U-M Women Close Out Big Tens with Two Titles, School Record

U-M Women Close Out Big Tens with Two Titles, School Record

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2/24/2018 5:59:00 PM

// Kyle Terwillegar

» Claire Kieffer-Wright won the high-jump title in a tiebreak, adding an indoor conference title to the outdoor high-jump crown she won in the spring.

» Haley Meier became the ninth different Michigan woman to claim the Big Ten mile title and led fourth-place Claire Borchers and seventh-place Hannah Meier to the podium with her.

» Gina Sereno doubled back from a fifth-place showing at 3,000 meters on Friday to take the bronze medal at 5,000 meters on Saturday.

» The quartet of Meghan Marias, Chloe Foster, Julia Hall and Jade Harrison closed out the weekend with a school-record 3:37.88 in the 4x400 relay.

Site: Geneva, Ohio (SPIRE Institute)

Event: Big Ten Indoor Championships (Day 2 of 2)

U-M Team Result: 8th of 13 teams (60 points)

Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., March 9-10 -- NCAA Indoor Championships (College Station, Texas)

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GENEVA, Ohio -- Two individual titles, a school record and seven total scoring performances powered the University of Michigan women's track and field team to a strong final day of the Big Ten Indoor Championships on Saturday (Feb. 24) at SPIRE Institute.

Claire Kieffer-Wright claimed the high jump and Haley Meier won the mile to lead seven scorers on the day for the Wolverines, who combined for 40 of Michigan's total 60 points on the weekend. Michigan took eighth overall in the team standings, just one point behind seventh-place Wisconsin.

Kieffer-Wright kicked off the day in the high jump, clearing a winning 1.81m (5 feet, 11.75 inches) on her first attempt to add an indoor title to the outdoor crown she won this past spring. That first-try make ended up being the difference as she won a tiebreaker with Nebraska's Petra Luteran, who made that same height but on her third-and-final attempt.

A third-and-final attempt was exactly what Kieffer-Wright, herself, needed two bars earlier at 1.78m (5-10), as she was nearly victim to the height that weeded out five other women from the field.

Her title was the first for Michigan in the event since pentathlete Bettie Wade won the event a decade ago in 2008.

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Claire is on 🔥 🔥! She gets 1.81m on her 1st try to take command of the #B1GTF high jump! Career-best 1.84 up next #GoBlue

Haley Meier claimed Michigan's 11th conference title in the mile and its eighth in the past 16 years, leading three Wolverines -- herself, fourth-place Claire Borchers and seventh-place Hannah Meier -- into scoring position for 17 points.

Haley Meier clocked 4:46.05 to outsprint 2017 champion Madeline Strandemo of Minnesota to the line by less than three-quarters of a second, with Borchers just behind in 4:47.27. Borchers just outleaned Indiana's Haley Harris at the line by .004 of a second for her spot. Hannah Meier clocked 4:47.67 for seventh.

Sitting off Strandemo's shoulder at the bell, Haley Meier made her decisive move with about 200 meters to go, charging into the lead and not looking back until she crossed the line. Borchers also made a strong move over the final 300 meters, moving up from sixth to fourth.

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After taking fifth in Friday's 3,000-meter final, Gina Sereno doubled back Saturday to earn the bronze medal at 5,000 meters in 16:20.77.

Michigan closed out the day in style as the women's 4x400 relay team of Meghan Marias, Chloe Foster, Julia Hall and Jade Harrison blazed to a school-record 3:37.88 to take fifth overall. The Wolverine quartet narrowly surpassed the previous school record of 3:37.95 set at the 2009 Alex Wilson Invitational.

Also scoring for Michigan in her first Big Ten final was Micaela Degenero, who clocked a career-best 2:09.66 to take sixth in the 800-meter final.

Though outside the scoring with a 12th-place finish, weight thrower Courtney Jacobsen heaved a career-best 18.83m (61-9.5) that boosted her to within 10 centimeters of the No. 2 spot in program history.

Only the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 9-10 in College Station, Texas, remain for the Wolverines. At present, Haley Meier (mile), Sereno (3,000 meters), Kieffer-Wright (high jump) and Aaron Howell (pentathlon) are all potentially in position to qualify. The fields will be made final in the coming week.

New U-M Collegiate Career Bests on Saturday

Micaela Degenero -- 2:09.66 / 800m

Courtney Jacobsen -- 18.83m (61-9.5) / Weight Throw


800 Meters Final

6. Micaela Degenero / 2:09.66

Mile Final

1. Haley Meier / 4:46.05

4. Claire Borchers / 4:47.27

7. Hannah Meier / 4:47.69

5,000 Meters Final

3. Gina Sereno / 16:20.77

19. Madeline Trevisan / 17:10.61

4x400 Relay Final

5. Marias, Foster, Hall, Harrison / 3:37.88 (school record)

High Jump Final

1. Claire Kieffer-Wright / 1.81m (5-11.75)

Weight Throw Final

12. Courtney Jacobsen / 18.83m (61-9.5)