Weekly Release #20: Wolverines to Ship 12 to NCAA Preliminary Round
Allison Liske

May 24, 2011

Thu-Sat, May 26-28
-- at NCAA East Preliminary Round (Bloomington, Ind.), 3:30 p.m./1 p.m../11 a.m.
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The University of Michigan women's track and field team will send 12 Wolverines to the NCAA East Region Preliminary Round this weekend (Thu-Sat., May 26-28) at Indiana University's Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex in Bloomington, Ind. The top 12 finishers in each event will advance to the NCAA Championships.


This Weekend's Format -- The NCAA East Region Preliminary Round (held at Indiana) runs this weekend, May 26-28. The top 48 athletes in each event (in descending order) 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.

Who Qualified -- Following is a list of Wolverines participating at the NCAA East Preliminary Round, including their rank and time/mark in their qualified events.

Rebecca Addison -- 800-meter run (18, 2:06.68)
Alisha Cole -- 200-meter dash (30, 23.67)
Lindsey Hilton -- 10,000-meter run (34, 35:11.58)
Allison Liske -- Discus (25, 49.90 meters), shot put (30, 15.32 meters)
Jennifer Neville -- 400-meter hurdles (43, 59.90)
Mary Grace Pellegrini -- 5,000-meter run (37, 16:34.20)
Erin Pendleton -- Discus (6, 54.74 meters)
Julian Purvis -- 100-meter hurdles (19, 13.29)
Jillian Smith -- 800-meter run (21, 2:06.87)
Kiley Tobel -- Pole vault (23, 4.00 meters)
Alexandria Williams -- 400-meter hurdles (36, 59.70)
Lauren Young -- High jump (38, 1.75 meters)

First Time -- Alisha Cole, Lindsey Hilton, Jennifer Neville, Mary Grace Pellegrini, Jillian Smith, Kiley Tobel and Lauren Young are all participating in the NCAA East Preliminary Round for the first time in their careers. It is only the second year that the NCAA has used the preliminary round system for NCAA Championships qualifying.

Looking For More -- Last season, U-M had two qualify for the NCAA Championships in Emily Pendleton and Erin Pendleton. The Wolverines failed to score a point at the meet for the first time since 2001.

Addison Wins a Title -- Sophomore Rebecca Addison won the 1,500-meter run at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, finishing in 4:26.59 for Michigan's lone title at the event. With the win, Addison picked up her first outdoor title to go along with three indoor crowns. The sophomore won the mile at the 2011 Indoor Championships and has been part of Michigan's last two winning distance medley relay teams. She is the only Wolverine with individual indoor and outdoor titles.

Addison, Pendleton Honored by Big Ten -- After winning a title in the 1,500-meter run at the Big Ten Championships, Rebecca Addison was named All-Big Ten for the first time in her career outdoors. In addition, Erin Pendleton was honored as Michigan's sportsmanship winner.

Last Time Out -- Michigan scored 49 points at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, finishing in 10th place. Rebecca Addison, Tofunmi Akeredolu, Erin Busbee, Charlotte Cahill, Alisha Cole, Amber Smith, Julian Purvis, Erin Pendleton, Jillian Smith, Alexandria Williams, Kiley Tobel and Ada Unachukwu scored points in either individual events or relays 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.

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 ]

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. [ Release ]

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.

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 ]

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Wed-Sat., June 8-11 -- at NCAA Championships (Des Moines, Iowa)