Weekly #21: Tobel, Pendleton to Represent U-M at NCAA Outdoors
Kiley Tobel

June 6, 2011

Championships Central | Kiley Tobel

Wed-Fri., June 8-10 -- at NCAA Championships (Des Moines, Iowa), 3 p.m./5:25 p.m. CDT
Live Results: Wednesday | Friday

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.

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