Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Michigan 6th, Notre Dame 7th

taken from mgoblue.com :

Walter Paces Michigan to Sixth at NCAA Championships
Event Recap Notes & Quotes
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Behind the All-America performance of senior Rebecca Walter (Beverly Hills, Mich./Birmingham Groves HS), the University of Michigan women's cross country team earned its second straight sixth-place finish (250 points) at the NCAA Championships on Monday (Nov. 21) at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course. Stanford won the team crown with 146 points.Walter earned All-America honors for the third time in her career as she led the No. 3-ranked Wolverines across the finish line in 27th place. Improving eight spots on her placing at last season's NCAA meet, Walter registered a time of 20:26.0 in her final collegiate cross country meet, finshing just 13 seconds outside of the top 15 placers. Walter completes her U-M career as just the second Wolverine cross country runner to earn three All-America citations.
As Northern Arizona's Johanna Nilsson and Columbia's Caroline Bierbaum surged early to quickly string out the 253-person field, the Wolverines dropped back into the middle of the pack, running within a 30-second window between the 60th and 100th positions. Walter ran with sophomore
Alyson Kohlmeier (Sarnia, Ontairo/St. Patrick's HS) through the midway point, clocking 10:11 and 10:12, respectively. As the leaders continued to pull away, Walter maintained her pace, closing the final 3,000 meters in 10:15 to secure her second-best NCAA showing. Kohlmeier drifted further back into the field over the same stretch, clocking 20:46.5 as Michigan's second runner across the line in 59th place.
Finishing within 17 seconds of each other, Michigan's remaining scorers all boasted standout showings as sophomore/freshman
Nicole Edwards (Winnipeg, Manitoba/Vincent Massey HS), fifth-year senior Ana Gjesdal (La Crescenta, Calif./Crescenta Valley HS) and senior/junior Jessie Stewart (Kalamazoo, Mich./Loy Norrix HS) picked off competitors in the final stretch to register personal-best performances.Clocking 20:52.5 in her NCAA Championships debut, Edwards trimmed 16 seconds off her 6,000-meter personal best to claim 72nd overall. Gjesdal crossed the line just several ticks later in 82nd place, posting a time of 20:58.0 to shave nine second from her PR, while Stewart improved her 6,000-meter personal best by 34 seconds, clocking 21:09.0 in 97th place.

Top 10 Teams 1. Stanford 146
2. Colorado 181
3. Duke 185
4. Arizona State 191
5. Illinois 212
7. Notre Dame 252
8. Brigham Young 288
9. Minnesota 361
10. Oklahoma State 377

Only a 2 point difference between UofM and ND!!! Nice job ladies!

oh and let's not forget the AWESOME IRISH MEN who came in 3rd!

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