Weekly Release #11
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Upcoming Schedule
 Thu-Sat., March 18-20 -- at Florida State Relays (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Wed-Sat., March 24-27 -- at Florida Relays (Gainesville, Fla.)

This Week: Florida State Relays ...
The University of Michigan women's track and field team opens its outdoor season as the Wolverines will send 34 athletes to Tallahassee, Fla., for the Florida State Relays, which will take place Thursday to Saturday (March 18-20) at Mike Long Track.

NCAA Indoor Championships on ESPN2 ...
The NCAA Indoor Championships will be broadcast in a 90-minute tape-delay special that will air Wednesday (March 17) at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

Recapping the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships ...
Michigan put together its most productive outing at the NCAA Indoor Championships (March 12-13) in six years as the Wolverines completed the two-day meet in a tie for 19th place with 11 points. Individually, the Wolverines were led by sophomore Katie Erdman (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac HS) and senior/junior Lindsey Gallo (Freehold, N.J./Howell HS), who garnered All-America honors for their efforts in the 800-meter run and mile, respectively. On the relay front, Erdman and Gallo combined with senior quad-captain Carly Knazze (Southfield, Mich./Southfield HS) and junior Theresa Feldkamp (Lorain, Ohio/Amherst Steele HS) finish seventh in the distance medley relay with a time of 11:13.30, to garner All-America status. In the infield, junior Jennifer Kulchar (Burton, Mich./Atherton HS) placed 17th in the high jump with a height clearance of 5-8.

It Was Scumptrulescent ...
With Katie Erdman, Lindsey Gallo and the distance medley relay of Carly Knazze Theresa Feldkamp, Erdman and Gallo combining for 11 points, the Wolverines placed in a a tie for 19th place in the team standings of the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships last weekend (March 12-13). It marks the team's highest finish at the national championships meet with since 1998, when U-M was fifth with 24.5 points.

It's Not My Kansas; It's Not Your Kansas; It's Arkansas ...
Following individual NCAA All-America performances by Lindsey Gallo (mile) and Katie Erdman (800-meter run) on Saturday (March 13), teamed with the distance medley relay foursome of Carly Knazze and Theresa Feldkamp Michigan had four athletes garner six All-America situations. It marked the most All-America honors won the by the Wolverines since the 1998 NCAA Indoor Championships when U-M produced seven All-Americans.

It May Take Just Two to Tango, But It Takes Four to Score ...
Katie Erdman, Carly Knazze, Theresa Feldkamp and Lindsey Gallo became U-M's first distance medley foursome since 1999 to earn All-America honors, when they combined for a seventh-place showing of 11:13.30 at the NCAA Indoor Championships. It was the first All-America honors for all four of the Michigan runners.

Stars of Track and Field They Are ...

With Lindsey Gallo and Katie Erdman earning individual NCAA All-America status in the mile and 800-meter run, respectively, it marked the first time since in six years the Wolverines produced two NCAA All-Americans in individual track events. At the 1998 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Elizabeth Kampfe (1997-99) and Katie McGregor (1996-99) garnered the distinction in the 10,000- and 5,000-meter runs, respectively.

Ya Still Haven't Erd Me ...
With a third-place finish in the 800-meter run, Katie Erdman turned in the best finish in the event by a Wolverine in NCAA Championships competition. Amy Bannister held the previous school-best finish in the 800 when she placed eighth at the 1992 outdoor national championships.

She Moves, She Moves ...
Katie Erdman set the school record in the 800-meter run for the third time this season when she finished with a time of 2:04.41 for third place in the event final and an NCAA All-America performance. With the time, Erdman broke the 2:05 barrier for the second time in two days. In the prelims of the event, the sophomore ran 2:04.77.

She's Found the Keys to Success ...
Senior/junior Lindsey Gallo turned in the best NCAA mile performance by a Wolverine when she crossed the finish line of the 1,600-meter run in sixth place at the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships with a personal-best time of 4:40.66. The previous-best showing by a Wolverine was an eighth-place performance by Karen Harvey at the 1994 national championships.

Jersey Girl ...
Lindsey Gallo came into the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships (March 12-13) with zero All-America citations, but she left the national championships meet with two. Gallo garnered her first All-America honor as the anchor of Michigan's seventh-place distance medley relay on Friday and followed it up with a sixth-place showing in the mile.

The Great Outdoors ...
The Wolverines enter the 2004 outdoor season as the two-time defending Big Ten Conference Outdoor champions. All-told, Michigan has won five outdoor team titles under head coach James Henry (1993, '94, '98, 2002 and '03). Following each of the outdoor wins, Henry was named Big Ten Coach of the Year.

Jessie Allen Not So Young ...
Graduate/senior Jessie Allen-Young (Loveland, Colo./Thompson Valley HS) will compete in her first race donning the Maize and Blue this weekend when she takes to the track for the 1,500-meter run at the Florida State Relays. Allen-Young graduated from Dartmouth College in the spring of 2003 with a bachelor's degree in studio art.

Even Stephenson Gets to Compete Outdoors ...
Graduate/senior Lindsey Stephenson (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg HS) will see her first action in the Maize and Blue when she takes her javelins to Tallahassee, Fla., this weekend for the Florida State Relays. Stephenson graduated from Columbia University in the spring of 2003 with a bachelor's degree in political science.

Aloha ...
Senior Vera Simms (Mililani, Hawaii/Mililani HS) enters the 2004 outdoor season as the two-time defending Big Ten Conference 400-meter hurdle champion. She is the only Wolverine to win the event.

On the Horizon ...
The Wolverines again head to the Sunshine State, where they will compete in the four-day, non-scoring Florida Relays held on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. Competition runs Wednesday to Saturday (March 24-27) in Percy Beard Stadium.

Contact: Gene Skidmore (734) 763-4423