Weekly Release #4: Michigan Travels to IU for Indiana Relays

Jan. 24, 2011

Fri-Sat., Jan. 28-29 -- at Indiana Relays (Bloomington, Ind.), 5 p.m./10 a.m.
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The University of Michigan women's track and field team travels to Bloomington, Ind., for the Indiana Relays this weekend (Fri-Sat., Jan. 28-29). The competition marks the first two-day affair for Michigan, as well as the first time the Wolverines have competed on a banked track in 2011.


Goodbye Washtenaw County --For the first time this season, the Wolverines will leave Washtenaw County for competition, traveling to Bloomington, Ind., for the Indiana Relays. U-M kicked off 2011 at the Eastern Michigan Invitational in Ypsilanti before hosting two consecutive meets at the U-M Indoor Track Building. The Wolverines have one more home indoor competition remaining (Silverston Invitational on Feb. 19) and will spend the rest of the campaign on the road.

First of Four in the Hoosier State -- This weekend's competition marks the first of four trips to the state of Indiana for the Wolverines during the indoor season. U-M will return to the Hoosier state next weekend (Sat-Sun., Feb. 4-5) for the Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame before heading to Purdue for the Big Ten Championships, Feb. 26-27. The Maize and Blue will complete its Indiana action back at Notre Dame for the Alex Wilson Invitational, March 4-5, in an effort to better times for NCAA consideration.

Simmons-Harvey Rewind -- The Wolverines won four events at the annual Simmons-Harvey Invitational this past Saturday (Jan. 22), winning one field and three running events. Sophomore Erin Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) took the 20-pound weight throw title with a personal-best toss of 18.93 meters on her final attempt. On the track, Michigan continued its dominance in the mid-distance events with wins in the mile, 600-meter run and 800-meter run. Freshman Alex Leptich (Ann Arbor, Mich./Saline) was the first Wolverine to break the five-minute mark in the mile, winning the race in 4:55.15. A week after finishing runner-up to teammate Brittani Williams (Detroit, Mich./Jackson) in the 600, junior Alexandria Williams (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) won the 600 with a time of 1:34.05, while freshman Megan Weschler (Wyandotte, Mich./Roosevelt) won the 800 (2:14.07). [ Michigan Daily Recap ]

Throwers Make a Leap -- With senior Emily Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) and redshirt junior Allison Liske (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland East) not participating for the Wolverines during the indoor season, the opportunity is there for U-M's younger throwers to perform. All three of Michigan's remaining throwers have responded, setting new personal records across the board to start the season.

Sophomore Erin Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) has improved her personal record in the 20-pound weight throw at every competition this season, culminating in a throw of 18.93 meters for the win at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational. Redshirt freshman Joanna Fleming (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) has bettered her mark in the weight throw by more than three meters, increasing from 12.32 meters during 2010 to 15.47 meters in 2011. Redshirt freshman Kari Prena (W. Bloomfield Twp., Mich./Walled Lake Central) has also set a new standard in the weight throw, improving from 12.65 meters to 14.43 meters.

Welcome back, Tofunmi! -- Redshirt sophomore Tofunmi Akeredolu (Southfield, Mich./Lathrup) returned to competition at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational, her first competition since the 2010 Akron Opener. Akeredolu competed in the high jump at the home invite, clearing 1.67 meters (5-5.75) for fifth place. She placed seventh in the heptathlon at the 2009 Big Ten Championships before missing the majority of the 2010 season.

Mile Times Three -- Michigan has won the mile run in all three competitions this year, with a different Wolverines picking up each victory. Taylor Pogue (Goodrich, Mich./Goodrich) won the mile run in 5:01.08 at the EMU Invitational on Jan. 8 to begin the year with a victory in the event. Sophomore Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) continued the Wolverines' success in the event with a win against Ohio State (Jan. 15) in 5:01.63, while Alex Leptich turned in U-M's fastest time this season (4:55.15) with a triumph at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational on Jan. 22.

Double Time -- Sophomores Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven) and Jillian Smith 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).

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

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.

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, Allison Liske 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 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 ]

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Fri-Sat. Feb. 4-5 -- at Meyo Invitational (South Bend, Ind.), 5 p.m./9 a.m.