Finn Crosses First in 10,000m to Punch Ticket to NCAA Outdoors
Erin Finn

May 29, 2014

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Site: Jacksonville, Fla. (Hodges Stadium)
Event: NCAA East Preliminary Rounds (Day 1)
U-M Team Result: Non-scoring
Next U-M Event:
Friday, May 30 -- at NCAA East Preliminary Rounds - Day 2 (Jacksonville, Fla.), 10 a.m.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Freshman Erin Finn (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) of the University of Michigan women's track and field team continued her impressive rookie season with a victory in the 10,000-meter run at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds (May 29) at the University of North Florida's Hodges Stadium.

Finn led the 20th-ranked Wolverines on the first day of competition by winning the event with a time of 33:13.46. The top-12 finish in the event qualified Finn for the NCAA Outdoor Championship field.

Junior Brook Handler (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester)advanced to the quarterfinals of the 1,500-meter run with a third-place finish in heat one, achieving a time of 4:20.47, which was the 17th-best time of all 48 first-round competitors in the event. Junior/sophomore Shannon Osika (Waterford, Mich./Mott) was unable to advance to Saturday's (May 31) 1,500m quarterfinal after finishing sixth in heat one and 20th overall with a time of 4:21.49.

Sophomore Danielle Pfeifer (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley) led a contingent of three Wolverines in the 800-meter run, setting a career-best time of 2:06.59 to finish 23rd overall in the event. Her time in heat one fell just short of qualifying for the 800m quarterfinals on Friday (May 30). Pfeifer edged her previous personal-best time of 2:06.68 achieved at the Payton Jordan Invitational on May 4.

The Wolverines will continue competition at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds on Friday.

• Senior Erin Busbee placed 16th in the long jump with a leap of 5.94 meters (19-6 feet).

• Fifth-year senior Joanna Fleming finished 44th in the hammer throw with a toss of 51.96 meters (170-6 ft.).

• Junior/sophomore Devon Hoppe finished 42nd in the 800-meter run (2:08.64), and freshman Jamie Morrissey placed 47th with a time of 2:10.23.

Danielle Pfeifer -- 800m Run (2:06.59)

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