U of M Women - Runner-Up Michigan Sweeps Distance Races at Battle of the Blues
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Runner-Up Michigan Sweeps Distance Races at Battle of the Blues
4/6/2018 10:25:00 PM
// Kyle Terwillegar
» The Michigan women finished runner-up at the Battle of the Blues for the second year in a row, trailing Duke by just seven points and clear of North Carolina by just eight, 75-68-70.
» Wolverine distance runners swept the individual titles in their four events, headlined by the triumphant return of Erin Finn to collegiate outdoor competition for the first time since 2015.
» Michigan racked up six wins in the 19-event competition, with 25 career-best performances among the Wolverine contingent in Durham.
Site: Durham, N.C. (Morris Williams Stadium)
Event: Battle of the Blues
U-M Team Result: Second place of three reams (68 points)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., April 13-14 – Texas Invitational (Austin, Texas)
DURHAM, N.C. -- Powered by the triumphant outdoor return of Erin Finn and the dominant distance-event sweep she spearheaded, the University of Michigan women's track and field team took runner-up honors in the third-annual Battle of the Blues meet against winning host Duke and third-place North Carolina on Friday (April 6).
Finn, Jamie Morrissey, Haley Meier and Claire Borchers posted a clean sweep of the mid-distance and distance events -- the 3,000 meters, 800 meters, 1,500 meters and 3,000-meter steeplechase, respectively -- as the Wolverines scored 68 points on the night. Team champion Duke was just seven points ahead of Michigan with 75 points, and UNC trailed closely with 60 in third.
Those four wins were among six on the night for the Wolverines, along with the meet-finale 4x400 relay and Erin Connor in the shot put. Finn ran to a career-best 9:14.31 in her race, headlining a Michigan output that produced 25 collegiate career-best performances on the night.
Finn's first collegiate outdoor race for U-M since the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships lived up to the billing, as she took the victory by 10 seconds en route to the third-fastest time in Michigan history over the 3,000-meter distance outdoors.
Running alongside UNC's Morgan Ilse with three laps to go, Finn injected a 71-second lap after running the first two-thirds of the race at 74-second pace, to drop the Tar Heel and run to victory. The Wolverines were strong behind her, taking seven of the top 10 spots.
The U-M depth was at full strength in Meier's victory at 1,500 meters, as well, with her and twin sister Hannah going 1-2 to lead seven Wolverines in the top 10. The Meier twins, who transferred to Michigan from Duke, broke away on the final lap to run to 4:22.13 and a career-best 4:24.21, respectively, with Meg Darmofal and Alice Hill in fourth and fifth.
Morrissey was the next Wolverine to run to victory, winning the 800 by more than two seconds in 2:05.11 on the strength of a 300-meter surge to finish the race. In a testament to her career-best fitness, Morrissey came within .02 of a career-best she set during her peak last June. Her time ranks fourth nationally on the descending order list.
Borchers and teammate Sarah Zieve also demonstrated their readiness to take the next steps in their steeplechase careers, sweeping the top two spots in 10:04.85 and 10:11.07, respectively. Running solo for the closing stages of the race in her season debut in the event, Borchers very nearly cracked the 10-minute barrier for the third time in her career, pulling Zieve along to within two seconds of her career-best performance and moving her up two spots to No. 4 in Michigan history.
Both women rank in the top-10 nationally, with Borchers checking in at No. 6 and Zieve at No. 10.
Jade Harrison had a busy night for the Wolverines, capped off with the come-from-behind anchor leg of the winning 4x400 relay. The sophomore clocked a 53.81 split over the final 400 meters to edge out UNC, 3:39.86 to 3:40.10. The squad -- Harrison, Chloe Foster, Julia Hall and Meghan Marias -- was just the eighth in Michigan history to crack 4:40.
Harrison and Marias, along with Lauren Morgan and Torisa Johnson, nearly became the fastest 4x100 relay team in Michigan history to kick off the track portion of the meet. The quartet clocked 45.21 for second -- both in the race to Duke and in the Michigan record books to the 45.01 record established at the 1998 Big Ten Championships.
Harrison also added a photo-finish runner-up effort at 200 meters in a career-best 23.57 (+2.0m/s) and a third-place showing at 400 meters in 54.54.
Connor was the lone winner for the Wolverines in the field, taking first in the shot put with a career-best mark of 13.66m (44 feet, 9.75 inches). She and Maegan McCarthy contributed a solid number of points with a 1-2 finish in the shot put and a 2-3 showing in the discus.
The Wolverines will be splitting up for much of the remaining regular season ahead of May's Big Ten Championships, beginning next weekend with the Texas Invitational.
