Osika, Addison Qualify for Saturday Finals at NCAA Indoors
Jillian Smith

March 10, 2012

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Site: Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center (Nampa, Idaho)
Event: NCAA Indoor Championships (Day 1 of 2)
U-M Team Result: No Team Score
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 10 -- at NCAA Indoor Championships - Day Two (Nampa, Idaho), 10:30 a.m. MST

NAMPA, Idaho -- Junior Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven) and freshman Shannon Osika (Waterford, Mich./Mott) of the University of Michigan women's track and field team earned finals spots in the 800-meter and mile run, respectively, on day one of the NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday (March 9) at Boise State's Jackson's Indoor Track at the Idaho Center.

Osika opened competition for the Wolverines by placing sixth in heat one and 10th overall in the prelims of the mile run. Her time of 4:43.12 was good enough to secure the 10th spot in tomorrow's finals.

In the 800-meter run, Addison finished third in heat two to automatically secure a spot in the finals with a time of 2:05.57. Her time was the sixth-fastest time recorded in the prelims. Junior Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) clocked a time of 2:07.82 to finish 12th overall and earn All-America second team honors.

Eight reach the finals in the 800 and 10 finals spots exist for the mile.

Osika, Addison and Smith teamed up with senior Brittani Williams (Detroit, Mich./Jackson) to run the distance medley in the final event of opening day. Osika opened the race running the 1,200-meter leg with a split time of 3:29.69. Williams clocked a time of 56.91 in the 400-meter leg to put Michigan in 11th place. Smith gave the Wolverines an advantage in the 800-meter leg, moving U-M into ninth with a time of 2:06.87. In the final 1,600-meter leg, Addison ran 4:52.61 and dropped three spots to stop the clock at 11:26.06. Michigan finished 12th overall to land all four members of the relay on the All-America second team list.

Osika and Addison will join junior/sophomore pole vaulter Kiley Tobel (Commerce Twp., Mich./Walled Lake Western) in the final day of competition at the NCAA Championships tomorrow (Saturday, March 10). Action will being at 10:30 a.m. MST. ESPN3 will stream action of the mile (6:25 p.m. MST) and 800-meter run (7:45 p.m. MST) live, while the pole vault (5 p.m. MST) can be seen live on NCAA.com.

Top 10 Team Standings (After Day One)

 1. Iowa State            15
 2. Texas A&M             12
    Texas                 12
 4. Washington            10
    LSU                   10
    Southern Illinois     10
    TCU                   10
 8. Stanford               9
 9. California             8
    Oregon                 8
    UCLA                   8
    Louisiana Tech         8

Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 1)

800-meter Run (prelims)
 1. Katie Palmer, BYU                 2:04.42Q$
 6. Rebecca Addison, U-M              2:05.57Q
12. Jillian Smith, U-M                2:07.82
Mile Run (prelims)
 1. Lucy Van Dalen, Stony Brook       4:40.29Q$
10. Shannon Osika, U-M                4:43.12q
Distance Medley Relay
 1. Washington                       11:05.20$
12. MICHIGAN                         11:26.06
   (Shannon Osika, Brittani Williams,
    Jillian Smith, Rebecca Addison)
Q/q qualified for finals
$ facility record


Rebecca Addison is guaranteed to earn All-America first team honors in the 800-meter run, as long as she completes the 800-meter run finals tomorrow to score points for Michigan.

Jillian Smith earned All-America second team honors after placing 12th in the prelims of the 800-meter run.

• After securing a spot in the finals of the mile run, Shannon Osika is guaranteed to receive first or second team All-America honors as long as she completes the mile run finals tomorrow. First through eighth place receive first team, while ninth through 16th earn second team.

• The four members of Michigan's distance medley relay (Shannon Osika, Brittani Williams, Jillian Smith and Rebecca Addison) each earned All-America second team nods after placing 12th in the finals.

• Michigan has competed in the DMR at the NCAA Championships in 13 of the last 16 years. The Wolverines have now had 44 All-Americans in the DMR in program history.

Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423