U-M Women Open Weekend with Pair of Strong Showings
Jade Harrison

Feb. 3, 2017

What You Need to Know
» The distance medley relay team finished runner-up in 11:07.45, topped by Big Ten rival Indiana in the final 200 meters.
» Torisa Johnson and Meghan Marias advanced from the 60-meter prelims into Saturday's semifinals.
» Freshmen Jade Harrison and Johnson made strong collegiate debuts over the 200-meter distance.
» Action at both Notre Dame and Akron wraps up Saturday afternoon, including a live streaming window of the Meyo Invitational from 2-4 p.m. ET on WatchESPN/The ACC Network Plus.

Notre Dame Meyo Invitational

Complete Results PDF

Site: South Bend, Ind. (Loftus Sports Center)
Event: Meyo Invitational (Day 1)
U-M Team Result: Non-scoring
Next U-M Events: Saturday, Feb. 4 -- at Notre Dame Meyo Invitational & Akron Invitational - Day 2

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A runner-up finish in the distance medley relay and a handful of personal bests in the sprints headlined the No. 12-ranked University of Michigan women's track and field team's first of two days at the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational on Friday (Feb. 3) at Loftus Sports Center.

The Maize and Blue held Big Ten rival Indiana at bay throughout much the distance medley relay, but it was ultimately the Hoosiers who came out on top. Katherine Receveur of IU overtook U-M's Erin Finn in the final 200 meters of the 1,600-meter anchor leg after the Wolverines had led for the prior 3,800 meters.

Finn still ran a strong 4:41 split to bring the Maize and Blue home in 11:07.45, behind Indiana's 11:06.15. Jaimie Phelan opened up with a 3:24 1,200-meter leadoff, followed by Julia Hall's 55-second 400-meter leg and Jamie Morrissey's 2:06 split over 800 meters.

Though the time is fourth in the country based on the national descending order list entering the weekend, there is still much racing left to do in 2017. Each of the past two seasons has seen the slowest NCAA-qualifying team run in the 11:05 range, though three years ago it only took 11:11.

The Wolverines currently own the all-time longest qualifying streak into the NCAA Indoor Championships for the DMR at 14 years in a row.

In the sprints, a pair of first-year Wolverines made strong debuts at 200 meters. Jade Harrison -- the Maize and Blue's top 400-meter runner this season -- won her heat and finished fifth overall in 24.23, while U-M's top 60-meter sprinter Torisa Johnson ran 24.48 for 11th overall.

Meghan Marias won her prelims in the 60-meter dash, running a career-best 7.60 to nab one of 24 spots to Saturday's 10:05 a.m. semifinals as a heat winner. Though she did not win her heat, Johnson still made it through with a near-career-best 7.55 -- just .01 off her personal standard.

All members of the DMR will also be back in action Saturday in various events. Finn will get another crack at the mile -- in the prestigious Meyo Mile -- alongside Morrissey, Gina Sereno and Claire Borchers. Phelan will run the 800, while Hall will run the 400 meters.

Saturday's action from 2-4 p.m. will be broadcast online live on WatchESPN and the ACC Network Plus.

Akron Invitational

Complete Results PDF

Site: Akron, Ohio (Stiles Fieldhouse)
Event: Akron Invitational (Day 1)
U-M Team Result: Non-scoring
Next U-M Events: Saturday, Feb. 4 -- at Notre Dame Meyo Invitational & Akron Invitational - Day 2

AKRON, Ohio -- While their track-event teammates were on the run at Notre Dame, several U-M field and combined event women were in action Friday (Feb. 3) for day one of the Akron Invitational at Stiles Fieldhouse.

Pole vaulter Emma Bauer led the way for the Wolverines' small day-one contingent, nearly surpassing her career best with a 3.83m (12-6.75) to finish third in a narrow tiebreak loss. Each of the top four finishers posted the exact same height, with the tie broken by the number of attempts it took to get there.

Bauer's clearance -- just two centimeters shy of her PR -- came on her third attempt, while the first- and second-place finishers needed just one and two attempts, respectively. She won a tiebreak for third place after clearing her previous height of 3.68m (12-0.75) on her first attempt, while the unattached Amanda Barnes needed three.

Sarah Uhlian also cleared that bar on her second attempt.

Making her collegiate pentathlon debut, Tiana Luton scored 2,810 points to finish 13th overall, despite a no-height in the high jump. A score in the event would likely have boosted the freshman into the top 10.

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