Weekly Release #12
Upcoming Schedule
Fri-Sat., April 6-7 -- at Duke Invitational (Durham, N.C.)
Saturday, April 14 -- Triangular with Central Michigan, Michigan State (Ferry Field), 9 a.m.

Tracksters Head to Carolina
The University of Michigan women's track and field team will head this weekend (Friday and Saturday, April 6-7) to the Duke Invitational in Durham, N.C. This is the first year the Wolverines will take part in the non-scoring, two-day event in the Wallace Wade Stadium. More information on the Duke Invitational is available at Duke's website.

Simpson Takes Down Triple Jump Record
Sophomore Teyonna Simpson (Fremont, Calif./Mission San Jose HS) highlighted the field events at the Stanford Invitational (April 1) for the Maize and Blue by breaking the six-year-old Michigan outdoor triple jump record. Simpson took second for the Wolverines with a personal-best and NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 42-3 1/2 in the triple jump. The old record was set by Tania Longe (1995-98) in 1995 with a mark of 41-1 1/2.

Throwers Compete in Raleigh
While most of the Michigan women's track and field team was at the Stanford Invitational, assistant coach Anne Takacs-Grieb took five throwers to the Raleigh Relays (March 30-31) in Raleigh, N.C. Freshman Melissa Bickett (Akron, Ohio/Revere HS) took second in the discus with a mark of 160-7 on Friday. Sophomore April Phillips (Fraser, Mich./Fraser HS) broke the Michigan hammer throw record with a toss of 166-2 1/2 and placed seventh in the event.

Phillips Breaks U-M Hammer Record
Sophomore April Phillips broke a two-year-old Michigan hammer throw record with her throw of 166-2 1/2 at the Raleigh Relays (March 31). The previous record of 162-4 was set by Julie Presley (1999-2000) in 1999. The NCAA provisional distance in this event is 183-9. Phillips' previous high was 160-0.

Middle Distance Effective in Golden State
Senior Katie Jazwinski (Grand Rapids, Mich./West Catholic HS) had a terrific day at the Stanford Invitational (March 31-April 1) as she was victorious in the 800-meter run in the morning, and followed that with a sixth-place showing in the afternoon's 1,500 with an NCAA provisional time of 4:23.51. Senior Lisa Ouellet (Sudbury, Ontario/LaSalle SS) also ran well in the morning 1,500, taking second.

Wolverines Receive Two NCAA Marks Early
It took seven indoor track meets before Michigan had someone receive an NCAA provisional qualifying mark or time. At the second outdoor competition of the season (Stanford Invitational) the Wolverines picked up two such achievements. Senior Katie Jazwinski and sophomore Teyonna Simpson both qualified with NCAA provisional times and marks in their respective events. Jazwinski ran a 4:23.51 to a sixth-place finish in the 1,500-meter run, while Simpson leaped to a mark of 42-3 1/2 and took second in the triple jump. Simpson had an indoor NCAA provisional mark of 41-8 3/4 earlier this season, but that mark was not far enough to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championship. This is the first time Jazwinski has received an NCAA provisional time for the 800.

Knazze Leads Sprinters in California
Sophomore Carly Knazze (Southfield, Mich./Southfield HS) won the afternoon 400-meter dash at the Stanford Invitational (March 31-April 1), highlighting the Maize and Blue success over the weekend at the non-scoring event. It was the first individual victory for Knazze since she won the Big Ten outdoor 400 title in 2000. Senior teammate Regine Caruthers (Inglewood, Calif./St. Bernard HS) took third in the event. Here are the event winners from the Stanford Invitational:

  Carly Knazze 400-meter dash (afternoon, 54.64)
Shalina Rankin 400-meter hurdles (57.56)
Shalina Rankin 400-meter dash (morning, 1:02.91)
Katie Jazwinski      800-meter run (morning, 2:08.38)

Freshman Duo off to a Good Start
Freshman Adrena Williams (Berkeley, Calif./James Logan HS) placed eighth in the 100-meter dash at the Stanford Invitational, after winning her qualifying heat on Sunday (April 1). Fellow freshman Vera Simms (Mililani, Hawaii/Mililani HS) showed her durability as she took part in three individual events on the day. Simms had two third-place finishes in the 100 (heat two) and 400-meter hurdles, and came in 27th in the long jump. Simms followed up Saturday's performance with a third-place in the morning 400 on Sunday.

Rankin Running Well Outdoors
Junior Shalina Rankin (Ypsilanti, Mich./Lincoln HS) won two events at the Stanford Invitational (March 31-April 1). Rankin won the 400-meter hurdles on Saturday and returned to the track on Sunday to win the morning portion of the 400-meter dash. It was the first time in her career that she has won two individual events at one track meet.

PR's Fall Over Weekend
There were 10 personal bests achieved at the Stanford Invitational and Raleigh Relays (March 31-April 1). Here is the list:

  Adrena Williams      100-meter dash (12.07)
Mora Arnold 400-meter dash (57.88)
Vera Simms 400-meter dash (58.34)
Katie Jazwinski 800-meter run (2:08.38)
Amy Hatfield 800-meter run (2:21.28)
Katie Jazwinski 1,500-meter run (4:23.51)#
Amy Hatfield 1,500-meter run (4:47.29)
Teyonna Simpson Triple jump (42-3 1/2)%#
Melissa Bickett Discus (160-7)
April Phillips Hammer throw (166-2 1/2)%

# NCAA provisional time/mark
% Michigan outdoor record

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