Wolverines to Compete Full Squad at Duke Invite

Wolverines to Compete Full Squad at Duke Invite

4/5/2022 3:57:00 PM

// Kyle Terwillegar

THIS WEEK
Thurs-Sat., April 7-9 — at Duke Invitational (Durham, NC / Morris Williams Stadium)
TV: ACC Network Extra (Times TBA) | Live Results

Thursday, April 7 — 12:30 pm | ACC Network Extra (Times TBA)
Friday, April 8 — 9:30 a.m. | ACC Network Extra (Times TBA)
Saturday, April 9 — 9:30 a.m. | ACC Network Extra (Times TBA)

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ANN ARBOR, Mich.. — For the first time this spring, all of the University of Michigan women’s track and field team’s various event groups will compete at the same meet this Thursday through Saturday (April 7-9) at the Duke Invitational.

With just five weekends of competition remaining before the Big Ten Championships, Wolverines from the sprints, distance, jumps and throws groups will take on a strong field at Morris Williams Stadium that includes Big Ten foe Penn State and an ACC contingent that includes host Duke, North Carolina, NC State, Pitt, Virginia and Wake Forest, among other non-Power-Five programs.

Thursday will be a multi-events day for the Wolverines with only the women’s heptathlon and men’s decathlon competitions, beginning at 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm, respectively. Weather is expected to be mild with 70-degree temperatures and overcast with the possibility of storms early in the day, before cooler high temperatures in the low-to-mid 60s move in for the remainder of the meet.

In addition to the conclusion of those two-day multi-events, Friday will also feature field event competition beginning at 9:30 am extending through 6 pm shortly before a brief distance-oriented track program begins for the women at 6:30 pm Michigan’s competitors are expected to conclude competition by 8 pm

Saturday features the remaining field event competitions starting at 9:30 am through likely 4 pm, as well as a track session for the balance of the events on the oval that kicks off for the women at 11:15 am The meet is tentatively scheduled to conclude prior to 6 pm

Reigning Big Ten champions aurora rynda (1,500 meters) and Ziyah Holman (400 meters, 200 meters) are expected to lead the Wolverine contingent in Durham, along with former Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week Amelia Wilson competing in the long jump for the first time since giving the school record a scarce two weeks ago.

Rynda, who will also run a leg of the 4×400 relay, is at the head of a distance squad coming off its 2022 outdoor debut last week at Stanford. Also in the group are All-Americans Ericka VanderLende (1,500 meters), Alice Hill (1,500 meters) and Katelynne Hart (1,500 meters).

Holman, also slated for the 4×400, spearheads a sprints corps that also includes Big Ten Indoor silver medalist Aasia Laurencin (100m hurdles, 200 meters), UM first-year record holder BreeAna Bates (100 meters, 200 meters), and Savannah Sutherland (400m hurdles) debuting in the event in which she won World U20 Championships bronze last summer.

Joining Wilson in the field is school record-holder Jessica Mercier and one of the nation’s deepest pole vault crews in mia manson, Brooke Tjerrild and Cate Vischer in their first competition all together outdoors. The throws duo of Corinne Jemison (shot put, discus) and amanda schaare (shot put, discus) will look to continue their historic 2022 campaign, and Riley Ammenhauser (triple jump, long jump) will get a chance to extend her UM first-year record in the triple.

Live results will be provided through Flash Results. Updates will be posted to the official Michigan track and field social media channels throughout the weekend.

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