March 24, 2012
Site: Loker Stadium (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Event: USC Trojan Invitational (Day 2 of 2)
U-M Team Standing: No team scoring
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., March 30-31 -- at Georgia Tech Invitational (Atlanta, Ga.), 6 p.m. /10:30 a.m.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The University of Michigan women's track and field team was led by fifth-year senior Emily Pendleton's (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) win in the shot put on the second day of the USC Trojan Invitational on Saturday (March 24) at Loker Stadium. Pendleton also finished runner-up in the discus throw, giving the Wolverines 13 top-five performances in the non-scoring event.
Michigan's throwers recorded five of the Wolverines' top-five finishes. Emily Pendleton's toss of 15.33 meters (50-3.50) in the shot put took first, while her mark of 52.52 meters (172-4.00) in the discus was good enough for second place. Today marked Emily's first outdoor meet since 2010 as she redshirted during the 2011 season.
Emily's sister, junior Erin Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore), followed behind her in third place in the discus with a throw of 51.46 meters (168-10.00). Erin also recorded a fifth-place effort in the shot put (13.66 meters, 44-9.75). Finishing 0.25 inch behind Emily in the shot put was fifth-year senior Allison Liske (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland East) with a throw of 15.32 meters (50-3.25).
Junior/sophomore pole vaulter Kiley Tobel (Commerce Twp., Mich./Walled Lake Western), who recently earned All-America first team honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships, finished runner up, clearing a height of 3.87 meters (12-8.25).
Senior/junior high jumper Brianna Jenkins (Novi, Mich./Northville) and senior/junior long jumper Tofunmi Akeredolu (Southfield, Mich./Lathrup) each finished fifth in their events, with marks of 1.65 meters (5-5.00) and 5.50 meters (18-0.50), respectively.
On the track, sophomore Amber Smith (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) paced Michigan with a third-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles, stopping the clock at 1:01.87.
Junior/sophomore Meg Bellino (Monroe, Mich. (Catholic Central) led a pack of five Wolverines across the finish line in the 800-meter run. Her personal-best time of 2:15.00 was good for fourth place.
The Wolverines also tallied thee top-five performances on the opening day of competition (Friday, March 23). Sophomore Alex Leptich (Ann Arbor, Mich./Saline) finished runner up in the 3,000-meter run with a career-best time of 9:38.89. In her outdoor season debut, freshman Brook Handler (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) recorded a fourth-place finish with a 3K time of 9:49.21.
In the 5,000-meter run, senior Mary Grace Pellegrini (Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual) clocked a time of 16:56.97 to secure third place.
The Wolverines will be back in action next weekend, competing in the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Invitational on Friday and Saturday (March 30-31). Events will begin on Friday at 6 p.m. and commence again on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m.
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 2)
1. English Gardner, Oregon 53.73
8. Brittani Williams, U-M 56.13
10. Shelby Hines, U-M 59.08
1. Anne Kesselring, Oregon 4:16.75
10. Michaela Carnegie, U-M 4:34.82
15. Chloe Prince, U-M 4:48.53
1. Donique' Flemings, Texas A&M 13.41
6. Amber Smith, U-M 14.21
15. Erin Busbee, U-M 14.80
17. Tofunmi Akeredolu, U-M 15.00
1. Dominique Duncan, Texas A&M 11.67
t5. Charlotte Cahill, U-M 12.06
13. Ada Unachukwu, U-M 12.51
1. Claudia Francis, Oregon 2:10.22
4. Meg Bellino, U-M 2:15.00
7. Ariel Dempsey, U-M 2:16.52
10. Chelsey Miller, U-M 2:17.37
11. Chinyere Onimo, U-M 2:17.53
15. Monica Barnes, U-M 2:19.93
1. Donique' Flemings, Texas A&M 1:00.15
3. Amber Smith, U-M 1:01.87
8. Dana Carey, U-M 1:04.43
1. Olivia Ekponé, Texas A&M 23.28
12. Charlotte Cahill, U-M 24.45
17. Erin Busbee, U-M 25.35
20. Shelby Hines, U-M 25.56
1. Texas A&M 'A' 3:36.95
6. MICHIGAN 'A' 3:50.93
(Amber Smith, Shelby Hines, Charlotte Cahill, Brittani Williams)
-- MICHIGAN 'B' DQ
(Dana Carey, Chinyere Onimo, Chelsey Miller, Ada Unachukwu)
1. Emily Pendleton, U-M 15.33m (50-3.50)
2. Allison Liske, U-M 15.32m (50-3.25)
5. Erin Pendleton, U-M 13.66m (44-9.75)
11. Kari Prena, U-M 11.87m (38-11.50)
1. Logan Miller, Washington 4.02m (13-2.25)
2. Kiley Tobel, U-M 3.87m (12-8.25)
1. Alitta Boyd, USC 5.88m (19-3.50)
5. Tofunmi Akeredolu, U-M 5.50m (18-0.50)
6. Erin Busbee, U-M 5.47m (17-11.50)
1. Alexandra Collatz, USC 52.62m (172-8.00)
2. Emily Pendleton, U-M 52.52m (172-4.00)
3. Erin Pendleton, U-M 51.46m (168-10.00)
6. Allison Liske, U-M 45.57m (149-6.00)
8. Kari Prena, U-M 44.25m (145-2.00)
11. Joanna Fleming, U-M 39.77m (130-6.00)
1. Chancey Summers, Oregon 1.79m (5-10.50)
5. Brianna Jenkins, U-M 1.65m (5-5.00)
1. Melia Cox, USC 12.71m (41-8.50)
6. Ada Unachukwu, U-M 11.89m (39-0.25)
• Day 1 Results
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach James Henry
On the team's overall performance ... "We looked a little out of step today and a little out of our element in competing against probably the top three programs in the country. I also don't think the time change worked in our favor. I'm very happy with the field events, particularly the throwers. They had a very good second meet. The 3,000 and 5,000 runners also did well."
On Emily Pendleton's impact on the team ... "It helps having her back because it solidifies that area. With her being out, that presence wasn't there. With her being back, that makes her sister (Erin Pendleton) a more competitive athlete, as well as Allison Liske. It's a positive all the way around. It's positive for her to be on board with us and with her back, it's a strong, literal indication of our overall philosophy -- we become better by helping others become better. The throwers got better just by her being eligible and because she's a better athlete. They have all stepped up because she's on board."
On keeping the team positive moving forward ... "We've got to step up now. We've got to make a positive out of this. We know that when we have a good meet, it has no bearing on the feature outside of giving confidence, but it's my job now as a coach, when you do something that wasn't what we expected, to make positives out of this. We'll bounce back and I feel good about our kids."
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423