March 11, 2012
Site: Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center (Nampa, Idaho)
Event: NCAA Indoor Championships (Day 2 of 2)
U-M Team Result: 61st Place of 62 Teams (1.5 points)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., March 23-24 -- at USC Trojan Invitational (Los Angeles, Calif.)
NAMPA, Idaho -- Junior Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven) and junior/sophomore Kiley Tobel (Commerce Twp., Mich./Walled Lake Western) of the University of Michigan women's track and field team scored in the 800-meter and mile run, respectively, on the final day of the NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday (March 10) at Boise State's Jackson's Indoor Track at the Idaho Center.
Michigan recorded 1.5 points on the final day to finish 61st out of 62 teams competing at the national meet. Oregon won its third straight NCAA title with 49 points.
After qualifying for the finals in the 800-meter run on the first day (Friday, March 9), Addison finished eighth with a time of 2:08.62 to tally one point for U-M and earn All-America first team honors for the second straight year.
Tobel, who entered the meet as the 16th seed, cleared a height of 4.20 meters (13-9.25) to finish in a tie for eighth place. She scored a half-point for the Maize and Blue and earned a spot on the All-America first team, the first Michigan pole vaulter to earn All-America honors in program history.
Also competing in today's finals was freshman Shannon Osika (Waterford, Mich./Mott) in the mile run. In her first national meet, she earned All-America second team honors, finishing just one spot out of the scoring positions in ninth, stopping the clock at 4:45.53.
Michigan capped the weekend with eight total All-America honors as junior Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) was recognized as a second team All-American in the 800-meter and the members of the distance medley -- Osika, senior Brittani Williams (Detroit, Mich./Jackson), Smith and Addison -- also earned second team accolades following yesterday's competition.
Michigan will now turn its focus to outdoor track and field season, starting with the USC Trojan Invitational on Friday and Saturday, March 23-24.
Final Team Standings
1. Oregon 49 2. Kansas 30 3. LSU 27 4. Texas 25 5. Arkansas 24 5. Texas A&M 24 5. Clemson 24 8. UCF 23 9. Florida 22. 10. Iowa State 21 61. MICHIGAN 1.5
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 2)
Pole Vault 1. Tina Sutej, Arkansas 4.45m (14-7.25) T8. Kiley Tobel, U-M 4.20m (13-9.25) 800-meter Run (finals) 1. Katie Palmer, BYU 2:04.42 8. Rebecca Addison, U-M 2:08.62 Mile Run (finals) 1. Lucy Van Dalen, Stony Brook 4:39.76 9. Shannon Osika, U-M 4:45.53
N O T E S
Shannon Osika was the only freshman to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the mile run and one of just two underclassmen to advance to the finals. Osika became the seventh Wolverine to earn All-America honors in the mile in program history.
Michigan has now had 10 student-athletes earn All-America honors in the 800-meter run in program history.
Michigan has scored points in the last two NCAA Championships and has now done so 23 times in program history.
Q U O T E S
U-M Junior/Sophomore Kiley Tobel
On becoming the first indoor All-American pole vaulter at Michigan ... "It's really exciting and it's such an honor as well. I'm really grateful that I had the opportunity to compete today and I'm glad I took advantage of the opportunity and did my best. It's such a cool title to have and I'm definitely proud that I compete for Michigan."
On representing Michigan on a national level ... "It feels great. It's great to compete against people from all over the country who are some really amazing athletes and be able to hold your own. It's great to wear the block M and I feel really proud of myself but also proud to be a part of this program."
On exceeding her expectations this season ... "Being an All-American was one of my goals in my career, so accomplishing it this early is going to help me set my goals higher and continue to have more drive to get better and stay on top of that competition and stay at that level. I want to keep working hard to keep improving because the field is always improving and everyone is always getting better. There are always new jumpers, there are always people setting new PRs, so it's great to know what success feels like and want more of it."
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423