Feb. 4, 2012
Site: South Bend, Ind. (Loftus Center)
Event: Meyo Invitational (Day 2 of 2)
U-M Team Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Feb. 10-11 -- at SPIRE Invitational (Geneva, Ohio), 2 p.m./10 a.m.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The 23rd-ranked University of Michigan women's track and field team wrapped up the second day of competition at the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 4) with 10 top-10 performances, for a total of 14 on the weekend inside the Loftus Center.
The distance medley relay began a streak of distance success, winning the event on Friday (Feb. 3) in a time of 11:04.30. Freshman Shannon Osika (Waterford, Mich./Mott) led off in the 1,200-meter run, followed by senior Brittani Williams (Detroit, Mich./Jackson) in the 400-meter dash, junior Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) in the 800-meter run and junior Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven) in the mile run. The relay clocked the fourth-fastest time in the nation and the best in the Big Ten this season.
On Saturday, (Feb. 4), three members of the DMR competed in the invitational section of the Meyo Mile. Osika clocked the eighth-fastest time in the country and a new personal-best at 4:38.42 to win the event. Addison followed Osika at 4:41.30 to take the second spot. Jillian Smith used a time of 4:51.37 to finish 12th.
After qualifying for the 60-meter hurdle finals on day one with a time of 8.61, sophomore Amber Smith (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) ran a lifetime-best of 8.55 to finish third on Saturday.
The distance success continued in the open mile and 5,000-meter run with sophomores Taylor Pogue (Goodrich,Mich./Goodrich) (4:54.25) and Megan Weschler (Wyandotte, Mich./Roosevelt) (16:48.76) finishing third and seventh, respectively. Freshman Brook Handler (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) also added a sixth-place mark in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:10.48.
In the field, Michigan secured the fourth and ninth spots in the pole vault. Junior/sophomore Kiley Tobel (Commerce Twp., Mich./Walled Lake Western) used a vault of 4.01 meters (13-1.75) to take fourth, while freshman Victoria Wesley's (Marine City, Mich. /Marine City) personal-best mark of 3.86 meters (12-8.00) took ninth.
Fifth-year senior thrower Emily Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) recorded two top-10 performances. On Friday she took sixth in the weight throw (17.67 meters, 57-11.00) and followed that up with a seventh-place finish in the shot put on Saturday (14.60 meters, 47-10.75). Also joining Pendleton in the shot put was fellow fifth-year senior Allison Liske (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland East), who placed 10th with a throw of 14.42 meters (47-3.75).
Sophomore Erin Busbee (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) rounded out Michigan's top-10 finishes, placing 10th in the long jump with a mark of 14.60 meters (47-10.75).
The Wolverines will face its toughest competition of the season prior to the Big Ten Championships next weekend at the SPIRE Invitational. Action will begin on Friday (Feb. 10) at 2 p.m. and resume against on Saturday (Feb. 11) at 10 a.m. at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. [ Meet Information ]
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 2)
3,000-meter Run 1. Allie Scalf, Vanderbilt 9:53.79 24. Alex Mathews, U-M 10:13.37 31. Alicia Patterson, U-M 10:20.35 Mile Run 1. Kelly McCurdy, Purdue 4:52.92 3. Taylor Pogue, U-M 4:54.25 13. Ellen Junewick, U-M 4:58.55 25. Mary Grace Pellegrini, U-M 5:03.24 44. Michaela Carnegie, U-M 5:09.39 -- Lindsey Hilton, U-M DNF 400-meter Dash 1. Mary Wineberg, NY Athletic 53.57 13. Brittani Williams, U-M 56.07 41. Shelby Hines, U-M 57.63 68. Chinyere Onimo, U-M 59.38 800-meter Run 1. Melissa Bishop, Unattached 2:03.72 6. Brook Handler, U-M 2:10.48 13. Alexandria Williams, U-M 2:12.93 16. Jami Hill, U-M 2:12.94 24. Meg Bellino, U-M 2:14.21 58. Chelsey Miller, U-M 2:19.39 70. Ariel