Weekly Release #6: Three Events Highlight Weekend Action

Feb. 8, 2010

Friday, Feb. 12 -- at Husky Classic (Seattle, Wash.), 7 p.m. PST
Live Results
Fri-Sat., Feb. 12-13 -- at GVSU Big Meet (Allendale, Mich.), 4 p.m./10 a.m.
Fri-Sat., Feb. 12-13 -- at Tyson Invitational (Fayetteville, Ark.), 6 p.m./Noon CST

The University of Michigan women's track and field team will compete in three events this weekend. Junior Kaitlyn Peale (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) will participate in the 5,000-meter run for the first time this weekend when she represents Michigan at the Husky Classic Friday (Feb. 12), which begins at 7 p.m. PST. Meanwhile, five throwers will go to the Tyson Invitational, which starts at 6 p.m. CST on Friday (Feb. 12) and noon CST on Saturday (Feb. 13). The remainder of the team will head to the Grand Valley State Big Meet Friday (4 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m.).

Peale Headed Out West -- Kaitlyn Peale will participate in the 5,000-meter run for the first time this weekend when she represents Michigan at the Husky Classic (Feb. 12). The junior's top time in the event came last season at the Big Ten Indoor Championships (March 1) when she crossed the line in 16:55.14. Peale is coming off an NCAA provisional time in the 3,000-meter run (9:28.83) at the Meyo Invitational (Feb. 6), giving her eighth-place honors. Peale will be the only Wolverine competing in Seattle.

Throwers Travel to Arkansas -- The Wolverines will send five throwers to the Tyson Invitational, Feb. 12-13. Redshirt junior Ashley Greer (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) will participate in the 20-pound weight throw while, redshirt sophomore Danica Haight (Iowa City, Iowa/Iowa City West) and redshirt sophomore Allison Liske (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland East) will compete in the shot put. Junior Emily Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) and freshman Erin Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) will compete in both throws for the Wolverines over the course of the two-day event. The weight throw is scheduled for Friday (Feb. 12) at 6 p.m. CST, while the shot put will be Saturday (Feb. 13) at noon CST.

GVSU Big Meet -- The remainder of the team will head to Grand Valley State for the GVSU Big Meet, Feb. 12-13. Friday (Feb. 12) features invite events, with the long jump, triple jump, weight throw, shot put, pole vault, high jump, 400-meter dash, 800-meter run, mile run, 5,000-meter run, 200-meter dash and 600-meter run. Saturday will feature the same events, as well as the distance medley relay, 60-meter dash, 60-meter hurdles, 3,000-meter run and the 4x400-meter relay, in an open-format.

Tauro Leads the Way at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational -- Junior Danielle Tauro (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) led the Wolverines to two seventh-place finishes last weekend (Feb. 5-6) at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York. Tauro and the distance medley team of Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven), Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) and Shana Vinson (Detroit, Mich./Mumford) finished in an NCAA provisional time of 11:13.69 to finish seventh. Tauro was the lone U-M runner to participate in an individual event, placing seventh in the 800-meter run (2:13.12).

Two Fourth-Place Finishes Highlights Meyo Invite -- Charnee Lumbus (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) and Allison Liske led the way for the Wolverines at the Meyo Invitational, both grabbing fourth-place finishes. Lumbus had a season-best time in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing in 8.50 for fourth place. Liske hit an NCAA provisional mark for the third time this season with her fourth-place toss of 15.37 meters (50-05.25) in the shot put.

Collinwood Duo to Honor Smith By Signing with Michigan -- With the late signing period beginning (Feb. 3), Michigan has received commitments from Amber Smith and Erin Busbee. Smith and Busbee are both from Collinwood High School in Cleveland, the same high school that Joi Smith attended before coming to Michigan. Smith died in 2007 after losing her battle with a rare form of cancer. [ Read About the Duo ]

Boston Indoor Games -- Former national champions Anna Willard and Tiffany Ofili have continued to compete since completing their eligibility at Michigan. Over the weekend, the duo was in action at the Boston Indoor Games, one of three events that make up the Visa Championship Series. Willard was runner-up in the 1,000-meter run (2:38.76), while Ofili took fourth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.09). With one event remaining in the series, Ofili is in third place, just 12 points out of first place. Willard is currently fifth in the point standings. [ Visa Championship Series ]

