June 6, 2011
The University of Michigan women's track and field team wraps up the 2011 season by sending Erin Pendleton and Kiley Tobel to the NCAA Championships this week (Wed-Sat, June 8-11). Pendleton will participate in the discus on Wednesday (June 8) at 3 p.m. CDT, while Tobel will conclude the meet for the Maize and Blue in the pole vault on Friday (June 10) at 5:25 p.m. CDT. The event will take place at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
Heading to Iowa -- For the third time this season, the Wolverines are heading to the state of Iowa for competition. U-M also participated in the Drake Relays and the Big Ten Championships in Iowa this season.
Second Overall, First in Awhile -- Redshirt freshman Kiley Tobel is the second pole vaulter in Michigan history to qualify for the NCAA Championships. She joins Elizabeth Boyle as a national qualifier, after Boyle participated in the event in 2004. Boyle finished 22nd that season, clearing 12-3 1/4 while battling rain and windy conditions in Austin, Texas. Tobel enters the championships meet as the No. 23 seed.
Two Straight for Pendleton -- Sophomore Erin Pendleton is making her second consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships to compete in the discus. Last season at the University of Oregon, Pendleton finished 12th with a throw of 50.29 meters (165-0). It is the fourth consecutive season Michigan has had a discus participant at the NCAA Championships. Pendleton comes in at No. 10 on the seed list for the discus.
I Like Drake -- Erin Pendleton is making her third career trip to Drake, where she has a discus win and a runner-up showing in the event. As a freshman in 2010, Pendleton won the event at the Drake Relays with a toss of 52.68 meters (172-10). This season, she finished runner-up with a throw of 54.74 meters (179-07) in the discus.
The Team, Too -- The last time the NCAA Championships were held at Drake, the Wolverines picked up two national titles and finished seventh with a total of 29 points. Tiffany Ofili (2006-09) won her second consecutive 100-meter hurdles championship, with Geena Gall (2006-09) winning her first of two 800-meter titles. Bettie Wade (2006-09) took third in the heptathlon and Nicole Edwards (2005-08) finished sixth in the 1,500-meter run to round out Michigan's scorers. This year marks the third time Drake has hosted the championship meet.
Michigan at the NCAA Outdoor Championships -- The Wolverines have scored points at 19 NCAA Championships, highlighted by a third-place finish (36 points) in 2007. U-M has had three athletes win six total titles. Tiffany Ofili (2006-09) has three championships in the 100-meter hurdles, Geena Gall (2006-09) has two 800-meter titles, and Anna Willard (2007) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Last Year at NCAAs -- Michigan had its eight-year streak of scoring at the NCAA Outdoor Championships snapped as Emily Pendleton and Erin Pendleton were U-M's only participants in the discus. Emily Pendleton took 10th and Erin Pendleton finished 12th. It was the first time since 2001 that the Wolverines failed to score a point at the event.
New All-America System -- Beginning with the 2011 indoor season, USTFCCCA All-America honors will be assigned into first and second teams for all events, both individual and relays. Those individuals and relays that score any portion of a team point at the NCAA Championships will earn USTFCCCA first team All-America honors. The individuals and relays that place between nine and 16 overall will earn USTFCCCA second team All-America honors. Those who participate in at least a round of the finals site for an NCAA Championship will be listed as honorable mention All-America.
2011 YEARBOOK RECORD BOOK
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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