U of M Women - B1G Triumphs over Pac-12 in Conference Clash at ASU
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What You Need to Know
» U-M helped the Big Ten total 391 points, claiming conference bragging rights over the Pac-12 opponents from the west with a victory of nearly 100 points.
» Sophomore Claire Kieffer-Wright won the high jump, and U-M had competitive performances in a number of areas, highlighted by scoring depth in the middle-distance and distance events and the sprints/hurdles group.
» Freshman Emma Bauer (pole vault) and sophomore/freshman Elizabeth Prieskorn (javelin) made Wolverine debuts this weekend, while sophomore/freshman Brooke Callaghan (800 meters) and freshmen Jeryne Fish (multi-events), Maegan McCarthy (throws) and Lauren Rodriguez (hurdles) made outdoor debuts.
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Site: Tempe, Ariz. (Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium)
Event: Pac-12 vs. Big Ten Challenge (Day 2 of 2)
Final Score: Big Ten 391, Pac 12 298
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., April 1-2 -- at Battle of the Blues (Durham, N.C.), 1 p.m./Noon
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The No. 22-ranked University of Michigan women's track and field team helped the Big Ten Conference begin the outdoor season with early bragging rights, as the Midwestern visitors came out victorious at the Pac-12 vs. Big Ten Challenge on Saturday (March 26) at Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium. The meet, hosted by Arizona State University, pitted U-M, Indiana, Penn State and Nebraska against Arizona, Arizona State, Cal and Washington.
Michigan had a very impressive opening weekend overall, and showed its depth. The Wolverines scored in eight events on Saturday alone, and head coach James Henry was glad to see his team look competitive in all areas.
"On the whole it was better than what I had expected," said Henry, "I think the girls were excited by the perfect conditions and it always pleases me to see my full team be very competitive when it's a team championship setting."
"We wanted to open up and be competitive but the girls really stepped up and got some season-opening marks that hopefully we can continue to improve. I think the weather really helped us this weekend as well. We got together to compete as a group to start off this outdoor season the right way and everyone competed."
Sophomore Claire Kieffer-Wright won the high jump, matching her highest outdoor bar as a Wolverine at 1.75 meters (5-8.75 ft.), which she cleared on her second attempt. Kieffer-Wright thought the Maize and Blue proved its mettle this weekend and showed why it won the indoor Big Ten title.
"We showed what kind of personnel we have out there this weekend and how we compete no matter what the circumstances are," she said.
"It was hot but that was nice break from the weather we've been having in Michigan. I think this weekend was a good showing for us. Individually, I thought things were pretty good today. I love jumping in hot weather, too."
Kieffer-Wright was also glad to be on the west coast because it meant being closer to her California-based family, much of which was able to make the trip to see her compete in Tempe.
"My family got to come out and see me compete so it's a great experience to come back out to the warmth to start the outdoor season," she said.
"They take advantage when they can. They came to this meet last year and come to any meet we have in California, which is really great. It's nice to have my family there to support me as well as my teammates and coaches. It means a lot to be able to look up in the stands and see them all there cheering me on."
Freshman Jeryne Fish competed in the long jump, and also ran the 100-meter dash.
Junior Sami Michell (fourth; 13.96) and junior/sophomore Aaron Howell (fifth; 14.06) scored in the 100-meter hurdles, with Michell running in the first heat Howell winning the second with a PR of .42 seconds. Michell went on to take fourth in the long hurdles as well, totaling 10 points for U-M as an individual. Senior/junior Emily Wee led the way in that race though, claiming a runner-up finish in the 400-meter hurdles and timing 1:00.55 to set a PR of nearly two full seconds.
Michell ran with Pfeifer, Phelan and Wee in the 4x400-meter relay, clocking 3:47.55 to place fifth and close the weekend scoring with another four points in U-M's name.
Sophomore Meghan Marias scored with new collegiate-bests in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, running 12.13 in the 100 to improve her PR and take runner-up in the second heat, good for fourth place overall. She timed 24.92 for eighth in the longer sprint.
Henry noted the 400-meter hurdles race as a standout performance from the weekend, and also said Marias had a good day in Tempe.
"She's starting to come around and do some really good things for us," Henry added.
MID-DISTANCE and DISTANCE
In a deep 800-meter field that led to a tight finish, junior/sophomore Jaimie Phelan (2:07.59) and senior Danielle Pfeifer (2:07.90) were right there at the end, finishing second and third, respectively, to lead three Wolverines in the top five. Senior/junior Gina McNamara rounded out that trio with a 2:08.46 finish.
Fifth-year senior co-captain Devon Hoppe placed sixth in the first heat but did not score, and sophomore/freshman Brooke Callaghan made her outdoor debut in the event.
Fifth-year senior Shannon Osika won the 1,500-meter race in 4:20.08, leading a 1-4-7 finish for the Maize and Blue in the first heat and helping to add 17 points to the Big Ten's score.
Fifth-year senior Laura Addison was the next Wolverine across the line behind Osika, timing 4:21.90, and sophomore/freshman Holly Petrusson scored in seventh in her 1,500-meter debut. Sophomore Claire Borchers narrowly missed out on scoring herself, but came away with a new PR.
In the steeplechase, 2015 NCAA Regionals qualifier and fifth-year senior Anna Pasternak placed runner-up in 10:39.50, adding eight points to the conference total to close out the individual running events strong for U-M.
Sophomore Kayla Deering scored one point in the shot put, placing eighth with a throw of 14.23 meters (46-8.25 ft.), which came on her first heave and sophomore Bailey Baker added another in the discus, breaking the 40-meter mark on her final throw to place eighth. Her throw measured in at 40.08 meters (131-6 ft.).
Freshman Maegan McCarthy also competed in both events, rounding out her first outdoor weekend of the year.
Sophomore/freshman Tori Chapin had the best weekend of U-M vaulters, clearing a new PR (3.53m; 11-7 ft.). Freshman Emma Bauer also competed, making her Wolverine debut.
Action picks back up early next week for U-M in Durham, N.C. at the Battle of the Blues meet, where Michigan will face off with North Carolina and Duke in a two-day scored meet (Friday-Saturday, April 1-2).
COLLEGIATE PERSONAL BESTS
Meghan Marias -- 12.13
Jeryne Fish -- 12.86
Meghan Marias -- 24.92
Jaimie Phelan -- 2:07.59
1,500 meter run
Claire Borchers -- 4:27.74
Sophie Linn -- 4:36.10
Ellie Leonard -- 4:44.27
100 meter hurdles
Aaron Howell -- 14.06
400 meter hurdles
Emily Wee -- 1:00.55
Claire Kieffer-Wright -- 1.75 meters (5-8.75 ft.)
Tori Chapin -- 3.53m (11-7 ft.)
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