Weekly Release #8: U-M to Make Jaunt to Purdue for Big Ten Championships

Feb. 22, 2011

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

The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan women's track and field team heads to Purdue for the Big Ten Indoor Championships this weekend (Sat-Sun., Feb. 26-27) at Lambert Fieldhouse in West Lafayette, Ind. U-M is looking to improve upon its eighth-place finish in 2010 and for its eighth consecutive distance medley relay title. Friday's events begin at 9 a.m. with the pentathlon 60-meter hurdles, while Saturday starts at noon with the weight throw and triple jump.


Schedule of Events

Saturday, Feb. 26
9 a.m. -- Pentathlon 60-meter hurdles
9:45 a.m. -- Pentathlon high jump
11:30 a.m. -- Pentathlon shot put
12:30 p.m. -- Pentathlon long jump
1:30 p.m. -- 3,000-meter run (unseeded section finals)
2 p.m. -- Pentathlon 800-meter run
2:30 p.m. -- Shot put (trials and finals)
2:50 p.m. -- Mile run (trials)
3:15 p.m. -- 400-meter dash (trials)
3:15 p.m. -- Long jump (trials and finals)
3:35 p.m. -- 60-meter dash (trials)
3:45 p.m. -- 800-meter run (trials)
4:10 p.m. -- 60-meter hurdles (trials)
4:20 p.m. -- 600-meter run (trials)
4:35 p.m. -- 200-meter dash (trials)
5 p.m. -- 3,000-meter run (seeded section finals)
5:20 p.m. -- Distance medley relay (finals)

Sunday, Feb. 27
Noon -- Weight throw (trials and finals)
Noon -- Triple jump (trials and finals)
12:30 p.m. -- High jump (trials and finals)
1 p.m. -- 5,000-meter run (unseeded section finals)
1:50 p.m. -- Mile run (finals)
2 p.m. -- 400-meter dash (finals)
2:10 p.m. -- 60-meter dash (finals)
2:25 p.m. -- 800-meter run (finals)
2:30 p.m. -- 60-meter hurdles (finals)
2:40 p.m. -- 600-meter run (finals)
2:50 p.m. -- 200-meter dash (finals)
3 p.m. -- 5,000-meter run (seeded section finals)
3:30 p.m. -- 4x400-meter relay (finals)
3:50 p.m. -- Awards presentation

Catch Us on TV -- The Big Ten Championships will air on the Big Ten Network on March 12 at 4 p.m.

Eight Would be Great -- Michigan has been dominant in the distance medley relay in the recent past at the Big Ten Championships, winning the last seven races. The 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) has the fastest time in the Big Ten this season, clocking in at 11:04.26 in its only action prior to the championships. If the Wolverines win, Tauro will join former Wolverine Geena Gall (2006-09) as the only runners in school history to be part of four Big Ten champion DMR teams. Here is a look at the last seven DMR champions:

2010 -- Jillian Smith, Shana Vinson, Rebecca Addison, Danielle Tauro
2009 -- Geena Gall, Jennifer Neville, Kelly Sampson, Tauro
2008 -- Gall, Serita Williams, Tauro, Alyson Kohlmeier
2007 -- Gall, Chanelle Campbell, Katie Erdman, Nicole Edwards
2006 -- Kohlmeier, Amber Hay, Gall, Erdman
2005 -- Theresa Feldkamp, Keri Kirk, Melissa Dunn, Edwards
2004 -- Andrea Parker, Vera Simms, Stephanie Hirtle, Erdman

Looking for More -- Jillian Smith is the only current Wolverine with an individual indoor Big Ten title, winning the 800-meter run last year. Rebecca Addison, Jennifer Neville, Smith and Danielle Tauro have all been part of winning DMR teams at the Big Ten Indoor Championships.

Where We Stand in the Big Ten -- The Wolverines have top-10 marks or times in the Big Ten in 14 events, eight running events and six field events. U-M features more than one athlete in the top 10 in the 600-meter run, 800-meter run, mile run, 60-meter hurdles, high jump, triple jump and pentathlon. The top eight finishers are scored at the Big Ten meet. U-M is also the only team entering the Championships with a top-25 ranking, staying at No. 13 in the USTFCCCA rankings for the second consecutive week.

Out to Prove Something -- The Wolverines are out to prove that last year was an anomaly when they finished in eighth place at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. It was Michigan's first finish outside the top five since a sixth-place showing in 1992. Michigan has the most indoor team titles with eight while boasting 69 individual titles -- 42 on the track, 17 in the field and 10 relay wins.

Maybe This Year -- The Wolverines have never won a Big Ten indoor title in the 60-meter dash, the 400-meter dash, weight throw or pole vault.

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.

Wrapping Up the Home Slate -- The Wolverines hosted their final indoor meet of the 2011 this past weekend, the Silverston Invitational (Saturday, Feb. 29). Senior Lauren Young (Edina, Minn./Edina) won the high jump with a personal-record clearance of 1.70 meters (5-7), with sophomore Erin Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) winning the weight throw (18.14 meters, 59-6). Michigan rested a majority of its athletes, giving the younger members of the squad a chance to participate. [ Pendleton Shines at Silverston ] [ Michigan Daily Recap ]

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 -- Sophomore Rebecca Addison was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week twice in a row this season, ending Michigan's drought in the honor. The sophomore ran the nation's fastest time in the 800-meter run (2:03.79), missing the school record by .42 at the GVSU Big Meet. Before Addison won back-to-back honors, a Wolverine had not earned Track Athlete of the Week since the 2009 season.

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

Michigan women's track and field is now on Twitter. Sign up and follow the Wolverines (Michigan_track) with up-to-the-minute news and information throughout the season and beyond. Twitter is a free casual, online social network that is designed to connect businesses, organizations and individuals. Each Twitter post (or "tweet") can be received on a user's cell phone via text or on the web.

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Fri-Sat., March 4-5 -- at Alex Wilson Invitational (South Bend, Ind.), 5 p.m./9 a.m.