Career Day for Rodriguez as U-M (Women) Finish Up Jesse Owens Classic
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» Lauren Rodriguez and Meghan Marias ran faster than their career bests in several events, though two were aided by wind.
» Sarah Uhlian posted a top-10 finish in the pole vault.
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Site: Columbus, Ohio (Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium)
Event: Jesse Owens Classic (Day 2)
U-M Team Result: Non-scoring
Next U-M Event: Thu-Sat., April 26-29 -- at Penn Relays and Steve Scott Invitational
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Windy conditions produced some very fast times for the University of Michigan women's track and field team on Saturday (April 22) as the Wolverines wrapped up competition at the Ohio State Jesse Owens Classic held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Lauren Rodriguez and Meghan Marias both ran the fastest times of their lives in their respective events, though several came with the aid of tailwinds in excess of 10 miles per hour.
Rodriguez ran a wind-aided 14.03 (+2.3m/s) to finish 12th in the 100-meter hurdles. Though the wind reading prevents it from being considered her official personal record -- it was too windy by only 0.3m/s, or less than one mile per hour -- the time is still the fastest of her career and counts for NCAA qualifying purposes.
She doubled back later in the afternoon for the 400-meter hurdles, winning the second-fastest heat of the day in a career-best 1:01.60 to finish sixth overall. The performance was .63 of a second faster than the previous career best she established just a week ago at the Bryan Clay Invitational (April 13-14).
Marias blazed to an 11.82 clocking with a 4.6m/s breeze at her back (approximately 10.29 miles per hour), faster than the career-best 11.90. She finished fourth in the fastest-seeded heat of the day, though she finished seventh overall as the next heat had an even stiffer 5.9m/s tailwind pushing them along.
While the mark will stand as the fastest of her career under all conditions, the wind reading surpassed the 4.0m/s limit allowed for NCAA East Preliminaries qualifying and well exceeded the 2.0m/s limit for wind-legal career bests for record purposes.
Jeryne Fish ran 12.51 with a 3.5m/s tailwind.
In the field, Sarah Uhlian just missed her season-best mark in the pole vault with a 3.73m (12-2.75) clearance to finish tied for seventh. She made it over her first two heights on first attempts but could not make the bar at 3.88m (12-8.75).
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