Weekly Release #2: Wolverines to Host OSU in First Dual Meet since 2002

Jan. 11, 2011

Saturday, Jan. 15 -- vs. No. 23 Ohio State - "The Dual" (U-M Indoor Track Building), 11 a.m. (field events)/1 p.m. (running events)

The University of Michigan women's track and field team is in action at home for the first time in 2011 this Saturday (Jan. 15), hosting No. 23 Ohio State in "The Dual." Field events begin at 11 a.m., while running events start at 1 p.m.

The meet is also a "pink meet," with proceeds from t-shirt sales going to the U-M Women's Health Program for breast cancer research. All children (eighth grade and younger) are welcome to participate in track events from 10-10:40 a.m. prior to the start of the meet.


First Dual Meet Since 2002 -- The dual meet against Ohio State is the first dual for the Wolverines since the 2002 season. In its last dual competition, Michigan fell at Indiana, 81-80, on Jan. 12, 2002. U-M entered the final event, the 4x400-meter relay, with a 77-76 advantage, but the Hoosiers won the last event by .72 to earn the 81-80 decision. It is the first home dual meet since Jan. 12, 2001, which was also against Indiana. The two teams tied that dual, ending with an 81-81 stalemate.

First "Dual" with Ohio State -- The Michigan and Ohio State men's teams renewed their "Dual" rivalry in 2008, but Saturday's meet against OSU marks the first time the women's teams have squared off in dual competition. The meet marks the second competition for both teams in 2011, as Ohio State hosted the Buckeye Classic last weekend and the Wolverines competed at the EMU Invitational (Jan. 8). OSU sprinter Madison McNary was named the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week after winning the 60- and 200-meter dashes at the Buckeyes' home opener.

• Schedule of Events

Field Events
11 a.m. - weight throw and high jump
Noon - pole vault and long jump
12:15 p.m. - shot put
1:15 p.m. - triple jump

Running Events
1 p.m. - mile run
1:10 p.m. - 60-meter hurdles
1:20 p.m. - 400-meter dash
1:30 p.m. - 600-meter run
1:40 p.m. - 60-meter dash
1:50 p.m. - 800-meter run
2 p.m. - 200-meter dash
2:10 p.m. - 3,000-meter run
2:25 p.m. - 4x400-meter relay

Wear Your Pink -- This weekend's meet against Ohio State is designated a "pink meet." The first 500 fans will receive a pink pom pom and everyone wearing pink will be entered into a raffle for pink adidas prizes. Proceeds from t-shirt sales will go to the U-M Women's Health Program to support breast cancer research. The topic of cancer hits close to home for the Wolverines, who lost former trackster Joi Smith to a rare form of cancer in 2007. [ Release ]

Get There Early! -- Children (eighth grade and younger) are invited to participate in track events from 10-10:40 a.m. prior to Saturday's meet. In addition, U-M Marching Band Drum Major David Hines Jr. will perform at 10:45. Select Wolverines will also be available for autographs prior to the start of field events at 11 a.m.

Two Straight Home Meets -- Michigan begins a two-weekend home stand this weekend with the meet against Ohio State. Following the dual match against Ohio State, the women will team up with the men to host the annual Simmons-Harvey Invitational on Jan. 22. The Invitational is named for former women's head coach Kenneth "Red" Simmons and former men's coach Jack Harvey.

EMU Invite Rewind -- The Wolverines kicked off the 2011 season just down the road at the EMU Invitational, winning four events. Junior hurdler Julian Purvis (Oakland, Calif./St. Elizabeth) set a new Bowen Fieldhouse record in the 60-meter hurdles, crossing the line in 8.47. Sophomore Erin Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) won the 20-pound weight throw with a toss of 17.74 meters, setting a new career best.

Freshmen Make a Splash -- Two freshmen earned their first career victories over the weekend at the EMU Invitational. Taylor Pogue (Goodrich, Mich./Goodrich) won the mile run in 5:01.08, beating Eastern's Lauren Quaintance (5:08.84) by more than seven seconds. Erin Busbee (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) won the long jump with a mark of 5.86 meters (19-02.75) as the two freshmen accounted for half of Michigan's individual wins at the event.

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 earning the honors. Smith (indoor 800-meter run) and Pendleton (outdoor discus throw) were the only Wolverines to win individual Big Ten championships during 2010. The Wolverines won their seventh consecutive distance medley relay title and return Smith, Danielle Tauro and sophomore Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven) from that team.

Fresh Faces -- Michigan welcomes 19 new student-athletes to the roster this season. Of those 19, 10 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, as the season kicked off down the road at Eastern Michigan last weekend. First up at the U-M Indoor Track Building is this weekend's dual meet against Ohio State. 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 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 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. 22 -- host Simmons-Harvey Invitational (U-M Indoor Track Building), 10 a.m.
Fri-Sat., Jan. 28-29 - at Indiana Relays (Bloomington, Ind.), 5 p.m.