U-M Women Collect Five Wins at Home; DMR, Mioduszewski Shine at Notre Dame
Provided by U of M
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Indoor Track Building)/South Bend, Ind. (Loftus Center)
Event: Silverston Invitational/Alex Wilson Invitational
U-M Team Result: No team scoring
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Feb. 27-28 -- at Big Ten Indoor Championships (Geneva, Ohio; SPIRE Institute), 10 a.m.
The University of Michigan women's track and field team completed its 2015 indoor regular season on Saturday (Feb. 21) at the Silverston Invitational inside of the U-M Indoor Track Building. The Wolverines also sent select competitors to Notre Dame's Alex Wilson Invitational, collecting five event wins in total while earning 16 top-three finishes.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- U-M hosted its second and final home meet of the season today, welcoming unattached competitors as well as athletes from nearby Eastern Michigan University and the University of Windsor to the Silverston Invitational held inside the U-M Indoor Track Building.
The Wolverines earned five wins today, beginning with the 800-meter race. Sophomore Jamie Morrissey won the event in 2:09.92, while freshman Claire Borchers took runner-up (2:12.60), and senior/junior Chelsey Miller claimed third (2:15.53). Junior Cindy Ofili took first in the 60-meter hurdles for the fourth time in six meets, crossing at 8.10 seconds, which ties her mark from the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational (Feb. 6-7) as the fourth fastest in the nation. Ofili was followed by sophomore Sami Michell (8.56) and Michell's classmate, Aaron Howell (8.78) in the hurdles; Ofili also won the 60m dash in 7.49 seconds.
Senior/junior Dana Carey claimed victory in the 200m race, setting a new PR at 25.48 seconds. U-M's final victory came from freshman Claire Kieffer-Wright, who set a new collegiate best in the high jump when she cleared 5-10 ft. (1.78m) to win the event.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The Michigan women's distance medley relay team met its goal at the Alex Wilson Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame the Loftus Center. The group completed their race in 11:03.23 -- the sixth-best DMR time in the nation. With the stiff competition in South Bend, that time earned the Maize and Blue fourth place at the meet, but that mark will still likely qualify them for the NCAA championship next month (March 13-14).
Junior Shannon Osika ran the 1,200m leg, followed by junior Maya Long for the 400m leg, junior Danielle Pfeifer in the 800m leg and senior co-captain Brook Handler running the 1,600m final leg.
In addition to an assertive race from the DMR squad, senior/ junior Elly Mioduszewski and freshman Kayla Deering seized their opportunities in the field events. Mioduszewski won the weight throw with a personal-best mark (58-1.75 ft; 17.72m), while Deering placed third in the shot put with a new collegiate best of her own (45-1ft; 13.74m).
The Maize and Blue will begin the championship phase of the indoor season with the Big Ten Championships next weekend (Feb. 27-28) in Geneva, Ohio. U-M returns to the SPIRE Institute, where they competed last weekend (Feb. 13-14), for the conference meet.
N O T E S
• Altogether, eight Wolverines in uniform set new collegiate-best marks while collecting five event wins and earning 16 top-three performances.
• Because U-M will compete at the Big Ten Indoor Championships next weekend (Feb. 27-28), several of Michigan's athletes who will compete in that meet did not compete in the Silverston Invitational as they continue to train and prepare for the conference meet. Today's action provided an opportunity for select Wolverines to get in one more tune-up meet before Big Tens and allowed many younger student-athletes to compete in front of a home crowd, including many unattached competitors.
• Personal records observed above do not include unattached competitors, or athletes making their event debut.
Aaron Howell -- High Jump (5-8ft; 1.73m); 60m hurdles (8.78)
Claire Kieffer-Wright -- High Jump (5-10ft; 1.78m)
Jordan Moore-Willis -- High Jump (5-4.25ft; 1.63m)
Elly Mioduszewski -- Weight Throw (58-1.75ft; 17.72m)
Kayla Deering -- Shot Put (45-1ft; 13.74m)
Courtney Munley -- Mile (4:52.73)
Sophie Linn -- Mile (5:12.50)
Dana Carey -- 200m (25.48)
Q U O T E S
Michigan Assistant Coach Mike McGuire
On how the Distance Medley Relay performed in South Bend today ... "It wasn't spectacular but it was solid. Right now that mark ranks sixth nationally; we will take a hit next week from some teams (competing) out west, but I think there is a good chance that it will hold up and get us into the national meet. We also have an opportunity at the Big Ten Championships next weekend to better that mark."
On assessing where his distance runners are one week from conference championships ... "We are making progress with the people we have. We would like to see a few more people compete, but our relay people are in good form and today we had a few athletes with nice races at home -- I saw Jamie Morrissey had a nice race (in the 800m), so we will see where we are at next week. It's going to be really competitive (to make our travel squad); there are a lot of good runners in this conference. We are definitely going to need to come with our 'A game' next week."
On qualifying the DMR group so late into the season ... "It's kind of just what we had to do given our circumstances. Two years ago when we won it, we effectively qualified at the last-chance meet. We won the Big Ten title, went to the last-chance meet the following week, and then we went to Nationals. It's just about your ability to compete. If you have competitors you'll get it done."
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