Weekly #2: Wolverines to Compete in Second Annual Ohio State Dual
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MGOBLUE Jillian Smith (L) and Rebecca Addison
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Jillian Smith (L) and Rebecca Addison
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Jan. 11, 2012

Bruce's Blog: The Dual is a Tradition Reborn

THIS WEEKEND
Saturday, Jan. 14
-- at Ohio State - The Dual (Columbus, Ohio), 11 a.m.

The 19-ranked University of Michigan women's track and field team will travel to Columbus, Ohio, to take on No. 11 Ohio State in "The Dual" on Saturday (Jan. 14). Events are set to being at 11 a.m. at French Field House.

WOLVERINE BITES

A Young Tradition -- In 2011, Michigan and Ohio State competed in the inaugural "The Dual" meet in Ann Arbor. This year, the new tradition will continue with the Buckeyes hosting the Wolverines in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State edged Michigan in the first meet, 83-78. The Wolverines won seven of the 15 events, while OSU won eight to earn the win.

In the Rankings -- Michigan was tabbed No. 19 in the preseason national team top 25 rankings released Tuesday (Jan. 10) by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The rankings are based largely on performance bests from returning student-athletes.

2011 Dual in Review -- Michigan returns six student-athletes who recorded first -place finishes at the 2011 Dual. Juniors Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) and Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven) finished one-two in the mile run and Addison followed with a winning performance in the 800-meter run. Senior Brittani Williams (Detroit, Mich./Jackson) took first in the 600-meter run, while sophomore Taylor Pogue (Goodrich, Mich./Goodrich) was victorious in the 3,000-meter run. In the field, Michigan also got wins from sophomore Kiley Tobel (Commerce Twp., Mich./Walled Lake Western) in the pole vault and sophomore Erin Busbee (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) in the long jump.

Last Time on the Track -- The Wolverines hosted the Michigan Women's Open last Saturday (Jan. 7). On her final attempt in the pole vault, sophomore Kiley Tobel (Commerce Twp., Mich./Walled Lake Western) set a new record with a vault of 4.00 meters (13-01.50). In her first meet with the Maize and Blue, freshman Shannon Osika (Waterford, Mich./Mott) registered her first career win in the mile with a time of 4:54:90. Sophomore Amber Smith (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) (60-meter hurdles), junior Charlotte Cahill (Farmington Hills, Mich./North Farmington) (60-meter dash), senior Brittani Williams (Detroit, Mich./Jackson) (800-meter run) and junior Erin Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) (weight throw)also recorded win in their events.

Big Ten Recognition -- Kiley Tobelwas named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week on Jan. 9 for her performance at the Michigan Women's Open. Tobel set a new school record in the pole vault with a mark of 4.00 meters (13-01.50). The record was previously set by former Wolverine Elizabeth Boyle, who vaulted 3.94 meters (12-11.50) in 2003. This is the first Big Ten weekly honor of Tobel's career and first for Michigan this season.

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. 21 -- host Simmons-Harvey Invitational (U-M Indoor Track Building), 10 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 28 -- at Nebraska's Mark Colligan Memorial (Lincoln, Neb.), 12:30 p.m. CST

   

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