Halfway Home -- Last weekend's action marked the halfway point of the 2010 indoor season for U-M. With only four weekends remaining before the NCAA Indoor Championships (March 12-13), the Wolverines have this weekend's competitions and the Silverston Invitational (Feb. 20) before heading to Penn State for the Big Ten Indoor Championships (Feb. 27-28). Through the first five weekends of indoor action, U-M has hit NCAA provisional marks in three events (distance medley relay, shot put, 3,000-meter run).

Individual Rankings -- In the first individual national rankings of the 2010 season, the Wolverines have six performances among the top 35 in each event. Allison Liske's throw of 15.50 meters at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational (Jan. 22) gives her the nation's 26th-best performance. Michigan's other top 2010 performance is in the 4x400-meter relay at the PSU Northeast Challenge (Jan. 16), with the quartet of Alisha Cole (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac), Jennifer Neville (Dearborn, Mich./Divine Child), Alexandria Williams (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) and Shana Vinson finishing in 3:42.78. Danielle Tauro has two performances from the 2009 season rank among the best, coming in at No. 24 in the mile run (4:44.27) and No. 34 in the 800-meter run (2:08.77). Christina Solomon (Belleville, Mich./Belleville) has the No. 22 performance in the high jump, clearing a personal-best 1.79 meters (5-10.5) in 2009. Finally, Michigan's distance medley relay team recorded a time of 11:05.05 in 2009, putting the Wolverines at No. 7 in that event.

Trio of Captains and Leadership Council to Lead Michigan -- With the departure of a stellar senior class in 2009, balance is what the Wolverines are striving for this year. That is also reflected in the leadership of the Maize and Blue, as head coach James Henry named three captains, along with a leadership council with the goal of getting as many student-athletes involved in leading the team as possible. Shana Vinson, Emily Pendleton and Danielle Tauro will serve as tri-captains for the 2010 season. In addition, Olivia Both (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington), Alisha Cole (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac), Allison Liske, Carly Schiffer (Ovid, Mich./Ovid-Elsie) and Christina Solomon make up the leadership council that will help provide leadership and guidance to a young U-M squad.

New Faces -- The Wolverines welcome 23 freshmen to the squad this year, comprising over a third of the team. Of the newcomers, 12 are distance runners, four participate in multiple events, three are throwers, two are sprinters along with a pole vaulter and a jumper. In addition, juniors Lauren Young (Edina, Minn./Edina), a former U-M basketball player, and Rachel White (New Lothrop, Mich./New Lothrop) joined the Wolverines. Young will participate in the high jump while White is a distance runner.

Leader of the Wolverines -- Head coach James Henry is in his 26th season guiding the Wolverines. He has guided U-M to four top-ten NCAA indoor finishes and three top-ten NCAA outdoor finishes during his tenure. His teams have won 14 Big Ten Conference titles while he has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year 12 times. Henry has coached athletes to nine NCAA individual and three relay titles, earning USTCA Regional Coach of the Year honors three times. His student-athletes have also performed well in the classroom, as he has coached 326 Academic All-Big Ten honorees and eight CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. Henry has had nine student-athletes earn Big Ten Medals of Honor while eight were honored as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars in 2009. Prior to being named the head coach in 1984, Henry was an assistant coach at Michigan from 1981-84. He was a four-year letterwinner (1977-80) for the Michigan men's track and field team.

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Located on the Athletic Campus south of Michigan's Central Campus on South State Street, the U-M facilities offer year-round training centers for both men's and women's track and field student-athletes. Originally constructed as the Indoor Track and Tennis Building in 1974, the completion of the Varsity Tennis Center allowed for the removal of the tennis courts and the 1997 renovations. During these renovations, the Indoor Track Building's six-lane track switched from a tartan-surface to Durathon-surface, and the pole vault, long jump and high jump pits were moved into the middle of the track.

Saturday, Feb. 20
-- host Silverston Invitational (U-M Indoor Track Building), 10 a.m.