U of M Women - Historic Run by Finn Headlines Simmons-Harvey Quad
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1/20/2018 8:20:00 PM
// Kyle Terwillegar
» Erin Finn ran one of the most outstanding 3,000-meter performances in collegiate history, breaking her own school record with a time of 8:58.69.
» Finn's win was one of five on the day for the Wolverines, who finished third in the four-team competition behind Ohio State and Arkansas, and ahead of Michigan State.
» Claire Borchers was the high-point scorer for Michigan with runner-up finishes both in the mile and at 800 meters.
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Indoor Track Building)
Event: Simmons-Harvey Quad
U-M Team Result: 3rd of 4 teams (106 points)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Jan. 26-27 -- John Thomas Terrier Classic (Boston, Mass.); Fri-Sat., Jan. 26-27 -- Jet's Pizza Invitational (University Center, Mich.)
• Complete Results
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- If there were any doubts Erin Finn was back and better than ever for the No. 12-ranked University of Michigan women's track and field team, the redshirt senior silenced them all in leading the Wolverines at the Simmons-Harvey Quad on Saturday (Jan. 20).
In front of the hometown Michigan crowd at the new U-M Indoor Track Building, the nine-time All-American shattered her school record over 3,000 meters in a career-best 8:58.69 as the full Michigan squad took third in the four-team competition against winner Ohio State, runner-up Arkansas and fourth-place Michigan State.
Finn and the distance squad, which accounted for three wins and three more top-three finishes, headlined a Michigan effort that produced 106 points, behind Ohio State's winning 145 points and Arkansas' 118, and ahead of Michigan State's 96.
The victory for Finn was one of five on the day for the Wolverines, along with Jade Harrison at 400 meters, Haley Meier at 800 meters, Gina Sereno in the mile, and Claire Kieffer-Wright in the high jump, but it stood alone among them for its place in history.
Ranked No. 2 nationally behind Elinor Purrier of New Hampshire, her performance was also a three-second improvement on her previous school record, the fastest time ever run in the state of Michigan, the fastest time ever run by a Michigander, the third-fastest time in Big Ten history, the third-fastest time ever run by a collegian in the month of January and the 23rd-fastest time in collegiate history overall.
Running with rabbit Nicole Sifuentes -- a two-time Olympian in her own right who last week ran the fastest-ever mile on Michigan soil --or alone for a majority of the race, Finn came through the first of three kilometers in 2:58.93. She ran a nearly identical split for her second, passing by the start-finish line two-thirds of the way through in 5:57.65 -- a split of 2:58.72.
After superb pacing from Sifuentes, Finn was all alone for the final third of the race as she navigated lapped traffic for a 3:01.04 split over the last five laps.
Though she wasn't an event winner for Michigan, junior Claire Borchers was the high-point scorer for the Wolverines with 14 points from two runner-up finishes in the mile and 800 meters. Scoring for the meet was on a 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale for the top eight finishers in events, with only two per team in each event eligible for scoring.
She first finished behind winning teammate Sereno in the mile, clocking 4:44.93 behind Sereno's runaway victory in 4:43.26. Though only those two Wolverines were eligible for scoring, Michigan also placed Haley Meier and Sarah Zieve fifth and sixth.
More than 90 minutes later, Borchers was part of another 1-2 finish in the Francie Kraker Goodridge 800 meters, this time with Meier. While the mile was a runaway for the Michigan duo at the front, Meier and Borchers came from behind on the final straight to overcome Arkansas' Joy Ripslinger and hold off Michigan State's Dillon McClintock in a career-best 2:09.04 and 2:09.54, respectively.
Harrison likewise needed a big move in the final 20 meters to win her 400-meter competition. The sophomore charged late to swing wide past Ohio State's Syair Richardson off the final turn and surge home for the win by .27 of a second in 54.80. She chopped off more than two-thirds of a second from her season-opening effort last weekend.
Combined with her anchor leg of the third-place 4x400 relay, Harrison contributed 10.75 points to the Michigan effort, second on the roster behind Borchers.
Once again leading the charge in the field events was high jumper Kieffer-Wright, who notched her second win in as many competitions this indoor campaign. After notching a mark of 1.74m (5 feet, 8.5 inches) on her first attempt to clinch the victory, she then made it over 1.79m (5-10.5) to cement the win.
Her best clearance of the day is also the senior Big Ten champion's best mark in the month of January, and leaves her just one centimeter shy of the 1.80m (5-10.75) career best she established at the 2015 Big Ten Indoor Championships.
Michigan student-athletes hit the road for the first time this season next weekend, as select Wolverines tune up at the Saginaw Valley State Jet's Pizza Invitational.
U-M will host its third of four home meets on Feb. 2-3, when it welcomes national-caliber teams from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC to Ann Arbor for the Power Five Invitational.
New Collegiate Indoor Career Bests
Erin Connor -- 13.14m (43-1.50) / Shot Put (I)
Akili Echols -- 7.94 / 60m (I)
Akili Echols -- 25.71 / 200m (I)
Avery Evenson -- 9:26.24 / 3000m (I)
Erin Finn -- 8:58.69 / 3000m (I)
Hanna Gelov -- 3.25m (10-8) / Pole Vault (I)
Alice Hill -- 2:14.01 / 800m (I)
Charde Madoula-Bey -- 12.81m (42-0.50) / Shot Put (I)
Haley Meier -- 2:09.04 / 800m (I)
Hannah Meier -- 2:10.34 / 800m (I)
Lauren Morgan -- 7.89 / 60m (I)
Jenna Reid -- 1:36.64 / 600m (I)
Michaiah Thomas -- 7.85 / 60m (I)
Michaiah Thomas -- 8.57 / 60m Hurdles (I)
Madeline Trevisan -- 9:28.93 / 3000m (I)
6. Meghan Marias / 7.62
9. Torisa Johnson / 7.74
14. Michaiah Thomas / 7.85
15. Lauren Morgan / 7.89
16. Akili Echols / 7.94
11. Akili Echols / 25.71
1. Jade Harrison / 54.80
6. Julia Hall / 57.48
5. Jenna Reid / 1:36.64
1. Haley Meier / 2:09.04
2. Claire Borchers / 2:09.54
5. Hannah Meier / 2:10.34
6. Chloe Foster / 2:12.31
9. Micaela Degenero / 2:13.45
10. Alice Hill / 2:14.01
14. Gina Sereno / 2:17.60
17. Kate Owens / 2:20.49
1. Gina Sereno / 4:43.26
2. Claire Borchers / 4:44.93
5. Haley Meier / 4:48.54
6. Sarah Zieve / 4:50.58
12. Meg Darmofal / 5:00.88
14. Ellie Leonard / 5:04.55
15. Faith Reynolds / 5:05.03
1. Erin Finn / 8:58.69
3. Avery Evenson / 9:26.24
4. Madeline Trevisan / 9:28.93
9. Sophie Linn / 9:40.78
4. Michaiah Thomas / 8.57
5. Aaron Howell / 8.92
4 x 400 Relay
3. Hall, Marias, Foster, Harrison / 3:43.37
1. Claire Kieffer-Wright / 1.79m (5-10.50)
4. Katt Miner / 1.59m (5-02.50)
10. Hanna Gelov / 3.25m (10-8)
3. Aaron Howell / 5.45m (17-10.75)
6. Erin Conner / 13.14m (43-1.50)
7. Maegan McCarthy / 13.01m (42-8.25)
8. Charde Madoula-Bey / 12.81m (42-0.50)
3. Courtney Jacobsen / 18.06m (59-3)