Michigan Women Capture First at Akron Quad

By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA

January 10, 2009   

AKRON, Ohio – The University of Michigan women’s track and field team won the Akron Quad for the second straight season on Friday night (Jan. 9) to open the 2009 indoor season, winning 9-of-14 events at the Stile Athletics Field House. The Wolverines’ 173.5 points bested host and second-place Akron’s 136.5 points.

Senior Tiffany Ofili (Ypsilanti, Mich./Ypsilanti) won three events and senior Geena Gall (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) won two events, while senior Casey Taylor (Chicago Heights, Ill./Marian Catholic) hit an NCAA provisional mark in her triple jump win and sophomore Allison Liske (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland East) met the NCAA provisional mark in her win in the shot put with a score of 50-0 1/2. U-M also claimed first in the 4×400-meter relay with a mark of 3:55.30.

Ofili’s first event victory came in the 60-meter dash as she bettered the field with a time of 7.59 seconds, three one-hundredths of a second ahead of Latalia Jones of Akron. Ofili then claimed the top spot in the 200-meter dash, besting the field in a time of 24.25, 0.65 seconds ahead of second-place Cambrya Jones of Pittsburgh. Ofili then finished her impressive evening with a victory in the long jump with a top mark of 19-11 in her second jump. Ofili’s first-place jump was 3/4 of an inch further than Taylor’s 19-10 1/4 second-place effort, also occurring in her second leap.

Taylor took top honors in the triple jump with a leap of 41-9 1/4, bettering the NCAA provisional standard. Taylor’s top effort came on her third and final jump, but each of her three leaps bettered the other 11 competitors in the triple-jump field.

Gall’s first event victory came in the mile run as she took the top spot in 4:57.23, nearly two seconds better than second-place Larisa Arcip of Akron. Gall also claimed victory in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:11.70. Senior teammate Katie LaValley (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) was second in 2:15.25.

Senior/junior Shana Vinson (Detroit, Mich./Mumford) also earned an event victory with a win in the 400-meter dash. Vinson crossed the line first with a time of 58.14, two-tenths of a second ahead of Buffalo’s Jackie Burns.

Michigan will return to action next Saturday (Jan. 17) when it travels to the Big Ten/SEC Challenge hosted by Indiana University at Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse in Bloomington, Ind.