For some track and field competitors, their focus lies in a single event. Sometimes they pride themselves solely on their speed or jumping ability. For Theresa Mayanja, this could not be farther from the truth.
The junior from Bothell, Wash. is a do-it-all star for the Michigan women’s track and field team. During her freshman campaign, she finished ninth at the Big Ten Championships in the heptathlon. Last winter, she built upon her already impressive resumé with a fifth-place result in the pentathlon at the Power Five Invitational.
A program spans seasons and isn’t confined to the tangible aspects. It runs through everything a team can do and beyond. It starts with the head coach and trickles down to the smallest minutia. It penetrates the locker room culture, the body language, players, coaches, support staff and practice players carry themselves with and the culture that encompasses everything they do.
Over the last eight years, Barnes Arico has built a program. And that program is finally getting national recognition.
After a grueling 14-hour flight and three days of subpar practices, jetlagged sophomore gymnast Paul Juda took center stage on Nov. 8 at the Friendship and Solidarity Competition in Tokyo to perform in the first senior-level competition of his career.
For four years, Mira Shane was the best goaltender in Michigan women’s lacrosse history. And now, just 18 months later, she’s making the return to Ann Arbor.
Shane finished her career as Michigan’s all-time leader in career victories, saves and save percentage. Now, Shane is returning to her college town as a volunteer assistant coach to help out the Wolverines’ goalkeepers.
But you can’t win a game, much less a Big Ten Championship, with just two players. Though the entire starting lineup is back from last year, all eyes are on the bench players to see who can step up and provide that extra spark to get the Wolverines over the hump.