Weekly #10: Indoor Season to Culminate This Weekend with NCAAs

March 8, 2011

Fri-Sat., March 11-12 - at NCAA Indoor Championships (College Station, Texas), 4 p.m./5 p.m. CST
Webcast: ESPN3.com/NCAA.com | Live Results | Championships Central | Performance List

Coming off its fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships, the No. 17-ranked University of Michigan women's track and field team heads to College Station, Texas, for the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend (Fri-Sat., March 11-12) at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. Michigan will compete in the 800-meter run, the mile and the distance medley relay.


Who is Going -- 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) will participate in the NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday night (March 11), while Tauro will run the mile and the duo of Addison and Smith will participate in the 800-meter run. U-M will bring two alternates to the competition, with freshman Taylor Pogue (Goodrich, Mich./Goodrich) and junior Alexandria Williams (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) making the trip.

Top Times
Distance Medley Relay: 11:04.26 (Feb. 4 at Meyo Invitational)
800-meter run: Addison, 2:03.79 (Feb. 11 at GVSU Big Meet)
800-meter run: Smith, 2:04.20 (Feb. 11 at GVSU Big Meet)
Mile: Tauro, 4:38.77 (March 5 at Alex Wilson Invitational)

Follow it All -- ESPN3.com will stream live portions of this weekend's meet with the NCAA streaming the rest of the competition. Michigan's participants will always appear on ESPN3.com

Friday, March 11 -- 10 a.m.-3:55 p.m. (NCAA.com)/3:55 p.m.-8:40 p.m. (ESPN3.com)
Saturday, March 12 -- 12 p.m.-4:55 p.m. (NCAA.com)/5 p.m.-7:50 p.m. (ESPN3.com)

Friday, March 11
4 p.m. -- Mile (preliminaries)
6 p.m. -- 800-meter run (preliminaries)
8:20 p.m. -- Distance medley relay (finals)

Saturday, March 12
5 p.m. -- Mile (finals)
6:20 p.m. -- 800-meter run (finals)

What is the Distance Medley Relay? -- The distance medley relay is a 4,000-meter race, consisting of four different legs. The race begins with a 1,200-meter leg, followed by a 400-meter leg, an 800-meter leg and finishes with a mile run. The school record in the DMR of 11:01.51 was set in 2008 by Danielle Tauro, Serita Williams, Geena Gall and Nicole Edwards.

Where We Rank -- Rebecca Addison has the nation's second-fastest 800-meter dash time, while Jillian Smith (800), Danielle Tauro (mile) and the DMR team all rank in the top 13. [ Indoor POP List ]

Michigan at the NCAA Indoor Championships -- U-M has scored points in seven of the last eight NCAA Indoor Championships, including a program-best third-place finish in 2008. Michigan has 77 indoor All-America citations to go along with three AIAW honors. U-M has six indoor national titles, with three coming courtesy of the distance medley relay team (1994, 1998, 2005). Tiffany Ofili won two titles in the 60-meter hurdles (2008, 2009), with Katie McGregor winning the 3,000-meter run in 1998 to complete Michigan's indoor national titles.

Keeping Streaks Alive -- The distance medley relay team kept two streaks alive this season, winning the program's eighth consecutive Big Ten title and earning its ninth straight NCAA berth. Michigan's DMR has score points at 10 NCAA Championships since 1994.

Last Year at the NCAA Championships -- The distance medley relay team of Jillian Smith, Shana Vinson, Rebecca Addison and Danielle Tauro finished in 10th place with a time of 11:19.33. Charnee Lumbus finished 18th in the preliminaries of the 60-meter hurdles as Michigan's lone individual participant. It was the first time since 2002 that Michigan did not score at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Last Time at College Station -- The Wolverines participated in the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships at Texas A&M, accumulating 19 points for 11th place. Tiffany Ofili won her second 60-meter hurdles championship, setting a Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium record (8.00).

The Lone All-American -- Danielle Tauro is the lone All-American on the roster, earning back-to-back honors in 2008 and 2009 as part of the distance medley relay team. In 2008, the DMR team placed second, followed by a seventh-place finish in 2009.

First Time -- Alisha Cole will be participating in her first NCAA Championships, running the 400-meter leg of the distance medley relay. Danielle Tauro, Rebecca Addison and Jillian Smith are all competing at the national event for the second consecutive year together, while all three will make their individual event debut. Tauro will run the mile, while Addison and Smith will team up in the 800-meter run.

McGuire Named Great Lakes Assistant Coach of the Year -- Associate head coach Mike McGuire was named the USTFCCCA Great Lakes Assistant Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his career after helping Michigan to a fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships. McGuire's athletes won two individual titles along with Michigan's eighth consecutive win in the distance medley relay at the Championships.
[ Release ]

Taking Fourth at the Big Ten Championships -- The Wolverines improved their 2010 finish by four spots, taking fourth at this season's Big Ten Championships with 68.5 points. U-M won the distance medley relay with Jillian Smith defending her crown in the 800-meter run and Rebecca Addison winning her first conference title with a victory in the mile. Smith, Addison, Alisha Cole and Danielle Tauro all earned All-Big Ten first team honors. The following athletes scored points for Michigan:

Tofunmi Akeredolu: Pentathlon
Rebecca Addison: DMR, mile
Erin Busbee: Triple jump, long jump
Alisha Cole: DMR, 200-meter dash, 4x400-meter relay
Jennifer Neville: 4x400-meter relay
Kaitlyn Patterson: 5,000-meter run
Taylor Pogue: 5,000-meter run
Julian Purvis: 60-meter hurdles
Jillian Smith: DMR, 800-meter run
Danielle Tauro: DMR, mile
Kiley Tobel: Pole vault
Ada Unachukwu: Triple jump
Brittani Williams: 600-meter run, 4x400-meter relay
Alexandria Williams: 800-meter run, 4x400-meter relay

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

Eight Is Great -- Michigan has been dominant in the distance medley relay in the recent past at the Big Ten Championships, winning the last eight races to establish a new Big Ten record for consecutive wins in an event. With this year's win, Danielle Tauro joined 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 eight DMR champions:

2011 -- Danielle Tauro, Alisha Cole, Rebecca Addison, Jillian Smith
-- Smith, Shana Vinson, Addison, 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

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 Athlete of the Week since the 2009 season.

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 ]

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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Friday, March 18 -- at Bulls Invitational (Tampa, Fla.), 9 a.m.
Saturday, March 19 -- at UCF Challenge (Orlando, Fla.), 10 a.m.