Feb. 9, 2013
Site: SPIRE Institute (Geneva, Ohio)
Event: SPIRE Invitational
U-M Team Result: No team scoring
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 16 -- host Silverston Invitational (U-M Indoor Track Building), 10:30 a.m.
GENEVA, Ohio -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team recorded seven top-10 performances on the final day of the non-scoring SPIRE Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 9) to close with weekend with 11 top-10 marks at the SPIRE Institute.
In his first performance of the season, junior Patrick Cochran (Erie, Pa./ McDowell) finished third in the triple jump with a personal-best mark of 14.98 meters (49-1.75), which currently ranks seventh in the Big Ten with just one meet remaining until the Big Ten Indoor Championships (Feb. 22- 23).
Michigan's school-record holder in the weight throw, senior/junior Ethan Dennis (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grandville), placed eighth in the event with a throw of 19.34 meter (63-6.50).
On the track, the Wolverines' 4x400-meter relay clocked a season-best time of 3:11.59 to finish fourth overall. The relay was made up of sophomore Philip Washington (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield), junior Ali Arastu (Northville, Mich./Northville), senior Aaron Taylor (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) and freshman Nate Chapman (Auburn Hills, Mich./Avondale).
Junior Herman Washington (Blacklick, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln) and junior Erick Gavin (Chicago Heights, Ill./Marian Catholic) each qualified for the 60-meter hurdle finals, where they finished fifth and seventh, respectively. Washington ran a career-best time of 7.95, while Gavin stopped the clock at 8.05.
In the 60-meter dash, junior Justin Clarke (Flint, Mich./Southwestern) ran his way into the finals, where he placed sixth in a time of 6.93.
One the first day at the SPIRE Institute, senior/junior Zach Ornelas (Cedar Park, Texas/Vista Ridge) and senior/sophomore Mark Beams (Vicksburg, Mich./Vicksburg) highlighted the event, finishing third and fourth, respectively, in the 5,000-meter run. Ornelas clocked a time of 14:13.15, while Beams crossed the line in a personal-best time of 14:22.20.
Michigan's distance medley relay finished runner-up with a season-best time of 9:57.05. The relay consisted of sophomore Scott Dvorak (Westmont, Ill./Westmont) in the 1,200-meter run, senior/junior Troy Sneller (Hamilton, Mich./Hamilton) in the 400-meter run, sophomore/freshman Zac Miklja (Rochester, Mich./Avondale) in the 800-meter run and senior/sophomore Nick Kern (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) in the 1,600-meter run.
The Wolverines will cap the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 16, when they host the annual Silverston Invitational at 10:30 a.m. at the U-M Indoor Track Building. The event will feature several cancer awareness initiatives to raise awareness for prostate and breast cancer. More details will be released on MGoBlue.com later this week.
