Weekly Release #16: Wolverines to Compete at EMU, Ohio State

April 20, 2011

Fri-Sat., April 22-23
-- at EMU Twilight (Ypsilanti, Mich.), 3 p.m./10 a.m.
Sat-Sun., April 23-24 -- at Jesse Owens Classic (Columbus, Ohio), 7 p.m./9 a.m.
Meet Information

For the first of two consecutive weekends of split action, the University of Michigan women's track and field team sends Erin Pendleton to the Jesse Owens Classic at Ohio State University's Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, while the rest of the team heads to Eastern Michigan for the EMU Twilight at the Olds Marshall Track at Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti, Mich. The EMU Twilight runs Friday and Saturday (April 22-23), with the Jesse Owens Classic taking place Saturday and Sunday (April 23-24).


Back to Where I Set the Record -- Sophomore Erin Pendleton will be the lone Wolverine heading south to Ohio State for the Jesse Owens Classic. Pendleton will compete in the discus, shot put and hammer throw at the two-day affair. At last year's meet, Pendleton set the school record in the discus with a throw of 56.87 meters (186-7).

Schedule of Events
Saturday, April 23
8 p.m. -- Discus

Sunday, April 24
10:30 a.m. -- Shot put
11 a.m. -- Hammer throw

Keeping It In the County -- The rest of the Wolverines will stick to the friendly surroundings of Washtenaw County, heading down the road to Eastern Michigan for the EMU Twilight. It is only the second time the Wolverines have competed in the state of Michigan during the outdoor season, as U-M sent several athletes to the Spartan Invitational on April 2.

Schedule of Events
Friday, April 22
3 p.m. -- Hammer throw
4 p.m. -- Pole Vault
5:30 p.m. -- Shot put
6:30 p.m. -- 400-meter hurdles
7 p.m. -- 1,500-meter run
8 p.m. -- Invitational 800-meter run
8:10 p.m. -- 5,000-meter run (seeded)
9 p.m. -- 5,000-meter run (unseeded)

Saturday, April 23
10 a.m. -- Javelin/high jump
Noon -- 4x100-meter relay
12:30 p.m. -- 100-meter hurdles
1 p.m. -- 400-meter dash
1:30 p.m. -- 100-meter dash
2 p.m. -- 800-meter run
3 p.m. -- 200-meter dash
3:30 p.m. -- 3,000-meter run
3:50 p.m. -- 4x400-meter relay

In Action at Eastern -- Michigan will send 28 athletes in uniform to the EMU Twilight, in addition to several unattached entries. Competing for the Wolverines will be Auriel Bell, Charlotte Cahill, Ada Unachukwu, Erin Busbee, Tofunmi Akeredolu, Alisha Cole, Shelby Hines, Taylor Moore-Willis, Bernease Herman, Brittani Williams, Chloe Prince, Nicole Prince, Morgan Bailey, Alex Leptich, Courtney Clancy, Amber Smith, Julian Purvis, Liz Sherzer, Jennifer Neville, Alexandria Williams, Lauren Young, Andrea Marcos, Erica Marcos, Kiley Tobel, Asia Body, Allison Liske, Joanna Fleming and Kari Prena.

First of Two Straight Splits -- This weekend marks the first of two consecutive splits for the Wolverines, who divide up three ways next weekend. U-M will send athletes to the Penn Relays, Drake Relays and Hillsdale Relays. All three events run April 28-30 and serve as some of the final tune-ups before the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, held May 13-15 in Iowa City, Iowa.

Lauren Young Trades Basketball for Track -- Senior Lauren Young came to Michigan as a basketball player but will leave it as a track athlete. [ Michigan Daily Story ]
Paddock Fast Approaching -- Michigan's lone outdoor home meet is coming up as the Wolverines host the annual Len Paddock Invitational, held May 6-7 at Ferry Field. It is U-M's final meet before the Big Ten Championships. [ Meet Information ]

Running Fast -- Sophomore Jillian Smith ran the nation's fifth-fastest time in the 1,500-meter run at the Tom Jones Memorial Classic last weekend (Saturday, April 16), winning in 4:14.65. Her time is the fastest time for a second-year runner under associate head coach Mike McGuire. Smith led a trio of Wolverines in the top four, with Rebecca Addison and Danielle Tauro finishing third and fourth, respectively. Mary Grace Pellegrini was the other Wolverine to grab a victory, winning the 3,000-meter run in 9:52.03.

Field Success -- In the discus, Allison Likse, Kari Prena and Joanna Fleming all set new personal records at the Tom Jones Memorial, with Ada Unachkwu doing the same in the triple jump. Liske led the way in the discus, throwing 49.79 meters (163-04), followed by Prena (47.65 meters, 156-04) and Fleming (45.89 meters, 150-07). Unachkwu, in her first triple jump action of the season outdoors, recorded a mark of 12.30 meters (40-4 1/4), improving on her previous best of 12.21 meters (40-0 3/4) at last year's Big Ten Championships.

Man, It is Good to Be at Home ... Kind Of -- The only Wolverines who have competed in the state of Michigan during the outdoor season (in uniform) are Kiley Tobel, Andrea Marcos and Erica Marcos. This weekend's competition marks the first Great Lakes State outdoor action for the remainder of the team. The Wolverines have competed in Florida, California and Virginia throughout the outdoor campaign.

Outdoor POP List -- Jillian Smith is the highest-ranked Wolverine in the current outdoor POP list, coming in at No. 5 in the 1,500-meter run. [ Full List ]

Making Strides as a Sophomore -- Charlotte Cahill has improved her personal record in both the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash as a sophomore, shaving off chunks of time in both. She has U-M's fastest 100-meter dash time this season, clocking in at 12.05. Her 2010 best time in the event was 12.49. She currently ranks third on the team in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.90, while her best time last season was 25.67.

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 ]

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.
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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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Thu-Sat., April 28-30 -- at Penn Relays (Philadelphia, Pa.), 10 a.m.
Thu-Sat., April 28-30 -- at Drake Relays (Des Moines, Iowa), 10 a.m. CDT
Thu-Sat., April 28-30 -- at Hillsdale Relays (Hillsdale, Mich.), 10 a.m.