U of M Women - Finn is Runner-Up in Minnesota; Wolverines Fifth

U of M Women - Finn is Runner-Up in Minnesota; Wolverines Fifth

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What You Need to Know

» Fans may have been looking for the head-to-head matchup of Erin Finn against Boise State's Allie Ostrander, but Ostrander did not race in today's meet. Today's result marks Finn's 11th career top-two finish.

» This weekend's event served as Michigan's first trip to the Land of 10,000 Lakes since the 2005 season -- the last time Minnesota hosted the Big Ten Championships.

» Among Big Ten schools, U-M finished second with a total of seven conference programs competing.

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Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (Leo Bolstad Golf Course)

Meet: Roy Griak Invitational (6,000 meters)

U-M Team Finish: 5th Place (155 points)

Top U-M Individual: Erin Finn, 2nd place (21:01.0)

Next U-M Event: Saturday, Oct. 1 -- at Greater Louisville Classic (Louisville, Ky.)

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The 10th-ranked University of Michigan women's cross country team used five top-50 finishes to propel itself to a fifth-place team finish at the University of Minnesota's Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday (Sept. 24), running 6,000 meters on the Leo Bolstad Golf Course. The team was led by an outstanding effort from senior Erin Finn, who finished with her 11th career top-two finish overall as the runner-up.

In the Wolverines' first trip to Minnesota since the 2005 season, it was tough sledding. The course was worn from five previous races having been run on it earlier in the morning and from the several inches of rain that accumulated in the nights leading into today's event. More important than the conditions of the course, though, was the fact that today marked a chance for U-M to set their spikes down on the site of next month's Big Ten Championships (Oct. 30).

Finn jumped out front from the gun, taking charge right away in her block M singlet. The worn-out and muddy course was no match for her ferocious pace, which led the front group through the mile marker at 5:21, and she and Boise State's Brenna Peloquin wasted no time separating themselves from the rest of the field.

The duo ran within a few meters of each other for much of the day, dipping down the short hills and shallow valleys across a 6,000-meter loop. Between the 3K and 4K mark, Peloquin made an aggressive move, and Finn chose to not give any immediate chase. Peloquin moved ahead and kept a feverish pace, eventually earning a win of more than 12 seconds.

Finn and her teammates got to race on the same course they will return to next month to fight for the conference title, and in a field that featured more than 300 athletes overall, it was important to get an opportunity to navigate the thick pack of competing athletes.

Michigan's 12-woman lineup produced five top-50 finishes overall, and just 40 seconds separated scorers two through seven. Senior/junior Gina Sereno took 25th in 22:22.4, while her classmate Jamie Morrissey joined her among the top 40 with a 39th-place finish.

True freshman Madeline Trevisan also turned in a scoring performance, as she (42nd) and junior/sophomore Claire Borchers (47th) snuck into the top 50 finishers. Senior/junior Jaimie Phelan and junior Avery Evenson stuck together in the thick of the pack, placing 65th and 66th, respectively, to round out the scoring seven.

U-M returns to action next weekend with the Greater Louisville Classic in Louisville, Kentucky. Last fall, the Wolverines went one-two across the finish line to win the event.

Top 10 Team Finishes

1. Portland (74 points)

2. Michigan State (127)

3. Penn State (145)

4. Boise State (155)

5. U-M (155)

6. San Francisco (167)

7. UCLA (207)

8. Mississippi State (221)

9. Minnesota (258)

10. Ohio State (276)

Top 10 Individual Finishers

1. Brenna Peloquin, Boise State (20:49.5)

2. ERIN FINN, U-M (21:01.0)

3. Lauren LaRocco, Portland (21:29.1)

4. Claire Green, Arizona (21:51.5)

5. Anne Luijten, Portland (21:56.5)

6. Parkes Kendrick, Portland (21:56.7)

7. Sarah Reiter, Eastern Washington (22:01.3)

8. Charlotte Taylor, San Francisco (22:02.2)

9. Jillian Hunsberger, Penn State (22:05.8)

10. Perez Rotich, Iowa State (22:07.2)

Other U-M Finishers

25. Gina Sereno (22:22.4)

39. Jamie Morrissey (22:36.9)

42. Madeline Trevisan (22:39.3)

47. Claire Borchers (22:41.1)

65. Jaimie Phelan (23:01.7)

66. Avery Evenson (23:02.1)

90. Sarah Zieve (23:21.7)

107. Hannah Meier (23:28.2)

119. Sophie Linn (23:38.4)

137. Erika Fluehr (23:48.1)

173. Ellie Leonard (24:14.2)

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