Weekly Release #12: Wolverines Travel Out West for Stanford Invitational

March 23, 2010

Fri-Sat., March 26-27
-- at Stanford Invitational, 9 a.m. PDT
Live Results

The University of Michigan women's track and field team will participate in its second outdoor meet of the season, heading to Palo Alto, Calif., for the Stanford Invitational. The Wolverines will participate in events on Friday (March 26) and Saturday (March 27) at Cobb Track and Angell Field.

Great Outdoor Start -- The Wolverines had quite the start to the outdoor season, winning three events at the Bulls Invitational last Friday (March 19). Sophomore Julian Purvis (Oakland, Calif./St. Elizabeth) won the 100-meter hurdles (13.72) while helping the 4x100-meter relay team (46.24) to a victory. In addition, the Wolverines swept the top three spots in the discus with junior Emily Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) taking top honors with a throw of 53.98 meters (177-01).

Field Success -- The change of scenery from indoor to outdoor sure helped the Wolverines in the field events. U-M recorded seven top-five finishes at the Bulls Invitational, along with 17 top-10 finishes in the high jump, pole vault, discus, shot put and hammer throw. Redshirt freshman Brianna Jenkins (Novi, Mich./Northville) cleared 1.65 meters (5-05) in the high jump for third place, while Emily Pendleton recorded a trio of top-five performances. In addition to winning the discus, the junior captain took second in the hammer throw (53.16 meters, 174-05) and fourth in the shot put (14.00 meters, 45-11.25).

Outdoors, Here We Are! -- The outdoor season is officially here, with Michigan competing in its second outdoor meet of the season. U-M will make its way around the United States, traveling to Florida, California, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina and Oregon for competition throughout the season. The Wolverines will be back in the Great Lakes State next weekend (April 3) for the Spartan Invitational at Michigan State.

Only At Home Once -- Mark your calendars for the weekend of May 7-8, as it is the only time the Wolverines will be at home during the outdoor season. U-M will team up with men to host the Len Paddock Invitational at Ferry Field.

Off To California...and Not For the Last Time -- The Wolverines are participating in the first of three events in the Golden State. After returning to Michigan for the Spartan Invitational next weekend (April 3), U-M will head back out west for the Joyner-Johnson Invitational (April 8-10). The Maize and Blue will then make the 2,387-mile jaunt back to Stanford for the Peyton Jordan (April 30-May 1).

Another Trip Out West? -- The Wolverines will hope to make one more trip out west, with the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships being held at the University of Oregon, June 9-12.

An Outdoor Change -- The regional-qualifying system has changed for outdoor competition in 2010. There are now only two regions and it is called the NCAA preliminary round. There were previously four regions: East, Mideast, Midwest and West. U-M will participate in the East preliminary round, May 27-29, at North Carolina A&T State University.

2009 Outdoor Recap -- The Wolverines finished runner-up at the Big Ten Championships while picking up a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last season. U-M won six Big Ten titles with current Wolverines Alisha Cole (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac), Emily Pendleton and Shana Vinson (Detroit, Mich./Mumford) all picking up victories. Cole and Vinson were part of U-M's Big Ten Champion 4x100-meter relay team, the first time the Wolverines won the event since 1982. Pendleton won the discus conference title for the second consecutive season in 2009.

Hardware Outside -- As a program, the Wolverines have won seven individual outdoor NCAA titles with Geena Gall (two, 800-meter run) and Tiffany Ofili (three, 100-meter hurdles) combining for five of them. Penny Neer won the discus in 1982 with Anna Willard coming away with a victory in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 2007 to complete U-M's titles. Michigan has earned 60 All-America citations, 54 from the NCAA and six from the AIAW from 1981-82.

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, Alisha Cole, Allison Liske, Carly Schiffer 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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Saturday, April 3 -- at Spartan Invitational (East Lansing, Mich.), 10 a.m.