Weekly Release #18: Wolverines to Hold Len Paddock Invitational
Brittani Williams

May 3, 2011

Fri-Sat., May 6-7
-- host Len Paddock Invitational (Ferry Field), 1 p.m./10 a.m.
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The University of Michigan women's track and field team has its final meet before the Big Ten Championships, hosting the Len Paddock Invitational this weekend (Fri-Sat, May 6-7) at Ferry Field. It is Michigan's only home outdoor meet of the season.


Home...FINALLY -- For the first and only time during the outdoor season, the Wolverines will be at Ferry Field for weekend competition. U-M will pair up with the men's team to host the Len Paddock Invitational on Friday and Saturday (May 6-7). This weekend's meet is also the final regular-season meet for Michigan, which next heads to the Big Ten Championships, May 13-15.

• Schedule of Events

Friday, May 6
Field Events
1 p.m. -- Hammer throw
2:30 p.m. -- Pole vault
3:30 p.m. -- Javelin
5 p.m. -- Triple Jump

Running Events
6:45 p.m. -- 400-meter hurdles
7:20 p.m. -- 1,500-meter run

Saturday, May 7
Field Events
10 a.m. -- Discus
Noon -- Shot put, high jump
1:30 p.m. -- Long jump

Running Events
12:35 p.m. -- 4x100-meter relay
12:55 p.m. -- 800-meter run
1:20 p.m. -- 400-meter dash
1:40 p.m. -- 100-meter dash
2:10 p.m. -- 100-meter hurdles
2:35 p.m. -- 3,000-meter run
3 p.m. -- 200-meter dash
3:20 p.m. -- 4x400-meter relay

Which Means Big Tens are Right Around the Corner -- The Len Paddock Invite means one thing -- Big Ten Championships are coming up. This year's Big Ten Championships are slated for May 13-15 at the University of Iowa. Michigan finished eighth at last year's event. [ Championships Central ]

Last Meet at Home -- Alisha Cole, Danica Haight, Andrea Marcos, Jennifer Neville, Kaitlyn Peale, Danielle Tauro and Lauren Young will say goodbye to Ferry Field this weekend. Each Wolverine has either already graduated or will before next season and has exhausted all eligibility.

All in One Place -- For the first time since April 16, the Wolverines are all competing at one event. U-M split three ways last weekend, participating in the Penn Relays (April 28), Drake Relays (April 29-30) and the Hillsdale Relays (April 29-30). The previous weekend, the Wolverines were in action at the EMU Invitational, April 22-23, and the Jesse Owens Memorial Classic, April 23-24.

Historic Ferry Field -- Bearing the name of Detroit businessman and U-M supporter Dexter M. Ferry, the head of Ferry Seed Company, Ferry Field was constructed in 1906 and initially served as the home field for Michigan football teams from 1906-26. Following the 1926 season, the U-M football team moved up the road to Michigan Stadium and the old stadium began to come down as the north bleachers made way for the new Intramural Sports Building. The playing field was devoted exclusively to track and field, except for use as a military training ground during World War II and as the site of many graduation ceremonies
Ferry Field has a permanent place in track and field history. As a collegian at Ohio State University, Jesse Owens set three world records and tied another as a sophomore at the 1935 Big Ten Conference Championships held at the University of Michigan's facility. A time chronology of Owens' feat shows he tied the 100-yard dash record (9.4) at 2:45 p.m.; set the broad jump record (26-8 1/4) at 3:25 p.m.; established the 220-yard dash record (20.3) at 3:34 p.m.; and at 4 p.m. set the 220-yard low hurdles record (22.6). Described as the greatest day in track and field history, a plaque commemorating Owens' accomplishment stands at the southeast corner of Ferry Field.

DMR...Just Like NCAAs -- Just like its finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships this past season, the distance medley relay team of Danielle Tauro, Alisha Cole, Rebecca Addison and Jillian Smith finished sixth (11:07.76) at the Penn Relays. Tauro led off with the 1,200-meter leg (3:27.70), Cole ran the 400-meter leg (55.20), Addison ran the 800-meter leg (2:04.19) and Smith ran the final leg, the mile (4:40.67). Michigan's time at NCAAs was 11:07.38 for the 4,000-meter race. The DMR is only an NCAA event during the indoor season.

Pendleton Grabs Second Place -- For the second straight week, sophomore Erin Pendleton threw a season best in the discus. She threw 54.74 meters (179-07) at the Drake Relays on Friday (April 29) to finish in a close runner-up position. Her mark bettered her throw of 54.21 meters (177-10) at the Jesse Owens Memorial Classic two weekends ago. She is currently ranked No. 7 on the outdoor POP list and second in the Big Ten in the discus.

So Does Tobel -- Kiley Tobel had Michigan's best finish at the Hillsdale Relays, taking second in the pole vault with a clearance of 3.70 meters (12-1 1/2). She was one of seven Wolverines in uniform at the meet.

Pendleton Earns Weekly Laurels -- After winning the discus at the Jesse Owens Memorial Classic for the second straight season, Erin Pendleton became the fourth Wolverine to earn Big Ten Weekly honors this season. She earned the honor for the third time in her career after winning twice as a freshman. She joins Rebecca Addison (two), Jillian Smith and Allison Liske as winners this season.

Outdoor POP List -- Jillian Smith is the highest-ranked Wolverine in the current outdoor POP list, coming in at No. 7 in the 1,500-meter run. [ Full List ]

Lauren Young Trades Basketball for Track -- Senior Lauren Young came to Michigan as a basketball player but will leave it as a track athlete. [ Story ]

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.

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.

Michigan women's track and field is also on Facebook. Connect with the program, alumni and fans by clicking the "Like" button at facebook.com/michiganwomenstrack. Facebook is a social network service and website with more than 500 million active users.

Fri-Sun., May 13-15 -- at Big Ten Championships (Iowa City, Iowa), 10 a.m. CDT