April 14, 2017
» All-Americans Jade Harrison and Jamie Morrissey both set a pair of career bests at Bryan Clay to headline a day filled with PRs and heat wins.
» Courtney Jacobsen, Bailey Baker and Meagan Malloy went 6-7-8 in a strong hammer throw field at the Texas Invitational.
» The throwers wrap up their weekend of competition at Texas on Saturday (April 15).
Texas Invitational (Day 1)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Already ranked with the 10th-best women's hammer throw quartet in the nation by the USTFCCCA, the University of Michigan could very well be ranked even higher this week after a strong showing on day one of the Texas Invitational on Friday (April 14) at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Jacobsen launched the hammer 56.30m (184-8) on her fifth throw, moving her past the career-best marks of 55.78m (183-0) and 55.72m (182-10) from Baker and Malloy on their second attempts.
Baker in particular continued a scintillating start to her 2017 outdoor campaign, twice surpassing her previous career best on the day and establishing a career best for the third straight competition. In fact, Baker has not yet thrown shorter than her 2016 PR of 51.47m (168-10) on any of her 14 measured throws this year, and she has only fouled once.
Bryan Clay Invitational (Day 2)
AZUSA, Calif. -- From the shortest events of the final day of the Bryan Clay Invitational to the longest and everything in between, the University of Michigan women's track and field team racked up numerous career-best performances on Friday (April 14) at Cougar Stadium.
All-Americans Jade Harrison and Jamie Morrissey contributed a pair of PRs each to the double-digit total of lifetime bests set throughout the day, while Harrison joined Meghan Marias and Haley Meier as winners of their respective heats.
After a brilliant indoor season that included a pair of school records at 400 meters and a distance medley relay All-America certificate, Harrison showed Friday she is winding up for a similarly impressive outdoor season.
The freshman -- competing in her home state, six hours south of her hometown of Sunnyvale -- ran a lifetime outdoor best of 53.88 in her signature event, coming up just .29 of a second shy of the win with a strong surge down the homestretch. Coming around the final turn Harrison was no better than fourth place, but was able to run down two of her competitors over the final 100 meters.
She was just as strong over 200 meters, closing strong down that same straightaway to run a career-best 23.64 to win the second-fastest heat of the event and finish fourth overall.
Lauren Rodriguez got the day started right for the Wolverines, running a career-best 14.29 (+1.1m/s wind) to finish 20th in the 100-meter hurdles. The PRs kept coming for Rodriguez in the afternoon, as she won section five of the 400-meter hurdles in a big career-best 1:02.13 -- topping her previous time by nearly two seconds -- to take 15th overall.
Marias set a career best of her own on that same straightaway -- minus the hurdles -- later in the day as she ran 11.90 (+1.6m/s) to finish 14th in the 100-meter dash. It was her first time under 12 seconds, and it came as she claimed the win in the fourth-fastest of the 14 heats.
She doubled back later for double the distance, setting another all-conditions career-best at 200 meters with a wind-aided 24.64 (+2.3m/s). She came around the curve in the lead, and was surpassed on the homestretch only by heat five winner Asaundra Dalton of San Francisco.
While Morrissey did not get the win in the top section at 800 meters -- though she was in the lead with 300 meters to go -- she also still came away with an outdoor career-best performance in 2:06.86 for 10th overall.
Like Harrison, Marias and Rodriguez before her, Morrissey made a return trip to the track for the 1500 meters at the end of the night and left with another career best. She finished fourth in her second-fastest section of the 1500 in 4:18.28, chopping nearly six seconds from her PR set two weeks ago and dipping 14 seconds below her career best time from prior to this season.
Jaimie Phelan was the fastest Wolverine at 1,500 meters on the day, finishing 10th in the fastest heat in 4:17.77.
Haley Meier was the runaway winner in the seventh section of the 800, running 2:10.05, her fastest time since May of 2014 to win the heat by nearly two seconds and check in at 20th overall. Courtney Munley and Kate Owens ran 2:14.92 and a career-best 2:15.32, respectively.
Meier came back for the 1500 later in the evening, as well, once again winning her section -- the fourth-fastest of the night -- in a time of 4:22.88. The junior made a strong move in crunchtime, moving up from about fifth bell at the bell to start the final lap to first by a full second.
In the field, Claire Kiefer-Wright and Katt Miner posted fifth- and tied-for-sixth-place finishes in the high jump. Kiefer-Wright made it over the bar at 1.73m (5-8) on her second attempt, while Miner was one of 11 women who topped out at 1.68m (5-6).
Jeryne Fish finished 17th in the long jump with a leap of 5.67m (18-7.25, +1.9m/s) on her second time down the runway.
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