Week 16: U-M Women to Wrap Up Regular Season at Toledo Invite

Week 16: U-M Women to Wrap Up Regular Season at Toledo Invite

Provided by U of M

The University of Michigan women's track and field team will wrap up the regular season at the Toledo Invitational on Thursday and Friday (May 2-3). Action will begin on Thursday at 1 p.m. and resume again on Friday at 11 a.m. at Toledo's Fetterman Outdoor Track and Field Facility.

Meg BellinoCharlotte CahillLily CliffordAmanda EcclestonJoanna FlemingNicola HallenborgBrook HandlerLindsey HiltonMeghan LarkAlex LeptichMaya LongTaylor ManettElly MioduszewskiSara NitzCindy OfiliChinyere OnimoShannon OsikaMegan PearsonErin PendletonDanielle PfeiferTaylor PogueKari PrenaBrittany Robinson,Jillian SmithEmily WeeMegan WeschlerAlexandria Williams.


 Ada Unachukwu 
Morganville, N.J.

On improvements made in the triple jump this year ... "Triple jump is something that I'm increasingly improving upon. You can never say that there's something that you can't learn. This year I was trying to break it down more and try to focus on my drive phase into the pit -- that last phase. I'm working on picking up my knees and hold my position longer before I go into the sand. It's been a lot of technique and breaking things down and getting myself stronger."

On finishing exams and being able to focus on track and field ... "The important thing is to plan your schedule. Sleep is really important -- we can't be getting two hours of sleep at night because that build up will affect our performance at Big Tens. You may not feel tired, but your legs and your body will be tired. I think the biggest thing is resting and having a plan to study a little bit each day. It's going to be a relief to be done because exams are really stressful, and I really like having classes done. I'm excited to graduate, but it's also bitter sweet because it's going to be my last classes and last exams at Michigan. I like how in years past, when classes are done, I've just been able to focus on track. We've been able to have a lot of fun at Big Tens and regionals once classes and exams are done."

On the keys to getting through exams and competition this time of year ... "Managing your time in the biggest thing, as well as sleep, sleep, sleep -- I can't stress that enough. During this time, people cut back on hours or decide to cram for an exam the night before, and that's not the best thing. We try to get people help when they need help throughout the semester and start working on things early. We all need to seek teacher's help before something becomes an issue. With our schedules, it's important that we don't wait until the day before the do something."

On her postseason expectations as a senior ... "My expectations increase. I really want to get into the high 42s or hit 43 feet. Triple jump is something that I really love and enjoy, and I feel that every time I jump I look at things that I can improve upon. I really do what to do well, not only at Big Tens but at regionals as well. This will be my last ride, and I want to make it a good moment."

On her post-graduate plans ... "Post-graduation I'm going to be doing an accelerated second-degree (BSN) nursing program at the University of Michigan-Flint. That starts in the fall -- I'll be taking some pre-requisites during the summer time before the start of the program, but the program begins in the fall and is a 16-month program. After track and field wraps up I'm going to go back home to New Jersey for about a month before I have to go back to Flint for the pre-requisites classes. I'm looking forward to some down time in the near future."


• Junior Erin Busbee (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) improved her Big Ten ranking to fourth place in the long jump at the Drake Relays with a career-best outdoor mark of 6.08 meters (19-11.50). She will not compete at Toledo as she rests for the heptathlon at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships.

• Senior Erin Pendleton (Lindsey, Ohio/Woodmore), the defending Big Ten discus champion, improved upon her season-best discus mark last weekend at the Drake Relays. Her toss of 52.03 meters (170-8) currently ranks seventh in the Big Ten and 11th in the NCAA East Region. She will compete in the discus and shot put on Friday at Toledo.

• With just one meet remaining in the regular season, Michigan has 13 student-athletes as well as the 4x100-meter relay ranked in the top eight in the Big Ten in at least one event (the top eight score at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships). Freshman Cindy Ofili (Ypsilanti, Mich./Huron) owns the conference's fastest time in the 100-meter hurdles (13.34), while senior Rebecca Addison (Spring Lake, Mich./Grand Haven) holds on to the top time in the 800-meter run (2:05.74). Addison will not compete at Toledo as she participates in Michigan's commencement ceremony, while Ofili will run the 200-meter dash.

• After fifth-year senior Amanda Eccleston (Adrian, Mich./Tecumseh) and sophomore/freshman Shannon Osika(Waterford, Mich./Mott) ran 4:17.49* and 4:19.00*, respectively, in the 1,500-meter run at the Penn Relays, Michigan now owns five of the top eight spots in the Big Ten in that event -- Rebecca Addison (2nd, 4:17.41), Eccleston (3rd, 4:17.49*), Osika (4th, 4:19.00), Jillian Smith (7th, 4:21.78) and Brook Handler (8th, 4:22.55). (* Converted from mile times)

• 2013 NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING -- For the fourth consecutive season, the NCAA East and West Preliminary Rounds will be utilized to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Using a descending order list, the top-48 athletes in each event will participate in two rounds (first round and quarterfinals) during the Preliminary Round. Twelve competitors from each individual event and 12 teams from each relay event will advance from each Preliminary Championship competition to the NCAA Championships. There are no qualifying marks used during the outdoor season. This year's NCAA East Preliminary Round will be hosted by North Carolina A&T State University from May 23-25, in Greensboro, N.C.

• Several different events are contested during the outdoor season that were not during the indoor season. The 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles are replaced by the 100-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles; the mile run is replaced by the 1,500-meter run; and the weight throw is replaced with the hammer throw. The 400-meter hurdles, 3,000-meter steeplechase, 10,000-meter run, javelin and discus, as well as the 4x100-meter relay, are also added to the list of events. The multi-event competition also increases from five events to seven events with the heptathlon (100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200-meter dash, javelin, long jump and 800-meter run).

• Family Ties: Freshman Cindy Ofili is the younger sister of former Wolverine, five-time NCAA Champion, and 2012 Olympian, Tiffany (Ofili) Porter (2006-09), as well as Alex Ofili who played football at U-M (2002, 04). Newcomer, Elly Mioduszewski, is the younger sister of Melany Mioduszewski, who ran cross country for U-M in 2009. Erin Pendleton is the younger sister of two-time Big Ten champion discus thrower, Emily Pendleton (2008-10, 12). Sophomore/freshman Laura Addison and senior Rebecca Addison are the only sisters remaining on the Wolverine roster this season. Junior Amber Smith and senior/junior Jillian Smith have no relation.

Fri-Sun., May 10-12 -- at Big Ten Championships (Columbus, Ohio), Noon/9:30 a.m./11 a.m.
Thu-Sat., May 23-25 -- at NCAA East Preliminary Rounds (Greensboro, N.C.)