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Michelle Franch
Class: SO
Major: Mathematics Education
Hometown: West Chicago, IL
Previous School: West Chicago Community

2016 at Taylor: Continued to make major impact on Trojan lineup during second season … Raced in all seven meets ... Scored inside TU’s top-five finishers in six-of-seven outings … Opened year with personal-best time of 18:51.8 and fifth-place finish at Indiana Wesleyan Invite … IWU Invite time was TU’s 15th-fastest individual mark of the season … Went on to crack the 19:50 barrier in all seven events … Claimed four top-20 showings and crossed inside the top-60 in all six regular season meets … Claimed All-Crossroads League honors with 12th-place finish at league meet … Finished 227th at NAIA National Championships.  

2015 at Taylor: Burst onto collegiate scene as immediate contributor in Taylor lineup … Raced in all seven competitions and scored for TU in each of final six races … Ran season-best mark of 18:51.9 at Bethel Invite to crack TU’s top-20 all-time individual times … Posted four times of sub-19:15 and finished under the 20-minute barrier in all seven meets … Notched top-10 performances at Bethel Invite and Crossroads League Championships … Crossed inside top-30 in all six regular season outings … Earned All-Indiana Little State and All-Crossroads League honors … Finished 109th at NAIA National Championships.

Prep: Three-time varsity letterwinner in cross country for Bob Maxson at West Chicago Community High … Winner of Varsity Athletic Award as three-sport student-athlete for the Wildcats … Received Coach’s Award … Winner of Daily Herald Prep Sports Excellence Award … Named team’s Most Improved … Claimed Rookie-of-the-Year honors … Nominated for Academic All-Illinois honors … Named Scholar-Athlete … Member of Academic Honor Roll … Member of National Honor Society … Illinois State Scholar.

Personal: Daughter of Don and Ana Franch … Majoring in mathematics educations … Minoring in Spanish … Prep teammate of current TU cross country junior, Mae Elizabeth Gimre.

2016-17 Women's Cross Country Roster
Roster for 2016-17 Women's Cross Country Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.HometownPrevious School
Kristin AltFR Perrysburg, OHPerrysburg
Alex BerendsJR Hudsonville, MIHudsonville
Rachel BlaggSO Marshalltown, IAMarshalltown
Taylor BluemelFR Brodhead, WIBrodhead
Margie CrosbySO Columbia, MORock Bridge
Abby CrosleySO Fishers, INHeritage Christian
Amanda DibleySO Bristol, INElkhart Central
Andi FosterJR Van Wert, OHVan Wert
Michelle FranchSO West Chicago, ILWest Chicago Community
Kathryn GerigSR Indianapolis, INHeritage Christian
Mae Elizabeth GimreSO West Chicago, ILWest Chicago Community
Megan HarrisonFR Indianapolis, INHeritage Christian
Haley HeathSO Wabash, INSouthwood
Lauren MelchersJR Algonquin, ILH.D. Jacobs
Naomi NoyesFR Wheaton, ILWheaton North
Ellie RodmanJR Upland, INEastbrook
Hannah SchroderSR Caledonia, MICaledonia
Anna SouzisSO Groveport, OHMadison Christian
Maddie WeedenFR Wheaton, ILWheaton North