Weekly Release #5
Upcoming Schedule
Fri-Sat., Feb. 9-10 -- at Nittany Lion Qualifier (State College, Pa.)
Saturday, Feb. 17 -- host Harold Silverston Invitational (U-M Track Building), 10:30 a.m.

This Week: Nittany Lion Qualifier
The University of Michigan women's track and field will head to State College, Pa., for the Nittany Lion Qualifier, a two-day meet hosted by Penn State on Friday and Saturday (Feb. 9-10). This is the first time the Wolverines will take part in this track meet, and U-M will join Air Force, Buffalo, Georgetown, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio State, West Virginia and Wisconsin as the teams competing.

Last Week: Central Michigan Invitational
Michigan placed runner-up at the Michigan Intercollegiate on Saturday (Feb. 3) in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. The Wolverine 154 points were enough to overtake host Central Michigan (139) and Bowling Green (75), but came up short to Purdue's 168. The Wolverines won four of the events on the day, all on the track, and broke three Central Michigan Field House records. Here are the Michigan event winners:

Adrena Williams 60-meter dash (7.64)
Regine Caruthers      600-meter run (1:33.11)*&
Rachel Sturtz 800-meter run (2:13.42)&
Katie Jazwinski Mile run (4:57.70)&

* personal best; & CMU Field House record

Wolverines Enjoy Life Up North
Michigan spent two weeks in a row in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., competing in the Michigan Intercollegiate (Jan. 27) and Central Michigan Invitational (Feb. 3). In the two meets, the Wolverines broke five Central Michigan Field House records, including three this past week. Regine Caruthers (Inglewood, Calif./St. Bernard HS) shattered two records -- the 400-meter dash (Jan. 27) with a time of 56.25, and the 600 (Feb. 3) in 1:33.11.

Michigan's 1,600-meter relay team (Jan. 27) posted a time of 3:49.53, on the legs of Vera Simms (Mililani, Hawaii/Mililani HS), Mora Arnold (Gregory, Mich./Chelsea HS), Ursula Taylor (Edwardsburg, Mich./Edwardsburg HS) and Tamika Craig (Inkster, Mich./Dearborn Robichaud HS).

The other two records the Maize and Blue now hold are attributed to Rachel Sturtz (Traverse, Mich./Traverse HS) and Katie Jazwinski (Grand Rapids, Mich./West Catholic HS) in the 800-meter run and mile, respectively.

PR's Fall at Michigan Intercollegiate
There were a season-high 14 different personal bests captured at the Central Michigan Invitational (Feb. 3) to help guide the Wolverines to a runner-up finish. Two of the events (mile run and weight throw) each had three different athletes reach their personal best times or marks. Here are the personal bests that fell:

Candice Mullings 60-meter dash (7.67)
Vera Simms 400-meter dash (58.76)
Regine Caruthers 600-meter run (1:33.11)
Shalina Rankin 600-meter run (1:36.99)
Katie Easton Mile run (5:03.57)
Lynne Gratz Mile run (5:17.19)
Jeanne Spink Mile run (5:20.11)
Lindsey Gallo 3,000-meter run (10:10.0)
Tiffany Sylvertooth      Pole vault (10-6 1/4)
Brianne Page Triple jump (34-4 3/4)
Ashley Eckel Shot put (44-3 1/2)
April Phillips Weight throw (50-8 3/4)
Melissa Bickett Weight throw (45-9)
Nicki Proulx Weight throw (43-2 1/2)

Improving Each Week
For two weeks in a row, Candice Mullings (Marietta, Ga./Walton HS) and Lindsey Gallo (Freehold, N.J./Howell HS) improved their personal best times in their respective events. Mullings has bettered her time in the 60-meter dash in consecutive weeks, shedding off 0.15 seconds since Jan. 13. Gallo has taken 11.64 seconds off her top time in the 3,000-meter run since first competing in the event back on Jan. 13.

Leading the Way
Teyonna Simpson (Fremont, Calif./Mission San Jose HS), Tasha Phillips (Sarasota, Fla./Booker HS), Adrena Williams (Berkeley, Calif./James Logan HS), Katie Jazwinski and Regine Caruthers are tied for the team lead with three individual victories this season. Junior Ursula Taylor (Edwardsburg, Mich./Edwardsburg HS) has won two individual events thus far during the indoor season for a well-balanced Wolverine attack. Williams, who won two events in the same meet (Red Simmons Invitational, Jan. 20), is the only Wolverine to pull off the trick.

Staying Perfect
Teyonna Simpson and Katie Jazwinski are undefeated this year in their specialized events. Simpson has three triple jump titles under her belt, while Jazwinski has dominated the 3,000-meter run in her two appearances. Jazwinski's closest race so far was when she took first place by almost 12 seconds, and she also won the mile (Feb. 3) in her only appearance. Katy Radkewich's (Hudson, Ohio/Beaumont HS) win in the 5,000-meter run (Jan. 27) marked the first time that Michigan took part in that event this year.

Contact: Steve Grialou (734) 763-4423