U of M Women - Trio of Michigan Women's Entries Earn NCAA Indoor Bids
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Two individuals and a relay team from the No. 21 University of Michigan women's track and field team were among the field of NCAA Indoor Championships qualifiers announced by the NCAA late Tuesday night (Feb. 28).
Two-time national indoor runner-up Erin Finn returns to NCAA Indoors for the third time in her storied career, and will be joined in College Station, Texas, on March 10-11 by first-time indoor nationals qualifier Gina Sereno and the 15th consecutive appearance by a U-M distance medley relay team.
The 16 highest-ranked athletes who declared their intentions to compete in each individual event earned berths to NCAAs. Relay fields were comprised of the top 12 declared teams.
Finn will focus her attention on the national title at 5,000 meters one year after finishing runner-up in the event in a career-best 15:23.16 for the third-fastest time in NCAA Indoor Championships history.
She will enter this year as the No. 2 seed in the event, having run 15:32.45 for third place at the Big Ten Indoor Championships.
As the owner of the field's fastest career best and the only woman in the field who has run 15:35 or faster twice this season, Finn has a very real shot at winning U-M's first national indoor title in the event and its second overall in as many years. Cindy Ofili claimed the 60-meter hurdles title in 2016.
Big Ten Indoor 3,000-meter champion Sereno will represent the Wolverines in the shorter of the meet's two long-distance races, entering the meet ranked 15th nationally.
Sereno has momentum on her side after not only winning her first individual Big Ten indoor title but also chopping nearly 10 seconds off her previous career best to get it done.
Making its 15th appearance in as many years -- the most of any program in the event all-time -- the distance medley relay will be gunning for its fourth national title in school history, which would tie Tennessee for the most in event history.
The quartet of Jamie Morrissey, Jade Harrison, Jaimie Phelan and Sereno posted the 10:58.02 time that qualified the Wolverines with the sixth seed, but the roster for the NCAA Championships has not yet been finalized.
Others who have run the race this year include Finn, Julia Hall and Claire Borchers.
Of the group, Harrison is riding the biggest wave of momentum after twice breaking the school record at 400 meters and just missing an NCAA Championships berth of her own at No. 17 in the nation. Phelan is coming off of a fourth-place effort at 600 meters at Big Tens, while Morrissey scored at 800 meters with a seventh-place finish.