Weekly Release #3: U-M at Home This Saturday for Simmons-Harvey Invite

Jan. 18, 2011

Saturday, Jan. 22 -- host Simmons-Harvey Invitational (U-M Indoor Track Building), 10 a.m.

The University of Michigan women's track and field team is home for the second consecutive weekend this Saturday (Jan. 22), teaming up with the men to host the annual Simmons-Harvey Invitational at the U-M Indoor Track Building. The event is named for former coaches Red Simmons (women) and Jack Harvey (men). The women have hosted the event every year since 1981 in honor of Simmons, the first women's track and field coach at the University of Michigan. Field events are slated for a 10 a.m. start.

Schedule of Events
11 a.m. - Weight Throw (W), Shot Put (M)
11:30 a.m. - Pole Vault (W)
Noon - High Jump (M)
12:30 p.m. - Long Jump (M/W), 35-lb. Weight Throw (M)
1:30 p.m. - Pole Vault (M), High Jump (W)
2:00 p.m. - Shot Put (W), Triple Jump (M/W)

1 p.m. - 60-meter Hurdles Preliminaries (W)
1:10 p.m. - 60-meter Hurdles Preliminaries (M)
1:20 p.m. - 60-meter Dash Preliminaries (W)
1:30 p.m. - 60-meter Dash Preliminaries (M)
1:45 p.m. - Mile Run (W)
1:55 p.m. - Mile Run (M)
2:10 p.m. - 60-meter Hurdles Finals (W)
2:15 p.m. - 60-meter Hurdles Finals (M)
2:20 p.m. - 400-meter Dash (W)
2:25 p.m. - 400-meter Dash (M)
2:35 p.m. - 60-meter Dash Finals (W)
2:45 p.m. - 60-meter Dash Finals (M)
2:55 p.m. - 600-meter Run (W)
3:05 p.m. - 600-meter Run (M)
3:15 p.m. - 800-meter Run (W)
3:25 p.m. - 800-meter Run (M)
3:40 p.m. - 200-meter Dash (W)
3:50 p.m. - 200-meter Dash (M)
4:05 p.m. - 3,000-meter Run (W)
4:20 p.m. - 3,000-meter Run (M)
4:35 p.m. - 4x400-meter Relay (W)
4:45 p.m. - 4x400-meter Relay (M)


Wrapping Up the Home Stand -- Michigan wraps a two-weekend home stand this weekend with the annual Simmons-Harvey Invitational on Saturday after narrowly falling to No. 23 Ohio State, 73-68, in the first-ever "Dual" on Jan. 15. The Wolverines have yet to leave Washtenaw County, competing at the EMU Invitational during the first weekend of competition on Jan. 8.

Pink T-Shirts for Sale at This Weekend's Meet -- Pink Michigan track and field t-shirts will be available for $10 at this weekend's meet. All proceeds will go to the U-M Women's Health Program.

Double Time -- Sophomores Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven) and Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) went 1-2 in two events against Ohio State, accounting for 16 of Michigan's 78 points on the day. Smith started the day off with a win the mile run (5:01.63) to just edge Addison's time of 5:01.74. Addison then won the 800-meter run (2:09.87) by just .08 over Smith (2:09.95).

Freshmen Make a Splash -- Two freshmen have won individual events at each of U-M's two competitions this season. Taylor Pogue (Goodrich, Mich./Goodrich) won the mile run in 5:01.08 at the EMU Invitational, beating Eastern's Lauren Quaintance (5:08.84) by more than seven seconds in her first collegiate event. Against Ohio State, she followed up that performance with a win in the 3,000-meter run (9:48.23). Erin Busbee (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) won the long jump with a mark of 5.86 meters at EMU and then won the same event against Ohio State. Her mark of 6.01 meters against Ohio State was the best mark by a Wolverine since the 2009 season.

Cole Upsets Two-Time Big Ten Champion -- Senior captain Alisha Cole (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac) won the 400-meter run against Ohio State, knocking off two-time Big Ten champion Shaniqua McGinnis. Cole turned in a personal-best time of 56.16 in the quarter-mile, holding off McGinnis down the stretch for the victory.

On a National Stage -- Rebecca Addison and Jillian Smith have the second- and third-fastest 800-meter times in the country, respectively, after the times were adjusted for track size. [ Indoor POP List ]

Dominating the Distance Events Against Ohio State -- In its first dual meet since 2002, Michigan narrowly missed upsetting No. 23 Ohio State, falling to the Buckeyes, 73-68, in a meet that came down to the final event. The Wolverines won the 400-meter dash, 600-meter run, 800-meter run, mile and 3,000-meter run to sweep the distance events, along with winning the long jump and pole vault. U-M went 1-2 in the 600, the 800 and the mile to win eight points in each event against the Buckeyes. [ Michigan Daily Recap ]

Trio of Captains to Lead U-M -- Fifth-year senior Alisha Cole, 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 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 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.

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 ]

The University of Michigan athletics department will no longer print media guides. U-M fans and media can still obtain all the information they're used to, only now it's available online. Each of our varsity athletic teams will have a Record Book and a Yearbook. If you're looking for in-depth historical information, statistics, records, archives, etc., the Record Book is what you'll need. For more of a general overview of a team, the staff and student-athletes, check out the Yearbook. [ Publications ]

Michigan women's track and field is now on Twitter. Sign up and follow the Wolverines (Michigan_track) 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.

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Fri-Sat., Jan. 28-29 -- at Indiana Relays (Bloomington, Ind.), 5 p.m./10 a.m.
Fri-Sat. Feb. 4-5 -- at Meyo Invitational (South Bend, Ind.), 5 p.m./9 a.m.