U of M Women - Morrissey Selected as Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week

U of M Women - Morrissey Selected as Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior middle-distance athlete Jamie Morrissey was awarded Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week honors for her win and new personal-best time in the one-mile run last weekend, the conference announced on Wednesday (Dec. 9).

The Rochester, Michigan, native set her new PR at 4:44.56 to take the win at Grand Valley State University's GVSU Holiday Open on Friday (Dec. 4). She was one of three Wolverine entries in the race, crossing ahead of runner-up Gina McNamara and fifth-place finisher Hannah Meier to help the Wolverines to a 72-point effort in the first scored meet of the year.

Morrissey was one of eight Wolverines to set a new collegiate best at GVSU, including eight distance and middle-distance athletes. The meet was held in Allendale, Michigan, at the Kelly Family Turf Building, where U-M will return next month (Jan. 15) for the GVSU Bob Eubanks Open.

This represents the first conference honor of Morrissey's career. She is the first U-M athlete to earn the recognition since Cindy Ofili earned her sixth career honor last April.

Morrissey has scored twice at the conference meet. In 2015, she scored at the Big Ten indoor meet, securing fourth place in the 800-meter race for the Wolverines to help propel U-M to a runner-up team finish. She has become a significant contributor to Michigan's middle-distance depth and will be looked upon to contribute again this winter.

The Wolverines return to action one month from today (Saturday, Jan. 9) for the Doug Raymond Invitational in Kent, Ohio.

Communications Contact: Chad Shepard