U-M CAREER BESTS AT THE BATTLE OF THE BLUES
Mallory Barrett -- 2:12.55 / 800m
Rachel Barrett -- 4:31.29 / 1500m
Rachel Coleman -- 9:35.12 / 3000m
Erin Connor -- 13.66m (44-9.75) / Shot Put
Erin Connor -- 39.07m (128-2) / Discus *
Meg Darmofal -- 4:27.78 / 1500m
Meg Darmofal -- 9:47.58 / 3000m
Micaela Degenero -- 2:11.69 / 800m
Akili Echols -- 12.12 (+1.9m/s) / 100m
Akili Echols -- 25.23 (+0.8m/s) / 200m
Erin Finn -- 9:14.31 / 3000m
Chloe Foster -- 1:00.27 / 400m Hurdles
Jade Harrison -- 23.57 (+2.0m/s) / 200m
Alice Hill -- 4:28.01 / 1500m
Kathryn House -- 4:30.92 / 1500m
Carola Jansohn -- 2:12.82 / 800m
Hannah Meier -- 4:24.21 / 1500m
Jena Metwalli -- 4:31.29 / 1500m
Jena Metwalli -- 9:54.66 / 3000m *
Lauren Morgan -- 12.20 (+1.9m/s) / 100m
Jamie Morrissey -- 9:41.61 / 3000m
Jenna Reid -- 1:02.90 / 400m Hurdles
Michaiah Thomas -- 12.30 (+1.9m/s) / 100m
Michaiah Thomas -- 14.18 (+1.5m/s) / 100m Hurdles *
Madeline Trevisan -- 9:34.56 / 3000m
* = U-M debut in event
FULL MICHIGAN RESULTS BY EVENT
w = wind-aided (greater than 2.0 meter-per-second [m/s] wind; marks with wind up to 4.0m/s are allowable for NCAA Preliminaries qualifying purposes)
4. Meghan Marias / 11.98w (+2.1m/s)
5. Torisa Johnson / 12.01w (+2.1m/s)
7. Akili Echols / 12.12 (+1.9m/s)
8. Lauren Morgan / 12.20 (+1.9m/s)
9. Michaiah Thomas / 12.30 (+1.9m/s)
2. Jade Harrison / 23.57 (+2.0m/s)
6. Meghan Marias / 24.78 (+2.0m/s)
7. Lauren Morgan / 25.06 (+0.8m/s)
9. Akili Echols / 25.23 (+0.8m/s)
3. Jade Harrison / 54.54
7. Julia Hall / 56.51
1. Jamie Morrissey / 2:05.11
5. Micaela Degenero / 2:11.69
6. Mallory Barrett / 2:12.55
7. Carola Jansohn / 2:12.82
1. Haley Meier / 4:22.13
2. Hannah Meier / 4:24.21
4. Meg Darmofal / 4:27.78
5. Alice Hill / 4:28.01
8. Kathryn House / 4:30.92
9. Rachel Barrett / 4:31.29
10. Jena Metwalli / 4:31.29
14. Sydney Badger / 4:35.15
15. Holly Petrusson / 4:40.75
1. Erin Finn / 9:14.31
3. Madeline Trevisan / 9:34.56
4. Rachel Coleman / 9:35.12
5. Hannah Meier / 9:38.10
6. Jamie Morrissey / 9:41.61
8. Meg Darmofal / 9:47.58
10. Jena Metwalli / 9:54.66
12. Kayla Keane / 10:03.52
2. Michaiah Thomas / 14.18 (+1.5m/s)
4. Lauren Rodriguez / 14.50 (+1.5m/s)
3. Chloe Foster / 1:00.27
5. Jenna Reid / 1:02.90
7. Lauren Rodriguez / 1:08.47
1. Claire Borchers / 10:04.85
2. Sarah Zieve / 10:11.07
4. Ellie Leonard / 10:54.48
2. Marias, Johnson, Morgan, Harrison / 45.21
1. Marias, Foster, Hall, Harrison / 3:39.86
3. Katt Miner / 1.63m (5-4.25)
4. Aaron Howell / 1.63m (5-4.25)
5. Sarah Uhlian / 3.67m (12-0.5)
1. Erin Conner / 13.66m (44-9.75)
2. Maegan McCarthy / 13.39m (43-11.25)
5. Aaron Howell / 11.95m (39-2.5)
2. Erin Conner / 39.07m (128-2)
3. Maegan McCarthy / 36.55m (119-11)
4. Courtney Jacobsen / 58.47m (191-10)