U of M - Women's Distance Medley Relay Team Closes Regular Season at Notre Dame

U of M - Women's Distance Medley Relay Team Closes Regular Season at Notre Dame

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2/17/2018 11:08:00 PM

// Kyle Terwillegar

» Despite a dropped baton, the distance medley relay team just missed its season-best time at 11:05.63.

» This was the last regular-season meet ahead of next week's Big Ten Championships.

Site: South Bend, Ind. (Loftus Sports Center)

Event: Alex Wilson Invitational

U-M Team Result: No team scoring

Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Feb. 23-24 -- Big Ten Indoor Championships (Geneva, Ohio)

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Though the University of Michigan women's track and field team's distance medley relay did not live up to expectations in the Alex Wilson Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 17), the squad remains in the hunt for an NCAA-record 16th consecutive berth to the NCAA Championships.

A dropped baton between the 400-meter and 800-meter legs cost the Wolverines valuable seconds and the lead in the race, as U-M -- comprised of Haley Meier, Jade Harrison, Hannah Meier and Gina Sereno -- ultimately took ninth in 11:05.63.

The time currently ranks Michigan 12th in the nation, which is a crucial number because only 12 teams advance to the NCAA Championships next month. The Wolverines have made the trip 15 years in a row, more than double the next-longest active streak in the nation.

Michigan will now have to hope the time holds up through next weekend's conference championships weekend or take to the track one more time at Big Tens on Friday and Saturday (Feb. 23-24) in hopes of a superior performance. While Michigan has performed well historically in the DMR at Big Tens in terms of place, most of the program's fastest times have come from regular-season meets or the NCAA Championships.

The 2015 edition of the squad ran 11:02.57 for the program's best time at the conference meet, which at present would move Michigan up to 10th in the country with a bit more breathing room.