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Michigan's Erin Finn wins third Big Ten cross-country title

The Detroit News
Erin Finn

Senior Erin Finn made Big Ten history Sunday when she won her third consecutive individual championship to lead sixth-ranked Michigan to the conference cross-country championship.

“I’ve tried three times to be part of a Big Ten Title-winning team and nothing in the world beats this feeling,” said Finn, a West Bloomfield grad who covered the six kilometers on Minnesota’s Les Bolstad Golf Course in 20:37.3. She’s the first to win three titles since the Big Ten went to the 6K distance in 2005.

Finn went to the front of the pack at the outset and only grew her lead from there, finishing more than 25 seconds ahead of runner-up Katherine Receveur of Indiana.

“I’m so happy for Erin because we’ve come up short in the team race with her winning the individual title in other years, and it’s something we focused on all year,” coach Mike McGuire said. “It’s a consummate team effort.”

Gina Sereno (21:07.3) finished fourth for Michigan, which scored 63 points to runner-up Penn State’s 70. Avery Evenson was 14th, Jaimie Phelan 19th and Jamie Morrissey 25th for the Wolverines.

Alexis Wiersma (21:07.9) was fifth and Rachele Schulist (21:18.1) ninth for Michigan State, which finished third at 80 points.

Minnesota and Ohio State were fourth and fifth, respectively.