May 12, 2012
Sites: Madison, Wis. (McClimon Complex)
Event: Big Ten Outdoor Championships (Day 1 of 3)
U-M Team Result: 8th Place of 11 Teams (1 point) After Day 1
Next U-M Event: Saturday, May 12 -- at Big Ten Outdoor Championships - Day 2 (Madison, Wis.), 9:30 a.m. CDT
MADISON, Wis. -- Sophomore heptathlete Erin Busbee (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) and fifth-year senior thrower Emily Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) led the University of Michigan women's track and field team on the first day of the Big Ten Outdoor Championships on Friday (May 11) at Wisconsin's McClimon Track. U-M is currently in eighth place with one point after the opening day of action.
Busbee started the day recording personal-best marks in the first three events of the heptathlon. She opened the meet running 14.14 in the 100-meter hurdles, improving upon her time of 14.30, which she ran last weekend at the Len Paddock Invitational (May 4). She then moved to the field where she took second in the high jump and shot put with lifetime-best marks of 1.73 meters (5-8) and 13.17 (43-2.50), respectively. After the first four events, Busbee has recorded 3,450 points and is currently in third place.
In an extremely strong hammer throw field, Pendleton secured a spot in the finals and finished eighth overall with a personal-best toss of 57.09 meters (187-4). Junior Erin Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) placed 11th with a throw of 54.76 meters (179-8). The top-five finishers each surpassed the winning throw from the 2011 Big Ten Outdoor Championships of 60.28 meters, with the top three recording marks of more than 62 meters.
In the 10,000-meter run, senior/junior Mary Grace Pellegrini (Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual) finished in ninth place with a time of 35:35.54, while junior/sophomore Lindsey Hilton (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams) clocked a time of 36:06.38 to place 13th. The duo made a move to the front of the pack after the first mile and held the lead for roughly the next 10 laps before falling back. Penn State's Kara Millhouse defended her 10,000-meter title, winning the event in 34:25.78.
Busbee will compete in the remaining three events of the heptathlon tomorrow (Saturday, May 12), including the 800-meter run, javelin and long jump. Michigan will also compete in the prelims of the 4x100-meter relay, 1,500-meter, 400-meter, 100-meter, 100-meter hurdles, 800-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter hurdles, as well as the 3,000-meter steeplechase and shot put. Action at the McClimon complex will begin at 9:30 a.m. CDT, with the first women's heptathlon event starting at 10:15 a.m. CDT.
Team Standings (After Day 1)
1. Penn State 18 2. Nebraska 13 2. Ohio State 13 4. Iowa 9 4. Michigan State 9 6. Wisconsin 8 7. Minnesota 7 8. MICHIGAN 1
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 1)
Heptathlon (Through Four Events) 1. Dorcas Akinniyi, Wisconsin 3,593 3. Erin Busbee, U-M 3,450 100m Hurdles (14.14) 959 (6) High Jump (5-8, 1.73m) 891 (2) Shot Put (43-2.50, 13.17m) 739 (2) 200m Dash (25.28) 861 (10) Hammer Throw 1. Alexis Thomas, Ohio State 64.62m (212-0) 8. Emily Pendleton, U-M 57.09m (187-4) 11. Erin Pendleton, U-M 54.76m (179-8) 24. Joanna Fleming, U-M 48.31m (158-6) -- Kari Prena, U-M FOUL 10,000-meter Run 1. Kara Millhouse, Penn State 34:25.78 9. Mary Grace Pellegrini, U-M 35:35.54 13. Lindsey Hilton, U-M 36:08.38
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