U of M Women - Finn Sets Course Record in Louisville as U-M Wins Big

U of M Women - Finn Sets Course Record in Louisville as U-M Wins Big

Provided by U of M

Oct. 1, 2016

What You Need to Know

» Erin Finn won her third race in four weekends so far this year, setting a new course record for the E.P. Tom Sawyer Park with a 14-second margin of victory.

» U-M placed all seven of its scorers among the top 26 athletes overall.

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

» Three of the four athletes who ran in this meet last fall recorded faster times this year, shaving more than 13 seconds off their previous time, on average.

Site: Louisville, Kent. (E.P. Tom Sawyer Park)

Meet: Greater Louisville Classic (5,000 meters)

U-M Team Finish: 1st Place (58 points)

Top U-M Individual: Erin Finn, 1st place (16:26.0)

Next U-M Event: Saturday, Oct. 15 -- at adidas Pre-Nationals (Terre Haute, Ind.), 10:15 a.m.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The 14th-ranked University of Michigan women's cross country team was victorious at the Greater Louisville Sports Commission's Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday (Oct. 1) with the help of seven athletes among the top 26 finishers and a new course record set by senior Erin Finn. The 5,000-meter race was run at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park, the site of last year's NCAA Championships, and it marks Michigan's fourth trip to Louisville over the past two seasons.

That course familiarity bred success for U-M this weekend, as three athletes who ran at this course last fall recorded faster races than they did a year ago.

Now a two-time defending champion, Finn shaved 22 seconds off her winning time from last year and was the only time under 16:50. The reigning Big Ten Athlete of the Week, Finn has now recorded 12 first- or second-place finishes in her career at Michigan, including nine victories. It was a solo effort from the gun, much like Finn's other two victories this year, and she pushed her foot on the gas pedal throughout.

Senior/junior Gina Sereno was about 16 seconds faster than her 2015 time, finishing fifth in 16:55.8, and junior/sophomore Claire Borchers took 17 seconds off her race from last year to place 23rd overall (17:23.1).

Head coach Mike McGuire was pleased with his team's performance as a whole and was glad to see the depth come out across the U-M lineup.

"Coming off a hard effort last weekend at 6K in Minnesota, I thought we rebounded well and had a good showing today," said McGuire. "Multiple runners had faster times than they did at this course last year, and even behind our scorers we showed some good depth."

All seven scoring Wolverines earned top-26 finishes, and behind Finn and Sereno, senior/junior Jamie Morrissey (14th), junior Avery Evenson (18th) and senior/junior Jaimie Phelan (20th) recorded top-20 finishes.

Borchers and true freshman Madeline Trevisan (26th) rounded out the scoring effort, and Trevisan continues to impress during her rookie campaign as she has now contributed to team scoring efforts in consecutive meets.

In all, 12 U-M athletes competed, and six set collegiate-best 5K times: Borchers, Morrissey, Evenson, Trevisan, Badger and Zieve.

The Wolverines are off next weekend before returning to Cross Country Town, U.S.A. for the adidas Pre-Nationals meet on Saturday (Oct. 15) in Terre Haute, Indiana. It will mark the second regular-season meet for U-M at the site of this year's NCAA Championships.

Top 5 Team Finishes

1. U-M (58 points)

2. Guelph University (153)

3. Butler (156)

4. Eastern Kentucky (183)

5. Virginia Tech (208)

Top 10 Individual Finishers

1. ERIN FINN, U-M (16:26.70)

2. Martina Rodriguez, Memphis (16:50.30)

3. Charlotte Imer, Eastern Kentucky (16:52.0)

4. Veronica Eder, Auburn (16:53.50)

5. GINA SERENO, U-M (16:55.8)

6. Katherine Turner, Butler (16:56.20)

7. Heather Petrick, Guelph (16:58.90)

8. Kristina Popadich, Western Ontario (17:03.50)

9. Kendra Foley, Grand Valley State (17:07.70)

10. Lucia Stafford, Toronto (17:10.30)

Other U-M Finishers

14. Jamie Morrissey (17:14.2)

18. Avery Evenson (17:15.7)

20. Jaimie Phelan (17:20.3)

23. Claire Borchers (17:23.1)

26. Madeline Trevisan (17:24.2)

49. Sydney Badger (17:41.4)

50. Sarah Zieve (17:41.7)

62. Hannah Meier (17:49.90)

68. Sophie Linn (17:53.40)

73. Rachel Barrett (17:56.10)

104. Ellie Leonard (18:09.20)

Communications Contact: Chad Shepard