Weekly Release #7: A Week Before Big Tens, U-M to Host Silverston Invite

Feb. 15, 2011

Saturday, Feb. 19 -- host Silverston Invitational (U-M Indoor Track Building), 11 a.m.

After splitting up for the first time during the indoor season last weekend, the No. 13-ranked University of Michigan women's track and field team reunites and returns home to host the Silverston Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 19) inside the U-M Indoor Track Building. Field events kick off at 11 a.m., with running events slated for a 1:30 p.m. start. It is the final meet for the Wolverines before the Big Ten Indoor Championships.


Last Time at Home Until May -- The Wolverines host their final indoor meet of the season this weekend, hosting the annual Silverston Invitational. It is the last time U-M will be home until May 6-7 when the Maize and Blue returns to Ferry Field for the Len Paddock Invitational.

Order of Events

Field Events
11 a.m. -- Shot put
12 p.m. -- High jump
12:30 p.m. - Long jump, weight throw
1:30 p.m. - Pole vault
2 p.m. - Triple jump

Running Events (all track events are timed finals)
1:45 p.m. -- 60-meter hurdles
2:10 p.m. -- 400-meter dash
2:30 p.m. -- 60-meter dash
2:50 p.m. -- 600-meter run
3:10 p.m. -- 800-meter run
3:30 p.m. -- 200-meter dash
3:50 p.m. -- Mile run
4:10 p.m. -- 4x400-meter relay

Lucky No. 13 -- For the first time since the 2009 season, the Wolverines are ranked in the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I computer rankings. Michigan moves up to No. 13 in this edition of the rankings, improving from the No. 40 spot in the previous week's rankings. The Wolverines have a total of 61.18 points and made the biggest jump of any team this week.

First Four Times -- The Wolverines picked up four wins at the GVSU Big Meet on Friday (Feb. 11), winning the invitational sections of the 200-meter dash, 800-meter run, mile run and the 60-meter hurdles. Sophomores Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven) and Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) went 1-2 in the 800, posting the fastest times in the NCAA this season, while fifth-year senior Alisha Cole (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac) set a new personal best in the 200-meter dash (24.24). Senior Danielle Tauro (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) won the mile and junior Julian Purvis (Oakland, Calif./St. Elizabeth) took first in the 60-meter hurdles (8.39) to round out Michigan's winners. [ Michigan Daily Recap ]

Big Tens on the Horizon -- The clock is winding down on the indoor track and field season with this weekend's meet marking the final meet of the regular season. Next up for the Wolverines is a trip to West Lafayette, Ind., for the Big Ten Indoor Championships, Feb. 26-27. U-M will look to improve its eighth-place finish in 2010 while trying to lock up its eighth consecutive distance medley relay title. Jillian Smith is the only member of the Wolverines who has an individual indoor Big Ten title, winning the 800-meter run last year.

Addison, Smith Qualify for NCAAs -- Sophomores Rebecca Addison and Jillian Smith went 1-2 in the 800-meter run at the GVSU Big Meet, achieving NCAA automatic times in the process. Addison (2:03.79) and Smith (2:04.20) also have the two fastest times in the NCAA this season.

Addison Twice as Nice -- For the second consecutive week, sophomore Rebecca Addison was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week following her performance at the GVSU Big Meet. The sophomore ran the nation's fastest time in the 800-meter run (2:03.79), missing the school record by .42. Before Addison won back-to-back honors, a Wolverine had not earned Track Athlete of the Week since the 2009 season.

First Time for the Pentathlon -- Michigan had participants in the pentathlon for the first time in 2011 at the GVSU Big Meet as redshirt sophomore Tofunmi Akeredolu (Southfield, Mich./Lathrup), freshman Erin Busbee (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood), freshman Taylor Moore-Willis (Southfield, Mich./Southfield) and sophomore Sara Nitz (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland East) all competed. Akeredolu led the way with 3,323 points and a fifth-place finish. Busbee was the only Wolverine to win an event during the pentathlon, taking first in the shot put with a throw of 11.86 meters (38-11). The pentathlon consists of the 60-meter dash, long jump, high jump, shot put and 800-meter run.

On a National Stage -- Rebecca Addison and Jillian Smith are 1-2 in the 800-meter run rankings and the DMR ranks fourth to lead Michigan's times and marks during the 2011 season. [ Indoor POP List ]

The Mile, No Problem -- The Wolverines have won the mile run at all six competitions this season. Freshman Taylor Pogue (Goodrich, Mich./Goodrich) won the event at the EMU Invitational, followed by Jillian Smith's win against No. 23 Ohio State. Freshman Alex Leptich (Ann Arbor, Mich./Saline) took top honors at the Simmons-Harvey and Indiana Relays as the only two-time winner of the run. Rebecca Addison won the Meyo Mile at the Meyo Invitational and Danielle Tauro kept the Wolverines perfect in the event with a win at the GVSU Big Meet.

DMR Dominance --The distance medley relay team of Danielle Tauro, Alisha Cole, Rebecca Addison and Jillian Smith posted Michigan's first NCAA automatic time in a victory at the Meyo Invitational, crossing in 11:04.26. 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. [ Michigan Daily Recap ] [ Video Interview ]

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 on Feb. 4. 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. She then finished runner-up to Danielle Tauro in the mile run (4:47.27) at the GVSU Big Meet.

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. [ 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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Sat-Sun., Feb. 26-27 -- at Big Ten Indoor Championships (West Lafayette, Ind.), 9 a.m.