Four Wolverines Earn USTFCCCA All-America Awards

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Tuesday (June 17) that juniors Geena Gall(Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc HS), Tiffany Ofili(Ypsilanti, Mich./Ypsilanti HS) and co-captain Bettie Wade(Northville, Mich./Farmington HS)and senior Nicole Edwards(Winnipeg, Manitoba/Vincent Massey)of the University of Michigan womens track and field team earned All-America honors in recognition of their individual performances at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Ofili and Gall each earned national titles Saturday (June 14) to lead the women's track and field team to seventh place at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium. Ofili repeated as national champion in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 12.84, while Gall won the 800-meter run in 2:03.91.

Ofili is the first U-M sprinter in program history to win consecutive NCAA outdoor titles and claim All-America honors in back-to-back seasons. She is also the first Wolverine to win three consecutive national championships (two outdoor, one indoor) in school history.

Gall is the first Wolverine to claim the NCAA outdoor 800-meter run title and the first one to claim three consecutive All-America honors in the event, adding to her fourth-place finish in 2006 and fifth-place effort last year.

Wade placed third in the heptathlon (3,560 points) and Edwards finished sixth in the 1,500-meter run (4:15.00) as each earned All-America status.

Wade's third-place performance marks the highest heptathlon finish in school history and earned her the second All-America accolade in the event of her career. Jacquelyn Johnson of Arizona State won the title for the fourth straight year.

In her final collegiate track race, Edwards claimed her third career All-America accolade and is the first one to claim three consecutive All-America honors in the event, adding to her fourth-place finish in 2006 and seventh-place effort last year.


The NCAA titles by Tiffany Ofili (100-meter hurdles) and Geena Gall (800-meter run) give Michigan four outdoor event championships -- the program's all-time total for the outdoor season -- in the last two years. Last year Ofili won the 100m hurdles and Anna Willard captured the 3,000-meter steeplechase title.

Ofili's preliminary time of 12.73 in the 100-meter hurdles is a U-M school record and Drake Stadium record.

Bettie Wade's third-place performance in the heptathlonis the highest finish in the event in school history.

Michigan has a total of 56 outdoor All-Americaawards (including six AIAW All-Americans).