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Sutherland, Rynda First-Team All-Americans as U-M Closes Out NCAA Indoor Championships

Sutherland, Rynda First-Team All-Americans as U-M Closes Out NCAA Indoor Championships


Sutherland, Rynda First-Team All-Americans as U-M Closes Out NCAA Indoor Championships

3/11/2023 10:07:00 PM

// Gabrielle Healy

Site: Albuquerque, New Mexico (Albuquerque Convention Center)

Event: NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships (Day 2 of 2)

U-M Result: T-38th of 54 (three points)

Next U-M Event: Friday, March 17 — at Black and Gold Invitational – Day 1 (Orlando, Fla.)

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of Michigan women’s track and field team closed out the 2023 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday (March 11) at the Albuquerque Convention Center, with the final day of action highlighted by a Canadian record from Savannah Sutherland as well as All-America honors for Sutherland and Aurora Rynda.

Sutherland kicked off the day for the Wolverines, racing in the first heat of the 400-meter finals. fought hard in the extremely competitive race, coming out of the blocks strong and staying close in the first lap. She finished seventh in the event with a time of 51.60, just four-tenths of a second short of her personal best. Sutherland closed out her first Indoor NCAA Championships with first-team All-American honors. Her effort also broke the Canadian Indoor 400-meter record, overtaking Lauren Gale’s record of 51.64 set in 2022.

First-team All-American honors were also awarded to Rynda after an eighth-place finish in the 800-meter finals. Rynda ran a time of 2:06.83 to clinch well deserved All-American status. The middle-distance runner remained tight to the middle of the pack for the majority of the race, clinching the final first team All-American spot. The fifth-year is now a seven-time All-American, with five of those honors being first-team.

The final event of the day for the Wolverines was the 4×400 relay final. Sophie Isom, Savannah Sutherland, Nikki Stephens and Ziyah Holman entered the final ranked eighth nationally and fought hard for a ninth-place finish with a time of 3:31.24. Holman had the fastest leg of the race at 51.36, overtaking UCLA’s runner in the final stretch to move the Wolverines up a place in the final standings. This time was just one second short of the school record, set at the Big Ten Championships and held by the same group of runners.

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