May 16, 2014
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Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Rankin Track and Field)
Event: Big Ten Outdoor Championships (Day 1)
U-M Team Result: Tie-3rd of 11 Teams (10 points) after Day 1
Next U-M Event: Saturday, May 17 -- at Big Ten Outdoor Championships - Day 2 (West Lafayette, Ind.), 11:30 a.m.
WEST LAYAFETTE, Ind. -- Freshman Erin Finn (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) won the 10,000-meter run, setting new conference meet and school records to pace the University of Michigan women's track and field team on the opening day of the Big Ten Outdoor Championships on Friday (May 16) at Purdue's Rankin Track and Field.
Finn led from wire to wire, crossing the finish line in a time of 32:41 -- 1:18.37 ahead of second place Emma-Lisa Murphy from Wisconsin (34:00.02). Just five laps into the race, she had gained more than a 100-meter lead and with four laps remaining in the event she had lapped the entire 23-person field. Her career debut 10,000-meter time broke the Michigan school record by 24 seconds and surpassed the Big Ten Conference meet record by nearly 12 seconds.
Finn was joined in the 10,000-meter run by sophomore Taylor Manett (Rockford, Mich./Rockford) and junior Anna Pasternak (Brighton, Mich./Hartland), who finished 10th and 15th, respectively, in times of 34:53.95 and 35:25.03. It marked Manett's first collegiate 10K, while Pasternak's time was a new personal best.
In her first Big Ten heptathlon, freshman Aaron Howell (Farmington Hills, Mich./Farmington) is currently sitting in eighth place with 2,998 points after the first four events (100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200m). She opened the day with a personal record in the 100-meter hurdles of 14.59 to finish sixth. Her highest finish of the day came in the shot put, when she took second with a throw of 12.44 (40-9.75), which she hit on her first attempt. Howell will complete the long jump, javelin and 800-meter run tomorrow (Saturday, May 17) on the final day of the heptathlon.
Fifth-year senior Joanna Fleming (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) led the quartet of Wolverine hammer throwers, finishing 12th with her second throw of 51.49 meters (168-11).
With 10 points from Finn, U-M is currently sitting in a tie for third place after two scoring events. Wisconsin owns the lead with 16 total points, while Minnesota is in second with 11 points. The Wolverines will return to Rankin Track and Field tomorrow for the second day of the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, which is set to begin at 11:30 a.m.
N O T E S
Erin Finn broke a 31-year-old 10,000-meter run school record of 33:06.70, which was previously set by Melanie Weaver in 1983. She also snapped an 28-year-old Big Ten meet record of 32:54.37, which was set by Wisconsin's Stephanie Herbst in 1986. It was only the second time a runner has broken 33 minutes at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships in the conference's 33-year history.
Aaron Howell -- 100m Hurdles (14.59)
Anna Pasternak -- 10,000m (35:25.03)
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