While the top runners on the Michigan women’s cross country team
took the past week off to train for the upcoming Big Ten
Championships, some of the team’s younger runners were given a
chance to prove themselves at the Eastern Michigan Classic.

Three Wolverines donned the Maize and Blue and four redshirt
freshmen ran unattached at the non-scoring 5,000-meter race in Ann
Arbor.

“As far as the people in uniform, I thought all three of them
ran really well,” Michigan coach Mike McGuire said. “Ohio State,
with the exception of its top runner, had (its) team in (the race).
Our goal was to try to get in there and mix it up with the Ohio
State girls, and (we) did a pretty good job of doing that.”

The runners showed signs of improvement from the last time they
ran on this course, earlier this season at the Eastern Michigan
Open on Aug. 30.

All three athletes reduced their times by 20 seconds or more
from that race, and the trio ran consistently throughout the event.
Sophomore Laura Brosius led the Wolverines across the finish line
with a time of 19:05 for 11th place.

“It was a good effort,” Brosius said. “We’ve had good
preparation up to this point and our team worked well
together.”

Senior Anna Jones and junior Jessica Wagner took 12th and 14th
place, respectively, with times of 19:10 and 19:32.

For these runners, this was the last meet of the season, as they
will now get ready for the indoor track and field season, which
starts in December.

They will not participate in the Big Ten championships, but
their cross country training has helped them prepare for track.

Jones and Wagner are expected to contribute more on the track,
since both are strong middle-distance runners.

“They’ve done a good job and they’re improving,” McGuire said.
“It’s a pretty talented team, and they need to continue to work
hard to get better. I anticipate that they will have the
opportunity to be preparing for a Big Ten championship next
year.”

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