May 13, 2012
Sites: Madison, Wis. (McClimon Complex)
Event: Big Ten Outdoor Championships (Day 3 of 3)
U-M Team Result: 7th Place of 11 Teams (67 points)
Next U-M Event: Thu-Sat., May 24-26 -- at NCAA East Preliminary Rounds (Jacksonville, Fla.), 11 a.m.
MADISON, Wis. -- Seven members of the University of Michigan women's track and field team scored points on the final day of the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, including two-time discus champion junior Erin Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore), to help the Wolverines finish seventh (67 points) on Sunday (May 13) at Wisconsin's McClimon Track. Ohio State won the overall team title with 117 points.
Erin Pendleton reached a mark of 55.42 meters (181-10) on her first throw, which was eventually the winning throw in the discus. She is now a two-time Big Ten discus champion, as she also won the title in 2010. Fifth-year senior thrower Emily Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore), who was the 2008 and 2009 discus champion, finished second with a mark of 54.86 meters (180-0). Erin and Emily's marks each topped the previous facility record at Wisconsin's McClimon Complex. Fifth-year senior Allison Liske (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland East) also qualified for the finals and placed ninth with a throw of 48.29 meters (158-5).
Sophomore Amber Smith (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) competed in the finals of the 100- and 400-meter hurdles. She was just .02 seconds shy of her personal record in the 100 hurdles, which she ran yesterday in the prelims, clocking a time of 13.66 to finish fifth. In the 400-meter hurdles, she placed eighth in a time of 1:02.32.
Junior/sophomore Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) and junior Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven) also doubled-up, competing in the finals of the 800- and 1,500-meter run. In the 1,500-meter run, Smith finished in 4:17.01 to take second, while Addison ran a time of 4:20:53 to place sixth. Later in the 800-meter run, Smith and Addison finished seventh and eighth in times of 2:09.08 and 2:10:01, respectively.
In the field, junior/sophomore Kiley Tobel (Commerce Twp., Mich./Walled Lake Western) recorded a runner-up finish in the pole vault after clearing a lifetime-best height of 4.24 meters (13-11).
In the triple jump, junior Ada Unachukwu (Morganville, N.J./Marlboro) qualified for the finals, where she took seventh with a personal-best mark of 12.72 meters (41-8.75). Sophomore Erin Busbee (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood), whotook fourth in the heptathlon, was just shy of making the finals and finished 10th with a personal-best mark of 12.37 meters (40-7).
Michigan's 4x100-meter relay also scored, finishing eighth in the finals with a time of 46.61. The relay was comprised of junior Ada Unachukwu (Morganville, N.J./Marlboro), Amber Smith, senior Shelby Hines (Marietta, Ga./Wheeler) and junior Charlotte Cahill (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington).
Michigan will have one week off, before select members of the squad compete in the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds from May 24-26 in Jacksonville, Fla. The regional fields will be announced on May 17.
Final Team Standings
1. Ohio State 117 2. Illinois 110 2. Nebraska 110 4. Penn State 87 5. Wisconsin 78 6. Michigan State 72 7. MICHIGAN 67 8. Iowa 53 9. Minnesota 45 10. Indiana 40 10. Purdue 40
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 3)
1,500-meter Run (Finals) 1. Ashley Miller, Nebraska 4:16.53 2. Jillian Smith, U-M 4:17.01 6. Rebecca Addison, U-M 4:20.53 100-meter Hurdles (Finals) 1. Christina Manning, Ohio State 12.71 5. Amber Smith, U-M 13.66 800-meter Run (Finals) 1. Ashley Miller, Nebraska 2:06.67 7. Jillian Smith, U-M 2:09.08 8. Rebecca Addison, U-M 2:10.01 400-meter Hurdles (Finals) 1. Latoya Griffith, Illinois 57.12 8. Amber Smith, U-M 1:02.32 5,000-meter Run 1. McKenzie Melander, Iowa 16:14.03 15. Lindsey Hilton, U-M 17:07.36 Discus 1. Erin Pendleton, U-M 55.42m (181-10)F 2. Emily Pendleton, U-M 54.86m (180-0)F 9. Allison Liske, U-M 48.29m (158-5) Pole Vault 1. Stephanie Richartz, Illinois 4.34m (14-2.75) 2. Kiley Tobel, U-M 4.24m (13-11) -- Victoria Wesley, U-M NH Triple Jump 1. Anna Weigandt, Nebraska 12.96m (42-6.25) 7. Ada Unachukwu, U-M 12.72m (41-8.75) 10. Erin Busbee, U-M 12.37m (40-7) High Jump 1. Marusa Cernjul, Nebraska 1.83m (6-0) 13. Brianna Jenkins, U-M 1.66m (5-5.25) 4x100-meter Relay 1. Ohio State 43.70M 8. MICHIGAN 46.61 (Ada Unachukwu, Amber Smith, Shelby Hines, Charlotte Cahill) 4x400-meter Relay 1. Illinois 3:31.77M 10. MICHIGAN 3:43.77 (Dana Carey, Charlotte Cahill, Chinyere Onimo, Brittani Williams) M - Big Ten Meet Record F - Facility Record
N O T E S
• Michigan improved three spots from the 2011 Big Ten Outdoor Championships (10th, 49 points), finishing seventh with 67 points.
• Michigan won multiple Big Ten individual titles for the first time since the 2009 conference championships. In 2009, Geena Gall (800m, 1,500m), Tiffany Ofili (100m hurdles, long jump, 4x100m relay) and Emily Pendleton (discus) each won titles to help the Wolverines finish second.
• Erin Pendleton won her second Big Ten discus title. Erin and older sister Emily Pendleton have now won the conference discus title in four of the last five years. Emily repeated in 2008 and '09, while Erin won in 2010 and '12.
• Erin Pendleton still holds the Big Ten meet record in the discus with a throw of 56.31 meters, which she set in 2010 when she won her first Big Ten title.
• Kiley Tobel improved upon her own school record in the outdoor pole vault (4.17 meters, 13-8.25) with her second-place vault of 4.24 meters (13-11). She remains the indoor and outdoor pole vault record holder at Michigan.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach James Henry
On his thoughts on the team's performance at Big Tens ... "I don't want to say satisfied because I'm still coaching and the majority of my athletes are going to come back and compete, but I would say that I'm pleased. Satisfied means that there is no more in my opinion. I'm pleased and I do think that we're moving forward and getting better. We're getting back to our Michigan way. With Nebraska in the mix makes it that much more competitive. We're getting better, but we're still going to have to step up and become a better, more balanced program."
On the quality of this year's Big Ten meet ... "I think it's unprecedented and it shows how much better the conference has gotten. With every single team, there were performances where kids would usually score and do well that didn't even make the finals. I had some kids do some outstanding things and I couldn't believe what the end results were. The conference has improved and Michigan has gotten better, we just need to continue to do that and take a couple steps forward. This was one step, we need two more steps."
On individual performances he was pleased with ... "I thought the Pendleton's going one-two was the standout performance of the meet. And then Becca (Addison) and Jill (Smith) in the 1,500- and 800-meters also did outstanding. Other things that stood out and showed that were an improved program were Erin Busbee in the multi -- her performances were phenomenal. She had a personal best in five out of seven events and scored over 5,300 points and still took fourth place -- that would normally be a runner-up performance. And then Amber Smith's improvements from first year to second year were outstanding. She had personal bests in both the 100- and 400-meter hurdles. She is getting better and we're getting better as a team. It's good to give compliments to a higher number of athletes. That's indicative that we're getting better and becoming a more balanced program."
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423