March 23, 2013
Site: Nashville, Tenn. (Vanderbilt Track)
Event: Vanderbilt Black & Gold Invitational (Day 2)
U-M Team Result: Non-scoring
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., March 29-30 -- at Raleigh Relays (Raleigh, N.C.), 9:45 a.m./10 a.m.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Michigan's women's track and field team recorded wins in five events on the final day of the Vanderbilt Black & Gold Invitational on Saturday (March 23) at Vanderbilt Track. The Wolverines finished the weekend with six victories and 14 top-three finishes.
Freshman Cindy Ofili (Ypsilanti, Mich./Huron) led Michigan with wins in the 100-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles. She won the dash with a time of 11.84 and clocked a time of 13.53 to win the hurdles. Ofili also finished third in the 200-meter dash with a personal-best time of 24.26, behind senior Charlotte Cahill (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington), who won the 200 with a career-best time of 24.38. Cahill also finished third in the 100-meter dash, clocking a time of 11.96.
Making her collegiate track and field debut, freshman Taylor Manett (Rockford, Mich./Rockford) won the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:31.35.
Running her first race in both track or cross country since May 2011, junior Alex Leptich (Ann Arbor, Mich./Saline) finished runner-up in the 2,000-meter steeplechase in 6:43.80, followed by sophomore Brook Handler (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester), who took third in 6:50.34.
In her first collegiate 400-meter dash, freshman Maya Long (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) ran a time of 55.58 to finish runner-up.
In the field, senior Erin Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) placed second in the discus with a mark of 49.74 meters (163-2), behind her older sister and former Wolverine Emily Pendleton, who competed unattached and won the event with a throw of 50.41 meters (165-5).
On the opening day, Michigan had four runners finish within the top 10 of the invitational 3,000-meter run, including senior Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven) and senior/junior Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional), who finished 1-2 in the event. Addison ran a personal-best time of 9:29.30, while Smith followed on her heals at 9:29.68. Senior/junior Lindsey Hilton (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams) also clocked a career-best 3K time, finishing in fifth place at 9:46.98. In her first collegiate track race in more than a year, junior/sophomore Taylor Pogue (Goodrich, Mich./Goodrich) placed 10th in a time of 9:58.53.
The Wolverines will be back in action on Friday and Saturday, March 29-30, at the Raleigh Relays. Competition will begin on Friday at 9:45 a.m. and resume on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 2)
100-meter Dash 1. Cindy Ofili, U-M 11.84 3. Charlotte Cahill, U-M 11.96 t9. Ada Unachukwu, U-M 12.34 200-meter Dash 1. Charlotte Cahill, U-M 24.26 3. Cindy Ofili, U-M 24.38 18. Ada Unachukwu, U-M 25.63 400-meter Dash 1. Margret Harris, Louisville 55.10 2. Maya Long, U-M 55.58 11. Chinyere Onimo, U-M 57.77 21. Lily Clifford, U-M 1:03.95 800-meter Run 1. Chantelle Grey, Austin Peay 2:09.03 4. Shannon Osika, U-M 2:11.69 14. Megan Weschler, U-M 2:13.91 25. Michaela Carnegie, U-M 2:15.41 26. Taylor Manett, U-M 2:15.86 28. Alex Mathews, U-M 2:18.26 33. Laura Addison, U-M 2:20.35 1,500-meter Run 1. Taylor Manett, U-M 4:31.35 5. Meg Bellino, U-M 4:34.60 6. Danielle Pfeifer, U-M 4:34.95 7. Michaela Carnegie, U-M 4:35.45 8. Alex Mathews, U-M 4:35.47 10. Laura Addison, U-M 4:40.30 3,000-meter Run 1. Anna Lamb, Miami (Ohio) 9:48.48 7. Nicola Hallenborg, U-M 10:02.85 100-meter Hurdles 1. Cindy Ofili, U-M 13.53 3. Amber Smith, U-M 14.04 400-meter Hurdles 1. Tess Shubert, Southern Illinois 59.92 5. Amber Smith, U-M 1:01.70 6. Alexandria Williams, U-M 1:02.49 2,000-meter Steeplechase 1. Michelle Finn, Unattached 6:34.60 2. Alex Leptich, U-M 6:43.80 3. Brook Handler, U-M 6:50.34 4x100-meter Relay 1. MICHIGAN 'A' 46.39 (Amber Smith, Cindy Ofili, Ada Unachukwu, Charlotte Cahill) 4x400-meter Relay 1. Miami (Ohio) 'A' 3:44.72 4. MICHIGAN 'B' 3:54.54 (Chinyere Onimo, Danielle Pfeifer, Lily Clifford, Meg Bellino) High Jump 1. Ann Dudley, M.T.S.U. 1.80m (5-10.75) 6. Sara Nitz, U-M 1.65m (5-5) Discus 1. Emily Pendleton, Unattached 50.41m (165-5) 2. Erin Pendleton, U-M 49.74m (163-2) 5. Kari Prena, U-M 47.27m (155-1) 15. Joanna Fleming, U-M 41.42m (135-11) Javelin 1. Victoria Paterra, Miami 46.95m (154-0) 4. Elly Mioduszewski, U-M 37.54m (123-2)
Michigan Head Coach James Henry
On the continued improvement from last weekend ... "We opened up on the 4x1 relay, and I was very pleased with their performance -- their time was very good. Cindy Ofili continued to get better, having personal bests in both the 200 and 100-meter hurdles. And Charlotte Cahill, I thought came out and bounced back from her performances in Florida."
On having several distance runners compete for the first time in a while ... "I'm just happy that they're back and that they're healthy. I'm sure Mike (McGuire) will do a great job of bringing them along slowly. Being that our middle-distance and distance is our bread and butter, it's great to have more of that out on the track when we're competing. As long as they stay healthy, as they continue to get acclimated to competing, they'll continue to contribute for us."
On the additional events added for outdoor season ... "Erin Pendleton will be able to contribute for us in the discus and the hammer. She's the defending Big Ten champion in the discus, so that's an added bonus for us. The other additions for us come in the longer distance and the steeple with Taylor Pogue and Alex Leptich. Those events that we didn't have indoor will now be strengths for us outdoor. I'm looking forward to seeing them continue to improve and seeing how competitive we get."
On the team morale after a successful indoor season ... "It's good to see the mixture of the young kids and the experienced kids do well. The veterans are doing a great job of getting those kids acclimated to competing in outdoor season and helping them know it's a long season -- it's the third season for our cross country girls and second season for most others. The veterans show them the way and lead the younger ones through the long season. It's exciting to see how they're coming around. The team is excited about having successful cross country and indoor track seasons, and now we have goals of being successful in the outdoor season."
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423