Ohio State Gets Best of Michigan in The Dual

Jan. 16, 2010

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Indoor Track Building)
Event: "The Dual" vs. Ohio State
Score: Ohio State 92, Michigan 70
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Jan. 22-23 -- host Simmons-Harvey Invitational (U-M Indoor Track Building), 7 p.m./Noon

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In the second competition of the year, the University of Michigan men's track and field team welcomed rival Ohio State to the U-M Indoor Track Building on Saturday (Jan. 16) for another edition of "The Dual" in front of 1,573 fans, falling, 92-70. With the win, Ohio State recaptured "The Dual" banner and will keep it in Columbus until the two teams meet again in April in the outdoor event.

Winners for the Wolverines included junior Carl Buchanon (South Bend, Ind./Clay) in the 60-meter hurdles, senior Peter Christmas (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) in the 3,000-meter run, senior John Kipf (Monroe, Mich./St. Mary's Catholic Central) in the high jump, junior Robert Peddlar (Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boys) in the triple jump and freshman Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach) in the 60-meter dash.

Making his much-anticipated track debut and in his first-ever indoor meet, Robinson raced past the seven other competitors in the 60-meter dash to claim first place (6.81). Freshman Joe Reynolds (Rochester, Mich./Adams) was the other football player in action Saturday, finishing fourth in the 600-meter run (1:23.90).

Buchanon tied a 17-year "The Dual" meet record in the 60-meter hurdles, taking first place with a time of 8.01. The same time was recorded back in 1993 by Tim McCrate (Ohio State). Junior Nick McCampbell (Detroit, Mich./Cass Technical), last year's champion, took second with a time of 8.06. Later in the meet, Christmas outlasted Adam Green for first place in the 3,000-meter run.

For the third time in "The Dual", Kipf won the high jump, giving Michigan its first event win of the day with his mark of 6-11. Peddlar defended his title in the triple jump with a first-place showing of 48-3 1/2 (14.72 meters) and nearly made it two-for-two earlier in the day in long jump. Unfortunately for Peddlar, his high mark of 23-10 3/4 (7.28 meters) was second to Korbin Smith of Ohio State.

The first event of the day was the 35-lb. weight, as defending Big Ten champion, senior Sean Pruitt (Cato, Wis./Valders), was upset by sophomore Max Mays of Ohio State. Despite the second-place finish, Pruitt earned an NCAA provisional qualifying standard with his throw of 63-8 1/4 (19.20 meters). Over in the shot put, Pruitt missed first place by less than four inches, as his best throw was 56-5 3/4 (17.21 meters), good enough for second.

Michigan returns to the U-M Indoor Track Building next weekend for the Simmons-Harvey Invitational. The meet will start at 7 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 23) and conclude at noon on Saturday (Jan. 24).


• Ohio State won nine of the meets' 15 events, including six of nine on the track.

• Robinson's time was five-hundredths of second faster than Adam Harris, last year's winner and former U-M standout. Harris ran 6.86 at last year's meet.

• Places 1-4 were decided by 1.12 seconds in the mile run. The "Kiwis", freshmen Dallas Bowden and Brendon Blacklaws, took second and fourth place, respectively.

• The U-M Indoor Track Building was packed with Michigan and Ohio State fans alike. Attendance was listed at 1,573.


Michigan Head Coach Fred LaPlante
On Saturday's meet ... "We've got a pretty young group here and I think that showed today. We were overwhelmed in a few events and could have scored some points early. Ohio State is a very talented team and I think we have just as much talent as them. We just don't have the experience. This loss stings a little bit, but we competed hard and will learn from it."

On the youth of this year's team ... "You can't coach experience. There's no better way to learn than by actually being in it, learning on the job. Experience helps and the more experienced team won today."

On where the team goes from here ... "We have to stay focused and continue to give our best effort every time out. Our guys thought they knew what was coming today, but they didn't. We have got to rebound from this and we will."

On Denard Robinson ... "Well, it's a great start to his season. Everyone here certainly liked watching him run. The thing with Denard is he loves track. It will get him more focused on the season and it's very exciting going forward."

U-M Senior John Kipf
On his high jump performance ... "I surprised myself today. I think last week [at EMU Invitational], I got off to a bit of a rough start, but I felt real good today and was able to come out with a victory. I really thought 6-9 was going to be good enough, but I came out with a 6-11. It was much better than I anticipated."

On his goals for the season ... "My goal is to qualify. If I can stay healthy, I think I can be one of the best jumpers in the nation. I've changed my approach to be a little more conservative and that has been going well so far. It's only the second meet of the season for me, but my knees feel good and I'm gearing up for season ahead."

U-M Freshman Denard Robinson
On his win in the 60-meter dash ... "It felt really good to win that race today. I've been training very hard all week leading up to this point and I did it without really knowing what to expect. It was a new experience for me, but it wasn't any different than outdoor. It's still a race and it's still about being the fastest out there."

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