May 4, 2012
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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Ferry Field)
Event: Len Paddock Invitational (Day 2 of 2)
U-M Team Result: No team scoring
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sun., May 11-13 -- at Big Ten Championships (Madison Wis.), 3 p.m./9 a.m./11 a.m. CDT
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's track and field team wrapped up the Len Paddock Invitational, winning four individual event titles on Friday (May 4) at Ferry Field. Junior/sophomore Kiley Tobel (Commerce Twp., Mich./Walled Lake Western) also improved her own school record in the pole vault.
Tobel cleared a personal-best height of 4.17 meters (13-8.25) to finish second in the pole vault and improve her own school record (4.16m, 13-7.75), which she set last weekend at the Payton Jordan Invitational (April 29). Tobel nearly cleared the bar at 14 feet but was unsuccessful in three attempts.
Fifth-year senior Allison Liske (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland East) jump-started the success early in the day, winning the shot put with a mark of 14.22 meters (46-8). A trio of throwers also claimed the top three spots in the discus later in the day.
Fifth-year senior Emily Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) won the discus with a throw of 52.61 meters (172-7), while junior Erin Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) took second with a toss of 51.28 meters, 168-3. Junior/sophomore Kari Prena (West Bloomfield Twp., Mich./Walled Lake Central) rounded out the top-three finishers in the circle with a throw of 45.58 meters (149-6).
On the track, junior Charlotte Cahill (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington) won the 100-meter dash in a time of 12.15 and finished third in the 200-meter dash in 24.50. Junior Ada Unachukwu (Morganville, N.J./Marlboro) placed second in the 100 meter behind Cahill, clocking a time of 12.32.
Freshman Chinyere Onimo (Ypsilanti, Mich./Huron) won her collegiate debut in the 400-meter dash, stopping the clock at 56.97.
Sophomore Amber Smith (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) and sophomore Erin Busbee (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) went two-three in the 100-meter hurdles. Smith took second in 13.77, while Busbee followed in a personal-best time of 14.30.
Senior/junior Tofunmi Akeredolu (Southfield, Mich./Lathrup) finished runner-up in the long jump, reaching a personal-best mark of 5.93 meters (19-5.50).
Michigan competed in the 4x100-meter relay for the first time this season, clocking a time of 46.43 to finish second. The relay consisted of Unachukwu, Smith, senior Shelby Hines (Marietta, Ga./Wheeler) and Cahill.
The Wolverines will next travel to Madison, Wis., to compete in the Big Ten Outdoor Championships from May 11-13 at the University of Wisconsin's McClimon Complex.
Name, Event (Mark)
Tofunmi Akeredolu, Long Jump (5.93m, 19-5.50)
Erin Busbee, Shot Put (11.83m, 38-9.75)
Liz Sherzer, Shot Put (10.68m, 35-0.50)
Asia Body, Shot Put (9.27m, 30-5)
Erin Busbee, High Jump (1.65m, 5-5)
Kiley Tobel, Pole Vault (4.17m, 13-8.25)
Victoria Wesley, Pole Vault (3.87m, 12-8.25)
Erica Marcos, Pole Vault (3.12m, 10-2.75)
Meghan Lark, Pole Vault (3.12m, 10-2.75)
Tofunmi Akeredolu, 100m (12.59)
Asia Body, 100m (17.77)
Ariel Dempsey, 800m (2:15.85)
Erin Busbee, 100m Hurdles (14.30)
Courtney Clancy, 1,500m (4:49.05)
U-M Head Coach James Henry
On the momentum the team has going into Big Tens ... "If we can continue to move in the direction we've been going all year, we'll be fine. We've had a few meets where I wasn't very happy and the kids weren't very happy. The last two meets put us back in position, feeling good about ourselves. There is confidence with the girls and that's something we can carry into next week and know we can be competitive in the conference."
On the individual performances that stood out today ... "Kiley Tobel in the vault. I was very happy with how she's come along. She continues to improve. She, like the team, had some struggling times, but that's what hard work does for you. The same goes with Tofunmi (Akeredolu), I think she's starting to be a good jumper for us. We pulled her from multi's and just had her jump and I'm very, very happy with that. Those were the two that stood out in the field. And then Amber Smith in the 100 hurdles was great. I thought the 4x1 relay came around and got together and did some good things for us."
On the senior leadership that has helped the team ... "That's our tradition is that you come in as a follower and you leave as a leader. This group of seniors have been good leaders, on and off the field. They've been excellent leaders in the classroom. They've been excellent leaders as individuals and they're showing it. They're trying to finish very strong as leaders and as athletes on the competition field."
U-M Junior/Sophomore Kiley Tobel
On putting together back-to-back PR weekends ... "It definitely feels really good. The beginning of outdoor was definitely a struggle and for a while I was wondering if it was going to happen in time. I had faith that it would happen and I knew with the training it would come around, but it feels so much better. I can't tell you how good it feels to be consistent, especially at a high level. Today I got some really good attempts at 14 feet and I haven't felt that good in a while."
On having momentum going into Big Tens ... "It kind of pumps me up and makes be a little hungry because I know how close I am to that next bar. Next week is the time to bring it out."
On the overall success of the pole vaulters today ... "It was nice to get Tori (Wesley) over a bar that we knew she could make. It sets the mood for the day. When she does well, it sets me up to do well. It's a great atmosphere and it turned out to be a really good day."
U-M Freshman Victoria Wesley
On her success and expectations as a freshman ... "I don't really feel much like a freshman. I'm still new and learning a lot, but I still set my standards as if I was a senior. I want to score at Big Tens. Even though I'm a freshman, and I'm doing well for a freshman, I just want to be good for a college pole vaulter. Kiley (Tobel) doesn't make me feel like a freshman either, even though she's really good, that doesn't give me an excuse to not be as good."
On her overall experience in her first year of collegiate vaulting ... "I'm definitely happy with everything. I'm having so much fun. I wish I was doing better obviously, everyone does, but I'm getting better every day. I want more, but I know I'll get there. It takes a lot of adjusting."
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423