Weekly Release #1: Wolverines Kick Off 2011 at EMU Invite

Jan. 3, 2011

Saturday, Jan. 8
-- at EMU Invitational (Ypsilanti, Mich.), 10 a.m.
Meet Information

The University of Michigan women's track and field team kicks off the 2011 indoor season on Saturday (Jan. 8) at the EMU Invitational at Eastern Michigan University's Bob Parks Track. Field events will begin at 10 a.m., with the running events commencing at 11 a.m.


At the EMU Invitational -- The Wolverines open the indoor season just down the road at the EMU Invitational before returning home for two consecutive weekends. The Wolverines did not compete at Eastern Michigan during the indoor portion of 2010 but did participate in EMU Invitational during the outdoor season at Olds-Marshall Track.

• Schedule of Events

Field Events
10 a.m. - 20-pound weight throw
10:30 a.m. - Pole vault/long jump
Noon - Shot put
12:45 p.m. - High jump/triple jump

Running Events
11 a.m. - 60-meter hurdles (prelims)
11:30 a.m. - 60-meter dash (prelims)
Noon - Mile run
12:30 p.m. - 60-meter hurdles (finals)
12:50 p.m. - 400-meter dash
1:20 p.m. - 60-meter dash (finals)
1:40 p.m. - 800-meter run
2:20 p.m. - 200-meter dash
2:40 p.m. - 3,000-meter run
3:20 p.m. - 1,600-meter relay

Trio of Captains to Lead U-M - Fifth-year senior Alisha Cole (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac), senior/junior Allison Liske (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland East) and senior Danielle Tauro (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) will serve as captains for the 2011 season. Tauro repeats as captain for the second consecutive season while Cole and Liske were chosen by their teammates for the first time. [ Release ]

Who Is Back -- The Wolverines return 22 letterwinners from last year's team that picked up a pair of eighth-place finishes at both the 2010 Big Ten Indoor and Outdoor Championships. Michigan swept both Freshman of the Year awards with sophomores Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) and Erin Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) earning the honors. Smith (indoor 800-meter run) and Pendleton (outdoor discus throw) were both the only Wolverines to win individual Big Ten championships.

Fresh Faces -- Michigan welcomes 20 new student-athletes to the roster this season. Of those 20, 11 competed for the Wolverines during the cross country season. Michigan finished runner-up at the 2010 Big Ten Cross Country Championships and 22nd at the NCAA Championships during the cross country campaign.

Staying in Washtenaw County -- The Wolverines stay close to home for the first few weeks of the 2011 season, competing just down the road at Eastern Michigan this weekend before returning home for two consecutive weekends. First up at the U-M Indoor Track Building is a dual meet against Ohio State on Jan. 15. The women will then team up with the men to host the annual Simmons-Harvey Invitational on Jan. 22. The Wolverines will then head to Indiana University for the Indiana Relays, Jan. 28-29, in their first real road trip of the season.

Same Name -- The Wolverines have three sets of sisters on the 2011 team in addition to three other sets of same last names. Sisters Andrea Marcos (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington) and Erica Marcos (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington) both compete in pole vault; Emily Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) and Erin Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) both throw; and Chloe Prince (Okemos, Mich./Okemos) and Nicole Prince (Okemos, Mich./Okemos) both run mid-distance for the Wolverines. In addition, Alicia Patterson (DeWitt, Mich./DeWitt) and Kaitlyn Patterson (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac), Amber Smith (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) and Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) and Alexandria Williams (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) and Brittani Williams (Detroit, Mich./Jackson) all share last names but are not related.

Qualifying Standards for NCAA Championships -- For the first time, provisional standards are no longer part of the qualifying process. Championship fields will first be filled with those who declare for their events with automatic status. Then, the remainder of the field will be filled by the highest-remaining ranked performances. [ Indoor Qualifying Standards ]

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Saturday, Jan. 15 -- vs. Ohio State in "The Dual" (U-M Indoor Track Building), 10 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 22 -- host Simmons-Harvey Invitational (U-M Indoor Track Building), 10 a.m.