Weekly Release #18: Wolverines Host Len Paddock Invitational
Amanda McKenzie

May 3, 2010

Fri-Sat., May 7-8
-- host Len Paddock Invitational (Ferry Field), 11 a.m./10 a.m.
• Heat Sheets: Day One | Day Two
Meet Schedule | Meet Information
*The women's weight throw has been moved up to 12:15 p.m. with the javelin being moved up to 3:30 p.m. on Friday (May 7).

The University of Michigan women's track and field team has its lone home meet of the season this weekend with the Len Paddock Invitational. Friday (May 7) will feature field events (hammer, javelin, pole vault and triple jump) beginning at 11 a.m., with two running events (400-meter hurdles, 1,500-meter run) taking place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday's (May 8) remaining field events are slated for a 10 a.m. start, while running will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Ferry Field.

Only Time at Ferry Field -- The outdoor home event for the Wolverines is finally here with the Len Paddock Invitational at Ferry Field this weekend (Fri-Sat., May 7-8). Teaming up with the men, both teams will be raising cancer awareness by wearing different colored shirts. The men will be wearing blue shirts to promote getting screened for prostate cancer, while the women will be sporting pink in honor of breast cancer awareness.

Final Tuneup before Big Ten Championships -- Just like the indoor season, the Wolverines will have their final tune-up before the conference championships at home. In February, U-M hosted the Silverston Invitational the weekend before Big Tens, allowing U-M to take a break from traveling. The Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships are slated for next weekend (Fri-Sun., May 14-16) at Indiana University.

Pendleton Sets New School Record -- Freshman Erin Pendleton won her second consecutive discus title this weekend, setting a new school record with a throw of 56.87 meters (186-07) at the Jesse Owens Classic (May 1).

Her throw beat the old record of 186-02, set by former Wolverine Melissa Bickett in 2002. Pendleton joins Shana Vinson as Wolverines that have established new records this season. Vinson rewrote the indoor 400-meter dash record (53.86) with her third-place finish at the Big Ten Indoor Championships on Feb. 28.

Addison, Tauro Grab Top-10 Finishes at the Payton Jordan -- U-M sent just two runners out to the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational but both came away with solid performances. Freshman Rebecca Addison took fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:07.63, while junior Danielle Tauro finished seventh in the 1,500-meter run in 4:27.43.

Wolverines Compete at Jesse Owens Classic -- In the 25th installment of the Jesse Owens Classic at Ohio State, the Wolverines had a winner in Erin Pendleton while recording several other top finishes. The 4x400-meter relay team of Brittani Williams, Alexandria Williams, Alisha Cole and Jennifer Neville took fourth (3:45.86), while Charnee Lumbus (third, 13.33) and Julian Purvis (sixth, 13.63) had top-10 showings in the 100-meter hurdles. In the field, Erin Pendleton won the discus (56.87m), with Emily Pendleton taking third (54.75m). Allison Liske's fourth-place finish in the shot put (15.16m) and Jennifer Neville's 10th-place showing in the 400-meter hurdles (1:01.72) rounded out U-M's top finishes.

Friendly Competition -- Emily Pendleton and her younger sister, Erin Pendleton, push each other to get better while forming a support system for each other. [ Emily and Erin Pendleton work, succeed together on Michigan women's track team ]

Tauro Becomes a Leader -- After a disappointing trip to the Penn Relays (April 22,) where the distance medley relay team did not even get to participate, captain Danielle Tauro seized the opportunity to be a leader. [ Tauro Leads On and Off the Track ]

TV Time -- The Big Ten Network will televise the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships (Fri-Sun., May 14-16) on a tape delay on Saturday, May 22, at 4 p.m. [ Big Ten Network Schedule ]

Around the Nation Outdoors -- U-M will sure make its way around the United States during the outdoor campaign, 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 last of those this weekend at home for the Len Paddock Invitational.

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 and Anna Willard came 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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Fri-Sun., May 14-16
-- at Big Ten Outdoor Championships (Bloomington, Ind.), Noon./9 a.m./11 a.m.