Wolverines Set to Compete at Jesse Owens Classic
Lauren Rodriguez

April 19, 2017

» Fresh off career-best performances in California, Meghan Marias and Lauren Rodriguez headline a group of 10 Wolverines competing Friday and Saturday (April 21-22) in Columbus.
» Several Wolverines will make their 2017 or U-M outdoor debuts.

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Fri-Sat., April 21-22 -- at Jesse Owens Classic (Columbus, Ohio), 3:30 p.m./1:25 p.m.
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As final exams and the ramp-up to the outdoor track and field postseason both draw near, a small contingent from the No. 23 University of Michigan women's team will compete on Friday and Saturday (April 21-22) at the Ohio State Jesse Owens Classic.

Fresh off career bests during their recent trip to California, Meghan Marias and Lauren Rodriguez headline a group of nine women that will take to the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to challenge some of the region's top competition.

Marias broke the 12-second barrier at 100 meters for the first time in her career on Friday at the Bryan Clay Invitational, running 11.90 to win her heat. That PR could be lowered even further when she takes the track Saturday at 2 p.m.

She is also entered at 200 meters at 3:45 p.m., when she will look to recapture the same speed that produced a wind-aided career-best 24.64 (+2.3m/s) at Clay.

Rodriguez will also seek to build on the momentum of two career-best races in the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles at Clay. She opens the Wolverines' day on the track at 12:20 p.m. in the 100 hurdles, fresh off a PR 14.29 in California.

She doubles back at 3:20 p.m. for the 400 hurdles after running a lifetime-best 1:02.13 at Bryan Clay.

Friday's action gets underway with Elizabeth Prieskorn in the javelin at 3:30 p.m. She will aim to make it three meets in a row with a career-best mark, with her most-recent PR coming in the form of a 37.78m (123-11) mark at the Battle of the Blues earlier this month.

The evening will mark the 2017 outdoor debuts for Natalie Baxter and Kali Dent as they compete in the 5,000-meter run at 7 p.m.

Hannah Meier will make her U-M outdoor debut at 1,500 meters at 8:20 p.m.

Saturday action kicks off at 11 a.m. with the long jump, featuring Jeryne Fish. The sophomore tied her outdoor career best in the event earlier this month at the Battle of the Blues with a leap of 5.74m (18-10). Fish will also compete alongside Marias at 100 meters.

Jada Wimberly will contest the high jump starting at 1:15 p.m., while Sarah Uhlian will start the pole vault at 1:30 p.m. in her first meet since winning the Don Kleinow Invitational last weekend.

News & Notes

University of Michigan distance running has been strong to start the 2017 outdoor season with both Claire Borchers and Gina Sereno ranked top-10 nationally and Jaimie Phelan and Jamie Morrissey ranked top-50 in two events each.

Here is the full list:

Name Event Rank
Claire Borchers Steeplechase #6
Gina Sereno 5,000m #7
Jaimie Phelan 1,500m #24
Jamie Morrissey 1,500m #29
Jamie Morrissey 800m #33
Jaimie Phelan 800m #37
Courtney Jacobsen Hammer #46
Gina Sereno 1,500m #48

• The Wolverines are in position to send a big contingent to the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds on May 25-27 in Lexington, Kentucky, in hopes of qualifying to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June in Eugene, Oregon. Twelve performances are currently ranked in the top 48 in the East Region, which is the cut-off to make the meet. The top 12 finishers in each event at the Prelims advance to Eugene.

Name Event Rank
Claire Borchers Steeplechase #3
Gina Sereno 5000m #5
Jaimie Phelan 1500m #7
Jamie Morrissey 1500m #11
Jamie Morrissey 800m #15
Jaimie Phelan 800m #17
Claire Kieffer-Wright High Jump #18
Gina Sereno 1500m #21
Courtney Jacobsen Hammer #24
Haley Meier 1500m #29
Jade Harrison 400m #32
Jade Harrison 200m #40

• The Wolverines return 49 points from the 106 scored by last year's co-Big Ten Outdoor Championships team, headlined by reigning 5,000- and 10,000-meter winner Gina Sereno. Jaimie Phelan returns from last year's runner-up finish at 1,500 meters, while heptathlete Aaron Howell and high jumper Claire Kieffer-Wright are both back after third-place efforts a year ago.

• Sereno became just the sixth woman in Michigan history to crack the 16-minute barrier in the outdoor 5,000 meters and the fifth to do so under associate head coach Mike McGuire. Her dramatic win in 15:49.17 at the Bryan Clay Invitational moved her to No. 3 on the all-time performers list for the event.

Claire Borchers may have come up just shy of becoming the second woman in Michigan history to break 10 minutes in the steeplechase, but her 10:02.77 win at the Bryan Clay Invitational was quick enough to move to No. 2 on the all-time U-M performers list. She moved up one spot past Alex Leptich from three years ago.

• Leading the Wolverines' newcomers is sprinter Jade Harrison, a Sunnyville, California, native fresh off her first career indoor season. And what an indoor season it was, as she ran 52.84 to crush the U-M indoor record and was the 400-meter leg of the Wolverines' All-America fifth-place distance medley relay team at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

• Harrison has gotten off to a strong start in her debut outdoor season at Michigan, having run 11.95 at 100 meters, 23.64 at 200 meters and 53.88 at 400 meters -- with the latter two coming this past weekend at the Bryan Clay Invitational. In just three meets, she has already established herself as only the third woman in program history -- alongside Carly Knazze and Regine Caruthers-- to run sub-11, sub-24 and sub-54 in their careers.

• An outdoor school record could be next for Harrison, whose indoor time is less than half of a second shy of Joyce Wilson's 32-year-old program record from 1985 -- which is the oldest school record on the books for the Maize and Blue women.

• Harrison is one of 26 true freshmen on the Wolverines roster for the 2017 outdoor season, along with eight redshirt freshmen. Among those first-year true freshmen is Julia Hall, who pairs with Harrison to form a potent long sprints corps that will power the Maize and Blue for years to come.

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