U of M Women - Finn Breaks 3K Program Record as U-M Shines in South Bend
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What You Need to Know
» Erin Finn broke the program record in the 3,000-meter race, clocking 9:01.25 for a lifetime best and new U-M standard.
» The Maize and Blue earned wins in the 60-meter hurdles (Cindy Ofili) and 800-meter run (Danielle Pfeifer), adding to Friday's distance medley relay win for three titles on the weekend.
» U-M also had high-level performances Gina Sereno in the 3K and Shannon Osika in the mile race, in addition to others.
» With alum Nicole (Edwards) Sifuentes setting a facility record 4:30.50 to win the Meyo Mile title, the winner of the annual race has now been a current or former Wolverine in five of the last six years.
• Complete Results PDF
Site: South Bend, Ind. (Loftus Sports Center)
Event: Meyo Invitational (Day 2 of 2)
U-M Team Result: Non-scoring
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Feb. 12-13 -- at SPIRE Collegiate Invitational (Geneva, Ohio), 2 p.m.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The 14th-ranked University of Michigan women's track and field team wrapped up competition at Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 6) by posting a number of impressive performances, including top-three national times from senior co-captain Cindy Ofili in the 60-meter hurdles, junior/sophomore Erin Finn in the 3K and senior Shannon Osika in the Meyo Mile on day two of action at the Loftus Sports Center.
Head coach James Henry knows what to expect from his athletes this time of year, and this group is right where it should be, an encouraging sign for Henry.
"We've always said that January is for effort meets, and February is for results," said Henry, "We are starting to see those results appear. We had a chance to come in and compete against some good teams and some conference competition this weekend, and that always makes our athletes work harder to go out and get PRs. To have PRs in every area aligns with our goals, and that's exactly what we did this weekend."
U-M had three entries in the 3K race, led by Finn's record-setting effort to run 9:01.25 for a second-place finish. Her time ranks third nationally, and claiming the U-M record means a great deal to the West Bloomfield, Michigan, native.
"To get the school record is such an honor," said Finn, who is encouraged both by her room to improve on that mark and by how the rest of her teammates performed in South Bend.
"It was so exciting to be just one of so many incredible performances at Notre Dame for the women's track team," said Finn, "It was a really special thing to be part of this weekend, and I'm really excited because I know there is more in the tank for later in the season."
"I pride myself in being a good postseason racer and really being able to key in when it counts. It's a lot more difficult to go to the well in these pre-championship meets, and that's probably a good thing because you can only go to the well so many times in a season. I just know that when the time comes I'll really be able to dig down and find that next gear."
The field was rabitted by Nicole (Edwards) Sifuentes, who Finn said took the group right on pace through 1,000 meters.
"I just did my best to hold on from there," said Finn, "I was really hoping to break nine (minutes), but I think it was an 11-second or so PR, so that was encouraging."
Finn is eager to get back to Geneva, Ohio, the site of the Big Ten Championships, to run with her teammates at the conference meet for the first time since her freshman year.
"I am so excited," she said, "I don't want to rush anything, but when the time comes I will be ready, and I'm very, very excited to lace up and represent the University of Michigan. We always bring out the face tattoos for the first time at the Big Ten meet, too, so that's another plus."
Finn worked with junior/sophomore Gina Sereno, whose PR of 9:17.21 earned her a sixth-place finish and shaved more than 10 seconds off her previous best and puts her in the mix for a top-10 time in the country.
Sophomores/freshmen Rachel Barrett (9:40.71) and Taleen Shahrigian (9:51.80) also set indoor PR's.
Senior Shannon Osika set a top-three time nationally as well, clocking 4:34.34 to finish as the top collegian in the Meyo Mile, which U-M had won four of the last five years through either active Wolverines or alumni.
That streak continued with Nicole (Edwards) Sifuentes (2005-08) taking the title in 4:30.50, a top-five time in the world this year. Brook Handler (2012-15), a co-captain on last year's squad and the defending event champion, also competed. She ran 4:36.87 to finish sixth overall.
Junior/sophomore Jaimie Phelan won the fourth section in 4:41.28, a new PR.
Senior Danielle Pfeifer won the 800-meter race, leading three Wolverine entries in the top 10. Pfeifer ran 2:06.48, a top-20 time nationally, while sophomore Claire Borchers set a new PR.
In the 60 hurdles, senior Cindy Ofili ran 8.19 in the semifinals before bursting through the eight-second barrier to win the event in 7.97, a new lifetime best and meet record. Ofili improved on her early-season PR of 8.04 to strengthen her grip on the nation's fastest time, and she inches closer to the U-M record of 7.91 seconds.
Ofili, Pfeifer, Phelan and senior Maya Long teamed up for the 4x400-meter relay at the end of the weekend, posting 3:42.14 to finish fourth overall, third among the six Big Ten squads competing.
In the shot put, all three Wolverines set collegiate PRs, led by sophomore Kayla Deering 14.52 meters (47-7.75 ft.) and freshmen Maegan McCarthy and Briana Nelson.
The Maize and Blue returns to action next weekend, previewing the site of the Big Ten Championships at the SPIRE Collegiate Invitational in Geneva, Ohio, during a two-day meet on Friday and Saturday (Feb. 12-13).
COLLEGIATE PERSONAL BESTS
Sami Michell -- 56.468
Claire Borchers -- 2:09.92
Laura Addison -- 2:12.44
Shannon Osika -- 4:34.34
Jaimie Phelan -- 4:41.28
Erin Finn -- 9:01.25
Gina Sereno -- 9:17.21
Rachel Barrett -- 9:40.71
Taleen Shahrigian -- 9:51.80
Cindy Ofili -- 7.97
Kayla Deering -- 14.52 meters (47-7.75 ft.)
Maegan McCarthy -- 13.26 meters (43-6 ft.)
Briana Nelson -- 11.75 meters (38-6.75 ft.)
Kayla Deering -- 16.23 meters (53-3 ft.)
Jeryne Fish -- 5.76 meters (18-10.75 ft.)
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
• Day 1 Results
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