U of M Women - Finn Cruises; U-M Scores Near-Perfect Race in Terre Haute

U of M Women - Finn Cruises; U-M Scores Near-Perfect Race in Terre Haute

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What You Need to Know

» For the second time in as many weeks, Erin Finn recorded a 45-second margin of victory in capturing the individual title.

» This week's trip to Terre Haute, Indiana, marks the first of three ventures to the site of the NCAA Championships this season.

» For Avery Evenson, Hannah Meier, Lauren Van Vlierbergen and Meg Darmofal, today's race marked their first opportunity to compete for U-M in a scored meet.

» Under head coach Mike McGuire, U-M has now won six of its last seven regular-season scored meets dating back to 2014.

• Complete Results PDF

Site: Terre Haute, Ind. (Lavern Gibson Championship Course)

Meet: Sycamore Invitational (5,000 meters)

U-M Team Finish: 1st Place of 3 Teams (16 points)

Top U-M Individual: Erin Finn, 1st place (17:04)

Next U-M Event: Saturday, Sept. 24 -- at Roy Griak Invitational (Minneapolis, Minn.), 1:35 p.m. CDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The ninth-ranked University of Michigan women's cross country team came into Terre Haute, Indiana, on Saturday (Sept. 10) and absolutely steamrolled the competition at ISU's Sycamore Invitational, totaling a near-perfect team score of 16 points as senior Erin Finn cruised to victory by a margin of 45 seconds at Lavern Gibson Championship Course

U-M has now captured six wins in its last seven regular-season meets as Finn took her second individual victory of the year, and the eighth of her U-M career. The Wolverines were well supported, claiming places two, three, four and six as scorers, and nine of the top-10 overall finishers were clad in Maize and Blue.

In addition to rainy conditions, which delayed the starting gun by about 15 minutes, the Wolverines also had to do battle with formidable opponents from Duke and the host school, Indiana State. U-M topped Duke by more than 30 points and bested the Sycamores by 63 in the team race.

Finn ran a solo effort, separating herself from the pack early to create such a wide margin of victory across the 5,000-meter race. The runner-up was senior/junior Gina Sereno in 17:49.2, while last week's top-finishing Wolverine, junior Avery Evenson, took third place in 18:01.0.

The remaining scorers for U-M included junior/sophomore Claire Borchers in fourth (17:58.4) and senior/junior Jaimie Phelan in sixth (18:11.0). Senior/junior Jamie Morrissey finished seventh and narrowly missed adding to the scoring contribution, but she joined senior/junior Hannah Meier (eighth), senior/junior Sophie Linn (ninth) and junior/sophomore Ellie Leonard (10th) in recording top-10 finishes.

The Wolverines took advantage of the opportunity to get their spikes down on the site of the NCAA Championships this week and will enjoy the next week off from competition. They will return to action in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the University of Minnesota's Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 24. The meet will be held on the Les Bolstad golf course and will be an opportunity for the Wolverines to run on the site of November's Big Ten Championships. Race time is set for 1:35 p.m. CDT.

Team Stantings

1. MICHIGAN (16 points)

2. Duke (47)

3. Indiana State (79)

Top 10 Individual Finishers

1. Erin Finn, U-M (17:04.2)

2. Gina Sereno, U-M (17:48.2)

3. Avery Evenson, U-M (18:01.0)

4. Claire Borchers, U-M (18:06.2)

5. Lindsay Billings, Duke (18:09.4)

6. Jaimie Phelan, U-M (18:11.0)

7. Jamie Morrissey, U-M (18:13.8)

8. Hannah Meier, U-M (18:18.4)

9. Sophie Linn, U-M (18:24.2)

10. Ellie Leonard, U-M (18:33.2)

Other U-M Finishers

11. Sarah Zieve (18:35.1)

12. Sydney Badger (18:35.9)

14. Erika Fluehr (18:46.9)

17. Holly Petrusson (18:56.6)

18. Rachel Coleman (18:57.0)

20. Gina McNamara (19:00.9)

23. Lauren Van Vlierbergen (19:12.7)

27. Meg Darmofal (19:32.8)

Communications Contact: Chad Shepard