U of M Women - Wolverine Women Wow Crowd in New Facility's First Competition
Provided by U of M
1/13/2018 8:18:00 PM
// Kyle Terwillegar
» Jade Harrison was a double-winner for the No. 12 Wolverines (400 and 4x400), while Claire Kieffer-Wright took the win in the high jump.
» Michigan notched 13 top-five performances on the day, including four runner-up finishes.
» Professionals Nicole Sifuentes and Shannon Osika ran the fastest mile race ever contested on Michigan soil.
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Indoor Track Building)
Event: Wolverine Invitational
U-M Team Result: No team scoring
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 20 -- Simmons-Harvey Quad vs. Ohio State, Michigan State and Arkansas (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Between a trio of event wins by the national No. 12-ranked University of Michigan women's track and field team and a pair of the fastest miles ever run anywhere in the state of Michigan, a crowd of nearly 2,000 who took part in the new U-M Indoor Track Building's inaugural competition on Saturday (Jan. 13) were certainly treated to a show.
Sophomore Jade Harrison was a double winner for U-M at the Wolverine Invitational while senior Claire Kieffer-Wright added a title in the high jump -- among the 13 top-five finishes posted by the Wolverines -- while former Wolverine greats Nicole Sifuentes and Shannon Osika shredded the previous record for fastest mile on Michigan soil in front of a crowd of 1,724 (not accounting for participants).
Facing off against Harrison, Kieffer-Wright and the Wolverines were the likes of Michigan State, Notre Dame, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, South Florida, Hillsdale and Western Ontario.
All of those factors combined to make what co-head coach James Henry believes is one of the most special days in program history.
Following a sub-four-minute mile by Nick Willis brought the crowd to its feet minutes early, Sifuentes and Osika even further riled up the assembled masses when they clocked 4:27.69 and 4:28.30, respectively -- for Sifuentes, nearly seven seconds superior to the previous Michigan soil record of 4:34.28 held by Leah O'Connor.
Nine-time All-American Erin Finn was fourth in the race in 4:40.17, with five-time Big Ten Champion Gina Sereno in fifth.
The collegiate portion of the program, however, belonged to Harrison. Last year's fastest freshman in the nation over 400 meters, she kicked off her sophomore season with a victory in the 400 at 55.48, four tenths of a second better than last year's opener.
She would return to the track as the Wolverine anchor leg in the meet-finale 4x400 relay. Trailing Eastern Michigan anchor Keypathwa Gibson at the exchange, Harrison quickly out-strode her by the time they dropped onto the first straightaway off the banked curve. She would bring the squad home in 3:44.91.
Meanwhile in the field, Kieffer-Wright led a 1-2 sweep in the high jump with teammate Aaron Howell -- both of whom were outdoor Big Ten Champions in the high jump and heptathlon last year, respectively -- to headline the action off the track.
The senior volleyball star clinched the win over Howell with a second-attempt make at 1.73m (5 feet, 8 inches), a height the multi-event standout could not muster.
Though weight-thrower Courtney Jacobsen didn't get the win in her event on Saturday, her runner-up heave of 18.22m (59-9.5) moved her up to No. 4 on the all-time Michigan list for the event as just the fourth woman to cross 18 meters in U-M history.
Jacobsen's and Howell's runner-up showings were two of U-M's four on the day, with Claire Borchers taking second in the collegiate mile and Meghan Marias crossing the line No. 2 in the 60 meters.
With any first-meet jitters and acclimation to competing in the new facility out the way, the Wolverines will next welcome rivals Ohio State and Michigan State, as well as perennial national power Arkansas, to Ann Arbor on Saturday (Jan. 20) for some team-scored competition in the Simmons-Harvey Quad.
New Collegiate Indoor Career Bests
Erin Connor -- 13.10m (42-11.75) / Shot Put *
Akili Echols -- 25.74 / 200m *
Chloe Foster -- 2:11.54 / 800m *
Hanna Gelov -- 3.25m (10-08.00) / Pole Vault *
Aaron Howell -- 12.53m (41-01.50) / Shot Put
Courtney Jacobsen -- 18.22m (59-9.5) / Weight Throw
Charde Madoula-Bey -- 11.77m (38-07.50) / Shot Put *
Haley Meier -- 2:09.33 / 800m
Hannah Meier -- 2:11.33 / 800m
Jena Metwalli -- 5:04.23 / Mile
Lauren Morgan -- 25.2 / 200m *
Jenna Reid -- 1:37.52 / 600m *
Michaiah Thomas -- 8.71 / 60m Hurdles *
Madeline Trevisan -- 4:51.98 / Mile
Sarah Zieve -- 4:49.38 / Mile
* = U-M debut
Full U-M Results
2. Meghan Marias / 7.52
5. Lauren Morgan / 25.20
14. Akili Echols / 25.74
1. Jade Harrison / 55.48
8. Julia Hall / 58.39
8. Jenna Reid / 1:37.52
4. Haley Meier / 2:09.33
6. Hannah Meier / 2:11.33
7. Chole Foster / 2:11.54
9. Micaela Degenero / 2:15.67
17. Kate Owens / 2:20.48
4. Erin Finn / 4:40.17 (Invitational)
5. Gina Sereno / 4:48.90 (Invitational)
2. Claire Borchers / 4:48.58
4. Sarah Zieve / 4:49.38
6. Madeline Trevisan / 4:51.98
9. Meg Darmofal / 4:59.85
11. Jena Metwalli / 5:04.23
14. Faith Reynolds / 5:05.23
20. Mary Kate McNamara / 5:23.35
6. Avery Evenson / 9:38.25
9. Sophie Linn / 9:43.69
14. Ellie Leonard / 9:59.38
4. Michaiah Thomas / 8.71
4 x 400 Relay
1. Hall, Lane, Foster, Harrison / 3:44.91
1. Claire Kieffer-Wright / 1.73m (5-08.00)
2. Aaron Howell / 1.68m (5-06.00)
9. Katt Miner / 1.58m (5-02.25)
4. Sarah Uhlian / 3.45m (11-03.75)
13. Hanna Gelov / 3.25m (10-08.00)
9. Erin Conner / 13.10m (42-11.75)
14. Aaron Howell / 12.53m (41-01.50)
16. Charde Madoula-Bey / 11.77m (38-07.50)
2. Courtney Jacobsen / 18.22m (59-9.5)