Clockwise from left: Aurora Rynda, Savannah Sutherland, Sophie Isom and Ziyah Holman (Michigan Photography)
Wolverines Win Simmons-Harvey Invite Behind 4×400 Relay, Multiple Meet Records
1/21/2023 8:36:00 PM
// Gabrielle Healy
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Indoor Track Building)
Event: Simmons-Harvey Invitational
U-M Result:1st of 4 teams (195 points)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Jan. 27-28 — at PNC Lenny Lyles Invitational (Louisville, Ky.), TBD
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan women’s track and field team dominated by multiple Big Ten-leading performances, meet records and an exciting win from the 4×400-meter relay team on Saturday (Jan. 21) at the U-M Indoor Track Building to win the Simmons-Harvey Invitational team title.
Aurora Rynda and Savannah Sutherland set facility records with Big Ten-leading performances in the 600 meters and 400 meters, respectively. The two also were two members of the winning 4×400-meter relay team which overcame a nearly 30-second deficit after a fall by Sophie Isom in the first leg.
With a quick recovery from Isom, Sutherland was able to run down Michigan State and Purdue. Rynda and Ziyah Holman used Sutherland’s momentum to win the race with a time of 3:42.43, more than eight seconds ahead of second-place Ohio State (3:50.73). Michigan’s ‘B’ team of Trinity Henderson, Amber Gall, Alyna Lewis and Samantha Hastie finished third (3:52.04). The relay performance highlights a strong start to Sutherland’s indoor season, which has seen her set two career bests, breakn a meet record and win four races in just two meets thus far.
The Wolverines also dominated the running and hurdles events, winning seven of nine final races. Samantha Hastie won the 800 meters, a race honoring alumni Francie Kraker Goodridge, who was the first Michigan-born woman to earn a place on the U.S. Olympic team.
In the field events, Riley Ammenhauser had a successful day, winning the triple jump with a jump of 12.81m (42 feet, 0.5 inches), a new career best. In the long jump, Ammenhauser (5.73m; 18 feet, 9.75 inches) finished second behind teammate Ameia Wilson, who leapt 5.85m (19 feet, 2.5 inches).
In a competitive pole vault contest, Mia Manson took the event, clearing 4.16 meters (13 feet,…