U of M - Ofili's Big Weekend Garners B1G Conference Honor
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ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Senior co-captain Cindy Ofili of the 13th-ranked University of Michigan women's track and field team was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Week on Wednesday (Jan. 27) following her three victories at the Notre Dame Invitational last Saturday (Jan. 23). Ofili won all five races she competed in and set a new personal-best time in the 60-meter hurdles, which stands as the No. 1 time in the nation.
Ofili opened up with an 8.20 in prelims to advance to the 60-meter hurdle final. She then set a new PR in the event final, running the nation's top time by .07 seconds to win in 8.04 with more than a half-second margin of victory. That time took over the new lead for the UK in 2016. It also ranks as the second-fastest under-23 time in British history.
She followed that performance by winning the 60-meter dash in 7.42 seconds, and then proceeded to take the 200 meter title in 24.25 seconds to cap off the weekend in South Bend and help the Wolverines secure victory in their first scored meet of the year. Ofili totaled 30 points alone in those three events, helping U-M to its total of 144.
She is the third different Wolverine to claim the honor in the season's first five weeks, joining junior Jamie Morrissey (Dec. 9) and junior/sophomore Erin Finn (Jan. 13). Ofili has now been awarded the conference's track athlete of the week honor on eight occasions, with four coming in the indoor season and four coming in the outdoor season.
After a weekend off, U-M will return to South Bend, Indiana, for the Meyo Invitational (Feb. 5-6). The two-day meet will begin at 4:30 p.m. EST at Notre Dame's Loftus Sports Center on Friday (Feb. 5) and will continue Saturday (Feb. 6) at 10 a.m. EST.
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