Michigan 4×100 relay sets school record to crown black-and-gold invite

Left to right: BreeAna Bates, Hanna Hearn, Savannah Sutherland, Aasia Laurencin (Michigan Athletics)

Michigan 4×100 relay sets school record to crown black-and-gold invite

03/18/2023 16:17:00

// Gabrielle Healy

Location: Orlando, Florida (UCF Soccer & Track Complex)
Event: Black and Gold Invitation (Day 2 of 2)
UM result: No team score
Next UM event: Thursday-Saturday, March 30-April 1, at Florida Relays (Gainesville, Florida)

ORLANDO, Fla. — The University of Michigan women’s track and field team wrapped up the first outdoor meet of the season Saturday, March 18 at the Black and Gold Invitational at the UCF Soccer and Track Complex. The day was marked by a record arrival of the 4×100 m relay team.

With a time of 44.70 seconds, Aasia Laurencin, Savannah Sutherland, Hanna Hearn and BreeAna Bates rode a competitive race, with Wolverines finishing in third place. The 44.70 broke the previous record of 44.78 set last season at the NCAA East preliminaries by a team that also included Hearn and Bates. Michigan also earned a second-place top-10 finish in the 4×100, with Ziyah Holman, Nikki Stephens, Trinity Henderson and Sophie Isom taking sixth place in 45.43.

Holman and Laurencin cracked the top 10 in the 100 meters after running the 4×100 relay earlier in the day. Holman finished sixth with a time of 11.67, an all-conditions record. Laurencin took ninth place with a time of 11.87.

Also on the track, multi-event athlete Clare McNamara set an outdoor record in the 800 meters, running a time of 2:14.20 and smashing her previous record by seven seconds. After running untethered during the indoor season, Delaney Stersic took 22nd place in the 400 meters with a season-best time of 57.30.

Next up for the Wolverines will be the Florida Relays Thursday-Saturday March 30-April 1 in Gainesville, Florida. Michigan will primarily compete in sprint and hurdle events.


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