Weekly Release #14: U-M to Head West to UCLA for Johnson/Joyner Invite

April 5, 2011

Thu-Sat, April 7-9 -- at Johnson/Joyner Invitational (Westwood, Calif.), 10:15 a.m./Noon/10 a.m. PDT
Live Results

The University of Michigan women's track and field team returns to action this weekend, traveling to the west coast for the Johnson/Joyner Invitational at UCLA's Drake Stadium. The heptathlon will kick things off on Thursday (April 7) at 10:15 a.m., with Friday's (April 8) action starting at noon and Saturday (April 9) slated for a 10 a.m. start. All times are Pacific Daylight.


Going West -- The Wolverines will head to Westwood, Calif., for the annual Johnson/Joyner Invitational at UCLA this weekend (Thu-Sat., April 7-9). Charlotte Cahill, Ada Unachukwu, Alisha Cole, Brittani Williams, Shelby Hines, Jennifer Neville, Rebecca Addison, Chloe Prince, Jillian Smith, Alex Leptich, Kaitlyn Peale, Megan Weschler, Danielle Tauro, Lindsey Hilton, Kaitlyn Patterson, Julian Purvis, Amber Smith, Alexandria Williams, Lauren Young, Andrea Marcos, Kiley Tobel, Tofunmi Akeredolu, Erin Busbee, Allison Liske, Erin Pendleton, Kari Prena and Joanna Fleming will be participating at the event. This weekend's event is the first time that the Wolverines will have the majority of the team competing at the same event.

Thursday, April 7
10:15 a.m. - Heptathlon 100-meter hurdles
11 a.m. - Heptathlon high jump
1 p.m. - Heptathlon shot put
2 p.m. - Heptathlon 200-meter dash

Friday, April 8
Noon - Heptathlon long jump
1:15 p.m. - Heptathlon javelin
2 p.m. - 100-meter dash (open)
2:15 p.m. - 3,000-meter steeplechase
2:50 p.m. - 400-meter dash (open)
2:55 p.m. - 1,500-meter run (open)
3 p.m. - Heptathlon 800-meter run
3:25 p.m. - 200-meter dash (open)
3:30 p.m. - Pole vault (open)
3:35 p.m. - 800-meter run (open)
3:40 p.m. - 5,000-meter run (open)

Saturday, April 9
10 a.m. - Hammer throw (invitational)
11:15 a.m. - Pole vault (invitational)
12:15 p.m. - 4x100-meter relay (invitational)
12:30 p.m. - 100-meter hurdles (invitational)
12:30 p.m. - Discus (invitational)
1 p.m. - High jump (invitational)
1:10 p.m. - 800-meter run (invitational)
1:25 p.m. - 400-meter hurdles (invitational)
1:55 p.m. - Mile (invitational)
2 p.m. - Shot put (invitational)
2:30 p.m. - 4x400-meter relay (invitational)

First Time -- Michigan will have participants in the heptathlon for the first time this season with freshman Erin Busbee and redshirt sophomore Tofunmi Akeredolu competing in the multi-event. It will be Busbee's first crack at the heptathlon in her collegiate career and the first action in the event for Akeredolu since the 2009 season.

Setting a Record -- Michigan won the 4x1,500-meter relay last Saturday (April 2) at the Colonial Relays, setting a new facility (Zable Stadium) and meet record in the process. The quartet of Taylor Pogue, Rebecca Addison, Jillian Smith and Danielle Tauro finished in 18:04.14, beating the previous record set by Princeton in 1994. In addition, Addison won the 3,000-meter run in a personal-record time of 9:40.46 as the only Wolverine to compete in an individual event. It was the first outdoor action for all four Wolverines and the first ever for Pogue, a freshman, and Smith, who redshirted last season.

A Few at State -- Kiley Tobel highlighted three Wolverines in uniform at Michigan State last weekend at the Spartan Invitational. Tobel finished runner-up in the pole vault with an outdoor season-best clearance of 3.79 meters (12-05.25). U-M had three other athletes compete unattached. It was the first competition of the season for the Wolverines in the state of Michigan.

Sisters Add Unique Dynamic To Track and Field Team -- The Michigan Daily looks at the three sets of sisters on the team: Andrea Marcos and Erica Marcos; Emily Pendleton and Erin Pendleton; Chloe Prince and Nicole Prince. [ Story ]

Running and Running and Running -- Michigan had a pair of runners compete in the 10,000-meter run at the Stanford Invitational, the first time a Wolverine had run in the event since the 2008 season. Sophomore Kaitlyn Patterson finished the 25-lap race in 34:54.73, with redshirt freshman Lindsey Hilton clocking in at 35:11.58.

Purvis Enjoys Going Home -- Junior hurdler Julian Purvis made the most of the trip to her home state of California at the Stanford Invitational (March 25-26), finishing runner-up in both the preliminaries and finals of the 100-meter hurdles. Her time of 13.36 in the finals set a new personal record in the event, beating her previous fastest time of 13.50, set last season at the NCAA East Preliminary Round. Purvis will head back to the state of California this week as part of the travel squad for the Johnson/Joyner Invitational.

Liske Earns Big Ten Honor -- For the first time in her career, Allison Liske was named the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week after winning the shot put at both of Michigan's meets during its first outdoor weekend. Her shot put throw of 15.32 meters (50-3.25) at the UCF Black and Gold Challenge was the 12th-best national mark through last weekend's action. It was the third time this season that a Wolverine has won the weekly award as Liske joins two-time track honoree Rebecca Addison.

Let's Make It Like Indoors -- During the indoor season, Michigan improved its 2010 Big Ten finish by four spots in 2011. The Wolverines finished eighth during 2010 before jumping to No. 4 at this year's championships. During last year's outdoor season, the Maize and Blue also finished eighth and will be looking for similar improvement at this year's championship meet.

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 ]

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 ]

Who Is Back -- The Wolverines return 22 letterwinners from last year's team that picked up a pair of eighth-place finishes at both the 2010 Big Ten Indoor and Outdoor Championships. Michigan swept both Freshman of the Year awards with sophomores Jillian Smith and Erin Pendleton earning the honors. Smith (indoor 800-meter run) and Pendleton (outdoor discus throw) were the only Wolverines to win individual Big Ten championships during 2010. The Wolverines won their seventh consecutive distance medley relay title and return Smith, Danielle Tauro and sophomore Rebecca Addison from that team.

Fresh Faces -- Michigan welcomes 20 new student-athletes to the roster this season. Of those 20, 10 competed for the Wolverines during the cross country season. Michigan finished runner-up at the 2010 Big Ten Cross Country Championships and 22nd at the NCAA Championships during the cross country campaign.

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.

For the second consecutive season, the East and West Preliminary Championship competition will be utilized to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Using a descending order list, the top 48 athletes in each event will participate in two rounds (first round and quarterfinals) during the Preliminary Round. Twelve competitors from each individual event and 12 teams from each relay event will advance from each Preliminary Championship competition to the NCAA Championships. There are no qualifying marks used during the outdoor season.

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 ]

Michigan women's track and field is now on Twitter. Sign up and follow the Wolverines (Michigan_track) with up-to-the-minute news and information throughout the season and beyond. Twitter is a free casual, online social network that is designed to connect businesses, organizations and individuals. Each Twitter post (or "tweet") can be received on a user's cell phone via text or on the web.

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Saturday, April 16 -- at Tom Jones Invitational (Gainesville, Fla.), 10 a.m.
Saturday, April 23 -- at EMU Invitational (Ypsilanti, Mich.), 10 a.m.