Michigan women get off to a flying start with performance at Wolverine Invite

Michigan women get off to a flying start with performance at Wolverine Invite

01/08/2022 15:49:00

// Kyle Terwillegar

Site: Ann Arbor, Michigan (UM Indoor Track Building)
Event: Wolverine Invitation
Unified messaging result: No team score
Next Unified Messaging Event: Saturday January 15 – host, Simmons-Harvey Invitational (UM Indoor Track Building), TBD

• Full results (PDF)

ANN ARBOR – The returning Big Ten champions and scorers of the University of Michigan women’s track team showed little to no rust as the Wolverine women opened their 2020 indoor campaign on Saturday, Jan.8 with the Wolverine Invitational home at the UM Indoor Track Building.

Former conference gold medalists Jessica mercier and Aurore Rynda started their winters with record breaking pole vault and 600-meter victories, respectively.

They were supported by additional victories from the newcomer BreeAna Bates at 60 and 200 meters, Amanda schaare shot put, Ericka VanderLende on target, Samantha tran 800 meters away, Ameia Wilson in the long jump and Anne Forsyth at 3000 meters.

Mercier, two-time conference winner and record holder for outdoor schools, was perfect thanks to her height of 4.13 m (13 feet, 6.5 inches), leading a high jump body. UM pole vault who achieved their largest team effort in program history. She was joined at 4.13m by her teammate Mia manson, who finished second in a tie-break. It was the first time in the program’s history that two women both crossed 4.10m or more in the same event.

Transfer Brooke Tjerrild got off to a solid start with a 3.98m (13ft, 0.75in) for third place, giving Michigan their first-ever trio of 13-foot vaults, indoors or outdoors. Cate visscher also set a career best 3.83m (12-6.75), also making it the first time that four Michigan outfielders have climbed 3.80m or more.

The Mercier, Manson and Tjerrild trio will likely finish in the Big Ten top eight by the end of the weekend, with both Mercier and Manson likely in the top 20 nationally.

Based on the competition results, Rynda’s victory in 1: 29.35 at 600 meters is the national leader in the event, which is not contested at the NCAA Championships. It is contested at the Big Ten Championships, where Rynda is two-time champion of the event.

Schaare picked up where she left off after last year’s breakthrough campaign, winning the shot put with a new career record of 16.19m (53ft, 1.5in). Only two other Big Ten pitchers went further in 2021-2022 entering this weekend, and that was far enough to place her at No.2 in school history. She bypassed Sonya Payne – the first black woman in school history in all sports to win All-America honors – and Allison Liske, who now passes Allison Boevers as a volunteer coach for the Wolverines.

Corinne Jemison was second at 15.58m (51 feet, 1.5 inches) in her first shot put competition since her senior year of high school in 2018.

Bates made an immediate impact on his college debut for the Wolverines, taking the 60-yard victory in 7.51 seconds. A state high school finalist last year, she rose to 8th in school history and is already one of the fastest Big Ten this season. By the start of the weekend, only five other women in the conference had run as fast or faster.

Multiple All-American and Big Ten medalist VanderLende opened her winter campaign with a career-best 4: 46.11 miles, moving away from her teammate Samantha saenz, who also set a career best time of 4: 50.85.

The Wolverines had additional wins over distances from Tran over 800 yards in 2: 09.28 and Forsyth over 3,000 yards in 9: 33.80.

Michigan also got a solid 1-2 from Wilson and Riley ammenhauser in the long jump. Wilson broke a career high and 5.86m (19ft, 2.75in) record, with Ammenhauser making his MU debut with a 5.71m (18-8.75) jump for the second place.

Michigan full results by event

q = qualified for the final

60 meter dash
Final
1. BreeAna Bates / 7.51

Preliminaries
1. BreeAna Bates / 7.61Q
8. Madison Eaton / 8.17

200 meter dash
Final
1. BreeAna Bates / 24.53
6. Simone roberts / 27.26
seven. Delaney Stersic / 28.31

600 meter run
Final
1. Aurore Rynda / 1: 29.35 (meeting record)

800 meters race
Final
1. Samantha tran / 2: 09.28
2. Alice hill / 2: 12.42
3. Gabby Swider / 2: 13.94 [New PR]

Mile
Final
1. Ericka VanderLende / 4: 46.11 [New PR]
2. Samantha saenz / 4: 50.85 [New PR]
4. Eva jansohn / 4: 57.23
5. Julia vanitvelt / 4: 57.42
-. Lucy petee / DNF

3000 meters of racing
Final
1. Anne Forsyth / 9: 33.80 [New PR]

60 meters hurdles
Final
2. Therese Mayanja / 8.73
6. Madison Eaton / 9.44
seven. Claire McNamara / 9.58

Preliminaries
1. Therese Mayanja / 8.80Q
4. Madison Eaton / 8.98q
8. Claire McNamara / 9.82q

4×400 relay
Final
2. Michigan / 3: 53.31
3. Michigan / 4: 04.11

big jump
Final
4. Therese Mayanja / 1.56m (5-1.5)
5. Claire McNamara / 1.51m (4-11.5)

Pole vault
Final
1. Jessica mercier / 4.13 m (13-6.5) (meet record)
2. Mia manson / 4.13 m (13-6.5) [New PR] (Meeting record)
3. Brooke Tjerrild / 3.98 m (13-0.75)
4. Cate visscher / 3.83m (12-6.75) [New PR]
5. Morgan flynn / 3.38 m (11-1)

Long jump
Final
1. Ameia Wilson / 5.86 m (19-2.75) [New PR] (Meeting record)
2. Riley ammenhauser / 5.71 m (18-8.75)

Shot put
Final
1. Amanda schaare / 16.19 m (53-1.5) [New PR] (Meeting record)
2. Corinne Jemison / 15.58m (51-1.5)


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