May 15, 2012
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Five members of the University of Michigan women's track and field team were named All-Big Ten honorees for their performances at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, the conference announced today (Tuesday, May 15).
Junior Erin Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) was named to the All-Big Ten first team after winning her second career Big Ten discus title on Sunday (May 13). Her winning mark of 55.42 meters (181-10) set a new facility record at Wisconsin's McClimon Complex. Pendleton won her first discus championship in 2010 as a freshman and was also named to the All-Big Ten first team list for her effort.
Earning spots on the All-Big Ten second team list were sophomore Alex Leptich (Ann Arbor, Mich./Saline), fifth-year senior Emily Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore), junior/sophomore Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) and junior/sophomore Kiley Tobel (Commerce Twp., Mich./Walled Lake Western), who each finished runner-up in their respective events.
Leptich finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:12.73, which was just 0.88 seconds off her lifetime best. Emily Pendleton, who scored for Michigan in the hammer throw, shot put and discus, had her best performance in the discus. The two-time Big Ten discus champion (2008,'09) took second with a toss of 54.86 meters (180-0). Emily Pendleton is now a four-time All-Big Ten honoree after being named to the first team in 2008 and 2009, and the second team in 2010.
Smith advanced to the finals of the 1,500- and 800-meter run, with her best finish coming in the 1,500-meter run. She clocked a time of 4:17.01 to take second. In the pole vault, Tobel improved upon her own school record, clearing a personal-best height of 5.24 meters (13-11) to finish in second place. Her mark boosted her to sixth place in the NCAA East Region and 17th in the nation.
It marks the first outdoor All-Big Ten honors for Leptich, Smith and Tobel.
Emily Pendleton was also named Michigan's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree. She also received the honor following the 2012 indoor track and field season. One athlete from each of the 11 Big Ten Conference institutions that sponsor varsity track and field receives the award annually (excludes Northwestern).
Select members of the squad will compete in the NCAA East Region Preliminary Rounds from Thursday through Saturday, May 24-26, at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. The regional fields will be announced on Thursday (May 17).
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423