U of M Women - Meier Twins' Career Day Closes Out Power Five Invitational
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2/3/2018 9:25:00 PM
// Kyle Terwillegar
» Simultaneously healthy and hitting their strides, twins Haley and Hannah Meier turned in their best days as Wolverines with career bests at 3,000 meters and in the mile, respectively.
» Claire Kieffer-Wright took runner-up honors in the high jump, losing out on a tiebreak on misses.
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Indoor Track Building)
Event: Power Five Invitational
U-M Team Result: No team scoring
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Feb. 9-10 -- Kent State Qualifier (Kent, Ohio), Washington Husky Classic (Seattle, Wash.)
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Twin sisters Haley Meier and Hannah Meier both had career-best days for the No. 17-ranked University of Michigan women's track and field team to lead the Wolverines on the final day of the program's premier home meet of the season, the Power Five Invitational, on Saturday (Feb. 3).
Squaring off with the likes of Baylor, Duke, Indiana, Louisville, Miami, Minnesota, North Carolina State, Stanford, Virginia and Vanderbilt, the Wolverines kicked off the pre-championships portion of the schedule five with top-five finishes between the distance events and the high jump.
Haley Meier led the way for Michigan at 3,000 meters, crossing the line in a personal record 9:14.38 on the strength of an explosive final lap. Trailing just off the shoulder of Louisville's Dorcas Wasike at the bell for the final lap, Meier dropped the hammer and let loose a 29.90 split over the final 200 meters around the hydraulic banked track at the new U-M Indoor Track Building, ultimately beating her Cardinal opponent to the line by four-and-a-half seconds.
The performance moved Meier up to No. 7 on the all-time U-M performers list in the event.
Earlier in the meet it was her sister Hannah who excelled, with her career-best effort coming in the mile. On the strength of a strong final lap she was able to pull away from reigning Big Ten indoor mile and outdoor steeplechase champion Madeline Strandemo of Minnesota and conference contender Brenna Calder of Indiana to take a narrow second-place behind teammate Jamie Morrissey in 4:44.95.
In a separate section, teammate Sophie Linn clocked a career-best 4:47.91 that held up for fifth-place in the aggregate standings of all races. Madeline Trevisan also ran sub-4:50 for a career-best 4:48.14 in the same section as Linn to take seventh overall.
For the second meet in a row, Kieffer-Wright was the highlight of the field events for Michigan as she tied her season's best at 1.79m (5 feet, 10.5 inches) for a runner-up tiebreak loss to Minnesota's Heta Tuuri. Both cleared their best height of the day on their third-and-final attempts at it, but Tuuri was declared the victor based on her first-attempt make at the previous height, to Kieffer-Wright's second-try clearance.
New U-M Collegiate Career Bests on Saturday
Claire Borchers -- 9:21.90 / 3000m (I)
Avery Evenson -- 4:51.23 / Mile (I)
Sophie Linn -- 4:47.21 / Mile (I)
Haley Meier -- 8:14.38 / 3000m (I)
Hannah Meier -- 4:44.95 / Mile (I)
Madeline Trevisan -- 4:48.14 / Mile (I)
8. Meghan Marias / 7.67
7. Jade Harrison / 24.16
16. Torisa Johnson / 24.95
26. Julia Hall / 25.88
11. Alice Hill / 2:11.82
2. Hannah Meier / 4:44.95
5. Sophie Linn / 4:47.21
7. Madeline Trevisan / 4:48.14
12. Avery Evenson / 4:51.23
18. Micaela Degenero / 4:56.64
1. Haley Meier / 9:14.38
3. Claire Borchers / 9:21.90
2. Claire Kieffer-Wright / 1.79m (5-10.5)
16. Sarah Uhlian / 3.72m (12-2.5)
14. Erin Conner / 12.80m (42-0)
15. Charde Madoula-Bey / 12.80m (42-0)
16. Maegan McCarthy / 12.27m (40-03.25)