May 17, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Eleven members of the University of Michigan women's track and field team qualified for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Rounds, the NCAA announced today (Thursday, May 17). The meet will be held Thursday through Saturday, May 24-26, at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla.
The top 48 athletes in both the East and West regions in each event (in descending order) qualified for the meet. The athletes 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. This year's national meet will be held June 6-9 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Michigan's qualifiers, with event, seed and time/mark:
Rebecca Addison -- 1,500m (13, 4:17.16)
Alex Leptich -- 3,000m Steeplechase (12, 10:11.85)
Allison Liske -- Shot Put (19, 15.80m); Discus (43, 48.29m)
Mary Grace Pellegrini -- 10,000m (24, 34:23.25)
Emily Pendleton -- Shot Put (24, 15.65m); Discus (6, 54.86m); Hammer Throw (29, 57.09m)
Erin Pendleton -- Discus (4, 55.42m)
Amber Smith -- 100m Hurdles (40, 13.64); 400m Hurdles (26, 59.22)
Jillian Smith -- 1,500m (4, 4:13.94)
Kiley Tobel -- Pole Vault (6, 4.24m)
Ada Unachukwu -- Triple Jump (30, 12.72)
Victoria Wesley -- Pole Vault (38, 3.87m)
This will mark the second consecutive trip to the regional meet for junior Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven), fifth-year senior Allison Liske (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland East), senior/junior Mary Grace Pellegrini (Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual), junior Erin Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore), junior/sophomore Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) andjunior/sophomore Kiley Tobel (Commerce Twp., Mich./Walled Lake Western).
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