U of M Women - Sereno Completes 10K Sweep for U-M
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What You Need to Know
» In the 10,000-meter race, Gina Sereno captured her first career Big Ten Title.
» With Ben Flanagan winning the men's 10K, it marks the first time Michigan has swept the men's and women's races since 1989, when Michigan legends John Scherer and Mindy (Rowand) Schmidt accomplished the feat.
» Co-captain Aaron Howell began her first heptathlon at the Big Ten meet since her freshman year in 2014, totaling 3,341 points to position herself in third place through four events.
» Kayla Deering set a huge personal best competing the hammer throw (52.63 meters; 172-8 ft.).
• Complete Results PDF | Championships Central
Site: Lincoln, Neb. (Ed Weir Stadium)
Event: Big Ten Outdoor Championships (Day 1)
U-M Team Result: 4th Place of 13 Teams (10 points) after Day 1
Next U-M Event: Saturday, May 14 -- at Big Ten Outdoor Championships - Day 2 (Lincoln, Neb.), 9:30 a.m. CDT
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The University of Michigan women's track and field team opened competition at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships with its first individual title coming courtesy of junior/sophomore Gina Sereno in the 10,000-meter race on Friday (May 13) at Ed Weir Stadium.
It marks Sereno's first career Big Ten title and continued an excellent start to the weekend for the Maize and Blue after junior/sophomore co-captain Aaron Howell and sophomore Kayla Deering set the tone early with strong starts of their own.
Michigan had a pair of upperclassmen in the 10K race with junior Corinne Florie working with Sereno early.
Florie took the lead pack through 2K in about 5:50, and Sereno ran sixth or seventh through the first few thousand meters as the chase pack thinned. As the race wore on, the leaders separated even more, including Penn State's Tessa Barrett and Minnesota's Liz Berkholtz, but Florie hung tough, and Sereno stayed close behind.
With nine laps remaining, the pace was about 22:30, and Sereno stayed strong with the leaders up front, working her way into the top three. She took hold of the lead coming around the corner of the bell lap, separating from Barrett, Berkholtz and Wisconsin's Gabi Anzalone and fended them all down the stretch to cross the line in a personal-best time of 34:19.39.
The win was a surprising one for Sereno.
"It was really unexpected," she said afterward. "It was kind of windy tonight so we all went out as a pack, and I tried to work with my teammate Corinne. She came out and really broke the wind for everybody, and things just fell into place towards the end. The idea was not to waste energy at the beginning and try to conserve, and even though we went out a little bit slower than we wanted to, I think it helped towards the end."
Florie crossed the line 10th in 35:18.72, also a personal best, and associate head coach Mike McGuire gave both her and Sereno a lot of credit afterwards.
"It was a tremendous competitive effort and a great display of composure and being aggressive at the end when she needed to be," said McGuire of Sereno, "Gina is a racer, and I couldn't be more proud of her.
"Kudos go out to Corinne (Florie) for keeping the pace honest early. She contributed to the 10 points we scored there with the pacing that she did."
Freshmen Taleen Shahrigian and Kayla Keane also ran in the race, making their postseason debuts and also competing in their first career 10K races.
Howell began her championship meet the right way, winning the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.70 (+2.8 W) for 1,021 points before adding 795 more with a clearance of the 1.65-meter (5-5 ft.) bar in the high jump. The Farmington Hills, Michigan, native came in about three-and-a-half feet shy of her PR in the shot put with her 12.60-meter (41-4.25 ft.) for another 701 points and closed her first day of competition with a run of 25.70 seconds in the 200 (+2.3W). Howell totaled 3,341 points overall on her first day of events, and sits third with the long jump, javelin and 800-meter run remaining on the slate for tomorrow.
Sophomore Kayla Deering set a new PR on her second throw, which measured 52.63 meters (172-8 ft.). It was a big breakthrough for Deering, who upped her personal best by more than three meters.
Events continue in Lincoln on Saturday (May 14). The decathlon 110-meter hurdles will begin day-two action at 9:30 a.m. CDT, followed by the decathlon discus. Non-multi event athletes begin competing at 12:45 p.m. with the discus throw, and events on the track begin at 2:50 p.m. with 1,500-meter trials. The final event of the evening will be the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 6:30 p.m.
COLLEGIATE PERSONAL BESTS
Gina Sereno -- 34:19.39
Corinne Florie -- 35:18.72
Kayla Deering -- 52.63 meters (172-8 ft.)
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