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day Two)
60-meter Dash (Prelims) Top 10 will advance to Finals (Heat winners plus next fastest times) 1. Bryce Cheek, Akron 6.84Q 8. Justin Clarke, U-M 6.95q 19. Codie Nolan, U-M 7.05 21. Antonio Whitfield, U-M 7.05 24. James Vincent, U-M 7.07 60-meter Dash (Finals) 1. Torrance Hunt, East Carolina 6.80 6. Justin Clarke, U-M 6.93 400-meter Dash 1. David Verburg, George Mason 45.83 14. Ali Arastu, U-M 47.72 22. Philip Washington, U-M 48.92 800-meter Run 1. David Mokone, Western Kentucky 1:50.02 27. Zac Miklja, U-M 1:53.81 45. Scott Dvorak, U-M 1:57.01 Mile Run 1. Nick Wade, Cornell 4:00.00 11. James Yau, U-M 4:10.83 15. Jeff Sattler, U-M 4:14.48 3,000-meter Run 1. Andrew Nixon, Guelph 8:01.75 14. Mason Ferlic, U-M 8:17.43 60-meter Hurdles (Prelims) Top 10 will advance to Finals (Heat winners plus next fastest times) 1. Cam Viney, Illinois 7.97Q 2. Herman Washington, U-M 8.00Q 4. Erick Gavin, U-M 8.10Q 60-meter Hurdles (Finals) 1. Vanier Joseph, Illinois 7.82 5. Herman Washington, U-M 7.95 7. Erick Gavin, U-M 8.05 4x400-meter Relay 1. George Mason 'A' 3:07.29 4. MICHIGAN 'A' 3:11.59 (Philip Washington, Ali Arastu, Aaron Taylor, Nate Chapman) 17. MICHIGAN 'B' 3:20.83 (Troy Sneller, Scott Dvorak, Zac Miklja, Justin Clarke) High Jump 1. Montez Blair, Cornell 2.18m (7-1.75) 14. Bradley James, U-M 2.03m (6-8)
Long Jump 1. Hercules Stancil, Cornell 7.40m (24-3.50) 11. James Vincent, U-M 6.68m (21-11) 19. Antonio Whitfield, U-M 6.50m (21-4) 20. Ed Hur, U-M 6.47m (21-2.75) Pole Vault 1. Jason Wurster, Toronto 5.30m (17-4.50) 6. Jack Greenlee, U-M 5.05m (16-6.75) Triple Jump 1. Brian Leap, Penn State 15.06m (49-5) 3. Patrick Cochran, U-M 14.98m (49-1.75) 16. Erik Braun, U-M 13.49m (44-3.25) Weight Throw 1. Jon Lehman, Minnesota 21.46m (70-5) 8. Ethan Dennis, U-M 19.34m (63-5.50) 22. Brad Bolton, U-M 17.21m (56-5.75) Shot Put 1. Stephen Mozia, Cornell 18.76m (61-6.75) 14. Cody Riffle, U-M 17.16m (56-3.75) 21. Justin Gaumer, U-M 16.49m (54-1.25) 25. Derek Sievers, U-M 15.70m (51-6.25) Q - Automatic Qualifier q - At-Large Qualifier
Zac Miklja -- 800m (1:53.48)
James Yau -- Mile (4:10.83)
Jeff Sattler -- Mile (4:14.48)
Herman Washington -- 60m Hurdles (7.95)
Patrick Cochran -- Triple Jump (14.98m, 49-1.75)
Brad Bolton -- Weight Throw (17.21m, 56-5.75)
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Fred LaPlante
On the highlights of this weekend's meet ... "We competed at the facility where the Big Ten meet is going to be so I thought that was good. It helps that they will be a little more acclimated with their surroundings when it comes to the championship meet. We had a number of spots that were encouraging -- Patrick Cochran made his season debut in the triple jump and did a really good job. He jumped 49 feet, which will be one of the top 10 marks in the conference. Aaron Taylor has been out for a couple weeks, and we ran him on our 4x4 relay, and he had an outstanding sub-47 second relay split. We had a number of guys that were competitive -- Jack Greenlee did well in the pole vault, Herman Washington and Erick Gavin both made the finals in the hurdles, and Herman ran another lifetime best. It was a good field and there were a lot of Big Ten guys in there, which made for a very close race. Justin Clarke made the finals in the 60, and we had a couple good performance in the mile and 5,000 as well."
On building toward the Big Ten Championships in two weeks ... "We still feel that we have some training to do; it really depends on the event -- some of us are more tactical than others. I think we're in a pretty decent rhythm with our training across our various events, but I think we still have some work to do as far as fitness goes. And then as far as execution, you work on those things to fine-tune our technique over the next 10 days or so before we head to the championships. Health-wise we're pretty good. We've had some guys that have had some good performances, but sometimes it's not bad to have a little bump in the road, because if everything is going good, sometimes you can come into the Big Ten meet a little soft. We've had some ups and downs and that shows that you can be vulnerable and so can other people. It helps your focus going in, and I think our season has served us well as far as preparing us for the championships."Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423