Wolverines Open Day One of Big Tens in Third Place Behind Bates, Sutherland, DMR

Wolverines Open Day One of Big Tens in Third Place Behind Bates, Sutherland, DMR

Wolverines Open Day One of Big Tens in Third Place Behind Bates, Sutherland, DMR

2/24/2023 11:38:00 PM

// Gabrielle Healy

Site: Geneva, Ohio (SPIRE Institute)

Event: Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships (Day 1 of 2)

U-M Result: T3rd of 13 (22 points)

Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 25 — at Big Ten Indoor Championships – Day Two (Geneva, Ohio), 10:45 a.m.

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GENEVA, Ohio — A Big Ten title, two new school records and multiple Big Ten-leading performances vaulted the University of Michigan women’s tack and field team to a third-place (22 points) tie with Iowa after the opening day of the Big Ten Indoor Championships on Friday (Feb. 24) at the SPIRE Institute. Indiana leads the team standings wth 41 points.

Michigan’s distance medley relay won a Big Ten title Friday (Feb. 24), running 10:57.56 to claim first place. The tean of Anna Juul, Ziyah Holman, Aurora Rynda and Sam Tran set a facility record with their victory — finishing with a healthy three-second lead and collected 10 points for the team total.

BreeAna Bates set a school record in the 60-meter dash, running 7.33 seconds to take sixth in preliminaries. Bates bested a mark (7.36) she set one week ago at the Silverston invitational. She will advance to the finals on Saturday (Feb. 25) in contention for the Big Ten title.

Bates’ record was accompanied by a record-setting performance from Savannah Sutherland in the 200 meters, running 23.58 to overtake the 23.65 set by two-time Olympian Cindy Sember (Ofili) at the 2016 Indoor Big Ten Championships. Sutherland now holds three school records (400m, 200m, 4×400 relay), all set this season.

Sutherland sits atop of the 400-meter standings aside teammate Ziyah Holman. The Wolverine duo took first and second, respectively, in the preliminaries, with Sutherland running 52.39 and Holman 52.77. The sprinters’ times rank them third and fourth in the Big Ten, respectively. Both will advance to Saturday’s finals, looking to earn individual titles and points for Michigan.

Mia Manson earned points for Michigan in the pole vault, earning five points by clearing 4.19 meters (13 feet, 9 inches) to take fourth. She scored in one of the sole finals of the day and was accompanied by Cate Visscher, who cleared 3.89 meters…

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