Feb. 4, 2012
Site: South Bend, Ind. (Loftus Center)
Event: Meyo Invitational (Day 2 of 2)
U-M Team Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Feb. 10-11 -- at SPIRE Invitational (Geneva, Ohio), 11 a.m.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team concluded its second day of competition at the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 4) with six total top-10 performances over two days inside the Loftus Center.
On Friday (Feb. 3), junior Jack Greenlee (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier HS) recorded a personal-best vault of 5.16 meters (16-11.00) to finish fifth in the pole vault.
Sophomore Herman Washington (Blacklick, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln) clocked the ninth-fastest time of 8.16 in the 60-meter hurdle prelims to move onto the finals, where he finished fifth in a career-best time of 8.00.
Michigan's distance medley relay earned a runner-up performance (9:54.66), finishing the four legs less than one second behind Indiana, which won the event. The relay squad consisted of sophomore Nathan Karr (Ann Arbor, Mich. (Pioneer HS) in the 1,200-meter run, freshman Brian Snyder (Northfield, Ill./New Trier) running the 400-meter dash, freshman Dan Martin (Plymouth, Mich./Salem) in the 800-meter run and sophomore/freshman James Yau (Troy, Mich./Troy) finishing with the mile run.
Junior/sophomore Troy Sneller (Hamilton, Mich./Hamilton) ran the 500-meter dash for the first time in his career, tallying a seventh-place finish in a time of 1:05.37.
Day two featured two top-10 finishes in the field for Michigan. Sophomore/freshman Justin Gaumer (Holly, Mich./Holly) took seventh in the shot put (16.04 meters, 52-7.50), while sophomore Patrick Cochran's (Erie, Pa./ McDowell) mark of 14.64 meters (48-0.50) was good enough for eighth place in the triple jump.
The Wolverines will face its toughest competition of the season prior to the Big Ten Championships next weekend at the SPIRE Invitational. Action will begin on Friday (Feb. 10) at 2 p.m. and resume against on Saturday (Feb. 11) at 10 a.m. at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. [ Meet Information ]
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 2)
Mile Run 1. Jack Hackett, Marquette 4:06.69 18. James Yau, U-M 4:15.48 23. Nathan Karr, U-M 4:16.75 400-meter Dash 1. Patrick Feeney 46.73 23. Troy Sneller, U-M 49.65 31. Dan Tyler, U-M 50.09 37. Brian Snyder, U-M 50.51 800-meter Run 1. Leoman Momoh, Arkansas 1:49.51 53. Jake Schweinsberg, U-M 1:58.10 57. Dan Martin, U-M 1:58.75 -- Nick Thomas, U-M DNS Shot Put 1. Robert Collingwood, Southern Miss 57-5.50 (17.51m) 7. Justin Gaumer, U-M 52-7.50 (16.04m) Triple Jump 1. Olumide Olamigoke, Indiana 51-7.00 (15.72m) 8. Patrick Cochran, U-M 48-0.50 (14.64m) 60-meter Hurdles (Finals) 1. Greggmar Swift, Indiana State 7.78 5. Herman Washington, U-M 8.00
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Fred LaPlante
On the younger athletes stepping up and gaining experience against good competition ... "They got a chance to compete at a good facility and go against good competition. We had a few successful experiences. The distance medley relay, which was comprised of two true freshmen and two redshirt freshmen, was kind of a nice surprise. They took second overall and had a pretty nice performance. That was kind of our highlight on the track. In the field events, Jack Greenlee was good. We didn't take our vaulters last weekend, so we took our best vaulters this weekend. He had a lifetime best in the pole vault."
On Jack Greenlee's continued improvement ... "We've got a good training group. Jack has some good teammates to work out with and I think that makes it helpful. They've got an outstanding coach in Shean Conlon. Jack has a lot of personal pride and motivation. He's taken advantage of all his opportunities and he's working hard to jump as high as he can."
On competing in the SPIRE Invitational next weekend ... "The way the season has gone, we've had some ups and downs and some surprises positively and a few negatively. Now is the time of the year where we're bringing it all together and this will be a good experience to find out how we do with this level of competition. I think the guys are very excited about going to this meet and seeing how they can perform."
U-M Junior Pole Vaulter Jack Greenlee
On setting a new personal record this weekend ... "I think it goes back to this past summer -- I stayed around in Ann Arbor with Coach Conlon and we put in a lot of work, a lot of technique work, along with the work with Bo (Sandoval) in the weight room. I think a lot of that is starting to pay off. Things with my vault are starting to feel pretty smooth. Putting some of those things together has led to little PRs. I think I have a big jump in me coming up, but the little PRs are the work from the summer paying off."
On rising to the occasion against better competition ... "I think everyone loves seeing good competition. We usually start off the season around here with some home meets, but getting out there and seeing what competition is out there really getting you going, gets the adrenaline going. You're out there to show people what you've got and give them some performances to be recognized on the conference level and for regionals and nationals."
On individual and team goals looking toward the Big Ten Championships ... "We're ready as a squad to get back in the running for the Big Ten. We've had a few years where we haven't gotten the place and the respect we've wanted, so as a team we're ready to get back in the mix and I think we have the people in place to do that. As far as the pole vault goes, there are no real standouts this year. It's going to come down to who can do what height on that day. It's pretty open around the top and I'm in it to win it. It's about who is going to stay in the competition and not get intimidated and who can stay focused and come through on that day. When it's close like that, it gets people excited. It will come down to who can compete on that day and who can show up."
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