Jan. 10, 2014
Site: Allendale, Mich. (Kelly Family Sports Center)
Event: Grand Valley State Bob Eubanks Open
U-M Team Result: Non-scoring
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 18 -- at Simmons-Harvey Invitational (U-M Indoor Track Building), 10:30 a.m.
ALLENDALE, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's track and field team opened the 2014 indoor season on Friday (Jan. 10) at Grand Valley State's Bob Eubanks Open inside the Kelly Family Sports Center. The Wolverines captured three individual event titles and recorded 13 top-three performances, including sophomore Cindy Ofili's (Ypsilanti, Mich./Huron) victories in the 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles.
Ofili crossed the finish line in the 60-meter dash finals .12 seconds before the next finisher, winning the event in 7.59. She clocked the fastest time in the 60-meter hurdle prelims at 8.45 and shaved .04 seconds off that time to win the finals in 8.41. Ofili also took third in the 300-meter dash with a personal-best time of 39.80.
Senior Erin Busbee (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) finished third in the 60-meter hurdles behind Ofili, clocking a time of 8.63. Busbee also finished runner-up in a large 200-meter dash field with a career-best time of 25.21.
Fifth-year senior Sara Nitz (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland East), who was an All-Big Ten second team member in the outdoor high jump a year ago, took the high jump title, clearing a height of 1.66 meters (5-5.25).
Fifth-year senior captain and school-record holder Kiley Tobel (Commerce Twp., Mich./Walled Lake Western) opened the season with a runner-up performance in the pole vault with a mark of 4.0 meters (13-1.5). She came in at 3.90 meters and cleared it on her first attempt, then she flew over 4.0 meters on her second attempt but could not get over the bar at 4.10 meters in three attempts.
Rounding out the top-three performances in the field was senior/junior Elly Mioduszewski (Dexter, Mich./Dexter) in the shot put. Her personal-best toss of 13.25 meters (43-5.75) was good enough for third place. Mioduszewski used a throw of 13.14 meters to advance to the nine-person final, where her first throw of the final round proved to be her best of the day.
Back on the track, sophomore Emily Wee (Frankenmuth, Mich./Frankenmuth) crossed the line in the 400-meter dash in a personal-best time of 58.23 to place second.
Junior/sophomore Dana Carey (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Marian) also recorded a runner-up finish, clocking a career-best time of 1:38.30 in the 600-meter run.
In the 800-meter run, junior Chinyere Onimo (Ypsilanti, Mich./Huron) and sophomore Maya Long (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) finished two-three with times of 2:18.33 and 2:19.42, respectively. Long's 800-meter time is a career best.
Meanwhile, Carey, Long, Wee and Onimo teamed up in the 400-meter relay to finish in second place with a time of 3:52.35.
The Wolverines will return to Ann Arbor to host the annual Simmons-Harvey Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the U-M Indoor Track Building. The meet will kick off with field events at 10:30 a.m. and continue with running events at 12:30 p.m.
N O T E S
• Michigan opened the season at the Grand Valley State Bob Eubanks Open for the season straight season.
• Michigan will compete at the Kelly Family Sports Center again on Feb. 1, when the Wolverines take on Michigan State in a dual meet for the second consecutive year. U-M beat the Spartans last year by a score of 89-73.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach James Henry
On today's meet as a starting point for the season ... "We had a lot of rust on us because the team has been training since September. They were really anxious to dust the rust off and I thought they did a really good dusting job and it was the type of start that I was looking for."
On performances that stood out today ... "I thought that Cindy Ofili and Erin Busbee both had good opening competitions. They pretty much picked up where they left off last year and I was really happy to see that. Some of the newcomers that stepped up were Sami Michell and Aaron Howell. I thought they both had good competitions. Coach Fowler was really impressed with Crystal Cole's performance in the weight throw. She had a big PR and she was very pleased with that."
On getting the full team together next Saturday for the Simmons-Harvey Invite ... "The cross country team did an excellent job during the cross country season and now we got our start today so it will be really good to get both groups together and start as a full team. Today was just the sprints, hurdles, jumps and field events. Mike McGuire is doing a really good job with the distance girls, getting them rested and ready to compete. I'm looking forward to having our team together and having us at home to open up our official indoor season as a full team."
U-M Sophomore Cindy Ofili
On the team's first meet of the season ... "It was really exciting to get back on the track. We've all been itching for a meet to run in again. It was really nice to get back in business. It was great to be back with the team in a competitive environment. I was really happy to finally compete and get myself back in meet mode. I've been practicing for so long so today was about getting my mentality back to competing on the track. It was fun -- I had a good time today."
On how the team performed as a whole ... "I thought we all did really well today, a lot of the freshmen especially. They came out and gave their best effort so I thought they did great. As for the returners, we all did pretty well. We placed high and PRed in a lot of events. The team chemistry today was really great."
On putting the full team together for the Simmons-Harvey Invite next weekend ... "I think it's going to be great once we're all back together. Today was nice, having half of the team together, but I think once we're all back together, we'll really be able to get into meet mode. We'll get down to business and start to get ready for Big Tens. It will be exciting when we're all back together and competing for the same goals."
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