U-M Earns Nine First-Place Finishes at Silverston Invite
Cindy Ofili

Feb. 22, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Indoor Track Building)
Event: Silverston Invitational
U-M Team Result: Non-scoring
Attendance: 1,014
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Feb. 28-March 1 -- at Big Ten Indoor Championships (Geneva, Ohio), 10 a.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The 25th-ranked University of Michigan women's track and field team recorded a total of nine first-place finishes in the final home meet of the season at the annual Silverston Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 22) at the U-M Indoor Track Building. In the regular-season finale before the Big Ten Championship, sophomore Cindy Ofili (Ypsilanti, Mich./Huron) accounted for two strong first-place finishes in both the 60-meter hurdles and the 60-meter dash.

Freshman Courtney Munley (Clarkston, Mich./Mott) also chipped in a winning effort with an outstanding performance in the 800-meter run. Entering the final lap in third place, Munley stole the lead heading into the straightaway, proving to be the top performer in her first collegiate attempt at the event.

In the field, senior/junior Elly Mioduszewski (Dexter, Mich./Dexter) and freshman Abby Grinnell (Sherwood, Ohio/Fairview) dominated the throws, earning the top two spots in both events. Mioduszewski threw a personal record in the shot put (13.89, 45-7) and the weight throw (17.39m, 57-0.75), taking first and second place, respectively. Also setting a personal record in both throws, Grinnell grabbed the title in the weight throw (17.44m, 57-0.75), surpassing her previous best by nearly five feet, and placed second in the shot put (13.35, 43-9.75). Junior/sophomore Amanda Adwon (Tulsa, Okla./Holland Hall) helped round out the top three in the weight throw with a mark of 17.24 meters (56-6.75).

Freshman Sami Michell (Reed City, Mich./Reed City) placed second in the long jump with a personal-record mark of 5.35 meters (17-6.75).

In the high jump, freshman Aaron Howell (Farmington Hills, Mich./Farmington) cleared a height of 1.65 meters (5-5) to take second place.

For the final field event of the day, fifth-year senior Kiley Tobel (Commerce Twp., Mich./Walled Lake Western) secured the title in the pole vault, clearing a height of 3.98 meters (13-0.75).

On the track, U-M achieved a 1-2-3 sweep in the 60-meter hurdles, with Ofili finishing first (8.26), Michell taking second (8.74) and Howell grabbing third (8.95). Ofili returned to the track to clinch her second first-place victory in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.46 seconds.

Sophomore Emily Wee (Frankenmuth, Mich./Frankenmuth) finished strong in the 400-meter dash to secure her win with a time of 57.85. Shortly behind her, junior/sophomore Dana Carey (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Marian) placed second (58.25).

In the 600-meter run, junior Chinyere Onimo (Ypsilanti, Mich./Huron) and junior Chelsey Miller (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North), claimed first and second with times of 1:34.63 and 1:34.81, respectively.

Providing the Wolverines with their ninth and final first-place finish of the day was freshman Paris Parnell (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Renaissance) in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.77 seconds.

Next up, the Wolverines will make their way to Geneva, Ohio, for the Big Ten Indoor Championships. Competition will take place Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28-March 1, and will commence at 10 a.m. on both days. The championships will air on the Big Ten Network on Saturday, March 8, at 10:30 a.m.


• Michigan's seniors were honored prior to the start of the running events.

• Former member of the women's track and field team, senior Taylor Moore-Willis performed the National Anthem prior to the senior recognition ceremony.

• In addition to U-M competing at the Silverston Invitational, Erin Busbee and Taylor Pogue also represented the Wolverines at the Alex Wilson Invitational at Notre Dame. Busbee finished fifth in the long jump with a mark of 5.89 meters (19-4), while Pogue took 12th in the 3,000-meter run in a time of 10:01.20 in her indoor season debut.

Elly Mioduszewski - Shot Put (13.89m, 45-7), Weight Throw (17.39m, 57-0.75)
Abby Grinnell - Shot Put (13.35m, 43-9.75), Weight Throw (17.44m, 57-2.75)
Sami Michell - Long Jump (5.35m, 17-6.75)
Hailey Middlebrook - Mile (5:22.00)


Michigan Head Coach James Henry
On the team's performance ... "Everyone is healthy. I'm happy that they came out unscratched and now I'm relieved that the Big Tens, the meet that counts, is coming up."

On looking forward to the Big Ten Championships ... "I feel we have a good shot at a championship. As long as we put ourselves in a position to do that, I think we have the opportunity to come away with the championship. If we win a championship, that's another story. All of the performances of the past don't matter. It all comes down to that Friday and Saturday. We are going to be one of those teams fighting for a championship."

U-M Sophomore Sprinter Cindy Ofili
On her performance ... "I felt really good. I was happy with my races. I didn't run faster than last week, but I didn't have any one pushing me. I thrive on competition. It was nice to just go out there and be relaxed, but at the same time I'm preparing for the Big Ten Championships. That's been my main goal and I'm really excited for next week."

On her momentum going into the Big Ten Championship ... "I feel like I'm doing great. I'm improving each meet. I'm feeling a lot more confident, a lot stronger. I'm excited. I think that the Big Tens will determine that. I have good feelings about it."

U-M Freshman Courtney Munley
On her 800-meter run performance ... "I knew I had a chance to win. My coach told me to get out there and stay behind the first place girl and that she would pull me to a fast time. After 400 meters, I just kept telling myself to stick with her. Then at the end, I just had the kick to pull through."

On her first indoor season as a Wolverine ... "It's been so exciting. I've gotten to travel with team and go to new meets. I've mostly been running the mile, so it was really nice to run the 800 because that's what I raced in high school. Overall, it's just been a really amazing experience."

Contact: Whitney Dixon (whitdix@umich.edu)