Weekly #15: U-M to Travel Back to Florida for Tom Jones Memorial Classic

April 12, 2011

Saturday, April 16
-- at Tom Jones Memorial Classic (Gainesville, Fla.), Noon

The University of Michigan women's track and field team hits the Sunshine State for the third time this season, participating in the Tom Jones Memorial Classic at the University of Florida's James G. Pressly Stadium at Percy Beard Track in Gainesville, Fla. The one-day event is scheduled for Saturday (April 16), with the hammer throw beginning at noon.


Back to Florida -- For the third time this season, the Wolverines pack up and head south to Florida, participating in the Tom Jones Memorial Classic at the University of Florida this Saturday (April 16). The one-day event will run at the James G. Pressly Stadium at Percy Beard Track.

Schedule of Events
Field Events
Noon -- Hammer throw
2 p.m. -- High jump/discus
4 p.m. -- Shot put
4:30 p.m. -- Long jump
6 p.m. -- Javelin
7 p.m. -- Pole vault
7:45 p.m. -- Triple jump

Running Events
3 p.m. -- 4x100-meter relay
3:15 p.m. -- 3,000-meter steeplechase
3:50 p.m. -- 100-meter hurdles (preliminaries)
4:30 p.m. -- 3,000-meter run
5:15 p.m. -- 100-meter hurdles (preliminaries)
5:25 p.m. -- 400-meter dash
6:05 p.m. -- 100-meter dash
6:45 p.m. -- 800-meter run
7:15 p.m. -- 400-meter hurdles
7:40 p.m. -- 200-meter dash
8:10 p.m. -- 1,500-meter run
8:45 p.m. -- 4x400-meter relay

Five Wins at UCLA -- The Wolverines continued their solid start to the outdoor season, picking up five event wins at the Johnson/Joyner Invitational last weekend (Thu-Sat., April 7-9). U-M was balanced in its effort, recording three wins on the track and two in the field. Senior Danielle Tauro set a new meet record in her 5,000-meter run victory, finishing in 16:32.27 to break the four-year-old mark. Freshman Megan Weschler won the 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:07.56) in her first attempt at the event, while fifth-year senior Alisha Cole won the open 400-meter dash (55.46) to round out Michigan's track wins. In the field, senior Lauren Young cleared a personal-best 1.75 meters (5-8 3/4) for the win in the in the invitational high jump and Erin Pendleton claimed top honors in the discus (50.95 meters, 167-02).

Clearing New Heights -- Three Wolverines set new personal records in "jumping" events at UCLA as Lauren Young and Erin Busbee achieved new marks in the high jump and Kiley Tobel set a new pole vault clearance. Young won the invitational high jump as Michigan's only participant, clearing 1.75 meters (5-8 3/4) to set her new personal record by 0.5 meters (3/4). In the heptathlon high jump, Busbee finished third with her best mark ever of 1.59 meters (5-2 1/2), the first time she has cleared five feet. Tobel took third in the invitational section of the pole vault with a clearance of 3.90 meters (12-9 1/2), the best effort of her career.

Michigan Flavor in the 800 -- The top three finishers of the 800-meter run at the Johnson/Joyner Invitational all had Michigan ties, with sophomores Jillian Smith and Rebecca Addison finishing second and third to former Wolverine Nicole (Edwards) Sifuentes (2005-08). Smith made a late push, coming up just short by crossing in 2:06.87 to Sifuentes' time of 2:07.67. Addison finished in 2:07.13 as the Wolverine duo made their outdoor 800 debut.

Relays Turn It On at UCLA -- Michigan recorded season-bests in both the 4x100-meter relay and the 4x400-meter relay at the Johnson/Joyner Invitational. In the 4x100-meter relay, Julian Purvis, Charlotte Cahill, Amber Smith and Alisha Cole combined to finish in 46.54. Running the 4x4 for the first time this season, Alexandria Williams, Jennifer Neville, Rebecca Addison and Cole finished in 3:45.49.

Outdoor POP List -- Jillian Smith is the highest-ranked Wolverine in the current outdoor POP list, coming in at No. 15 in the 800-meter run. [ Full List ]

Setting a Record -- Michigan won the 4x1,500-meter relay 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.

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 ]

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 ]

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Saturday, April 23 -- at EMU Twilight (Ypsilanti, Mich.), 10 a.m.