U of M Women - Two Titles, 10 Top-Fives Highlight GVSU Holiday Open

U of M Women - Two Titles, 10 Top-Fives Highlight GVSU Holiday Open

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What You Need to Know

» U-M captured a pair of event titles -- in the mile (Jamie Morrissey) and 800-meter run (Danielle Pfeifer).

» Ten (10) Wolverines made their in-uniform debuts in Friday's meet.

» U-M will return to Allendale, Michigan, next month for the GVSU Bob Eubanks Open (Jan. 15, 2016).

• Complete Results

Site: Allendale, Mich. (Kelly Family Turf Building)

Meet: GVSU Holiday Open

U-M Team Finish: 4th Place of 17 Teams (72 points)

Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 9 -- at Doug Raymond Invitational (Kent, Ohio)

ALLENDALE, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's track and field team opened its 2015-16 season at the GVSU Holiday Open on Friday (Dec. 4) at the Kelly Family Turf Building.

Three athletes ran in the first section of the mile race, won by junior Jamie Morrissey in a new personal-best time of 4:44.56. Senior/junior Gina McNamara (PR 4:47.56) was runner-up, and in her Michigan debut, junior Hannah Meier took fifth in 4:56.64. Several athletes competed unattached in this event as well, led by sophomore/freshman Sydney Badger in 4:53.75.

U-M's second event title came from senior Danielle Pfeifer in the 800-meter race. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native ran 2:11.12 for the win, and her sophomore/freshman teammate Brooke Callaghan made her Michigan debut in fifth place, crossing at 2:18.51. Freshmen Kate Owens and Faith Reynolds ran sixth and 16th, respectively, competing unattached.

The Maize and Blue placed 2-3-4 with all six entries in the top 15 of the 3,000-meter race, led by senior Shannon Osika in runner-up position (9:28.35). Juniors/sophomores Jaimie Phelan was third less than one second later, and Courtney Munley was fourth with a personal-best time of 9:31.60.

Sophomore/freshman Holly Petrusson made her debut in seventh at 9:46.58, and her classmates Ellie Leonard (10th; PR) and Kali Dent (15th) also competed making their in-uniform debuts.

In the most Wolverine-heavy event, the 5,000-meter run, five of the top 12 finishers wore Maize and Blue. The race featured seven U-M entries in all and was won by former letterwinner (2005-08) and national champion (2005; DMR) Nicole (Edwards) Sifuentes in 15:42.31.

Among collegiate entries, fifth-year senior Kira Garry took fourth, clocking 16:25.73 to pace the Wolverines in her first race wearing the block M. That time is nearly two full seconds faster than Garry's previous career best (16:27.53; third all-time) while competing as a member of the Yale Bulldogs. Junior/sophomore Gina Sereno took sixth with a new PR (16:26.96), and the five remaining Wolverines crossed in the top 17.

Junior/sophomore Sophie Linn ran 16:47.42 for 10th place, while fifth-year senior Anna Pasternak and sophomore/freshman Taleen Shahrigian placed 11th and 12th, respectively, with Shahrigian making her Wolverine debut. Junior Corinne Florie was 15th, and senior/junior Taylor Manett finished 17th.

Among throwers, junior/sophomore Kayla Deering set an indoor PR with a fourth-place finish in the shot put (13.95 meters; 45-9.25 ft.). Two freshmen made their debuts in the event; Maegan McCarthy placed eighth in her debut at 12.51 meters (41-0.5 ft.) and Briana Nelson registered 9.99 meters (32-9.50 ft.) on her second attempt, but fouled on her first and third.

All three also competed in the weight throw, where Nelson was 29th, and McCarthy was 37th. The Wolverines were led in that event by Deering in ninth place with a near-10-foot PR and sophomore Bailey Baker in 11th.

Junior/sophomore Sarah Uhlian cleared 3.55 meters (11-7.75 ft.) in the pole vault to place eighth, tops among four U-M entries. Sophomores/freshman Brooke Lambert (13th), Tori Chapin (16th) and senior Claire Tewksbury (22nd) also competed.

After a short break surrounding the holidays, the Wolverines return to action on Jan. 9 in Kent, Ohio, with the Doug Raymond Invitational hosted by Kent State University.


3,000 meters

Courtney Munley -- 9:31.60

Ellie Leonard -- 10:02.01

5,000 meters

Kira Garry -- 16:25.73

Gina Sereno -- 16:26.96

Mile Run

Jamie Morrissey -- 4:44.56

Gina McNamara -- 4:47.56

Shot Put

Kayla Deering -- 13.95-meters (45-9.25 ft.)

Weight Throw

Kayla Deering -- 16.06-meters (52-8.25 ft.)

Team Standings

1. Eastern Michigan 133.50

2. Bowling Green 90

3. Grand Valley St. 77.50


5. Michigan State 65

6. Lewis 58

7. South Florida 34

8. Loyola (Ill.) 32

9. St. Francis (Ill.) 12

10. Hillsdale 10

Saucony 10

12. Davenport 6

Cornerstone 6

14. Ferris State 4

15. St. Xavier 3

16. Wis.-Parkside 1

Augustana (S.D.) 1

Communications Contact: Chad Shepard