Without two team-leaders for the Big Ten Championships, the
Michigan women’s track team’s title hopes were dealt a
blow before the weekend had even started.

Katie Erdman and Vera Simms sat out the weekend due to an
Achilles injury and mononucleosis, respectively. As a result, the
Wolverines wondered where 20 points — two first-place
finishes — would come from.

But Michigan got all the points it was looking for and won by a
comfortable 21.5-point margin over Penn State.

“To lose those two was very unfortunate, but it was also
the best thing that could happen to the team because we had to
really work to achieve our goal,” Michigan coach James Henry
said.

Junior Lindsay Gallo became the fourth individual in the Big Ten
to win both the 800- and 1,500-meter runs.

She outran Wisconsin’s No. 1 seed Hilary Edmondson down
the stretch for the win in the 1,500-meter race and, in the
process, put an end to the Badgers’ dominance in the event.
Wisconsin had won the event for the last 17 years.

Gallo’s win in the 800-meters marked the sixth straight
year Michigan came away with the title in the event.

Another win yesterday came from Melissa Bickett in the discus.
Her throw of 170’10” gave Michigan important points to
clinch the title.

“I’m really pleased with the results this
weekend,” Henry said. “Everyone did what they needed to
and contributed to this win.”

The men’s track team failed to achieve similar success.
With its star duo of Nate Brannen and Nick Willis redshirting to
train for the Olympics, Michigan had a hard time earning points.
During the three-day event, the Wolverines earned all 41 of its
points yesterday and finished in eighth place.

Sophomore Andrew Ellerton continued to dominate in the
800-meters race, pulling away down the stretch to win the finals
with a time of 1:48.52.

“After running a 1:46 a week ago, he was the odds-on
favorite,” head coach Ron Warhurst said. “He ran really
smart. With two-hundred to go, he kind of moved up on everyone and
just pulled ahead on the straightaway.”

Jeff Porter also had a strong weekend. The freshman finished
second in the 110-meter hurdles at 14.22 seconds.

“We could’ve finished sixth with a full lineup, but
no higher than that,” Warhurst said. “We didn’t
score well in the field events. We’ve just got to regroup,
that’s all.”

Both the men’s and women’s teams will compete in the
NCAA Regionals in Baton Rouge, La., beginning May 28.

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