Nabbing its first road win might have appeared easy for the Michigan women”s track team last weekend considering the huge point spread between the Wolverines and the remaining teams.

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The women”s track team competes in the Central Michigan Invitational this weekend.<br><br>BRAD QUINN/Daily

But this week, that might not be the case.

This Saturday at the Central Michigan Invitational in Mount Pleasant, the Wolverines will compete for the first time this season against a Big Ten team.

The competition will consist of Purdue, Central Michigan and Bowling Green.

During the Michigan Intercollegiate last week, Central Michigan came in second behind the Wolverines.

Purdue might stand in the way of Michigan winning this weekend.

“We are all similar,” Michigan coach James Henry said. “All three (of the other competing schools) are balanced teams. We each have two or three good runners in each event.”

Expecting tight competition from Purdue, the Wolverines are trying to sharpen their techniques from last week.

If Michigan continues to have members achieve personal bests as they did last week in the 60-meter low hurdles, 400-meter, 1600-meter relay, 5,000-meter run and triple jump, the team could have a viable chance at scooping up a win over Purdue.

Whatever the outcome, the Wolverines hope to stay in close range with the other contenders.

“Last week we had seasonal bests across the board,” Henry said. “I think this week it is going to be a close meet and it should go down to the 1600-meter relay.”

Field events start at noon, and running begins at 2 p.m.

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