ALLENDALE – The Michigan women’s cross country team’s trip to
the Michigan Intercollegiate in Allendale turned into a journey
last Friday.

The trip from Ann Arbor should’ve taken two hours, but lasted
almost four and a half hours due to heavy weekend traffic and
construction.

The team arrived with only 30 minutes to warm up before its
race, but the hurried start didn’t seem to phase the Wolverines.
The Wolverines easily took first place in the 4K race, capturing
seven of the top 10 places.

The team was led by the 1-2-3 finish of Rebecca Walter, Jessie
Allen-Young and Lindsey Gallo. Natalie Ewing and Andrea Parker
rounded out the scoring, placing fifth and sixth, respectively.

The Wolverines were able to run together for the first two
kilometers, and then the front runners began to pull away. Walters
and Allen-Young were stride for stride the entire race, with
Walters winning by only a few thousanths of a second.

Coach Mike McGuire was happy with his team’s performance.

“We were solid all the way through,” McGuire said. “Walter and
Allen(-Young) ran like they have all season.”

Walters was also happy with the way the team ran.

“Our goal was to run together as a team,” Walters said. “It was
a good race for team cohesion.”

The Wolverines used the fall break to catch up on some sleep and
to prepare for Saturday, when the team will travel to Cedar Falls,
Iowa, for the NCAA Pre-National meet.

They’ll use the race to not only gauge themselves against the
rest of the nation, but to also get some redemption.

“We’d like to catch those teams that beat us at the Roy Griak
Invitational (10th-place finish),” McGuire said. “But we can only
take seven runners, and we have nine to 10 girls who can be our top
seven, so we have some choices to make (as to our lineup).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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