July 16, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan women's track and field head coach James Henry announced today (Friday, July 16) the addition of 10 student-athletes for the 2011 track and field season. Erica Crane (Dearborn, Mich./Divine Child), Erin Busbee (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood), Ariel Dempsey (Jenison, Mich./Jenison), Olivia DeTroyer (Chelsea, Mich./Chelsea), Lauren Grunewald (Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids), Alex Leptich (Ann Arbor, Mich./Saline), Alex Mathews (Birmingham, Mich./Seaholm), Taylor Pogue (Goodrich, Mich./Goodrich), Amber Smith (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) and Megan Weschler (Wyandotte, Mich./Roosevelt) will all join the Wolverines for the 2011 indoor and outdoor track seasons.
"I am really excited about this group," Henry said. "They will help us become more balanced in our areas of need. We are looking forward to being more competitive in the Big Ten with this group."
"Our class is led by Leptich, Grunewald and Pogue, who are all coming off successful high school cross country seasons," associate head coach Mike McGuire said. "They have performed consistently at a high level during their high school careers, and we are hoping that over time, they can do the same at this level. We have also added some people who will develop over time. This class is coming in hungry and with a great attitude. Combining this class with the people we already have, we hope to find some energy with the entire group."
High school teammates Busbee and Smith come to Ann Arbor after leading Collinwood to the Ohio DII state championship. The duo follows the footsteps of former trackster Joi Smith, coming to U-M from Collinwood. Joi Smith died in 2007 after losing her battle with cancer.
Busbee scored 29 points individually for the Railroaders at the Ohio DII state championships, winning the long jump in a DII state-record distance of 19-11.75. She also finished runner-up in the 100-meter dash, third in the 200-meter dash and fourth in the high jump. Busbee was named to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Track All-Star Team.
Smith was also an All-Star Team selection, anchoring the record-tying 4x200-meter relay team and winning the 300-meter hurdles in a DII state championship meet record of 42.94. She also finished runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles and fifth in the long jump at the state meet.
DeTroyer helped Chelsea to a third-place finish at the state championships, placing fourth in the 100-meter dash and fifth in the 400-meter dash. She was also part of the state champion 4x200-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay teams. She leaves Chelsea holding the school record in the 400-meter dash (56.49), sharing the 100-meter dash record (12.1) and being part of three record-setting relay teams (4x100, 4x200 and 4x400).
Grunewald, Leptich, Pogue, Crane, Dempsey, Mathews and Weschler will all run cross country in addition to participating on the track team.
Grunewald was a two-time all-state cross country selection, finishing third as a junior and second as a senior at the state meet. During the 2010 track season, Grunewald ran on the winning 4x800-meter relay (9:24.12) for East Grand Rapids while finishing seventh as an individual in the 3,200-meter run (11:13.16).
Leptich was a four-time all-state cross country selection at Saline High School. She was named the 2009 Washtenaw County girls cross country Runner of the Year by AnnArbor.com after finishing fifth (18:19.1) to lead Saline to the MHSAA DI title. During track season, she placed 14th in the 3,200-meter run at the state championships (11:12.77).
Pogue won the 2009 MHSAA DII state title over fellow recruit Grunewald in 18:11.0 at Michigan International Speedway. She was a three-time all-state performer at Goodrich and became the school's second state champion with her win this past season. Pogue, who did not run cross country as a freshman, won three straight Genesee Area Conference titles to become the conference's second three-time champion.
Crane finished runner-up in the 1,600-meter run at the 2010 MHSAA DII state finals, crossing the line in 5:05.04 while placing fourth in the 3,200-meter run (11:07.43) to help Divine Child to its first-ever track and field state championship. During the 2009 cross country season, she finished 15th at the state championship in 19:17.2.
Dempsey finished fourth in the 800-meter run (2:13.82) at the DI state finals and left Jenison with two school records. She was one of 32 high school seniors to earn the Class A Scholar-Athlete Award.
Mathews placed 42nd (19:45.8) at the 2009 MHSAA cross country championship, helping Seaholm to a ninth-place finish.
Weschler finished the 800-meter run at the MHSAA regional 2:16.90 while completing the 1,600-meter run in 5:10.20 at the same meet. She was named the MVP of the News-Herald Track and Field Championships for the second consecutive season after winning the 800- and 1,600-meter runs while anchoring the 3,200-meter relay team to a victory. During cross country season, she finished seventh in the 5K run during regional action, crossing in 20:07.9 before finishing 147th (20:56.3) at the state championships.
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