March 15, 2013
Site: Tampa, Fla. (USF Track & Field Stadium)
Event: USF Bulls Invitational
U-M Team Result: Non-scoring
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 16 -- at UCF Black & Gold Challenge (Orlando, Fla.), 9 a.m.
TAMPA, Fla. -- The University of Michigan women's track and field team opened the 2013 outdoor season on Friday (March 15) at the USF Bulls Invitational, recording 11 top-five performances at USF Track & Field Stadium. Junior Amber Smith (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) highlighted the opening day, winning the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:01.44.
Fifth-year senior Alexandria Williams (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven), who sat out the indoor season due to exhausted eligibility, returned to the track to finish second in the 400-meter hurdles behind Smith in a time of 1:02.26.
Smith had a solid day in multiple events, also finishing second in the 100-meter hurdles (13.65) and was a member of the third-place 4x400-meter relay team. Freshman Maya Long (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron), sophomore Chinyere Onimo (Ypsilanti, Mich./Huron) and Williams also joined Smith on the relay, which ran a time of 3:48.98.
In her collegiate outdoor debut, freshman Cindy Ofili (Ypsilanti, Mich./Huron) placed third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.84, while junior Erin Busbee (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) took fifth in 14.18.
Busbee had a career-best day in the long jump, finishing third with a mark of 5.99 meters (19-8). Fifth-year senior Tofunmi Akeredolu (Southfield, Mich./Lathrup) recorded a jump of 5.83 meters (19-1.50) to follow in fourth place.
In the throwing circle, senior Erin Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) finished second in the discus (49.85 meters, 163-6) and fifth in the hammer throw (50.85 meters, 166-10). Erin's sister and former Wolverine Emily Pendleton, who graduated last year, won the discus as an unattached athlete with a mark of 50.71 meters (166-4). Senior/junior Kari Prena (West Bloomfield Twp., Mich./Walled Lake Central) finished fourth in the discus with a throw of 45.68 meters (149-10) to round of Michigan's top-five efforts.
The Wolverines will make the short trip to Orlando, Fla., to compete in the UCF Black and Gold Challenge tomorrow (Saturday, March 16). The meet starts at 9 a.m.
Event Winners/U-M Finishers
100-meter Dash 1. Tylia Gillon, Rutgers 11.48 7. Charlotte Cahill, U-M 11.79 8. Cindy Ofili, U-M 11.80 20. Ada Unachukwu, U-M 12.25 29. Tofunmi Akeredolu, U-M 12.51 200-meter Dash 1. Aireonna Bailey, South Florida 23.54 23. Maya Long, U-M 25.06 25. Ada Unachukwu, U-M 25.08 400-meter Dash 1. Elizabeth Ichite, Florida State 53.74 15. Chinyere Onimo, U-M 58.47 100-meter Hurdles 1. Kayla Parker, Kentucky 13.51 2. Amber Smith, U-M 13.65 3. Cindy Ofili, U-M 13.84 5. Erin Busbee, U-M 14.18 400-meter Hurdles 1. Amber Smith, U-M 1:01.44 2. Alexandria Williams, U-M 1:02.26 16. Emily Wee, U-M 1:06.84 4x400-meter Relay 1. South Florida 3:44.64 3. MICHIGAN 'A' 3:48.98 (Maya Long, Amber Smith, Chinyere Onimo, Alexandria Williams) 6. MICHIGAN 'B' 3:56.35 (Cindy Ofili, Erin Busbee, Emily Wee, Charlotte Cahill) High Jump 1. Courtney Anderson, South Florida 1.78m (5-10) 9. Sara Nitz, U-M 1.63m (5-4.25) -- Brianna Jenkins, U-M NH Long Jump 1. Asha Ruth, Rutgers 6.07m (19-11) 3. Erin Busbee, U-M 5.99m (19-8) 4. Tofunmi Akeredolu, U-M 5.83m (19-1.50) Discus 1. Emily Pendleton, Unattached 50.71m (166-4) 2. Erin Pendleton, U-M 49.85m (163-6) 4. Kari Prena, U-M 46.14m (151-4) 11. Joanna Fleming, U-M 40.91m (134-3) Hammer Throw 1. Reta Woodard, Embry-Riddle 59.62m (195-7) 5. Erin Pendleton, U-M 50.85m (166-10) 6. Joanna Fleming, U-M 49.66m (162-11) 8. Kari Prena, U-M 45.68m (149-10) -- Amanda Adwon, U-M FOUL Shot Put 1. Chelsea Whalen, Florida State 15.59m (51-1.75) 8. Erin Pendleton, U-M 12.91m (42-4.25) 9. Elly Mioduszewski, U-M 12.55m (41-2.25) 12. Kari Prena, U-M 12.00m (39-4.50) Javelin 1. Casey Wagner, South Florida 45.59m (149-7) 6. Elly Mioduszewski, U-M 38.06m (124-10)
PERSONAL RECORDSCharlotte Cahill -- 100m (11.79)
Tofunmi Akeredolu -- 100m (12.51)
Erin Busbee -- long jump (5.99m, 19-8)
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423