Big Ten Champs! Wolverine Women Claim First Indoor Title Since 2016
2/25/2023 11:20:00 PM
// Gabrielle Healy
Site: Geneva, Ohio (SPIRE Institute)
Event: Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships (Day 2 of 2)
U-M Result: 1st of 13 Teams (109 pts)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., March 10-11 — at NCAA Indoor Championships – Day 1 (Albuquerque, N.M.), Time TBA
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GENEVA, Ohio — The Michigan women’s track and field team won the Big Ten indoor title on Saturday (Feb. 25), closing out the Big Ten Indoor Championships at the SPIRE Institute with 109 total points behind four Big Ten individual titles and four school record efforts on the final day of competition.
Michigan finished the championships with 109 points and clinched its first indoor title since 2016. U-M led by 17 points entering the final race and earned points from every event group. The team title marked head coach Kevin Sullivan‘s first indoor championship with the Wolverines,after taking over as Director of Track and Field and Cross Country last year.
Ziyah Holman secured the first individual title of the day for Michigan, winning the 400 meters after running neck-and-neck with teammate Savannah Sutherland, who finished second. Holman ran 51.39 and set a school record and career-best as she earned the fastest time in the Big Ten. Sutherland also beat the previous record in the race, running 51.41 and setting a career-best. Holman and Sutherland hold the top-five fastest times for the 400-meters in the Big Ten.
The second individual title of the day went to Aurora Rynda in the 600 meters, as she ran 1:27.30 to win gold for the fourth time in her career. She has never lost the 600 meters in her collegiate career at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, winning in 2019, 2020, 2022 and 2023. She did not compete in the indoor season in 2021.
Sophomore triple jumper Riley Ammenhauser won U-M’s third individual title of the day, leaping a career-best and school record 13.18 meters in her second jump (43 feet, 3 inches). Ammenhaser beat the school record — one she already held — twice in six jumps, jumping 13.14 meters (43 feet, 1.5 inches) on her fifth jump. The event was highlighted by massive support from her teammates, with a crowd of Wolverines…
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