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Michelle Franch
Class: JR
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.

2017-18 Women's Cross Country Roster
Roster for 2017-18 Women's Cross Country Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.HometownPrevious School
Alex BerendsJR Hudsonville, MIHudsonville
Rachel BlaggJR Marshalltown, IAMarshalltown
Taylor BluemelSO Brodhead, WIBrodhead
Ellie CogginSR Upland, INEastbrook
Anna CraigFR Warsaw, INWarsaw
Margie CrosbyJR Columbia, MORock Bridge
Abby CrosleyJR Fishers, INHeritage Christian
Amanda DibleyJR Bristol, INElkhart Central
Andi FosterSR Van Wert, OHVan Wert
Michelle FranchJR West Chicago, ILWest Chicago Community
Mae Elizabeth GimreJR West Chicago, ILWest Chicago Community
Katelynn HanbackFR Lafayette, INMcCutcheon
Sarah HardenFR Arlington Heights, ILHersey
Megan HarrisonSO Indianapolis, INHeritage Christian
Haley HeathJR Wabash, INSouthwood
Taylor HeathFR Wabash, INSouthwood
Sarah HolzmanFR Strongsville, OHCuyahoga Valley Christian
Erinne LubienskiFR Grosse Pointe Woods, MIGrosse Pointe North
Lauren MelchersSR Algonquin, ILH.D. Jacobs
Naomi NoyesSO Wheaton, ILWheaton North
Livy SchroderFR Caledonia, MICaledonia
Anna SouzisJR Groveport, OHMadison Christian
Maddie WeedenSO Wheaton, ILWheaton North
Ariel WentworthFR Sugarcreek, OHGaraway
Valerie WierengaSO Grandville, MIGrandville