U of M Women - Morrissey Makes History in the 1,500 Meters at Stanford
Provided by U of M
4/21/2018 11:45:00 PM
// Kyle Terwillegar
Site: Palo Alto, Calif. (Cobb Track and Angell Field)
Event: Stanford Cardinal Classic (Day 2)
U-M Team Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., April 27-28 -- National Relay Championships (Fayetteville, Ark.) and Penn Relays (Philadelphia, Pa.)
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- In what has been a breakout senior season from the fall, mid-distance runner Jamie Morrissey of the University of Michigan women's track and field team turned in arguably her most impressive performance to date on Saturday night (April 21) as Michigan wrapped up competition at the Stanford Cardinal Classic.
Morrissey clocked 4:11.48 in a runner-up finish in the invitational section of the 1,500 meters to not only establish a new career-best at the distance, but to also etch her name among the nation's best and the best in school history.
Though she was edged out by less than a second for the win by Vanessa Fraser of Stanford in 4:10.63, Morrissey nonetheless moved to No. 3 on the all-time Michigan performers list behind only Shannon Osika and Lindsey Gallo with the fastest-ever time by a Wolverine prior to the postseason.
By nearly half a second, it surpasses the career-best of reigning NCAA Outdoor champion teammate Jaimie Phelan, whom she displaced to No. 4 on the all-time Michigan list.
Perhaps even more impressive than the time itself was how drastic an improvement it was over Morrissey's previous career best. Entering the weekend, her fastest performance over 1,500 meters clocked in at 4:17.57 -- more than six seconds inferior to her mark from Saturday -- achieved at last season's NCAA East Preliminary Rounds.
The time also ranks her No. 5 in the country, to go along with the national No. 9 rank she held at 800 meters entering the weekend.
In seventh place in Morrissey's same invitational section was teammate Hannah Meier, who ran a career-best 4:24.00 on the day.
Also impressing in the 1,500 was the duo of Alice Hill and Sarah Zieve, who took the top two spots in the fourth-fastest section earlier in the night. HIll crossed first just three-tenths of a second ahead of Zieve -- 4:24.63 to 4:24.93 -- as both women scored new career-best performances.
Hill's improvement was by more than three seconds, but Zieve managed to lop off nearly 14 seconds from her PR from the 2016 season. For Zieve, the showing in this intermediate distance is reflective of the near-PR she ran in the steeplechase earlier this spring, foreshadowing what could be a breakthrough summer for the redshirt senior.
While the most historic action of the day took place in the longer events, the Wolverines also found success in the sprints.
Michigan swept three of the top four spots in the 100 meters, led by a 1-2 finish from winner Torisa Johnson and runner-up Meghan Marias, with Lauren Morgan in fourth. Johnson got to the line first, crossing in 12.00 with a light trailing wind of 0.8 meters-per-second. Marias came through in 12.17.
With final exams out of the way next weekend, the Wolverines will field a mostly full squad as they next head to the National Relay Championships at Arkansas next Friday and Saturday.
U-M CAREER BESTS SET AT THE STANFORD CARDINAL CLASSIC
Alice Hill -- 4:24.63 / 1500m
Hannah Meier -- 4:24.00 / 1500m
Jamie Morrissey -- 4:11.48 / 1500m
Sarah Zieve -- 4:24.93 / 1500m
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)
1. Torisa Johnson / 12.00 (+0.8m/s)
2. Meghan Marias / 12.17 (+0.8m/s)
4. Lauren Morgan / 12.25 (+0.8m/s)
200 Meters (Friday)
5. Torisa Johnson / 24.81 (+0.3m/s)
9. Lauren Morgan / 25.18w (+2.1m/s)
11. Meghan Marias / 25.25 (+0.3m/s)
14. Julia Hall / 26.07w (+2.1m/s)
10. Julia Hall / 56.28
2. Jamie Morrissey / 4:11.48 (invitational section)
7. Hannah Meier / 4:24.00 (invitational section)
1. Alice Hill / 4:24.63 (section 4)
2. Sarah Zieve / 4:24.93 (section 4)
5,000 Meters (Friday)
2. Erin Finn / 15:33.15 (invitational race)
2. Haley Meier / 16:07.20 (unseeded race)
7. Lauren Rodriguez / 14.66 (+1.5m/s)
400-Meter Hurdles (Friday)
7. Lauren Rodriguez / 65.12