U-M Women Tie No. 11 OSU Behind Middle Distance Runners in The Dual
Provided by U of M
Site: Columbus, Ohio (French Field House)
Event: The Dual
Score: #19 Michigan 81, #11 Ohio State 81
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 21 -- host Simmons-Harvey Invitational (U-M Indoor Track Building), 1:45 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan women's track and field team tied 11th-ranked Ohio State in the second annual "The Dual" meet on Saturday (Jan. 14) at French Field House. The Wolverines were victorious in eight of the 15 events, including all four middle-distance events.
Junior Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven) took first place in the mile run (4:43.64) and 800-meter run (2:11.55). In both events, she was followed by a freshman competing in their first official collegiate meet.
Freshman Brook Handler (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester) finished on Addison's heals in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:13.82. Fellow freshman Shannon Osika (Waterford, Mich./Mott) finished second in the mile run in a personal-best time of 4:43.79, and went on to win the 3,000-meter run in a time of (9:40.45). Osika began her career at U-M winning the mile run at the Michigan Women's Open last Saturday (Jan. 7).
Sophomore Alex Leptich (Ann Arbor, Mich./Saline) followed Osika across the line in a personal-best time of 9:45.17 to take second place in the 3,000-meter run.
Completing Michigan's sweep of the middle-distance events was junior Jillian Smith (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional), who took first in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:31.15.
Michigan also had a strong showing in the field, winning four of the six events.
After redshirting last season and missing the inaugural dual, senior Emily Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore) returned to the circle to win the shot put for Michigan with a personal-best mark of 15.40 meters (50-06.25).
Michigan finished one-two in the pole vault to secure eight points for the Wolverines. Sophomore Kiley Tobel (Commerce Twp., Mich./Walled Lake Western) continued her success from last weekend, winning the pole vault with a mark of 3.85 meters (12-07.50). Freshman Victoria Wesley (Marine City, Mich./Marine City) placed second with a vault of 3.50 meters (11-05.75).
Senior/junior Tofunmi Akeredolu (Southfield, Mich./Lathrup) won the long jump with a personal-best mark of 5.99 meters (19-08.00). Junior Ada Unachukwu (Morganville, N.J./Marlboro) followed with a victory in the triple jump with a personal-best mark of 12.69 meters (41-07.25).
The Wolverines' 4x400-meter relay, which consisted of Jillian Smith, sophomore Amber Smith (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) and seniors Brittani Williams (Detroit, Mich./Jackson) and Alexandria Williams (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven), finished second in a time of 3:47.01 to earn three points and secure the tie in the final event.
The Wolverines will return home to host the Simmons-Harvey Invitational next Saturday (Jan. 21). The Women's Red Simmons meet is set to start at 1:45 p.m., following the Men's Jack Harvey meet, which starts at 11 a.m. at the U-M Indoor Track Building.