Feb. 2, 2013
Site: South Bend, Ind. (Loftus Center)
Event: Notre Dame Meyo Invitational (Day 2)
U-M Team Result: No team scoring
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Feb. 8-9 -- at SPIRE Invitational (Geneva, Ohio), 2 p.m./10 a.m.; Husky Classic (Seattle, Wash.), 4 p.m./8 a.m. PST
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team wrapped up the second day of competition at the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 2) with six top-10 performances, for a total of nine throughout the two-day event held at Loftus Center.
The Wolverines received top-five finishes in the 3,000-meter run from junior/sophomore Nick Kern (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and sophomore/freshman August Pappas (Chelsea, Mich./Chelsea). Kern ran a personal-best time of 8:23.85 to finish runner-up, while Pappas stopped the clock in his first collegiate 3K at 8:26.05, good for fifth place.
On the opening day Friday (Feb. 1), junior Herman Washington (Blacklick, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln) advanced through the prelims and semifinals of the 60-meter hurdles and finished third in today's finals with a time of 8.04, matching his time from the semifinals.
Junior Ali Arastu (Northville, Mich./Northville) finished second in his heat and ninth overall in the 400-meter dash, running a time of 48.06.
Freshman Nate Chapman (Auburn Hills, Mich./Avondale) and sophomore/freshman Jeff Sattler (Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center) each competed in their respective events for the first time in their careers. Chapman placed fifth in the 500-meter run, while Sattler clocked a time of 2:27.59 to place ninth in the 1,000-meter race. Neither event is contested at the championship level.
On day one, the Wolverines' distance medley relay competed for the first time this season, finishing fifth with a time of 10:11.56. The relay consisted of sophomore/freshman Zac Miklja (Rochester, Mich./Avondale) in the 1,200-meter run, freshman Garrick Roemer (Saline, Mich./Saline) in the 400-meter dash, sophomore Jake Schweinsberg (Monroe, Mich./Monroe) in the 800-meter run and sophomore/freshman Justin Krauss (Perry, Mich./Perry) running the anchor 1,600-meter leg.
In the field, senior Jack Greenlee (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) cleared a height of 5.05 meters (16-6.75) in the invitational section of the pole vault to finish seventh.
Michigan's 'A' 4x400-meter relay team capped the meet with a sixth-place finish in a time of 3:12.41. The relay consisted of sophomore Philip Washington (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield), Arastu, Chapman and senior/junior Troy Sneller (Hamilton, Mich./Hamilton).
The Wolverines will split their squad to travel to two different meets next weekend with the SPIRE Invitational in Geneva, Ohio, and Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9.
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 2)
200-meter Dash 1. Timothy Faust, Ohio State 21.37 17. Justin Clarke, U-M 22.17 22. Philip Washington, U-M 22.26 400-meter Run 1. Patrick Feeney, Notre Dame 46.13 9. Ali Arastu, U-M 48.06 32. Nate Chapman, U-M 49.13 53. Garrick Roemer, U-M 49.85 800-meter Run 1. Brandon McBride, Miss State 1:47.74 40. Zac Miklja, U-M 1:55.23 44. Jake Schweinsberg, U-M 1:55.59 55. Ben Reed, U-M 1:56.76 Mile Run 1. Shawn Roberts, Georgia Tech 4:07.00 54. Justin Krauss, U-M 4:21.41 3,000-meter Run 1. Walter Schafer, Notre Dame 8:23.17 2. Nick Kern, U-M 8:23.85 5. August Pappas, U-M 8:26.05 60-meter Hurdles (Finals) 1. Greggmar Swift, Indiana State 7.79 3. Herman Washington, U-M 8.04 4x400-meter Relay 1. Notre Dame 3:09.93 6. MICHIGAN 'A' 3:12.41 (Philip Washington, Ali Arastu, Nate Chapman, Troy Sneller) 24. MICHIGAN 'B' 3:23.20 (Garrick Roemer, Justin Clarke, Scott Dvorak, Ben Reed) Pole Vault (Invitational) 1. Scott Houston, Indiana 5.40m (17-8.50) 7. Jack Greenlee, U-M 5.05m (16-6.75)
Q U O T E S
U-M Head Coach Fred LaPlante
On the performances in the 1,000m and 3,000m ... "For Jeff (Sattler) it was kind of a nice rebound -- I don't think he ran what he wanted to run at Michigan State, so to come back the rest week and run well, I think he got his confidence back. That was a nice run for him. For Nick Kern and August Pappas, that was their first meet of the season and those are both lifetime-bests for those guys. They competed very well and they were all good performances."
On helping Herman Washington continue to improve in the 60m hurdles … "I think Herman and I are both sort of baffled as to why his marks are not faster than they are. But it was a very good field that he ran against, so making the finals was good. He competed well against some of the guys he's going to have to compete against at Big Tens -- he sort of runs to the level of competition. His training is going very well and he's focused and determined. I think whatever he's capable of doing, we're going to find out here in the next few weeks."
On finding the right combination in the 4x400-meter relay … "For the last few years, we've been very good in the 4x4 relay, so I think we have a tradition there and guys believe they're going to do well when they come together. We've always had interchangeable parts in that relay. You'd like to have four guys solid who you think are going to be the relay team, but there is always competition in our relay. We never really know who the final four guys are going to be until we get to those meets. The guys that performed this weekend did a great job. I was very impressed with how we ran. We've got guys that seem to rise to the occasion for that event so hopefully we'll continue to do that."
On what he's looking for from his team next weekend at the SPIRE Invitational … "I think the standard is for them to be competitive and that means being focused during the events. When you compete against top competition, you have to expect competition so they have to deal with that in every event. It's about how you react to that competition and I thought we did that pretty well the last two weeks. It's not necessarily a tangible evaluation from the outside, it's not about performances or marks, it's about being competitive. Along with that, being at a good facility and being a couple weeks out from the first of a couple championship meets will hopefully produce some good marks. I know the guys are looking forward to putting some good numbers up on the board."
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