Feb. 7, 2011
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- After winning the Meyo Mile and helping the distance medley relay team to a victory at the Meyo Invitational this past weekend (Feb. 4-5), University of Michigan women's track and field sophomore Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven) was named the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week on Monday (Feb. 7). It is the first time in her career that she has won the award.
Addison recorded the nation's third-fastest time in the mile, winning the prestigious Meyo Mile in 4:40.62. The sophomore hung with the pack for the majority of the race before taking the lead with about 300 meters to go. She made her move to the outside to overtake Butler's Kirsty Legg on the race's final lap and held onto the lead for the remainder of the race, beating runner-up Emily McLeod of Michigan State by almost two seconds.
Addison also helped the distance medley relay team to a victory and an NCAA automatic time, as the quartet of senior Danielle Tauro (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional), fifth-year senior Alisha Cole (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac), Addison and sophomore Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) combined for a time of 11:04.63. Addison ran the 800-meter leg, giving Michigan the lead for good with a split of 2:04.00. Michigan's time is currently the fourth fastest in the nation this year.
She is the first Wolverine to earn Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week honors since two-time national champion Geena Gall (2006-09) earned the distinction on April 22, 2009.
The Wolverines are back in action this weekend (Fri-Sat., Feb. 11-12), heading to the Grand Valley Invitational and the Akron Invitational. A group of throwers will head to Akron, while the rest of the team will be in action at Grand Valley.
Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423