U of M Women - Finn, Harrison Lead U-M to Seventh at Big Ten Indoors

U of M Women -  Finn, Harrison Lead U-M to Seventh at Big Ten Indoors

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What You Need to Know

» Jade Harrison chopped three-quarters of a second off the U-M indoor 400-meter record she broke Friday evening.

» Erin Finn posted her second third-place distance finish in as many days, running a season best at 5,000 meters.

» The Wolverines capped a weekend in which they scored points in every individual event from 400 meters through 5,000 meters.

Site: Geneva, Ohio (SPIRE Institute)

Event: Big Ten Indoor Championships (Day 2 of 2)

U-M Team Standing: 7th Place of 13 Teams (54 Points)

Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., March 10-11 -- at NCAA Indoor Championships (College Station, Texas)

GENEVA, Ohio -- Jade Harrison's second school record in as many days and another top-three finish from Erin Finn boosted the No. 18 University of Michigan women's track and field team to a seventh-place finish on Saturday's (Feb. 25) final session of the Big Ten Indoor Championships at the SPIRE Institute.

Harrison sliced a quarter of a second off her day-old U-M record to score five points, and Finn's runner-up finish in a blazingly fast 5,000-meter race netted her six as the Wolverines scored 54 points in the two-day competition. Penn State took the team title with 96.5 points.

It only took 52.84 seconds for Harrison to make her 53.47 clocking from Friday night obsolete in the Michigan record books, resulting in a fourth-place finish for the freshman running her first-ever indoor season.

When the field broke from individual lanes into lane one just less than halfway through the race, Harrison had positioned herself well in third place. After falling back into the pack on the final turn, Harrison turned on the jets down the final straightaway. If not for running into a wall of the top three finishers running side by side, Harrison could potentially have improved both on her school record and her finishing position.

In the final individual event of the day, Finn ran a season-best 15:32.45 to finish third after a hard-fought battle with rivals Katherine Receveur of Indiana and Tessa Barrett of Penn State.

The quartet of Finn, Barrett, Receveur and Michigan's Gina Sereno, yesterday's 3,000-meter champion, pulled away early and held for the next 2,900 meters when Sereno dropped off the hot pace. She ultimately finished sixth for three points.

Finn led for the next 1,200 meters with Barrett on her right shoulder before the Nittany Lion made a move to the lead with 600 meters to go. Finn responded and stayed right on Barrett's shoulder for the next 300 meters or so until Barrett started to pull away after the bell on the final lap. Eventual winner Receveur ultimately went around Finn with 200 to go to set up a footrace with Barrett on the homestretch.

Combined with her third-place finish over 3,000 meters from Friday, Finn accounted for 16 total points on the weekend.

Including Harrison and concluding with Finn, the Wolverines finished the weekend with scoring efforts in every individual event from 400 meters through 5,000.

After opening Friday night's runner-up distance medley relay on the 1,200-meter leg, Jaimie Phelan doubled back Saturday for a fourth-place finish in the 600-meter final. Phelan spent the first two-thirds of the race at the back before picking off two women on the final turn and running down two more on the final straightaway to score five points in 1:29.44.

Jamie Morrissey and Claire Borchers also doubled back from Friday's DMR to finish seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 800-meter final for three more points. Morrissey had led early alongside eventual winner Danae Banks of Penn State.

Sydney Badger ran 4:48.82 to finish seventh in the mile final to score two more, while Haley Meier just missed scoring in ninth.

The Wolverines also scored in the 60-meter dash, as Meghan Marias ran 7.56 to finish eighth for another point in the Wolverines' column.

Kayla Deering led the way in the field events with a career-best 17.73m (58-2) to finish 12th in the weight throw. Claire Kieffer-Wright also finished tied for 12th in the high jump at 1.66m (5-5.25).

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