April 14, 2012
Site: Knoxville, Tenn. (LaPorte Stadium)
Event: Sea Ray Relays (Day 4 of 4)
U-M Team Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., April 20-21 -- at EMU Open (Ypsilanti, Mich.)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Michigan women's track and field team registered five top-three finishes on the final day of the Sea Ray Relays on Saturday at LaPorte Stadium. Throughout the four-day event, the Wolverines tallied 13 top three-performances and 15 new personal records.
Michigan had two relays finish runner-up during Saturday's competition. The 4x400-meter relay team, which consisted of sophomore Amber Smith (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood), junior Charlotte Cahill (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington), senior Brittani Williams (Detroit, Mich./Jackson) and junior/sophomore Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) ran a season-best time of 3:43.68. The 4x800-meter relay, which competed for the first time this season, clocked a time of 8:54.65. The relay was made up of junior/sophomore Meg Bellino (Monroe, Mich./Catholic Central), freshman Michaela Carnegie (Beulah, Mich./Benzie Central), sophomore Alex Leptich (Ann Arbor, Mich./Saline) and sophomore Megan Weschler (Wyandotte, Mich./Roosevelt).
In the showcase events, two Wolverines finished in the top three in their respective events. Jillian Smith placed third in the 1,500-meter run showcase in 4:21.96, while Amber Smith took third in the 400-meter hurdle showcase in a personal-best time of 1:00.31.
In the field, junior Erin Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) finished third in the invitational section of the discus with a throw of 54.30 meters (178-2).
On Friday, Leptich secured Michigan's only individual win of the meet, taking the 1,500-meter run crown in a personal-best time of 4:28.53. Weschler followed Leptich across the finish line, finishing second in a career-best time of 4:32.03.
Junior/sophomore Lindsey Hilton (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams) recorded a runner-up finish, running an 11-second personal record of 9:54.72 in the 3,000-meter run. Cahill also improved her personal-best time, stopping the clock at 11.90 in the 100-meter dash to place fourth.
Senior/junior Brianna Jenkins (Novi, Mich./Northville) cleared a height of 1.65 meters (5-5) in the high jump, good enough for third place.
Three Wolverine freshmen made their event debuts at the Sea Ray Relays on Friday. Brook Handler (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) and Anna Pasternak (Brighton, Mich./Hartland) ran their first career 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing third and fifth, respectively, in times of 10:51.76 and 11:02.49. Carnegie ran a time of 2:12.76 in the 800-meter run to take third place.
Sophomore Erin Busbee (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) competed in her first heptathlon of the season, finishing third after tallying 4,947 points. She took first place in four of the seven events and recorded five personal-best marks.
On Thursday, fifth-year senior Emily Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) placed third in the hammer throw with a toss of 54.22 meters (177-11).
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 4)
1,500m Showcase 1. Brittany Sheffey, Tennessee 4:19.14 3. Jillian Smith, U-M 4:21.96 5. Rebecca Addison, U-M 4:29.14 400m Hurdles Showcase 1. Ellen Wortham, Tennessee 55.93 3. Amber Smith, U-M 1:00.31 Long Jump 1. Ellen Wortham, Tennessee 6.09m (19-11.75) 7. Tofunmi Akeredolu, U-M 5.77m (18-11.25) 12. Erin Busbee, U-M 5.45m (17-10.75) Shot Put 1. Brittany Smith, Illinois State 17.92m (58-9.50) 4. Allison Liske, U-M 15.14m (49-8.25) 5. Emily Pendleton, U-M 14.89m (48-10.25) 13. Erin Pendleton, U-M 13.35m (43-9.75) -- Kari Prena, U-M FOUL Discus (Invitational) 1. Annie Alexander, Tennessee 55.45m (181-11) 3. Erin Pendleton, U-M 54.30m (178-2) 4. Emily Pendleton, U-M 53.24m (174-8) 9. Allison Liske, U-M 47.38m (155-5) 11. Kari Prena, U-M 44.67m (146-7) 4x800m Relay 1. Tennessee 8:44.31 2. MICHIGAN 'A' 8:54.65 (Meg Bellino, Michaela Carnegie, Alex Leptich, Megan Weschler) 4x400m Relay 1. Illinois State 3:42.54 2. MICHIGAN 'A' 3:43.68 (Amber Smith, Charlotte Cahill, Brittani Williams, Jillian Smith) 4. MICHIGAN 'B' 3:46.82 (Dana Carey, Shelby Hines, Chelsey Miller, Chinyere Onimo)
Name, Event (Mark)
Amber Smith, 400m Hurdles (1:00.31)
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