U of M Women - DMR Dethroned; PRs Abound in Day One Action at Big Ten Indoors
Provided by U of M
Site: Geneva, Ohio (SPIRE Institute)
Event: Big Ten Indoor Championships (Day 1)
U-M Team Result: Tie-10th Place of 12 Teams (9 points) after Day 1
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 28 -- at Big Ten Indoor Championships - Day 2 (Geneva, Ohio), 10 a.m.
GENEVA, Ohio -- The University of Michigan women's track and field team scored points in the DMR and 3,000-meter run to sit in 10th place after the first day of competition (Friday, Feb. 27) at the Big Ten Championships held at the SPIRE Institute.
In the distance medley relay, the Maize and Blue was finally dethroned, taking a runner-up finish (11:02.57) instead of what could have been a 12th straight Big Ten DMR crown. Michigan State earned the win, finishing in 10:57.80, which stands as the nation's second-fastest mark, not including today's results from around the country. U-M's mark would be fifth.
In qualifying action, junior Cindy Ofili matched her school record and personal-best time in the 60m dash (7.37) prelims, winning her heat to earn an automatic bid to tomorrow's final, where she will be the top overall seed. The Huron high school graduate also won her heat in the 60m hurdles, crossing at 8.11, and advanced in the 200m race, finishing in 23.86.
Fans can catch a trio of athletes wearing Maize and Blue in tomorrow's final for the mile run -- senior co-captain Brook Handler, junior Shannon Osika and sophomore Courtney Munley finished 1-2-3 in their qualifying heat to earn automatic spots the race, slated to begin at 1:20 p.m.
Four Wolverines advanced in the 800m race: junior Danielle Pfeifer (2:05.97) and sophomore Jamie Morrissey (2:08.88) each earned the win in their respective heats to automatically qualify for tomorrow's 2:20 p.m. final. Senior/junior Devon Hoppe (2:06.34) and junior/sophomore Gina McNamara (2:09.45) were also awarded spots in tomorrow's final. For Pfeifer, Hoppe and McNamara, the times marked a new career best.
In the 400m trials, senior/junior Dana Carey and junior Maya Long both hit personal-best marks, but it was Long who earned a spot in tomorrow's final, scheduled to begin at 1:40 p.m.
In the women's pole vault, senior Meghan Lark and sophomore Sarah Uhlian both reached a new PR by clearing 12-9 ft. (3.89m) to tie for 20th place overall.
Sophomore Aaron Howell had a great start in the pentathlon, setting PRs in two of three events before she was forced to withdraw due to an injury suffered during the long jump event.
Action at the SPIRE Institute will resume tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 28) at 10 a.m. with the men's heptathlon 60m hurdles. The Wolverine women will begin the day with the high jump one hour later, featuring freshmen Claire Kieffer-Wright and Howell.
N O T E S
• The Maize and Blue tallied PRs from 12 different athletes in eight events and 13 new personal-best marks in total.
• U-M sought its 12th consecutive conference title in the distance medley relay but came up short. Still, U-M bettered its previous time set at last weekend's (Feb. 14) Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational to improve its national standing.
• Sophomore Aaron Howell sustained an injury during the long jump portion of her pentathlon, forcing her to withdraw from competition.
Aaron Howell -- 60m hurdles (8.62) P; Shot Put (41-2.50 ft.; 12.56m) P
Courtney Munley -- Mile Run (4:43.71) (P)
Claire Borchers -- Mile Run (4:48.23) (P)
Dana Carey -- 400m (55.86) (P)
Maya Long -- 400m (54.51) (P)
Cindy Ofili -- 60m dash (7.37*) (P)
Danielle Pfeifer -- 800m (2:05.97) (P)
Devon Hoppe -- 800m (2:06.34) (P)
Gina McNamara -- 800m (2:09.45) (P)
Meghan Lark -- Pole Vault (12-9 ft.; 3.89m)
Sarah Uhlian -- Pole Vault (12-9 ft.; 3.89m)
Gina Sereno -- 3,000m (9:28.70)
P = Pentathlon event
(P) = Prelims time
* = ties previous mark
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