June 12, 2014
Site: Eugene, Ore. (Hayward Field)
Event: NCAA Outdoor Championships (Day 2)
U-M Team Result: 25th Place (3 points) after Day 2
Next U-M Event: Friday, June 13 -- at NCAA Outdoor Championships - Day 3 (Eugene, Ore.), 12:30 p.m. PDT
EUGENE, Ore. -- Freshman Erin Finn (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) of the University of Michigan women's track and field team capped her rookie campaign with a sixth-place performance in the 10,000-meter run on the second day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Thursday (June 12) at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.
Finn worked her way toward the front of the pack from the gun and settled in fifth place for the first seven laps. During the eighth lap, she moved forward into third place and eventually took sole possession of the lead with 14 laps to go and remained there for more than two miles. With four laps remaining, she had slipped back into fifth place and dropped back one more spot will less than a mile to go. She held on to the sixth spot and crossed the line at 32:50.14 to become Michigan's first 10,000-meter First Team All-American since 1998.
Boise State's Emma Bates captured the 10,000-meter run title in a time of 32:32.35.
Finn secured three points for the Maize and Blue, and the Wolverines are sitting in 25th place with two days of competition remaining.
Junior Brook Handler (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester)went out conservative in heat two of the 1,500-meter run and was sitting in sixth place after the first 400 meters. By the halfway point, she dropped back into seventh but gained ground on the third lap and was in fifth place heading into the bell lap. Handler used a strong kick on the final straightaway to slide into the fourth position before the finish line, crossing at 4:17.84. Handler will return to compete in the 12-person final on Saturday (June 14) at 2:29 p.m. PDT.
After the first four events in the heptathlon, freshman Aaron Howell (Farmington Hills, Mich./Farmington) is sitting in 21st place with 3,070 points. She opened the day by running a new personal-best time of 14.48 in the 100-meter hurdles to take 20th in that event. Her best event of the day proved to be the shot put, where she finished seventh with a mark of 12.22 meters (40-1.25).
In the 100-meter hurdles, sophomore Cindy Ofili (Ypsilanti, Mich./Huron) was unable to reach the finals, as she finished fifth in heat three and 11th overall in a time of 13.31, to collect All-America second team accolades.
Howell will be the only Wolverine in action tomorrow (Friday, June 13), as she completes the final three events of the heptathlon, beginning at 12:30 p.m. PDT (long jump, shot put, 800m). The championships will be live on ESPNU from 4:30-6:30 p.m. PDT tomorrow.
N O T E S
Erin Finn became the fourth All-American in the 10,000-meter run in Michigan history and first since Elizabath Kampfe in 1998.
If Brook Handler completes the 1,500-meter final, she is guaranteed to become at least an All-America second team honoree (places 1-8 on first team; 9-16 on second team).
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