U of M Women - Handler Wins Meyo Mile on Day Two at Notre Dame
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Site: South Bend, Ind. (Loftus Center)
Event: Notre Dame Meyo Invitational (Day 2)
U-M Team Result: No team scoring
Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 13 -- at SPIRE Invitational (Geneva, Ohio), 2 p.m.; at Don Kirby Collegiate Invitational (Albuquerque, N.M.), 4 p.m. MST
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The 21st-ranked University of Michigan women's track and field team continued its 2015 indoor season today (Feb. 7) with the second day of competition at Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational. U-M tallied 12 total PRs in five different events on the day, bringing the weekend total to 17 across eight different events.
Junior Cindy Ofili stole the show with her 8.10-second 60m hurdles, just .03 seconds off a PR time for the two-time All-American. Ofili's time ties her for the fastest mark in the college ranks this season. She also finished third in the dash, running 7.44 seconds.
Wolverine Alum Tiffany (Ofili) Porter won the hurdles in a meet-record 8.01 seconds, and fifth-year senior Amber Smith (8.71) finished fifth.
Senior Brook Handler won the Meyo Mile in 4:38.19, less than one second off her PR. With her win, U-M athletes or Wolverine alumni have taken four of the last five Meyo Mile races (Amanda Eccleston, 2014; Shannon Osika, 2012; Rebecca Addison, 2011). Osika, who won the race as a freshman, finished third and U-M had nine athletes competing in the race overall, with five setting personal-best marks and two competing in the race for the first time in their collegiate careers.
In the 800m race, junior Danielle Pfeifer finished seventh (2:06.10), while fifth-year senior Alexandra Leptich finished 29th (2:12.41) and senior Chelsey Miller (2:13.00) finished 31st. All three Wolverines set collegiate PRs in the race.
Four of five competing Wolverines set PRs in the 400m race, led by a seventh-place showing from junior Maya Long.
The Maize and Blue are back in action next weekend, competing with a split-squad for the first time this season. The SPIRE Invitational in Geneva, Ohio, and Don Kirby Collegiate Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., are both two-day meets that will get underway during the afternoon on Friday (Feb. 13). U-M will return to the SPIRE Institute two weeks later for the Big Ten Indoor Championships.
Kayla Deering -- Shot Put (44-9 ft.; 13.64m)
Gina Sereno -- Mile (4:52.98)
Devon Hoppe -- Mile (4:53.26)
Claire Borchers -- Mile (4:45.89)
Anna Pasternak -- Mile (5:00.73)
Maya Long -- 400m (54.54 seconds)
Sami Michell -- 400m (56.66 seconds)
Jackie Wold -- 400m (58.63 seconds)
Mackenzie Micho -- 400m (1:01.20)
Danielle Pfeifer -- 800m (2:06.10)
Chelsey Miller -- 800m (2:13.00)
Alexandra Leptich -- 800m (2:12.41)
N O T E S
• The Maize and Blue tallied one event win and recorded 12 PRs in four different events among five top-three showings on Saturday. On the weekend, U-M set 17 personal-best marks.
• Junior Cindy Ofili's 8.10-second finish in the 60m hurdles ties her for the fastest time in the nation at this juncture of the season. The mark was .03 seconds shy of Ofili's personal best, which stands as a U-M program record.
• In the Meyo Mile, Brook Handler earned the win, meaning U-M has supplied four of the last five event winners, either through competing student-athletes or alumni. Other Maize and Blue winners aside from Handler include Amanda Eccleston (2014), Shannon Osika (2012) and Rebecca Addison (2011).
• Overall, U-M had nine runners in the Meyo Mile race, five of whom set PRs with another two competing in the event for the first time in their careers.
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