U-M Starts Indoor Season Strong at Simmons-Harvey Invite
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Jan. 18, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Indoor Track Building)
Event: Simmons-Harvey Invitational
U-M Team Result: Non-scoring
Attendance: 1,735
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 1 -- vs. Michigan State (Allendale, Mich.), 6 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team held its first meet of the 2014 indoor season and began the Jerry Clayton era on Saturday (Jan. 18), winning five events at the annual Simmons-Harvey Invitational held at the U-M Indoor Track Building. Today's competition was a non-scoring event attended by many local colleges, as well as Notre Dame.

Michigan took the top three places in the shot put, led by the winning throw of senior/junior Cody Riffle (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit), who threw the shot 17.38 meters (57-0.25 ft.) and was followed by junior/sophomore Derek Sievers (Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center) and senior/junior Justin Gaumer (Holly, Mich./Holly). Sievers had a throw of 16.75 meters (54-11.50) to finish ahead of Gaumer for second place. Gaumer tossed the shot 16.47 meters (54-0.50).

The Wolverines claimed victories in the weight throw and high jump to complete a strong showing in the field events. Fifth-year senior Ethan Dennis (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grandville) won the weight throw with a toss of 20.32 meters (66-8), which was nearly eight feet farther than the second-place finisher. Fifth-year senior Bradley James (East Lansing, Mich./Haslett) took the title in the high jump by clearing 2.05 meters (6-8.75 ft.).

Michigan took first and third in the 1,000 meter run, with junior Ben Reed (Hemlock, Mich./Midland) turning in the top time at 2:31.44. He edged Siena Heights' Zaccheaus Widner and sophomore teammate Nate Chapman (Auburn Hills, Mich./Avondale) for the victory. Chapman ran the 1,000 meters in 2:33.44 to take third place.

U-M swept the mile as junior/sophomore Jeff Sattler (Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center), senior/junior Nathan Karr (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and sophomore/freshman Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D./Rapid City Central) went 1-2-3, respectively. Sattler clocked a time of 4:15.42 to win the race, followed closely by Karr (4:16.10) and Smoragiewicz (4:23.48).

Michigan alum and Olympian Jeff Porter ran unattached at today's meet, winning the 60-meter hurdles with a U-M Indoor Track Building facility-record time of 7.68 seconds. Porter broke his own facility record with a time of 7.72 seconds in the preliminaries and lowered the mark in the finals. Senior Herman Washington (Blacklick, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln) was the second-fastest collegiate runner in the event, placing third at 8.04 seconds. In addition to his victory in the hurdles, Porter won the 60-meter dash in 6.77 seconds.

The Wolverines will take a week off from competition before taking on Michigan State in a dual meet for the second straight year on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. at Grand Valley State's Kelly Family Sports Center.

PERSONAL RECORDS
Nathan Karr -- Mile (4:16.10)
Ben Reed -- 1,000m (2:31.44)
Stephen Sykes -- High Jump (6-04.75 ft 1.95m)

Contact: Whitney Dixon (whitdix@umich.edu)