U of M Women - Wolverines Earn Team Win at Pre-Nats
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What You Need to Know
» U-M defeated seven ranked programs, including No. 2 Colorado, No. 4 Oregon, No. 7 Georgetown, No. 9 Stanford, No. 26 Villanova, No. 27 Texas and No. 29 Cornell.
» Erin Finn has led U-M in the last nine races she has competed in dating back to 2013.
» Junior Sophie Linn, sophomore/freshman Rachel Barrett and her classmate Claire Borchers each made her in-uniform 6K debut.
• Complete Results | Open Race Results
Site: E.P. Tom Sawyer Park (Louisville, Ky.)
Meet: NCAA Pre-Nationals
U-M Team Finish: 1st place of 42 Teams
Top U-M Individual: Erin Finn, 6th (20:09.1)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Oct. 23 -- at EMU Classic (Dexter, Mich.), 4:30 p.m.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The fifth-ranked University of Michigan women's cross country team earned its third team victory in as many weeks at the 6,000-meter NCAA Pre-Nationals on Saturday (Oct. 17), placing four in the top 40 finishers, including a pair on the top 15. The meet was run at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park, the site of the 2015 NCAA Championships (Nov. 21), and four of seven competing Wolverines established a new collegiate best at 6,000 meters.
Junior Erin Finn jumped out to an early lead in the race, running 5:22 through the first mile. The pack out front continued to push the pace, coming through the first 3,000 meters at 10:00 even. Finn stayed out front from the gun, yielding the lead to eventual winner Erin Clark of Colorado.
Finn crossed the line just a fraction of a second shy of a new 6K PR, running 20:09.1 to finish sixth overall; Finn ran 20:09 at the 2013 NCAA Regionals as a freshman. Her sixth-place finish continues a hot start to the season for the reigning Big Ten Athlete of the Week, as she has now led U-M in the last nine events in which she has competed.
Senior Shannon Osika was also among the lead group, taking 13th in 20:16.5, just about seven seconds behind Finn. Junior/sophomore Gina Sereno took 35th as Michigan's third scorer, clocking 20:37.4 for a new 6,000-meter PR. Her classmate Jaimie Phelan was not far behind, running 20:40.1 -- also a personal best -- for 38th place, while fifth-year senior Anna Pasternak (20:46.4) rounded out the scoring with a new PR of her own, finishing 52nd overall and 48th in team scoring.
The final pair of Wolverines across the line were junior/sophomore Sophie Linn (PR 21:03.6) in 87th and senior Taylor Manett in 145th (21:25.5).
In the open race, U-M found another team victory with a near-perfect score of 17 points. Junior/sophomore Jamie Morrissey led the way for the five Wolverines in the top eight finishers. She took a runner-up, placing in 21:16.1, a new personal best. Morrissey crossed just ahead of sophomore/freshman Rachel Barrett (21:18.4) in her 6K debut, and junior/sophomore Courtney Munley ran 21:27.2 for fourth place. Sophomore/freshman Claire Borchers also made her in-uniform 6K debut at 21:28.9 for seventh place, and junior/sophomore Corinne Florie (21:31.5) rounded out the scoring in eighth.
U-M gets right back on the course next Friday (Oct. 23) with the EMU Classic at the nearby Dexter Mills Metropark in Dexter, Michigan. The race will begin at 4 p.m.
Top 10 Individual Finishers
1. Erin Clark, Colorado 20:00.5
2. Hannah Everson, Air Force 20:01.2
3. Chelsea Blaase, Tennessee 20:02.6
4. Sharon Lokedi, Kansas 20:08.3
5. Hannah McInturff, Utah 20:09.0
6. ERIN FINN, U-M 20:09.1
7. Natalie Schudrowitz, Brown 20:09.4
8. Waverly Neer, Oregon 20:11.5
9. Sarah Feeny, Utah 20:12.1
10. Christina Melian, Stony Brook 20:13.6
Top U-M Finishers
13. Shannon Osika 20:16.5*
35. Gina Sereno 20:37.4
38. Jaimie Phelan 20:40.1*
52. Anna Pasternak 20:46.4*
87. Sophie Linn 21:03.6*
145. Taylor Manett 21:25.5
* personal best
Top 10 Teams
1. MICHIGAN 131
2. Colorado 151
3. Oregon 175
4. Stanford 244
5. Mississippi State 247
6. Utah 350
7. Georgetown 381
8. Weber State 387
9. Purdue 441
10. Villanova 457
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