March 2, 2013
Site: Loftus Sports Center (South Bend, Ind.)
Event: Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational (Day 2 of 2)
U-M Team Result: Non-scoring
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., March 8-9 -- at NCAA Indoor Championships (Fayetteville, Ark.), 10 a.m./11 a.m. CST
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The No. 21-ranked University of Michigan's women's track and field team wrapped up the final day of competition at the Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational on Saturday (March 2) at the Loftus Sports Center. The Wolverines were led by senior/junior Kiley Tobel (Commerce Twp., Mich./Walled Lake Western), who won the pole vault, and sophomore Shannon Osika (Waterford, Mich./Mott), who clocked a new personal-best time to finish fourth in the mile.
Tobel cleared a height of 4.13 meters (13-6.50) to win the event.
Osika was one of three Michigan milers to finish in the top eight, taking fourth with a personal-best time of 4:37.91. Sophomore Brook Handler (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester)(4:47.75) and junior Megan Weschler (Wyandotte, Mich./Roosevelt) (4:48.17), placed seventh and eighth, respectively.
In the 800-meter run, senior Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven), who ran the opening leg of the nation's fastest distance medley relay last night, was the first of five Wolverines to cross the line. Addison finished sixth with a time of 2:06.56.
In the 60-meter hurdles, freshman Cindy Ofili (Ypsilanti, Mich./Huron) and junior Amber Smith (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) each qualified for the finals. Ofili finished third with a time of 8.24, while Smith placed fifth, crossing the line at 8.30.
Senior Ada Unachukwu (Morganville, N.J./Marlboro) reached a mark of 12.50 meters (41-0) in the triple jump to finish in third place. Junior Erin Busbee (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood), who qualified for the NCAA Championships last night in the long jump, placed sixth with a triple jump mark of 12.05 meters (39-6.25).
Select Wolverines will conclude the indoor track and field season at the NCAA Championships on Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, at the University of Arkansas. Visit MGoBlue.com early in the week to view the championship field.
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 2)
400-meter Dash 1. Marlena Wesh, Clemson 52.98 19. Maya Long, U-M 56.12 800-meter Dash 1. Cydney Ross, Duke 2:05.27 6. Rebecca Addison, U-M 2:06.56 12. Danielle Pfeifer, U-M 2:07.26 13. Meg Bellino, U-M 2:07.50 14. Jillian Smith, U-M 2:07.53 18. Devon Hoppe, U-M 2:08.56 Mile Run 1. Rebecca Tracy, Notre Dame 4:33.53 4. Shannon Osika, U-M 4:37.91 7. Brook Handler, U-M 4:47.75 8. Megan Weschler, U-M 4:48.17 60-meter Hurdles (Prelims) 1. Ann Marie Duffus, Kent State 8.29Q 3. Amber Smith, U-M 8.30q 5. Cindy Ofili, U-M 8.37q 8. Erin Busbee, U-M 8.50 60-meter Hurdles (Finals) 1. Jade Barber, Notre Dame 8.13 3. Cindy Ofili, U-M 8.24 5. Amber Smith, U-M 8.30 Pole Vault 1. Kiley Tobel, U-M 4.13m (13-6.50) 9. Victoria Wesley, U-M 3.73m (12-2.75) Triple Jump 1. Julienne McKee, Georgia Tech 12.91m (42-4.25) 3. Ada Unachukwu 12.50m (41-0) 6. Erin Busbee, U-M 12.05m (39-6.25) Q heat winner, q qualified for finals
Q U O T E SMichigan Head Coach James Henry
On the DMR setting a school record with the fastest time in the nation... "It was expected that the kids would be competitive and have a significant improvement from Big Tens in the distance medley relay. They've been working so hard and worked very hard for all their events at the Big Ten Championships. They had a chance to rest and recuperate and Mike McGuire felt very confident that they could break the school record and in fact they did. But I think it was a pleasant surprise that they ran the fastest time in the country. The girls have earned it and coach McGuire has put a good group of girls together."
On Erin Busbee's performance after a disappointing Big Ten meet... "It's a sign that she's maturing, not just as an athlete, but as a young lady. We did a lot of mental training and talking to Erin to convince her that things would happen for her. She's the person I'm most excited, pleased and happy for because of the unfortunate things that happened at the Big Ten meet. With that said, I'm still pleasantly surprised she got to that level. I knew that she would improve over time, but I didn't know that it would be so immediate and so consistent, so kudos to her. I'm very proud of her and very happy. I'm know the team is proud of Erin and the relay. It was a good feeling to see that the team cheer for their teammates -- they made a big deal about it and that was great to see."
U-M Junior Long Jumper Erin Busbee
On mentally bouncing back from the disappointing weekend at Big Tens ... "It's been really hard all week. I think I cried or teared-up at some point until Wednesday from last weekend. I knew that I had to let it go. I still think back and can't believe that that happened, but I made the decision right after Big Tens that I wanted to go for it in the long jump. I felt like it was there, and it was ready. I also wanted to make it in the hurdles, which I had done really well in, as well as the triple jump. But I felt really ready in the long jump and felt like I had to prove it to myself that I could let it go and come back and do something great. I wanted to go to nationals, and I got bumped out in the multi -- all season I had been set on going, so I had to find a way to nationals. It was kind of a far stretch because I was 71st in the nation, and I needed almost a foot of a PR to make it to No. 16 and I did it, and then some."
On the feeling of qualifying for the NCAA Championships ... "It feels good to do what I set out to do. It feels good that I can bounce back and not let something hold me down no matter how rough it was at the time. I had to realize there as another opportunity and not give up or let go of my goal. I knew the PR was coming. My lifetime best was in high school, and I hadn't broken that yet in college. My first just out was my season best, my second jump was a collegiate best and the third jump was a lifetime best. But I wasn't satisfied because my last jump was a great jump, 21 feet, and I was like a toes-length over the board. I was beating myself up over it. Even though every jump was a PR, I was still beating myself up that my last jump didn't go well. I feel unsatisfied and I think that's good because I'm hungry for more and I'm ready to go to nationals. I have an opportunity to medal now at nationals; I'm just happy that I know I can do it."Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423