Weekly #1: Wolverines to Host Michigan Open to Kick Off 2012
MGOBLUE Brittani Williams
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Brittani Williams
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Jan. 5, 2012

New Faces Set to Start Track and Field Careers at U-M (1/2/12)

THIS WEEKEND
Saturday, Jan. 7
-- host Michigan Women's Open (U-M Indoor Track Building), 11 a.m.
Meet Information | Entry List | Heat Sheet

The University of Michigan women's track and field team kicks off the 2012 indoor season on Saturday (Jan. 7) hosting the Michigan Women's Open at the U-M Indoor Track Building. Field events will begin at 11 a.m., with the running events commencing at 1 p.m.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Field Events
11 a.m. -- Weight Throw / Followed by Shot Put
12 p.m. -- High Jump, Pole Vault, Long Jump, Followed by Triple Jump

Running Events
1 p.m. -- 60m Hurdles Prelim
1:10 p.m. -- 60m Dash Prelims
1:20 p.m. -- 1 Mile
1:30 p.m. -- 400m
1:40 p.m. -- 60m Dash Final
1:45 p.m. -- 800m Run
1:55 p.m. -- 60m Hurdles Final
2 p.m. -- 600m Run
2:10 p.m. -- 200m Dash
2:20 p.m. -- 3,000m Run
2:35 p.m. -- 4x400m Relay

WOLVERINE BITES

Starting at Home -- For the first time since the 2007 season, the Wolverines will begin the season at home. U-M hosted the inaugural Michigan Women's Open in 2007 to kick off the season. In 2006, Michigan held the Jack Harvey Invitational to open the season. This year's Simmons-Harvey Invitational will be on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the U-M Indoor Track Building. U-M will then host a third home event on Feb. 18 (Silverston Invitational, 10 a.m.).

Leaders of the Pack -- Fifth-year senior Emily Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore), senior Alexandria Williams (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) and junior Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven) will serve as team captains for the 2012 season. Pendleton repeats as captain for the second season, having captained the Wolverines in 2010, while Williams and Addison were selected to represent the Maize and Blue for the first time. [ Release ]

2011 in Review -- Michigan improved four spots to fourth place at the 2011 Big Ten Indoor Championships. The Wolverines tallied three individual Big Ten titles -- Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven) in the mile, Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) in the 800-meter and Addison and Smith were also members of the first-place distance medley relay (DMR). Addison and Smith also went on to earn All-America honors in the 800-meter and DMR to help Michigan finish 18th at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Fresh Faces -- Michigan welcomes 17 new student-athletes to the roster this season. Of those 17, 10 were on the Wolverines roster during the 2011 cross country season. U-M took second at the Big Ten Championships, claimed the NCAA Great Lakes Region title and capped the season with a 15th-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

Qualifying Standards for NCAA Championships -- For the second straight year, 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 ]

TWITTER-TASTIC
Michigan women's track and field is now on Twitter. Sign up and follow the Wolverines (umichtrack) with up-to-the-minute news and information throughout the season and beyond. Twitter is a free casual, online social network that is designed to connect businesses, organizations and individuals. Each Twitter post (or "tweet") can be received on a user's cell phone via text or on the web.

GET SOCIAL
Michigan women's track and field is also on Facebook. Connect with the program, alumni and fans by clicking the "Like" button at facebook.com/michiganwomenstrack. Facebook is a social network service and website with more than 500 million active users.

A LOOK AHEAD
Saturday, Jan. 14 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 11 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 21 -- host Simmons-Harvey Invitational (U-M Indoor Track Building), 10 a.m.