Feb. 8, 2011
The University of Michigan women's track and field team continues its preparation for the Big Ten Indoor Championships later this month by splitting up this weekend (Fri-Sat., Feb. 11-12). The throwers will participate in the two-day Akron Invitational at the Stile Fieldhouse in Akron, Ohio, while the rest of the team will be in action on Friday at the GVSU Big Meet inside the Laker Turf Building in Allendale, Mich.
Parting Ways -- For the first time this season, Michigan will split up for weekend competition. A group of throwers will head to the Akron Invitational, while the rest of the team will head to the GVSU Big Meet. U-M's throwers will participate in the discus at this weekend's event, the first time for the Wolverines this season.
Addison Nabs Big Ten Honors -- For the first time since 2009, a Wolverine earned Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week honors when sophomore Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven) earned the honor this week. Addison won the Meyo Mile in 4:40.68, the third-fastest time in the NCAA this season while helping the DMR team to an NCAA automatic time of 11:04.26. The sophomore ran a 2:04 split in the 800-meter leg to give the Wolverines the lead for good in the distance medley relay. [ Release ]
DMR Dominance -- The distance medley relay team of senior Danielle Tauro (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional), fifth-year senior Alisha Cole (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac), sophomore Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven) and sophomore Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) posted Michigan's first NCAA automatic time in a victory on Friday night (Feb. 4) at the Meyo Invitational, crossing in 11:04.26. Tauro ran the 1,200-meter leg (3:26.6), Cole ran the 400-meter leg (55.36), Addison ran the 800-meter leg (2:04.4) and Smith ran the mile anchor leg (4:40.0). U-M's time is the fourth fastest in the country, and the Wolverines are one of four teams to already qualify for the NCAA Championships. It is the ninth consecutive year the Wolverines have qualified for NCAAs in the DMR.
Pogue Not Your Typical Freshman -- Freshman Taylor Pogue (Goodrich, Mich./Goodrich) has won three individual events in 2011, including posting a win in the 5,000-meter run (16:36.73) at the Meyo Invitational this past weekend. Her time in the 5k was the fastest by a freshman for the week ending Feb. 6. In addition to her win at the Meyo, she won the mile run at the EMU Invitational and the 3,000-meter run against No. 23 Ohio State.
Addison, Cole Add to Relay Win -- Alisha Cole and Rebecca Addison each added an individual win to their DMR victory at the Meyo this past weekend. Addison won the mile in 4:40.63, shaving nearly 21 seconds off her previous best. Cole just missed a new PR in her 200-meter dash victory, crossing in 24.57 for first-place honors.
Hitting the Home Stretch -- As the calendar flips 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 two weekends of competition remaining before the conference championships are held, Feb. 26-27, at Purdue University. After this weekend, Michigan will be at home for the Silverston Invitational on Feb. 19 in its final tune-up before Big Tens.
Tobel Keeps Clearing...Still -- 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 .50 meters (1-7 3/4) since last season. Tobel won the pole vault against Ohio State (3.65 meters) and improved her personal best for the fourth straight week when she cleared 3.85 meters (12-7 1/2) at the Meyo Invitational. She is ranked sixth in the Big Ten.
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), Taylor Pogue, freshman Alex Leptich (Ann Arbor, Mich./Saline) and Danielle Tauro placed first.
Mile Times Five -- Michigan has won a mile run in all five competitions this year. Taylor Pogue won the mile run in 5:01.08 at the EMU Invitational to begin the year. Jillian Smith continued the Wolverines' success in the event with a victory against Ohio State on Jan. 15 in 5:01.63, before Alex Leptich won two in a row (Simmons-Harvey, Indiana Relays) under the five-minute mark. Rebecca Addison kept the streak alive this past weekend with her win in the Meyo Mile.
Trio of Captains to Lead U-M -- Alisha Cole, Allison Liske and Danielle Tauro 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.
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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 ]
2011 YEARBOOK RECORD BOOK
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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A LOOK AHEAD
Saturday, Feb. 19 -- host Silverston Invitational (U-M Indoor Track Building), 9 a.m.
Sat-Sun., Feb. 26-27 -- at Big Ten Indoor Championships (West Lafayette, Ind.), 9 a.m.