Jan. 11, 2013
Site: Allendale, Mich. (Kelly Family Sports Center)
Event: Grand Valley State Bob Eubanks Open
U-M Team Result: Non-scoring
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 19 -- host Simmons-Harvey Invitational (U-M Indoor Track Building), 10:30 a.m.
ALLENDALE, Mich. -- The 19th-ranked University of Michigan women's track and field team opened the 2013 indoor season on Friday (Jan. 11) at Grand Valley State's Bob Eubanks Open. The Wolverines produced 26 top-five performances, including four first-place finishes -- junior Amber Smith (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) in the 60-meter hurdles, junior Megan Weschler (Wyandotte, Mich./Roosevelt) in the 800-meter run, sophomore/freshman Devon Hoppe (Newport Beach, Calif./Corona Del Mar) in the mile run and senior/junior Sara Nitz (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland East) in the high jump.
Smith was one of three Wolverines to qualify for the 60-meter hurdles final, winning the event with a personal-best time of 8.39. In her career debut in Maize and Blue, freshman Cindy Ofili (Ypsilanti, Mich./Huron) also placed in the top five, stopping the clock at 8.54 to finish fourth.
Weschler paced a group of Wolverines that claimed the top four spots in the 800-meter run, clocking a time of 2:13.79 to win the event. Sophomore Chinyere Onimo (Ypsilanti, Mich./Huron), freshman Maya Long (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) and sophomore Chelsey Miller (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) followed in second, third and fourth place, respectively, in times of 2:19.32, 2:19.78 and 2:19.81.
In her first collegiate race, Hoppe won the mile with a time of 5:11.60, finishing more than four seconds ahead of the runner-up.
After missing the 2012 indoor season due to injury, Nitz returned to lead the field-event group, leaping 1.67 meters (5-5.75) to finish first in the high jump.
Senior Erin Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) began her final indoor season, finishing fourth in the shot put (13.18m, 43-3) and fifth in the weight throw (16.94m, 55-7).
In the 60-meter dash, five Wolverines qualified for the finals, taking three of the top five places in the finals. Senior Ada Unachukwu (Morganville, N.J./Marlboro) was the first of three U-M sprinters who finished 2-3-4, placing second in a career-best time of 7.67. Ofili (7.70) and senior Charlotte Cahill (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington) (7.70) finished almost simultaneously, taking third and fourth, respectively.
Junior Erin Busbee (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) recorded personal-best mark in three events -- 60-meter dash (7.76), 200-meter dash (25.31) and 60-meter hurdles (8.66). She registered her best finish in the 200, finishing runner-up, while Unachukwu followed in fourth place with a time of 25.44.
In the 300-meter dash, which is not an event contested at the championship level, Cahill finished third (40.13), followed by Smith (40.79) and Ofili (41.05) in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Senior/juniors Meg Bellino (Monroe, Mich./Catholic Central) (1:33.41) and Jami Hill (Onalaska, Wis./Onalaska) (1:34.57) each recorded personal-best times in the 600-meter run to secure the third and fourth positions in the 600-meter run. Sophomore/freshman Dana Carey (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Marian) finished on their heels in fifth place with a time of 1:38.81.
Michigan finished 2-3-4-5 in the 3,000-meter run, led by sophomore /freshman Anna Pasternak (Brighton, Mich./Hartland), who finished runner-up in 10:08.59. Junior/sophomore Alex Mathews (Birmingham, Mich./Seaholm) finished third in a time of 10:12.42, followed by sophomore/freshman Laura Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven) (10:18.73) in fourth and junior Nicola Hallenborg (Summit, N.J./Summit) (10:25.60) in fifth. It marked the collegiate debut for Pasternak and Addison.
The Wolverines will return to Ann Arbor to host the annual Simmons-Harvey Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the U-M Indoor Track Building. The meet will kick off with field events at 10:30 a.m. and continue with running events at 12:30 p.m.
