolverines eight harriers in the top 25. It marked the first career race in Maize and Blue for Keane, while Phelan made her season debut.
A total of 21 Wolverines ran in uniform today, with each of them finishing in the top 100 of the 244-person field.
After a weekend off, U-M returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 3, with the Greater Louisville Classic, hosted by the University of Louisville, the site of the NCAA Championships later this season (Nov. 21).
Top 10 Team Standings
1. MICHIGAN 39
2. Vanderbilt 92
3. Mississippi State 95
4. Liscomb 97
5. Ole Miss 115
6. Ohio State 161
7. Clemson 189
8. Belmont 278
9. Louisville 307
10. Georgia Tech 308
Top 10 Individual Finishers
1. ERIN FINN, U-M 16:43.4
2. Marta Freitas, Miss State 17:02.2
3. Caroline Pietrzyk 17:04.8
4. Mary Alex England, Ole Miss 17:08.7
5. SHANNON OSIKA, U-M 17:10.2
6. Grace Barnett, Clemson 17:12.5
7. GINA SERENO, U-M 17:14.0
8. Barbara Lee Ball, Liscomb 17:15.5
9. ANNA PASTERNAK, U-M 17:18.0
10. Lisa Ziegler, Miss State 17:20.3
Other U-M Finishers
18. Sophie Linn 17:31.4
20. Claire Borchers 17:38.7
21. Kayla Keane 17:39.2
22. Jaimie Phelan 17:40.1
26. Taylor Manett 17:43.0
31. Corinne Florie 17:47.9
34. Erika Fluehr 17:49.2
36. Courtney Munley 17:49.8
39. Devon Hoppe 17:51.8
42. Rachel Barrett 17:53.2
50. Jamie Morrissey 18:02.9
51. Rachel Coleman 18:05.4
53. Gina McNamara 18:07.9
70. Olivia Brackett 18:19.5
76. Sydney Badger 18:22.3
77. Ellie Leonard 18:22.5
99. Laura Addison 18:36.5
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