Wolverine Women Claim Six Event Titles, Fall to MSU in Annual Dual
Provided by U of M
Site: Allendale, Mich. (Kelly Family Sports Center)
Score: #23 Michigan State 81, #15 Michigan 80
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Feb. 6-7 -- at Meyo Invitational (South Bend, Ind.), 4 p.m./10 a.m.
ALLENDALE, Mich. -- The No. 15-ranked University of Michigan women's track and field team competed in its first scored meet of the 2015 season today (Saturday, Jan. 31), falling just short in a dual meet against No. 23-ranked Michigan State at Grand Valley State University's Kelly Family Sports Center. The Spartans edged the Wolverines out by one point, 81-80, to claim the team title, and U-M captured six event titles among 25 top-three performances on the day.
Junior Cindy Ofili was responsible for half of U-M's titles, winning the 60-meter dash, 60m hurdles and the 200m race. Ofili finished those events in 7.54 seconds, 8.36 seconds and 24.57 seconds, respectively. Though she did not set any personal-best marks, the Ypsilanti, Michigan, native has now won each of those events in all three of U-M's meets this season.
Freshman Claire Kieffer-Wright tied for first place in the high jump, clearing a collegiate-best height of 5-8.25 ft. (1.73m). Sophomore Aaron Howell, who finished third in the event, cleared 5-7 ft. (1.70m). Both Wolverine competitors broke the previous meet record, set at 5-6.25 ft. (1.68m).
Howell also finished runner-up in the triple jump (37-3.75 ft.; 11.37m) as well as the long jump with her mark of 18-5.25 ft. (5.62m). Classmate Sami Michell finished third, jumping 18-0.25 ft. (5.54m).
Junior Danielle Pfeifer broke the facility record and set a personal-best mark to win the 600m race, finishing in 1:30.66 seconds.
Despite a runner-up finish in the weight throw, fifth-year senior Elly Mioduszewski set a new personal-best mark with her throw of 57-7 ft. (17.55m). Freshman Bailey Baker, who finished fifth in the event, shattered her previous career-best distance with a mark of 53-3.75 ft. (16.25m).
U-M won the day's final event, the 4x400m relay, by three-hundredths of a second, as the team of senior/junior Dana Carey, junior Maya Long, fifth-year senior Amber Smith and senior Chinyere Onimo set a time of 3:43.16, a season best for the Maize and Blue.
The Wolverines will be back in action next weekend at Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational. The two-day event begins Friday (Feb. 6) afternoon at 4:30 p.m., and day-two action continues Saturday (Feb. 7) morning at 10 a.m.
Claire Kieffer-Wright -- High Jump (5-8.25 ft.; 1.73m)
Elly Mioduszewski -- Weight Throw (57-7 ft.; 17.55m)
Bailey Baker -- Weight Throw (53-3.75 ft.; 16.25m)
Kayla Deering -- Shot Put (45-0.25 ft.; 13.72m)
Sami Michell -- 60m hurdles (8.57 seconds); 200m (25.31 seconds); Triple Jump (33-10.75 ft.; 10.33m)
Meghan Marias -- 60m (7.69 seonds; 200m 25.71 seconds)
Dana Carey -- 400m (56.12 seconds)
Danielle Pfeifer -- 600m (1:30.66 seconds)
Courtney Munley -- Mile (4:45.53 seconds)
Sydney Badger -- Mile (4:55.58 seconds)
Shannon Osika -- 3,000m (9:19.10)
Gina Sereno -- 3,000m (9:36.37)
Anna Pasternak -- 3,000m (9:44.16
Olivia Brackett -- 3,000m (9:45.55
Claire Borchers -- 3,000m (9:54.82)
N O T E S
• Thirty-two student-athletes competed for the Maize and Blue at Grand Valley State University. U-M won six event titles with 25 top-three showings overall.
• Fifteen different Wolverines recorded personal bests in 10 different events during the dual meet.
• Today's meet marked the second-ever head-to-head meeting between these two schools. U-M claimed the title in 2013 meet -- the first-ever matchup -- by a score of 89-73. The all-time series mark for the Maize and Blue is now 1-1.
• Junior Cindy Ofili has won the 60m dash, 60m hurdles and 200m race in each of Michigan's three meets so far this season.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach James Henry
On how he felt his team competed in its first scored meet of the season ... "Across the board, we competed as a team. We chased bodies, and we won some very, very close races and also lost a few close ones. I thought (Cindy) Ofili had two really good races under her belt. The 600-meter race was another very good one for us, so those are the events that stood out the most. Overall, our kids competed well head to head, and that's what you look for in this kind of competition."
On building on momentum ... "Today was close but no cigar. We did not come away with the win that we were hoping for. We thought it would come down to the (4x400m) relay, and it did. We won the relay, but we still finished one point behind, and that's just the way it goes. The lesson is that all small things make a big difference. We had a few events where we came close to beating an opponent, but we didn't. We have to win the close ones in the future."
On using this meet as a measuring stick for his team at this juncture of the season ... "We are in good shape. We are in a position where I think we are going to be real competitive in the conference because we have kids at the top. As long as we have kids at the top we are in a good position to do well. In terms of this being a measuring stick, Michigan State is very, very good, and we took it down to the wire. Now we need to continue to develop and stay close to them."
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