Feb. 15, 2014
Site: Geneva, Ohio (SPIRE Institute)
Event: SPIRE Invitational (Day 2)
U-M Team Result: No team scoring
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 22 -- host Silverston Invitational (U-M Indoor Track Building), 10:30 a.m.
GENEVA, Ohio -- Sophomore Cindy Ofili (Ypsilanti, Mich./Huron) set a new schools record in the 60-meter dash and 200-meter run and recorded new career bests in three events to lead the 18th-ranked University of Michigan women's track and field team on the last day of the SPIRE Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 15) inside the SPIRE Institute.
Ofili took down the previous 60-meter dash school record of 7.42, which was set by her older sister Tiffany (Ofili) Porter in 2008. Her 60-meter dash prelim (7.45) and final (7.40) times both topped her pervious personal best, helping her finish second overall. Ohio State's Ashlee Abraham edged her in the 60 meter finals, running 7.33. Ofili's school-record setting time of 23.86 in the 200-meter run was good enough for second place, behind Penn State's Mahogony Jones, who ran 23.34. She topped Sierra Hauser-Price's school record set in 2005.
Earlier in the day, Ofili also qualified for the 60-meter hurdle finals. She ran 8.25 in the hurdle prelims and then set a new personal record of 8.20 in the finals to win the event.
Senior Erin Busbee (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood)joined Ofili in the 60-meter hurdle final, where she matched her career-best time of 8.43 to finish fifth overall. Busbee also placed third in the long jump, hitting the 5.91 meter (19-4.75) mark, and seventh in the triple jump (12.26 meters, 40-2.75).
Junior Brook Handler (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) and freshman Jaimie Phelan (Kitchener, Ont./St. Mary's), who were each members of the winning distance medley relay that set a SPIRE facility record last night (11:00.20), went 1-2 in the 800-meter run, each clocking new personal-best times. Handler ran 2:06.16, and Phelan followed on her heels at 2:06.38. Sophomore Danielle Pfeifer (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley), also a member of that DMR,(2:08.36) and freshman Jamie Morrissey (Rochester, Mich./Rochester Adams) (2:09.08, PR) registered top-10 finishes, placing seventh and 10th, respectively.
Sophomore Maya Long (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) -- who was also a member of last night's winning DMR, where she split 53.9 in the 400-meter leg -- returned today to run 54.69, which was good enough for sixth place in the open 400-meter run.
Senior Megan Weschler (Wyandotte, Mich./Roosevelt) and senior/junior Alex Leptich (Ann Arbor, Mich./Saline) also notched a top-10 performances in the 3,000-meter run and mile run, respectively. Weschler ran a personal-best time of 9:37.34 to take 10th place, while Leptich's ninth-place effort was also a result of a new personal-best 4:50.65.
In the field, fifth-year senior Kiley Tobel (Commerce Twp., Mich./Walled Lake Western) earned the victory in the invitational pole vault after clearing 3.98 meters (13-0.75).
Senior/junior Elly Mioduszewski (Dexter, Mich./Dexter) set a new career record in the shot put with a mark of 13.62 meters (44-8.25) to finish eighth overall.
Michigan will compete in one final tune-up meet when it hosts the annual Silverston Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 22), before the Wolverines return to the SPIRE Institute for the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships Feb. 28-March 1.
Cindy Ofili - 60m (7.40)
Maya Long - 400m (54.69)
Brook Handler - 800m (2:06.16)
Jaimie Phelan - 800m (2:06.38)
Jamie Morrissey - 800m (2:09.08)
Alex Leptich - mile (4:50.65)
Courtney Munley - mile (5:05.54)
Brittany Robinson - mile (5:18.34)
Megan Weschler - 3,000m (9:37.34)
Victoria Waidley - 3,000m (10:13.61)
Cindy Ofili - 60m hurdles (8.20)
Elly Mioduszewski - shot put (13.62m, 44-8.25)
Crystal Cole - shot put (11.30m, 37-1)
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach James Henry
On Cindy Ofili's performance including two school records ... "She is a hard working girl who I don't feel has realized the full extent of her talent yet. She's just getting her confidence and starting to run against exceptional competition and she's responding well as I expected her to. Cindy, as well as the entire team, responded well this weekend. This is our pre-Big Ten meet, knowing that we will be back here in a couple of weeks. I was really happy that the majority of our girls in all events areas responded well at this meet."
On Aaron Howell competing in her first pentathlon ... "She's a very talented athlete who stepped up and responded well, just as so many other girls did. I knew she was talented, I knew she was capable of doing well, but sometimes they have to see it to believe it. She still has untapped talent and she's beginning to blossom into her own. More than likely she'll do the multi at the Big Ten meet and we'll see how she does there. If it doesn't come to fruition this year, I think she'll be exceptional next year with some more experience under her belt."
On the team's confidence after a solid weekend at the Big Ten facility ... "This was our pre-Big Ten meet, our dress rehearsal, and our goal was to come out to perform well, improve, and go head-to-head with several Big Ten teams. Most of the girls responded in a positive way, and those that didn't now know what it takes to be at this level and perform at the conference meet. I think we accomplished our goals this weekend."
U-M Sophomore Cindy Ofili
On setting two school records and new personal records in three events ... "It was really great for me to PR in all of my races. I've been waiting on those PRs so I was really happy with that. I'm happy with my progressions and it seems like things are coming together really well. I've been happy with my training so I'm glad things are coming together in races. Those school records have been a goal of mine since I came to Michigan so it was a really great thing for me to accomplish. I was happy in general to set the records, but the fact that the 60m dash record was my sister's was a really big deal for me because I know how great of an athlete and to follow in her footsteps is really great. I was really happy with the fact that I was able to get both records in the same day."
On the team feeding off all the great performances this weekend ... "Yesterday and today were just great days for everybody with all the PRs and the great races and facility records. Everybody did amazing and that really motivated all of us. I think that's why we had such a great two-day meet and I think that's going to be great for us because Big Tens are in two weeks at the same facility. It was like a pre-meet rehearsal and hopefully this will carry over into a great showing at the Big Ten meet for us."
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