Mid-Distance Squad Leads U-M on Final Day at UC Irvine
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» Jamie Morrissey claimed the 800-meter title by .01, while Phelan just missed the 1500-meter win by about half a second.
» Phelan led five Wolverines in the top 10 at 1,500 meters.
» Claire Kieffer-Wright had her best day of the 2017 season with a runner-up finish in the high jump.
Adidas/Steve Scott Invitational (Day 2)
Site: Irvine, Calif. (Anteater Stadium)
U-M Team Result: Non-scoring
Next U-M Event: Thu-Fri., May 4-5 -- at Toledo Invitational (Toledo, Ohio)
IRVINE, Calif. -- A strong showing from the middle distance squad spearheaded a strong showing from the University of Michigan women's track and field team on the final day of the UC Irvine Adidas/Steve Scott Invitational on Saturday (April 29) at Anteater Stadium.
All-Americans Jamie Morrissey and Jaimie Phelan led the way for the Wolverines on the final big weekend of the regular season, with Morrissey claiming the 800-meter title and Phelan finishing runner-up at 1,500 meters.
Morrissey edged out Maite Bouchard of Sherbrooke by just one one-hundredth of a second to take the win at 800 meters, running a career-best 2:06.63 to Bouchard's 2:06.64.
Her win led three Wolverines in the top 11 in the event, with Haley Meier running 2:11.71 for 10th overall and Phelan clocking 2:12.83 for 11th. In her 2017 outdoor debut, Gina McNamara ran 2:14.61 to win the fourth section and finish 17th overall.
Phelan, Morrissey and Meier were back in full force at 1,500 meters, joining with Sydney Badger and Rachel Coleman to sweep five of the top nine spots in the standings.
Phelan crossed the line just half a second out of the win in 4:22.28, herself topping the next two finishers -- including fourth-place Meier in 4:22.90 -- by less than a second.
Badger, Morrissey and Coleman finished in a row in seventh (4:24.79), eighth (4:26.99) and ninth (4:27.21), respectively. Badger's performance was a career best by nearly eight seconds, while Coleman lowered her PR by more than 10.
Meanwhile in the field, Claire Kieffer-Wright had the best day of her entire 2017 season -- indoors or out -- with a runner-up finish in the high jump at 1.79m (5-10.25). She maintained a clean sheet through her first four heights -- Kieffer-Wright did not miss at 1.65m, 1.70m, 1.73m and a then-2017-outdoor-best 1.76m -- before getting over at 1.79m on her third-and-final attempt at her best bar of the day.
Jada Wimberly and Katt Miner both cleared 1.65m (5-4.75) to finish tied for seventh and ninth, respectively, based on their misses at the previous height. Though both needed just one leap at 1.65m, Wimberly needed just one at 1.60m, and Miner took two.
Indoor All-American Jade Harrison -- a member of the distance medley relay team with Phelan and Morrissey -- took fourth in the fast section in her signature 400-meter event and sixth overall, crossing the line in 55.23. She doubled back later in the day to finish fourth overall at 200 meters in a wind-aided 23.79 (+2.7m/s wind).
Meghan Marias continued her breakthrough season with another wind-legal career-best performance -- her second in her past three meets -- of 11.89 (+0.4m/s wind). The time was good enough for fourth in the third-fastest heat of the day and 17th overall.
In the same event, Jeryne Fish -- who jumped a season best in the long jump on Friday night -- tied her PR at 12.25 (+0.9m/s) to finish second in the fifth heat and 26th overall.
Lauren Rodriguez continued her hot streak with a 10th-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:03.73 and a windy 14.22 (+3.1m/s wind) to take 13th in the 100-meter hurdles.
Longhorn Invitational (Day 2)
Site: Austin, Texas (Mike A. Myers Stadium)
U-M Team Result: Non-scoring
AUSTIN, Texas -- Briana Nelson and Christina Hallmann posted top-10 finishes to headline the University of Michigan women's track and field throws corps' final day at the Texas Longhorn Invitational on Saturday (April 29) at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Nelson threw 12.82m (42-0.75) for 10th place in the shot put, just missing the nine-woman final by only seven centimeters. Maegan McCarthy was 12th with an opening throw of 12.62m (41-5).
In the discus, Hallman finished ninth with a throw of 43.47m (142-7) on her fourth attempt.
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