Weekly Release #15: U-M Stays Close for the EMU Invitational

April 13, 2010

Fri-Sat., April 16-17
-- at EMU Invitational (Ypsilanti, Mich.), 3 p.m./10 a.m.
Meet Events

The University of Michigan women's track and field team stays close to home this weekend, heading down Washtenaw Ave. for the EMU Invitational. The action will take place at the Olds/Marshall Track inside Rynearson Stadium at Eastern Michigan. Friday's (April 16) events will begin at 3 p.m., while Saturday's (April 17) action commences at 10 a.m.

Lucky 7 at UCLA -- U-M made its mark out west, winning seven events at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational at UCLA last weekend (Thu-Sat., April 8-10). Junior captains Emily Pendleton and Danielle Tauro led the way, both winning two. Pendleton took first in the discus (53.26 meters) and shot put (14.10 meters, 46-03.25), while Tauro won the mile (4:51.21) and the 800-meter run (2:11.83). Also picking up victories for the Maize and Blue were Teleicia Rose in the 100-meter dash (12.19), Abbey Breidenstein in the pole vault (3.76 meters, 12-4) and Lauren Young in the high jump (1.67 meters, 5-5.75).

On Top for the First Time -- Abbey Breidenstein (pole vault), Teleicia Rose (100-meter dash) Lauren Young (high jump) all picked up their first career victories over the weekend. Breidenstein is a redshirt senior, while Rose is in her third season with the track team. Young joined the team this year after being a member of the women's basketball team.

Perfect 3-for-3 -- Emily Pendleton has won each discus event she has participated in this outdoor season, winning three times. Her season-best throw came in the outdoor opener, throwing 53.98 meters at the Bulls Invitational. Pendleton is the two-time defending Big Ten champion in the discus.

Balance is Key -- Even though it has only been a few weeks into the outdoor season, balance has been key for the Wolverines. Junior Emily Pendleton is the only Wolverine to have the top mark or time in more than one event (discus and hammer throw). [ Top Times/Marks ]

Last Time Together -- After this weekend, the Wolverines will begin to split up in search of the best competition. U-M will split three ways for its next competition weekend, traveling to the Penn Relays, Drake Relays and Hillsdale Relays (April 22-24). The split ways will continue at the end of the month (April 30-May 1) as some Wolverines will head back out west for the Peyton Jordan at Stanford, while the remainder of the team will see action at the Jesse Owens Meet at Ohio State. U-M will reunite to host its only home meet of the season, the Len Paddock Invitational, May 7-8, at Ferry Field.

Outdoors, Here We Are! -- The outdoor season is officially here! 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 stay in the Great Lakes State for competition three times, with the first of those three this weekend.

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.

Another Trip Out West? -- After spending two of the first four weekends in California, 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, Emily Pendleton and Shana Vinson 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-10 NCAA indoor finishes and three top-10 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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Thu-Sat., April 22-24 -- at Penn Relays (Philadelphia, Pa.), 4 p.m./10 a.m./10 a.m.
Thu-Sat., April 22-24 -- at Drake Relays (Des Moines, Iowa), 3 p.m./9 a.m./8 a.m. CDT
Thu-Sat., April 22-24 -- at Hillsdale Relays (Hillsdale, Mich.), 3 p.m./10 a.m./Noon