U-M Places First in Eight Events to Trump California and Virginia
Alex Leptich

April 5, 2014

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Site: Charlottesville, Va. (Lannigan Field)
U-M Team Standing: 1st Place of 3 Teams (157 points)
Next U-M Event:
Wed-Thu., April 16-17 -- at Mt. SAC Relays Multi-Event (Azusa, Calif.), 11:15 a.m./1 p.m. PDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The University of Michigan women's track and field team claimed eight event titles and had 12 runner-up performances to emerge victorious in a tri-meet against California and Virginia on Saturday (April 5) at Lannigan Field. The Wolverines scored 157 points as a team to win the event for the second straight year ahead of Virginia (132) and Cal (85).

Fifth-year senior Joanna Fleming (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven), junior Amanda Adwon (Tulsa, Okla./Holland Hall)and senior/junior Elly Mioduszewski (Dexter, Mich./Dexter) went 1-2-3, respectively, in the first throwing event of the day, the hammer throw. Fleming threw for a mark of 53.35 meters (175-0), Adwon tossed for 51.50 meters (168-11), and Mioduszewski recorded a personal-best mark with a throw of 47.73 (156-7).

Mioduszewski followed up her third-place finish in the hammer with a winning mark in the shot put. She threw for her second personal record of the day with a mark of 13.7 meters (44-11.5). Freshman Abby Grinnell (Sherwood, Ohio/Fairview) also contributed four points to the team's total with a third-place finish (13.2 meters, 43-3.75) and personalbest in the event.

In the pole vault, fifth-year senior Kiley Tobel (Commerce Twp. Mich./Walled Lake Western) and junior Meghan Lark (Livonia, Mich./Franklin) scored the top two spots with heights of 3.90 meters (12-9.50) and 3.80 meters (12-5.50), respectively. Lark's height is a new personal best.

Senior Erin Busbee (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood)placed second in the long jump with a mark of 5.96 meters (19-6.75). In the high jump, fifth-year senior Sara Nitz (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland East) and freshman Aaron Howell (Farmington Hills, Mich./Farmington) both cleared a height of 1.65 meters (5-5) for a second-place tie.

On the track, junior Brook Handler (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester)secured the 1,500-meter run title with a time of 4:20.99, while junior/sophomore Shannon Osika (Waterford, Mich./Mott) grabbed second place in 4:23.62. Handler earned her second first-place finish later in the afternoon in the 3,000-meter run in a time of 9:28.78, while freshman Corinne Florie (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) secured third in 9:37.98.

For the Wolverines' third 1-2-3 performance of the meet, sophomore Cindy Ofili (Ypsilanti, Mich./Huron) clinched the title in the 100-meter hurdles in 13.64 seconds, with Busbee (13.99 seconds) and freshman Sami Michell (Reed City, Mich./(Reed City) (14.45 seconds) earning second and third, respectively.

With a time of 54.70 seconds, sophomore Maya Long (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) ran to a second-place finish and a new personal-best in the 400-meter run. That was followed by a runner-up performance from Ofili in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.96 in her second event of the day.

In the 800-meter run, sophomore Danielle Pfeifer (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley) and junior/sophomore Devon Hoppe (Newport Beach, Calif./Corona Del Mar) took second and third place with times of 2:07.61 and 2:09.07, respectively.

Michell chipped in the 10th and final runner-up performance in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:01.70.

The seventh event title came from senior/junior Alex Leptich (Ann Arbor, Mich./Saline) in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the eighth from Grinnell in the discus (44.61m). In Michigan's season debut in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Leptich led a 1-2-3 finish by the Wolverines, winning the event in a time of 10:04.86. Senior Megan Weschler (Wyandotte, Mich./Roosevelt) followed closely in second place at 10:11.56, while junior Anna Pasternak (Brighton, Mich./Hartland) secured the third spot, stopping the clock at 10:51.14.

The Wolverines will now take a week off from competition before splitting their squad to compete at the Mt. SAC Relays (April 16-19) in California and the LSU Alumni Gold meet on April 19 in Baton Rouge, La.

Claire Tewksbury -- Pole Vault (3.25m, 10-8)
Meghan Lark -- Pole Vault (3.8m, 12-5.50)
Elly Mioduszewski -- Hammer Throw (47.73m, 156-7), Shot Put (13.7m, 44-11.5)
Abby Grinnell -- Hammer Throw (45.92m, 150-8), Shot Put (13.2m, 43-3.75)
Sami Michell -- Long Jump (5.43m, 17-9.75), 400m hurdles (1:01.70)
Alex Leptich -- 3,000m Steeplechase (10:04.86)
Megan Weschler -- 3,000m Steeplechase (10:11.56)
Courtney Munley -- 1,500m (4:35.74
Laura Addison -- 1,500m (4:36.68)
Maya Long -- 400m (54.70)
Aaron Howell -- High jump (1.65m, 5-5)
Danielle Pfeifer -- 800m (2:07.6)
Devon Hoppe -- 800m (2:09.07)
Jamie Morrissey -- 800m (2:10.90)
Gina McNamara -- 800m (2:16.60)
Jami Hill -- 800m (2:18.98)
Emily Wee -- 400m hurdles (1:03.50)
Brook Handler -- 3,000m (9:28.78)
Corinne Florie -- 3,000m (9.37.98)
Gina Sereno -- 3,000m (9:39.68)
Taylor Manett -- 3,000m (9:43.98)
Sara Nitz -- Javelin (32.64m, 107-1)
Cindy Ofili -- 200m (24.06)


Michigan Head Coach James Henry
On having the full team together for the first time this season ... "This meet gives them a chance to think about the concept of a team. Our first meet was just to get outside and get a competition in. We wanted them to immediately thereafter start thinking about beating people and thinking about the championship, and I think we accomplished that this weekend."

On the scored tri-meet providing a team bonding experience ... "That's the most positive takeaway from the meet. We will not see these athletes and these teams in the Big Ten Championship so it gives them a different perspective. It allows them to compete against different schools and different and see how them compare against them. It was really good to see how the team bonded and gelled and were cheering each other on."

On the positives that come out of this team ... "As I mentioned, the biggest thing is for us to continue to bond as a team and for the team to continue to see what their teammates bring to the table from an athletic standpoint in outdoor events. The hammer throw, the javelin, the steeplechase, the 400m hurdles -- those are all events that weren't contested indoors -- so it was nice to see the team's reaction to our performances in those events and say 'wow, we're pretty darn good, and most importantly we're balanced.' That's the biggest thing that I was pleased about."

On how the team will approach the next two weeks before another competition ... "We want to get one last big training cycle in and then we want to start focusing on improving our performances. The team isn't there yet -- we're moving in the right direction -- and the goal would be to get some good practice performances in and then start working on performing well in our competitions."

Contact: Whitney Dixon (whitdix@umich.edu)