Thu-Sat., April 13-15 -- at Sea Ray Relays (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Fri-Sun., April 14-16 -- at Mt. SAC Relays (Walnut, Calif.)
Saturday, April 22 -- at Ohio State Quadrangular (Columbus, Ohio)
Michigan Heads to Sea Ray Relays
Most of the Michigan women's track and field team will compete at the 34th Annual Sea Ray Relays, hosted by the University of Tennessee Thursday through Saturday (April 13-15) at the Tom Black Track in Knoxville, Tenn. The event will feature over 1,500 athletes from colleges and club teams throughout the country.
Pair of Wolverines Headed to Mt. SAC Relays
Two Michigan athletes will not join the Wolverines at the Sea Ray Relays, choosing instead to compete in the prestigious Mt. San Antonio College (SAC) Relays on Friday through Sunday (April 14-16). Katie Clifford (Grand Rapids, Mich./West Catholic HS), who is already a NCAA provisional qualifier in the 3,000-meter run (9:27.04), is slated to run in the 10,000-meter run. Clifford will be joined by Julie Presley (Claremont, Calif./Claremont HS), who is set to compete in the hammer throw.
Sprinters Compete at the Texas Relays
Brandi Bentley (Detroit, Mich./Marian HS), Robin Landfair (Okemos, Mich./Okemos HS), Tamika Craig (Inkster, Mich./Inkster HS) and Tasha Phillips (Sarasota, Fla./Booker HS) faced some of the nation's best runners at the Texas Relays on April 6-7 in Austin, Texas. The student-athletes competed in several individual events, highlighted by Bentley's personal-best time of 12.16 in the 100-meter dash and her fifth-place finish in the long jump (20-2 1/2).
Without Top Sprinters Michigan Comes in Fifth
Competing without their best short-distance runners, the Wolverines came in last at the Purdue Invitational on April 8 in West Lafayette, Ind. Michigan scored 129.5 points to finish behind Ball State (225), Central Michigan (211.5), Penn State (206) and Purdue (195).
Sturtz Wins 800 Meters
Rachel Sturtz (Traverse, Mich./Traverse HS) was the lone first-place finisher at the Purdue Invitational as ran a season-best time of 2:14.71 in the 800-meter run. Adrienne Hunter (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS), who ran for the first time in the outdoor season, came in fourth with a time of 2:18.91.
Clifford Lands Two Second-Place Finishes
Katie Clifford, who has already provisionally qualified for the NCAA meet in 3,000-meter run (9:27.04), took a couple of second places in the 1,500-meter run and the 3,000 meters at the Purdue Invitational. In her first effort in the 1,500-meter run of the outdoor season, Clifford ran the race in 4:37.76, taking second behind Penn State's Susan Heyek. Clifford was nosed out by Ball State's Amy Beatty in the 3,000-meter run by four-tenths of a second (9:47.25 to 9:47.68).
Chance for Sprinters to Shine
With Michigan's top sprinters running at the Texas Relays, some of the young Wolverines got a chance to show their speed at the Purdue Invitational. Freshman Randi Lawrence (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc HS) came in 12th in the 200-meter dash, running Michigan's second-best time of the outdoor season at 26.38.
Contact: Rich Marion (734) 763-4423