Nation-Leading Finn Paces No. 12 U-M to Title at Notre Dame
Erin Finn

Jan. 21, 2017

What You Need to Know
» The No. 12-ranked Michigan women took the team title with 113 points.
» Erin Finn ran a nation-leading 9:07.24 to win the 3,000-meter title.
» Jamie Morrissey ran a career-best 2:06.44 over 800 meters for a win and a top-10 rank nationally.
» Three freshmen combined for three top-three finishes in the sprints.

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Site: South Bend, Ind. (Loftus Sports Center)
Event: Notre Dame Invitational
U-M Team Result: 1st Place of 7 Teams (113 points)
Next U-M Events: Fri-Sat., Jan. 27-28 -- at Saginaw Valley State Jets Pizza Invitational (Saginaw, Mich.), 4 p.m./11 a.m.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A nation-leading performance from junior Erin Finn headlined a quartet of event wins and an overall team title for the No. 12-ranked University of Michigan women's track and field team at Saturday's (Jan. 21) Notre Dame Invitational, held at the Loftus Sports Center.

Finn cruised to the victory at 3,000 meters in 9:07.24 to surpass the previous nation leader -- Katherine Receveur of Big Ten rival Indiana (per TFRRS as of this writing) -- by almost exactly three seconds, while distance teammate Jamie Morrissey posted a top-10 mark at 800 meters in her win.

Those two victories and another by freshman Jade Harrison at 400 meters boosted the Wolverines to a decisive win in the team standings. U-M scored 113 points, topping Louisville's 89 and North Carolina's 74.

The competition was scored according to the standard scoring rules of the current NCAA 2017 and 2018 rule book. The top six finishers in each event scored, with the winner earning 10 points for his or her team. The point values went 10-8-6-4-2-1 for the six scoring positions.

DISTANCE

Finn returned for the first time since last February to the site of her school-record 3,000-meter performance in 2016 (9:01.25), and while she did not leave with another all-time U-M best time, she did depart for Ann Arbor Saturday afternoon at No. 1 in the nation.

She ran the first third of the race paced by Holly Petrusson -- the third-place finisher in the mile -- and did not deviate much from an approximately 9:00 pace throughout the next six minutes. All the while, Gina Sereno kept Finn in her sights and was rewarded with a 9:17.27 effort just less than a second shy of her career best.

Those two led a Michigan crew that swept all but third place from the top seven spots in the event, including first-section standouts Avery Evenson and Sophie Linn in fifth and sixth, respectively.

Morrissey had herself a career day at 800 meters, blistering to a career-best 2:06.44 for the win and a No. 6 rank nationally on TFRRS as of this writing. The senior ran at or near the front throughout but made a decisive move on the bell lap that broke her free of the field for a two-and-a-half second win.

Jaimie Phelan was the runner-up in the mile to four-time NCAA champion Molly Seidel of Notre Dame, running 4:48.17 to lead a group of three Wolverines in the top five. Led by runner-up Phelan, U-M went 2-3-5.

SPRINTS, HURDLES AND RELAYS

U-M closed the night in dramatic fashion as it emerged victorious in a 4x400 relay that saw the lead change hands multiple times. After leading the first half of the race, the U-M women fell slightly behind Notre Dame heading into the final baton exchange.

That is where Julia Hall took over, as she battled the Irish's anchor all the way down the backstretch and around the final turn before pulling away for a nearly two-second win in 3:44.39.

Individually, the Wolverines' young sprinters -- including Hall --availed themselves well in their collegiate road debuts, posting a trio of top-three individual finishes.

Harrison retained her undefeated record at 400 meters in her now two-meet U-M career, this time taking the victory in 55.46.

Fellow freshman Hall came within the blink of an eye of doing the same at 600 meters, but her 1:33.23 -- more than two seconds faster than a week ago -- came just .21 of a second shy of the win.

Freshman Torisa Johnson took third at 60 meters in 7.59.

FIELD EVENTS

Pole vaulter Emma Bauer carried the banner for the U-M field event athletes on Saturday, clearing a 3.85m (12-7.5) bar -- 15 centimeters higher than her previous career best -- for runner-up honors. The redshirt freshman cleared that height on her second attempt after matching her career-best 3.70m (12-1.5) set last weekend at the previous height.

U-M women went 3-4 in the long jump, as Jeryne Fish leapt 5.89m (19-4) and Aaron Howell jumped 5.79m (19-0).

Career-best marks in the weight throw carried Courtney Jacobsen and Bailey Baker to fifth- and sixth-place showings.

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