Weekly Release #5: Michigan Heads to Notre Dame for Meyo Invitational

Fri-Sat., Feb. 4-5 -- at Meyo Invitational (South Bend, Ind.), 5 p.m./10 a.m.
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The University of Michigan women's track and field team travels to Notre Dame for the annual Meyo Invitational this weekend (Fri-Sat., Feb. 4-5) at the Loftus Center in South Bend, Ind. It is the second consecutive weekend that the Wolverines are participating in a two-day event. Day one begins at 5 p.m., while day two starts at 9 a.m.


Heading to Notre Dame -- The Wolverines are on the road again this weekend (Feb. 4-5), heading to Notre Dame for the Meyo Invitational. The meet will feature three sessions, with Saturday's afternoon session including invitational sections in running events. The event will be held at the Loftus Center in the first of two meets for U-M at Notre Dame.


Friday, Feb. 4
5 p.m. -- Long jump
5:30 p.m. -- Weight throw
6 p.m. -- 5,000-meter run
7 p.m. -- High jump
7:15 p.m. -- Distance medley relay
7:50 p.m. -- 60-meter hurdle trials
8:40 p.m. -- 60-meter dash trials
9:30 p.m. -- 1,000-meter run
10 p.m. -- 500-meter run

Saturday, Feb. 5
Morning session - unseeded sections in running events
10 a.m. -- 3,000-meter run
10:45 a.m. -- Mile run
11 a.m. -- Pole vault
11 a.m. -- Shot put
11:35 a.m. -- 400-meter dash
12:35 p.m. -- 800-meter run
1:15 p.m. -- 200-meter dash

Afternoon session - invitational sections in running events
2 p.m. -- Triple jump
3:10 p.m. -- Meyo women's mile
3:20 p.m. -- 60-meter hurdles final
3:30 p.m. -- 60-meter dash final
3:40 p.m. -- 400-meter dash
3:50 p.m. -- 800-meter run
4:10 p.m. -- 200-meter dash
4:20 p.m. -- 3,000-meter run
4:50 p.m. -- 4x400-meter relay

Hitting the Home Stretch -- As the calendar flips from January to February, the Wolverines are hitting the home stretch leading up to the Big Ten Indoor Championships at the end of the month. U-M has just three weekends of competition remaining before the conference championships are held, Feb. 26-27, at Purdue University. Of the three remaining competitions, Michigan will be at home for just one of them, the Silverston Invitational on Feb. 19.

Second of Four in the Hoosier State -- This weekend's competition marks the second of four trips to the state of Indiana for the Wolverines during the indoor season. After this weekend's trip to Notre Dame, Michigan will be back to Indiana for the Big Ten Championships, Feb. 26-27, at Purdue. The Maize and Blue will complete in Hoosier state action at Notre Dame for the Alex Wilson Invitational, March 4-5, in an effort to better times for NCAA consideration.

A Look Back at the Indiana Relays -- The Wolverines won six events at the two-day meet (Fri-Sat., Jan. 28-29), including the invitational sections of three events. Fifth-year senior captain Alisha Cole (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac) won both invitational sections of the 200- and 400-meter dashes, while sophomore Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven) took top honors in the invite section of the 800-meter run. Freshman Alex Leptich (Ann Arbor, Mich./Saline) won the open section of the mile run and junior Alexandria Williams (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) was victorious in the open section of the 800-meter run. U-M collected its final victory of the event in the 4x800-meter relay.

Tobel Keeps Clearing -- Redshirt freshman Kiley Tobel (Commerce Twp., Mich./Walled Lake Western) has continued to improve all season, increasing her personal best in the pole vault by .40 meters. Tobel won the pole vault against Ohio State (3.65 meters) and improved her personal best for the third straight week when she cleared 3.75 meters in the invitational section of the pole vault at the Indiana Relays.

Sweeping the 800 -- The Wolverines swept the 800-meter run at the Indiana Relays, winning both the invitational section (Rebecca Addison) and the open section (Alexandria Williams). In addition, the 4x800-meter relay team of freshman Megan Weschler (Wyandotte, Mich./Roosevelt), freshman Taylor Pogue (Goodrich, Mich./Goodrich), Alex Leptich and senior Danielle Tauro (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) won the 4x800-meter relay.

Four Below Five -- After this weekend's event, four Wolverines have now gone below the five-minute mark of the mile run. Sophomore Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) leads the way with a time of 4:43.88. Danielle Tauro has the second-fastest time of 4:50.57, with Alex Leptich (4:54.04) and Taylor Pogue rounding out the foursome with a time of 4:56.20. All four achieved those times at the Indiana Relays.

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) improved her personal record in the 20-pound weight throw at each of the first three competitions 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 (West 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 Four -- Michigan has won a mile run in all four competitions this year. Taylor Pogue won the mile run in 5:01.08 at the EMU Invitational on Jan. 8 to begin the year with a win in the event. Jillian Smith continued the Wolverines' success in the event with a win against Ohio State on Jan. 15 in 5:01.63, while Alex Leptich has won the race at the past two events (Simmons-Harvey Invitational and Indiana Relays), breaking the five-minute barrier in both races.

Double Time -- Sophomores Rebecca Addison 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 -- Jillian Smith has the nation's 12th-fastest mile time to lead U-M in the national rankings.
[ 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, on Jan. 15 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. 11-12 -- at Grand Valley Invitational (Allendale, Mich.), 4 p.m./10 a.m.
Fri-Sat., Feb. 11-12 -- at Husky Classic (Seattle, Wash.), 6 p.m./8 a.m. PST