March 16, 2013
Site: Orlando, Fla. (UCF Track & Field Complex)
Event: UCF Black & Gold Challenge
U-M Team Result: Non-scoring
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., March 22-23 -- at Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational (Nashville, Tenn.), 4 p.m./11 a.m. CDT
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The University of Michigan women's track and field team wrapped up its two-meet road trip in Florida, recording 15 top-five performance at the UCF Black and Gold Challenge on Saturday (March 16) at the UCF Track & Field Complex.
The 100-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash highlighted the track events, as the Wolverines went 2-3-5 in the hurdles and 2-4-5 in the dash. Freshman Cindy Ofili (Ypsilanti, Mich./Huron) topped her time from yesterday's outdoor collegiate debut, clocking a time of 13.74 to finish runner-up in the hurdles. Junior Amber Smith (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) placed third in 13.76, while junior Erin Busbee (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) took fifth in 14.46. Smith also finished third in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:02.53.
In the 200-meter dash, Ofili also finished runner-up, stopping the clock at 24.60 in her first collegiate outdoor 200. Senior Charlotte Cahill (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington) and Busbee recorded times of 24.89 and 24.94, respectively, to secure the fourth and fifth spots.
In her first collegiate outdoor 800-meter run, fifth-year senior Alexandria Williams (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) finished in third place with a time of 2:18.02.
In the discus, Michigan went 2-3, as senior Erin Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) and senior/junior Kari Prena (West Bloomfield Twp., Mich./Walled Lake Central) recorded marks of 48.05 meters (157-8) and 47.77 meters (156-9), respectively. Erin's older sister and former Wolverine Emily Pendleton won the discus with a throw of 50.78 meters (166-7) and the hammer throw with a mark of 56.93 meters (186-9). Erin placed fifth in the hammer throw after reaching a distance of 50.85 meters (166-10).
In just the second javelin competition of her career, junior/sophomore Elly Mioduszewski (Dexter, Mich./Dexter) finished runner-up in the event with a mark of 37.64 meters (123-6).
Senior Tofunmi Akeredolu's (Southfield, Mich./Lathrup) leap of 5.73 meters (18-9.75) in the long jump was good for fourth place.
In the high jump, senior/junior Sara Nitz (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland East) (1.60 meters, 5-3) and fifth-year senior Brianna Jenkins (Novi, Mich./Northville) (1.50 meters, 4-11) rounded out U-M's top-five performances, finishing second and third, respectively.
The Wolverines will be back in action next Friday and Saturday (March 22-23) at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational in Nashville, Tenn. The meet is set to begin on Friday at 4 p.m. CDT and resume on Saturday at 11 a.m. CDT.
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 1)
100-meter Dash 1. Alexis Faulknor, UCF 11.70 6. Charlotte Cahill, U-M 12.18 9. Tofunmi Akeredolu, U-M 12.55 12. Ada Unachukwu, U-M 12.76 200-meter Dash 1. Rikka Lovely, St. John's 24.52 2. Cindy Ofili, U-M 24.60 4. Charlotte Cahill, U-M 24.89 5. Erin Busbee, U-M 24.94 7. Maya Long, U-M 25.53 9. Ada Unachukwu, U-M 25.67 400-meter Dash 1. Afia Charles, UCF 54.57 8. Chinyere Onimo, U-M 58.46 800-meter Run 1. Ne'Ausha Logan, UCF 2:10.69 3. Alexandria Williams, U-M 2:18.02 100-meter Hurdles 1. Lutisha Bowen, UCF 13.33 2. Cindy Ofili, U-M 13.74 3. Amber Smith, U-M 13.76 5. Erin Busbee, U-M 14.46 400-meter Hurdles 1. Sandy Jean-Claude, UCF 1:01.50 3. Amber Smith, U-M 1:02.53 8. Emily Wee, U-M 1:07.22 High Jump 1. Sonnisha Williams, UCF 1.65m (5-5) 2. Sara Nitz, U-M 1.60m (5-3) 3. Brianna Jenkins, U-M 1.50m (4-11) Long Jump 1. Jen Clayton, UCF 6.14m (20-1.75) 4. Tofunmi Akeredolu, U-M 5.73m (18-9.75) Discus 1. Emily Pendleton, Unattached 50.78m (166-7) 2. Erin Pendleton, U-M 48.05m (157-8) 3. Kari Prena, U-M 47.77m (156-9) 10. Joanna Fleming, U-M 39.19m (128-7) Hammer Throw 1. Emily Pendleton, Unattached 56.93m (186-9) 5. Erin Pendleton, U-M 50.85m (166-10) 9. Joanna Fleming, U-M 48.10m (157-10) 16. Amanda Adwon, U-M 43.01m (141-1) 17. Kari Prena, U-M 42.86m (140-7) Shot Put 1. Precious Ogunleye, UCF 14.30m (46-11) 8. Elly Mioduszewski, U-M 12.42m (40-9) 11. Kari Prena, U-M 11.84m (38-10.25) 12. Erin Pendleton, U-M 11.81m (38-9) Javelin 1. Tiffani Hernandez, Florida Int'l 40.02m (131-3) 2. Elly Mioduszewski, U-M 37.64m (123-6)
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