U of M Women - Howell's Hep Medal Highlights Day Two of Big Ten Outdoors
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What You Need to Know
» Co-captain Aaron Howell won the bronze medal in the heptathlon, totaling a PR of 5,538 points.
» The Wolverines qualified 11 athletes in six track finals on Sunday: 100 and 400-meter dashes, 100 and 400-meter hurdles, 800 and 1,500-meter runs.
» Freshman Elizabeth Prieskorn (javelin) made her postseason debut today, and her classmate Lauren Rodriguez (hurdles) made her first outdoor conference championship appearance.
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Site: Lincoln, Neb. (Ed Weir Stadium)
Event: Big Ten Outdoor Championships (Day 2)
U-M Team Result: 6th Place of 13 Teams (23 points) after Day 2
Next U-M Event: Sunday, May 15 -- at Big Ten Outdoor Championships - Day 3 (Lincoln, Neb.), Noon CDT
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The University of Michigan women's track and field team continued competition at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships on Saturday (May 14) with a medal performance from junior/sophomore Aaron Howell in the heptathlon and scoring efforts in the 3,000-meter steeplechase from three athletes. The Wolverines also qualified 11 athletes for track event finals tomorrow (Sunday, May 15) and sit in sixth place through two days of events at the University of Nebraska's Ed Weir Stadium.
Howell continued her weekend with the long jump this morning, and her best attempt measured 5.72 meters (18-9.25 ft.) for 765 points. She then moved on to the javelin, where she threw the second-farthest mark in the field at 40.80 meters (133-10 ft.) for another 683 points. To close the weekend, Howell powered through the 800-meter run in 2:25.64, adding 749 more points to arrive at her career-best total of 5,538.
So what was the feeling of being awarded her medal like?
"I was just really happy," said Howell. "Yesterday I started really strong with a big PR in the hurdles, and I wasn't happy with my high jump, but I have a chance to redeem myself tomorrow. Even though I didn't do great, I was able to PR overall because I was consistent in all my events."
It means even more for Howell because this marks her first complete multi-events competition at the Big Ten level since she suffered an ACL injury at the 2015 indoor meet.
"Last time I was at Big Tens I was walking off with crutches, and today I'm leaving with a medal," she said. "It's just a great feeling."
In the 1,500-meter trials, senior Shannon Osika won her heat in 4:25.59, and junior/sophomore Jaimie Phelan did the same, clocking 4:26.94 as both earned spots in Sunday's final.
The Wolverines also qualified all four athletes at 800 meters, with indoor champ and fifth-year senior co-captain Devon Hoppe (2:08.62), senior Danielle Pfeifer (2:08.31) and Osika (2:09.53) winning their heats. Senior/junior Gina McNamara ran 2:09.86 as the runner-up in the first heat and joined her teammates in qualifying for tomorrow's final on time.
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Michigan scored three athletes, led by sophomore Claire Borchers in a PR 10:22.14 for fifth place. Fifth-year senior Anna Pasternak (10:27.07) and junior/sophomore Sarah Zieve (10:29.71) came across the line with a seven-eight finish.
The Wolverines totaled seven points in the race, bringing the Saturday total to 13 with Howell's contributions, and the Maize and Blue are positioned to score well again tomorrow as events conclude.
In the 400-meter trials, senior Maya Long ran 53.69 as the first athlete to advance on time.
In the 100-meter hurdles, Ofili won her heat and earned the top seed with a run of 13 seconds flat, while junior Sami Michell was rewarded for pushing hard through the line, as her 13.41-second race earned her a qualifying spot in tomorrow's final, in addition to setting a big PR.
Ofili also advanced in the 100-meter dash (11.43; season-best) with her second-fastest career time in the event (No. 2 overall seed), while Michell (58.86) qualified for the 400-meter hurdle final tomorrow.
Sophomore Kayla Deering had a season-best effort in the shot put (14.72 meters; 48-3.50 ft.), and freshman Elizabeth Prieskorn made her postseason debut competing in the javelin.
Freshman Jeryne Fish made her outdoor Big Ten debut and came within a quarter-inch of her PR, jumping 5.66 meters (18-7 ft.).
Events will conclude from Lincoln on Sunday. The day begins with the triple jump and discus trials and finals at noon CDT, and U-M's day begins with the pole vault at 1 p.m. Events on the track begin with the 4x100-meter relays at 1:45 p.m., and the weekend closes with the 4x400-meter relay at 4:33 p.m.
COLLEGIATE PERSONAL BESTS
Sami Michell -- 13.41
Lauren Rodriguez -- 14.38
Claire Borchers -- 10:22.14
Aaron Howell -- 5,538 points
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