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Coach Michel's was named the 2007 Division II Men’s Cross Country Coach of the year for her team’s performance. She is the first female to receive this honor for coaching a men’s sport in any NCAA division or sport.
As a college athlete at Western State College of Colorado, Michel earned eight All-American honors in Track and Field and Cross Country. In track and field, Michel won NCAA Division II National Championships in the Steeplechase, 3,000m and Indoor Mile. Michel still holds the National Championship record in the Steeplechase. Her Senior year of Cross Country, she was named the Division II Cross Country runner of the year.
After graduating from Western State with a degree in History and Secondary Education in 2001, Michel went on to qualify for the USATF Championships in the steeplechase in 2001 and 2002, as well as the 5000 meters in 2002. She was also selected to run on US road racing championships in Beijing, China and Yokohama, Japan.
While competing as a post-collegiate athlete, Michel was an assistant coach for the Western State Cross Country and Track and Field programs until taking over as the Head Coach for the Distance programs in the fall of 2007. Western State has a strong tradition in Cross Country with 7 NCAA Division II titles for the men and three titles for the women since 1995.
In her first year as Head Coach for the Western State Mountaineers, the men went on to win the NCAA North Central Region and the women placed second. At the national championships, the men placed 2nd by a mere 7 points and the women were 6th.