Feb. 7, 2014
Site: South Bend, Ind. (Loftus Center)
Event: Notre Dame Meyo Invitational (Day 1)
U-M Team Result: No team scoring
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 8 -- at Meyo Invitational - Day 1 (South Bend, Ind.), 10 a.m.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The 18th-ranked University of Michigan women's track and field team was led by sophomore Cindy Ofili (Ypsilanti, Mich./Huron) in the short sprints and hurdles on the opening day at the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational on Friday (Feb. 7) inside the Loftus Center.
Ofili qualified for the six-person final in both the 60-meter hurdles and 60-meter dash. She ran 8.51 in the hurdle prelims and slashed that time to 8.29 in the semifinals to win the event and advance to Saturday's final round. In the 60-meter dash, she clocked a time of 7.53 in the opening round, and her new personal-best time of 7.47 in the semifinals propelled her into Saturday's final with the second-fastest time.
Senior Erin Busbee (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) and freshman Sami Michell (Reed City, Mich./Reed City) each joined Ofili in the 60-meter hurdle semifinals after recording times of 8.61 and 8.74 in the prelims, respectively, to place sixth and 10th. Busbee dropped her time to 8.54 in the semifinals but was two spots shy of advancing to the finals.
Busbee also excelled in the long jump, placing second with a mark of 6.10 meters (20-0.50). Notre Dame's Loftus Center was the same site where she qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships a year ago at a last-chance meet.
Michigan's middle-distance trio of sophomore Danielle Pfeifer (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley), freshman Jamie Morrissey (Rochester, Mich./Rochester Adams), and junior/sophomore Devon Hoppe (Newport Beach, Calif./Corona Del Mar) recorded top-10 finishes in the 1,000-meter dash. In the trio's career debut in the event, Pfeifer ran 2:50.36 to finish runner-up, while Morrissey finished sixth in 2:51.95, and Hoppe took eighth in a time of 2:52.16.
In the open section of the pole vault, junior Victoria Wesley (Marine City, Mich./Marine City) and junior Meghan Lark (Livonia, Mich./Franklin) each cleared the bar at 3.70 meters (12-1.50), but with fewer misses, Wesley took fifth place, and Lark finished in the seventh spot.
Competition at Notre Dame will resume tomorrow morning (Saturday, Feb. 8) at 10 a.m. In addition to Ofili in the 60-meter hurdles and 60-meter dash finals, highlights on day two will include several invitational sections of track events, fifth-year senior Kiley Tobel (Commerce Twp., Mich./Walled Lake Western) in the invitational pole vault, as well as junior Brook Handler (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester), senior Megan Weschler (Wyandotte, Mich./Roosevelt) and freshman Erin Finn (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) in the Meyo Mile.
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