Weekly Release #10: DMR, Lumbus Set for NCAA Championships

March 9, 2010

Fri-Sat., March 12-13
-- at NCAA Indoor Championships (Fayetteville, Ark.), 9 a.m. CST
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The University of Michigan women's track and field team will send five members to the 2010 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend (March 12-13) at the University of Arkansas. The distance medley relay team of Jillian Smith, Shana Vinson, Rebecca Addison and Danielle Tauro will compete along with Charnee Lumbus in the 60-meter hurdles. The preliminaries of the 60-meter hurdles are slated for Friday (March 12) at 5:40 p.m. CST with finals scheduled for Saturday (March 13) at 6:45 p.m. CST. The DMR quartet will run the 4,000-meter race on Friday at 9:20 p.m. CST.

Making the Most of the Last Chance -- At last weekend's Alex Wilson Invitational (March 5-6), the Wolverines had their best marks of the season in the distance medley relay, 60-meter hurdles and shot put to improve standings before NCAA selection. The DMR team finished in 11:11.17, over two seconds faster than its previous best (11:13.69). Charnee Lumbus continued her stellar indoor season, setting a new personal record in the 60-meter hurdles (8.26) while Allison Liske did the same with a 16.18-meter toss in the shot put. The DMR team and Lumbus grabbed NCAA berths with their latest times, but Liske just missed out, having the 20th-best performance of the season. The NCAA took the top 19 in the shot put.

Michigan at the NCAA Indoor Championships -- U-M has scored points in the last seven 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.

Old Hat -- For junior Danielle Tauro, 2010 marks the third consecutive year she has headed to NCAAs with the distance medley relay team. The two-time All-America selection helped the 2009 edition of the DMR to a seventh-place finish (11:05.05) and the 2008 team to a runner-up showing (11:02.02). In 2008 and 2009, Tauro ran the 1,200-meter opening leg but serves as the mile anchor on this year's quartet.

First Times -- Rebecca Addison, Charnee Lumbus, Jillian Smith and Shana Vinson will all be making their first NCAA Indoor Championships appearances.

U-M Takes Eighth at Big Ten Indoor Championships -- The Wolverines won an individual title (800-meter run) and a relay title (distance medley relay) en route to an eighth-place finish at the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships (Feb. 27-28) at Penn State. U-M scored points in eight events, totaling 61 during the two-day meet. The following athletes scored points for the Wolverines:

Rebecca Addison: DMR, 800-meter run
Alisha Cole: 4x400-meter relay
Allison Liske: Shot put
Charnee Lumbus: 60-meter hurdles
Jennifer Neville: 4x400-meter relay
Kaitlyn Peale: 5,000-meter run
Julian Purvis: 60-meter hurdles
Jillian Smith: 800-meter run, DMR
Danielle Tauro: Mile run, DMR
Shana Vinson: 400-meter dash, DMR, 4x400-meter relay
Alexandria Williams: 4x400-meter relay

Vinson Sets School Record -- In her third-place finish in the 400-meter dash at the Big Ten Championships, senior captain Shana Vinson set a new school record. Her time of 53.86 bettered Serita Williams' standard of 54.41 set in 2008. Vinson has been the only Wolverine to set a school record in 2010.

Smith Wins 800 -- Jillian Smith won Michigan's fourth consecutive 800-meter run title, taking the crown in 2:08.12. Former NCAA champion Geena Gall won the indoor race in 2007, 2008 and 2009 before Smith won it this year. For her efforts at the Championships, Smith was named the Big Ten Indoor Freshman of the Year. Smith becomes only the second freshman in program history to win an individual indoor Big Ten title and indoor Freshman of the Year. Katie Erdman was the first, winning the 600-meter run and honor in 2003.

U-M wins Seventh Consecutive DMR Title -- The quartet of Rebecca Addison, Jillian Smith, Danielle Tauro and Shana Vinson won U-M's seventh consecutive distance medley relay title at last weekend's Big Ten Championships. Michigan has monopolized the title since 2004, along with also winning it in 2002. Tauro has been part of the winning relay team the past three years while Addison, Smith and Vinson all joined the DMR squad for the first time. The distance medley relay consists of a 1,200-meter run, a 400-meter dash, an 800-meter run and concludes with a 1,600-meter leg.

Outdoor Up Next -- After this weekend's championships, the Wolverines are set to kick off the outdoor season. U-M will start the outdoor season at the Bulls Invitational in Tampa, Fla., March 19-20. Michigan will be in action at Ferry Field one time this spring, hosting the Len Paddock Invitational, May 7-8.

USA Indoor Track and Field Championships -- While the current Wolverines were busy in State College, a number of former U-M tracksters were in action at the 2010 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. Former NCAA Champion Anna (Willard) Pierce won the 800-meter run, current undergraduate assistant coach and five-time NCAA champion Tiffany Ofili finished fourth in the 60-meter hurdles and Toni Salucci placed seventh in the 3,000-meter run. More Information

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.

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.

Fri-Sat., March 19-20
-- at Bulls Invitational (Tampa, Fla.), 3 p.m./10 a.m.