Dempsey, U-M 2:23.71 200-meter Dash 1. Keilah Tyson, Kentucky 23.93 13. Charlotte Cahill, U-M 24.90 26. Amber Smith, U-M 25.44 27. Ada Unachukwu, U-M 25.45 Pole Vault 1. Sam Sonnenberg, Unattached 4.21m (13-9.75) 4. Kiley Tobel, U-M 4.01m (13-1.75) 9. Victoria Wesley, U-M 3.86m (12-8.00) -- Morgan McNeil, U-M NH Shot Put 1. Felisha Johnson, Indiana State 16.55m (54-3.75) 7. Emily Pendleton, U-M 14.60m (47-10.75) 10. Allison Liske, U-M 14.42m (47-3.75) 21. Erin Pendleton, U-M 13.19m (43-3.25) 60-meter Hurdles (Finals) 1. Kaila Barber, Notre Dame 8.33 3. Amber Smith 8.55 Meyo Mile (Invitational) 1. Shannon Osika, U-M 4:38.42 2. Rebecca Addison, U-M 4:41.30 11. Jillian Smith, U-M 4:51.37 4x400-meter Relay 1. Western Michigan 3:40.05 12. MICHIGAN 3:50.53 (Amber Smith, Charlotte Cahill, Ada Unachukwu, Shelby Hines)
|Mary Grace Pellegrini||3,000m||5:03.24|
|Amber Smith||60m Hurdles||8.55|
|Victoria Wesley||Pole Vault||3.86m (12-8)|
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach James Henry
On the team's continued improvement against better competition ... "We're continuing to improve and we're staying connected with our competition. As our competition improves, we improve and that's what we're going to need to be competitive in the championship."
On the distance event highlights ... "Shannon Osika was probably our outstanding performer of the day. She's come on board and has connected with the team as an athlete and as an individual. Her personality fits in with the team -- she's a Michigan Wolverine. She's a young athlete to be reckoned with and she's making our distance and middle-distance area a lot better -- not just through her performances, but with the other young ladies stepping up and doing well also. And our distance medley relay had an outstanding day overall. All four kids had outstanding splits. It was good to see that from those four, especially looking forward to the NCAA nationals."
On Amber Smith's hard work and continued improvement ... "She's a blue-collar kid -- she's making herself one of the top hurdlers in the conference. She's very hard on herself in training and she hasn't had, according to her and according to me, a breakout performance that's going to substantially put her in the midst of the hurdles. As long as she continues to improve, I'll be pleased -- we're just not satisfied yet."
On prepping for the Big Ten Championships ... "I do think we're on track and improving for the Big Tens. We've improved each week and we have our next week at the SPIRE and that will be our final test to see if we continue to make steps forward and then we go back up and rest and get ready mentally for Big Tens. If we continually get better, that's all we can ask for -- we can't ask for more than them getting better."
U-M Junior Distance Runner Rebecca Addison
On individuals stepping up in all areas this weekend ... "It's really exciting and I feel like all the events are improving every meet and stepping up to the competition. Obviously you're excited about your own event area, but I feel like the whole team is really excited about all the events. It's really fun to watch your teammates and this was a really good spectator meet."
On the distance runners progression throughout indoor season ... "We definitely aren't going to peak too early because we haven't done any really intense workouts yet -- we've just been trying to get our strength up. I think we're going to make a change over to more speed soon, so I think that will be just in time for Big Tens. It's good to do that strength stuff now because we're getting used to doubling up, which we'll have to do at Big Tens."
On Shannon Osika's immediate contribution to the team ... "It's really good to have her on the team -- she's such a smart racer and is always so excited about running. I know she gets nervous, but she never really shows it. It's good to have her before races and in the race. It's so exciting to see her come in a make an immediate impact like this. She's so young, but she runs so maturely."
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423