The Women’s Intercollegiate Cross Country Coaches Association named junior Rebecca Walter Athlete of the Region yesterday and crowned Michigan’s Mike McGuire regional Coach of the Year.

Walter won the regional meet last weekend and finished second at the Big Ten Championship on Oct. 31. Walter has won a postseason award in three straight seasons. She was awarded Big Ten Freshman of the Year two years ago and was recognized as an All-Big Ten selection last year.

This is McGuire’s fourth regional Coach of the Year award in his 13-year career. He won the award three straight times from 1992-94.

The Wolverines have won four NCAA Great Lakes Regionals under McGuire’s tenure, the most recent coming last weekend in Ypsilanti.

Michigan will travel to Terre Haute, Ind, for the NCAA Championships on Monday.

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