U of M Women - Osika Leads Mid-Distance Day at Mount SAC

U of M Women - Osika Leads Mid-Distance Day at Mount SAC

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What You Need to Know

» The mid-distance and distance groups carried the day for the Wolverines, with the top performances of the day coming at 1,500 meters.

» Shannon Osika ran in a pro-heavy field during the 1,500-meter invitational, finishing as the top collegian with U-M Track and Field Hall of Famer Nicole Sifuentes (2005-08) taking the win.

» The Wolverines, also competing in Long Beach, California, resume competition at Mt. SAC tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. PDT with the long jump.

• Results

Site: Siena Heights, Mich. (Falcon Stadium)

Event: Mount SAC Relays (Day 2 of 3)

U-M Team Result: No Team Scoring

Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 16 -- at Mount SAC Relays (Norwalk, Calif.), 1:20 p.m. PDT

NORWALK, Calif. -- The No. 25-ranked University of Michigan women's track and field team began competition at Cerritos College's Falcon Stadium during Friday's (April 15) events at Mount SAC Relays, led by fifth-year Shannon Osika in the 1,500-meter invitational race and another pair of seniors in the 1,500 collegiate open edition.


In the 1,500-meter Invitational, Osika finished fourth overall and ran with U-M alum and Saucony Pro Nicole Sifuentes (2005-08), who took the win in her first race of the outdoor season.

The leaders came in at about 2:16 through the first 800. Sifuentes made her move right after and passed Rebecca Tracy, who had gone out with the lead. All according to plan, said Osika, "There was a plan for Nicole (Sifuentes) Edwards and Rebecca Tracey to take it out and make it fast. Rebecca was in charge of pacing the first 800, and she did a really good job pacing that, and the last couple of laps, Nicole took it and the race strung out nicely, which was good because at the last moment, they combined two heats so there was around 20 girls in our heat. I made sure to get out fast and get right behind the pros and hang on."

Osika ran in third and fourth for much of the race before finishing fourth in 4:16.75, holding off Oklahoma State's Kaela Edwards, who won the indoor title in the mile last month. Osika also claimed the honor of the top collegian and clocked the sixth-fastest time so far in the nation this year.

"She's (Edwards) a very talented runner," said Osika. "I saw her shadow coming in on me the last straightaway so I made sure to give it all I had to be top four. I was close to third, but that was a good battle. It feels good and definitely helps my confidence to be the top collegian."

A pair of U-M seniors had big PRs in the 1,500-meter run, as Danielle Pfeifer (4:22.97) and co-captain Devon Hoppe (4:24.07) took almost three and exactly five seconds, respectively, off last year's fastest times.

Junior/sophomore Corinne Florie ran a PR of more than 14 seconds in the collegiate open 5K, clocking 16:36.76 in the collegiate open 5,000-meter race.

Fifth-year senior Anna Pasternak was 15th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, fourth among collegians, and timed 10:20.53, 2.17 seconds shy of her PR, and junior/sophomore Sarah Zieve succeeded in setting a personal best of her own (10:25.06).

Competing unattached as she takes a redshirt this outdoor season in preparation for the U.S. Olympic Trials later this summer, Erin Finn ran in the Invitational Elite 5K, running 15:38.20 for fifth place.


Junior Sami Michell finished 16th in the 100-meter hurdles (14.16), and senior/junior Emily Wee ran 1:01.21 to finish ninth in the 400-meter hurdles, placing fourth in her heat.

Osika enjoyed the big-time atmosphere of Mt. SAC and notes that it is easy to see why so may big performances come at this meet each year.

"Mount SAC is definitely one of the bigger meets on the outdoor schedule, and it makes it fun to have a lot of people in the audience and the pros competing ramps up the intensity," said Osika. "The atmosphere is great and it's high energy, so it's a great place to get in a fast race."


1,500 meters

Danielle Pfeifer -- 4:22.97

Devon Hoppe -- 4:24.07

5,000 meters

Corinne Florie -- 16:36.76

3,000-meter steeplechase

Sarah Zieve -- 10:25.06

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