Event Winners/U-M Finishers
60-meter Dash (Prelims) 1. Cindy Ofili, U-M 7.73q t2. Charlotte Cahill, U-M 7.73q 4. Erin Busbee, U-M 7.74q 5. Amber Smith, U-M 7.78q 5. Ada Unachukwu, U-M 7.78q 11. Tofunmi Akeredolu, U-M 7.92 60-meter dash (Finals) 1. Brittney Jackson, Grand Valley 7.67 2. Ada Unachukwu, U-M 7.67 3. Cindy Ofili, U-M 7.70 4. Charlotte Cahill, U-M 7.70 6. Erin Busbee, U-M 7.76 9. Amber Smith, U-M 7.93 200-meter Dash 1. Margaret Bamgbose, Notre Dame 24.65 2. Erin Busbee, U-M 25.31 4. Ada Unachukwu, U-M 25.44 19. Tofunmi Akeredolu, U-M 26.66 300-meter Dash 1. Michelle Brown, Notre Dame 38.76 3. Charlotte Cahill, U-M 40.13 4. Amber Smith, U-M 40.79 5. Cindy Ofili, U-M 41.05 600-meter Run 1. Alysson Bodenbach, Michigan State 1:32.05 3. Meg Bellino, U-M 1:33.41 4. Jami Hill, U-M 1:34.57 5. Dana Carey, U-M 1:38.81 8. Emily Wee, U-M 1:42.85 800-meter Run 1. Megan Weschler, U-M 2:13.79 2. Chinyere Onimo, U-M 2:19.32 3. Maya Long, U-M 2:19.78 4. Chelsey Miller, U-M 2:19.91 Danielle Pfeifer, U-M DNF Mile Run 1. Devon Hoppe, U-M 5:11.60 3,000-meter Run 1. Nicole Michmerhuizen, Calvin 10:03.59 2. Anna Pasternak, U-M 10:08.59 3. Alex Mathews, U-M 10:12.42 4. Laura Addison, U-M 10:18.73 5. Nicola Hallenborg, U-M 10:25.60 60-meter Hurdles (Prelims) 1. Nevada Sorenson, Notre Dame 8.48q 1. Amber Smith, U-M 8.48q 6. Cindy Ofili, U-M 8.57q 7. Erin Busbee, U-M 8.70q 15. Liz Sherzer, U-M 9.79 60-meter Hurdles (Finals) 1. Amber Smith, U-M 8.39 4. Cindy Ofili, U-M 8.54 7. Erin Busbee, U-M 8.66 Long Jump 1. Ashley Stacey, Michigan Sta 5.71m (18-9) 26. Liz Sherzer, U-M 3.95m (12-11.50) High Jump 1. Sara Nitz, U-M 1.67m (5-5.75) Shot Put 1. Sam Lockhart, Grand Valley 14.09m (46-2.75) 4. Erin Pendleton, U-M 13.18m (43-3) 13. Elly Mioduszewski, U-M 11.42m (37-5.75) 19. Liz Sherzer, U-M 11.03m (36-2.25) 20. Erin Busbee, U-M 11.02m (36-2) 26. Kari Prena, U-M 10.45m (34-3.50) Weight Throw 1. Sam Lockhart, Grand Valley 20.43m (67-0.50) 5. Erin Pendleton, U-M 16.94m (55-7) 12. Kari Prena, U-M 15.46m (50-8.75) 18. Amanda Adwon, U-M 14.53m (47-8) 23. Elly Mioduszewski, U-M 13.32m (43-8) 4x400-meter Relay 1. Michigan State 'A' 3:44.36 5. MICHIGAN 'A' 3:56.26 (Dana Carey, Maya Long, Meg Bellino, Chinyere Onimo) 7. MICHIGAN 'B' 3:58.17 (Chelsey Miller, Jami Hill, Devon Hoppe, Emily Wee) q - qualified for finals
Ada Unachukwu -- 60m Dash (7.67)
Erin Busbee -- 60m Dash (7.74) (P)
Erin Busbee -- 200m Dash (25.31)
Meg Bellino -- 600m Run (1:33.41)
Jami Hill -- 600m Run (1:34.57)
Devon Hoppe -- Mile Run (5:11.60)
Amber Smith -- 60m Hurdles (8.39)
Erin Busbee -- 60m Hurdles (8.66)
Liz Sherzer -- Shot Put (11.03m; 36-2.25)
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