A pair of redshirt freshmen, Rachel Severin and Peter Christmas, both received their first Big Ten Conference Runner of the Week honors of their short careers at Michigan.

Severin paced the women’s cross country team at the EMU classic last Friday with a fourth-place finish. The Chelsea native posted a time of 18:12 in her 5,000-meter race.

Christmas, an Ann Arbor native, also finished fourth for the Michigan men’s cross country team on the same day. He finished the 10,000-meter race in 32:18.

Both runners hope the momentum from their individual accolades will extend to this weekend’s Big Ten Championships in Columbus, Ohio.

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