Wolverines Claim Four Event Titles at GVSU's Al Owens Classic
Amber Smith

April 21, 2012

Site: Allendale, Mich. (GVSU Track Complex)
Event: Grand Valley State Al Owens Classic (Day 2 of 2)
U-M Team Result: No team scoring
Next U-M Event: Thu-Sat., April 26-28 -- at Drake Relays (Des Moines, Iowa)

ALLENDALE, Mich. -- Sophomore Amber Smith (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) won the 400-meter hurdles and placed second in the 100-meter hurdles as the University of Michigan women's track and field team finished the second day of competition at the Al Owens Classic held at Grand Valley State University today (Saturday, April 21). The Wolverines dominated the field events, winning the shot put, pole vault and discus.

Smith won the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:00.76 after placing second in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.05 seconds. She won her preliminary heat with a time of 14.01 seconds. Smith suffered defeat in the final to Lake Superior State's Sashawna Bennett, who clocked a time of 13.77 seconds.

The Wolverines placed four competitors in the top eight of the discus, with junior Erin Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) winning the competition with a toss of 53.93 meters (176-11.25). She bested her sister, fifth-year senior Emily Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore), who registered a throw at 53.53 meters (175-7.50). Junior/sophomore Kari Prena (West Bloomfield Twp., Mich./Walled Lake Central) placed fourth (46.43m, 152-4) and Liske took eighth (43.66m, 143-3).

Junior/sophomore Kiley Tobel (Commerce Twp., Mich./Walled Lake Western) won the pole vault by clearing 3.95 meters (12-11.50), her outdoor season best. Freshman Victoria Wesley (Marine City, Mich./Marine City) tied for second by clearing 3.80 meters (12-5.75), with junior Morgan McNeil (Adrian, Mich./Madison) and freshman Meghan Lark (Livonia, Mich./Franklin) tying for sixth place (3.00m, 9-10.25).

Fifth-year senior Allison Liske (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland East) won the shot put with a throw of 15.19 meters (49-10).

Senior/junior Brianna Jenkins (Novi, Mich./Northville) tied for second in the high jump with her second-best mark of the season. She cleared the bar at 1.65 meters (5-5), .01 behind her season-best mark of 1.66 meters set at the Stanford Invitational (April 6). Eastern Michigan's Tatijana Jacobson won the event with leap over the bar at 1.7 meters (5-7).

The Wolverines return to the track at the Drake Relays. The three-day competition runs Thursday through Saturday (April 26-28) in Des Moines, Iowa.

Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 2)

100m Hurdles (Prelims)
 1. Amber Smith, U-M                     14.01
400m Dash
 1. Chana Vinson, Unattached             54.17
 7. Shelby Hines, U-M                    57.74
100m Hurdles (Final)
 1. Sashawna Bennett, Lake Superior      13.77
 2. Amber Smith, U-M                     14.05
800m Run
 1. Beverly Elcock, Eastern Mich.      2:11.51
 6. Chelsey Miller, U-M                2:16.37
 9. Ariel Dempsey, U-M                 2:18.66
400m Hurdles
 1. Amber Smith, U-M                   1:00.76
200m Dash
 1. Shantavia Williams, Eastern Mich.    23.73
16. Erin Busbee, U-M                     25.40
12. Shelby Hines, U-M                    25.07
Shot Put
 1. Allison Liske, U-M                   15.19m (49-10)
 1. Erin Pendleton, U-M                  53.93m (176-11.25)
 2. Emily Pendleton, U-M                 53.53m (175-7.50)
 4. Kari Prena, U-M                      46.43m (152-4)
 8. Allison Liske, U-M                   43.66m (143-3)
13. Joanna Fleming, U-M                  39.47m (129-6)
High Jump
 1. Tatijana Jacobson, Eastern Mich.      1.70m (5-7)
t2. Brianna Jenkins, U-M                  1.65m (5-5)
t5. Erin Busbee, U-M                      1.60m (5-3)
17. Sara Nitz, U-M                        1.55m (5-1)
Pole Vault
 1. Kiley Tobel, U-M                      3.95m (12-11.50)
t2. Victoria Wesley, U-M                  3.80m (12-5.75)
t6. Morgan McNeil, U-M                    3.00m (9-10.25)
t6. Meghan Lark, U-M                      3.00m (9-10.25)
--  Erica Marcos, U-M                       NH

Day 1 Results

Personal Records:
Victoria Wesley, Pole Vault (3.80m, 12-5.75) 

Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423