Feb. 11, 2012
Site: SPIRE Institute (Geneva, Ohio)
Event: SPIRE Invitational (Day 2 of 2)
U-M Team Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 18 -- host Silverston Invitational (U-M Indoor Track Building), 10 a.m.
GENEVA, Ohio -- The 25th-ranked University of Michigan women's track and field team wrapped up the second day of competition at the SPIRE Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 11) with eight top-five performances at the GaREAT Sports Complex. A total of 10 Wolverines, as well as the 4x400-meter relay, finished in the top five in their respective events throughout the two-day event.
On day one, sophomore Taylor Pogue (Goodrich,Mich./Goodrich) won the title in the 5,000-meter run with a lifetime best of 16:22.64, while junior Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven) followed on day two with a victory in the 800-meter run (2:05.24).
Michigan's first day was also highlighted by two top-five efforts in the 600-meter run. Senior Brittani Williams (Detroit, Mich./Jackson) and Alexandria Williams (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) finished second and fourth with times of 1:32.30 and 1:32.78, respectively.
In her first time competing in the heptathlon this season, senior/junior Tofunmi Akeredolu (Southfield, Mich./Lathrup) took fourth with a lifetime best 3,643 points.
On day two, sophomore Amber Smith (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) used a time of 8.73 in the 60-meter hurdle prelims to qualify for the finals, where she finished fifth overall (8.61). Smith, Addison, Brittani Williams and Alex Williams were also members of Michigan's 4x400-meter relay, which took fifth in a season-best time of 3:44.18.
In the field, fifth-year senior thrower Emily Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) finished fourth in the weight throw (17.97 meters, 58-11.50) and fifth in the shot put (15.31 meters, 50-2.75). Fellow fifth-year senior Allison Liske (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland East) secured the fourth spot in the shot put with a throw of 15.43m (50-7.50).
Junior/sophomore Kiley Tobel (Commerce Twp., Mich./Walled Lake Western) took fourth place in the pole vault, clearing a height of 3.97 meters (13-0.25). Junior Ada Unachukwu (Morganville, N.J./Marlboro) rounded out Michigan's top-five finishers with a fourth-place performance in the triple jump (12.64 meters, 41-5.75).
The Wolverines will return home to host the Silverston Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 18). Action will begin at 10 a.m. at the U-M Indoor Track Building. It will mark Michigan's last competition prior to the Big Ten Indoor Championships, which will be hosted by the University of Nebraska on Feb. 24-25.
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 2)
60-meter Hurdles (Prelims)
Top 10 advance to finals - heat winners plus next fastest times
1. Kristen Brown, Virginia Tech 8.53q
8. Amber Smith, U-M 8.73q
60-meter Hurdles (Finals)
1. Leslie Aririguzo, Michigan State 8.55
5. Amber Smith U-M 8.61
60-meter Dash (Prelims)
Top 10 advance to finals - heat winners plus next fastest times
1. Marecia Pemberton, Florida State 7.49q
19. Charlotte Cahill, U-M 7.80
1. Amanda Winslow, Florida State 9:09.83
10. Alex Leptich, U-M 9:38.77
11. Megan Weschler, U-M 9:39.96
20. Mary Grace Pellegrini, U-M 9:44.65
-- Lindsey Hilton, U-m DNF
1. Rebecca Addison, U-M 2:05.24
14. Brook Handler, U-M 2:10.76
24. Meg Bellino, U-M 2:14.95
-- Jillian Smith, U-M DNF
1. Keilah Tyson, Kentucky 23.69
11. Charlotte Cahill, U-M 24.83
17. Shelby Hines, U-M 25.24
1. Hannah Brooks, Florida State 4:36.00
18. Chloe Prince, U-M 5:01.18
23. Michaela Carnegie, U-M 5:04.94
24. Alex Mathews, U-M 5:05.29
1. East Carolina 'A' 3:39.74
5. MICHIGAN 'A' 3:44.18
(Amber Smith, Rebecca Addison,
Alexandria Williams, Brittani Williams)
9. MICHIGAN 'B' 3:51.67
(Charlotte Cahill, Shelby Hines,
Brook Handler, Meg Bellino)
12. MICHIGAN 'C' 3:55.94
(Chinyere Onimo, Chelsey Miller,
Chloe Prince, Michaela Carnegie)
1. Victoria von Eynatten, Virginia Tech 4.22m (13-10.00)
4. Kiley Tobel, U-M 3.97m (13-0.25)
11. Victoria Wesley, U-M 3.82m (12-6.25)
1. Monica Carney, Auburn 1.80m (5-10.75)
9. Brianna Jenkins, U-M 1.65m (5-5.00)
1. Tori Franklin, Michigan State 13.05m (42-9.75)
4. Ada Unachukwu, U-M 12.64m (41-5.75)
1. Rebecca O'Brien, Buffalo 17.58m (57-8.25)
4. Allison Liske, U-M 15.43m (50-7.50)
5. Emily Pendleton, U-M 15.31m (50-2.75)
12. Erin Pendleton, U-M 13.61m (44-8.00)
21. Kari Prena, U-M 11.59m (38-0.25)
1. Lauren Noe, Kent State 18.88m (61-11.50)
4. Emily Pendleton, U-M 17.97m (58-11.50)
9. Erin Pendleton, U-M 16.91m (55-5.75)
16. Kari Prena, U-M 15.27m (50-1.25)
Day One Results
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach James Henry
On the team's continued improvement against better competition ... "Things are pretty well shaped up. I think we're about where we need to be at this point. I think we still need to improve in some areas and we still need to get better. We just can't let things back us up in terms of injuries."
On individual highlights from the meets ... "Taylor Pogue in the 5,000 and Becca Addison in the 800 were probably our two outstanding track performances. Ada (Unachukwu) did well in the triple jump -- I was pleased with her consistent 41-plus mark. Those are probably the three areas that stepped up the most. In the field, both Allison Liske and Emily Pendleton did well in the shot put. That was an improvement for both of them. They're beginning to make some impressive marks."
On balancing training and rest leading up to Big Tens ... "There are two extremes -- one, we need to start resting up for the championship and then there are still a few areas that we need to tune up. We want to rest up and tune up at the same time. We also need to stay focused and not let injury or sickness get to us."
On the opportunity the Silverston Invitational provides for some of the younger athletes ... "It gives them a chance to perform, especially at home. There will be some decent competition and the younger kids will get a chance to perform for us. It makes it easier to us to give them that opportunity, as well as give the kids who will go to the Big Ten Championships a chance to rest. We're looking forward to coming off the road, re-energizing, resting up, tuning up and seeing what the younger kids can do for us."
U-M Senior Sprinter Brittani Williams
On her performances in the 600-meter and 4x400-meter relay ... "Today was my only race so I felt really fresh. Lately, when I've run the anchor, I haven't really been running with anyone -- I've just been running by myself. When the third member was bringing it up and it was close, I knew it was really time to go because we really had competition. That made me nervous a little bit. It helped me push through and keep going and fighting for it. I think I could have run a little faster. Competition wasn't that heavy, so maybe I'll run a lot faster as Big Tens when I have somebody to run with."
On her race mentality when facing tougher competition ... "I have to try to calm myself down. I get really anxious and nervous, so I have to tell myself, 'I can do this.' I know I have to do it for the team and stay strong."
On the team coming together for Big Tens ... "I think as a whole we're pretty solid, we just need a few more people in each event. We're all really stepping up our game and improving. I think we're going to do really well and keep pushing forward."
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423