Trio of Wolverines Finish First at Silverston Invitational
Erick Gavin

Feb. 18, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Indoor Track Building)
Event: Silverston Invitational
Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event:
Fri-Sat., Feb. 24-25 -- at Big Ten Indoor Championships (Lincoln, Neb.), 10 a.m. CST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In the final regular-season meet before the Big Ten Championships, the University of Michigan men's track and field team hosted the Silverston Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 18) at the U-M Indoor Track Building. Three Wolverines recorded first-place finishes to lead Michigan.

Junior/sophomore Ethan Dennis (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grandville) won the weight throw, topping three Michigan State throwers with a personal-best mark of 21.07 meters (69-01.50).

Michigan got three top-five performances from its pole vaulters, with junior Jack Greenlee (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) winning the event with a height of 5.15 meters (16-10.75). Junior Austin DeWildt (Wyoming, Mich./Catholic Central) finished runner-up, clearing a personal-best height of 5.15 meters (16-10.75), while fifth-year senior Taylor Voice (Boyne City, Mich./Boyne City) took fifth (4.85 meters, 15-11.00).

Sophomore Ed Hur's (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Andover) mark of 6.66 meters (21-10.25) in the long jump was just a half inch shy of second place, securing third place.

Sophomore Erick Gavin (Chicago Heights, Ill./Marian Catholic) secured Michigan's only victory on the track, winning the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.07.

Also finishing in the top five for the Wolverines were freshmen Brian Snyder (Northfield, Ill./New Trier) in the 400-meter dash (51.08) and Ben Reed (Hemlock, Mich./Midland) in the 800-meter run (1:58.13), finishing third and fourth, respectively.

The Wolverines will compete in the Big Ten Indoor Championships, hosted by the University of Nebraska, next Friday and Saturday (Feb. 24-25). Action will begin at 10 a.m. CST on Friday and Saturday at the Devaney Center Indoor Track.


Ethan DennisWeight Throw21.07m (69-1.00)
Austin StevensPole Vault4.55m (14-11.00)
Austin DeWildtPole Vault5.15m (16-10.75)
Ben Reed800m Run1.58.13
Dan Tyler600m Run1.23.78
Joe StrizichShot Put15.18m (49-9.75)


U-M Junior/Sophomore Thrower Ethan Dennis
On throwing a personal best the week before Big Tens ... "We weren't really planning on throwing at this meet at the beginning of the year, but I kind of put myself in a situation where I needed to. So we tweaked a couple things in technique this week, and came out and did pretty much what I needed to do, so it was good."

On being so close to the NCAA automatic qualifying mark ... "It was definitely a big confidence booster the week before Big Tens. I feel like I can still throw quite a bit farther and this definitely proved it to me."

On resting up and getting ready for Big Tens ... "We're not going to try and change too many things up before next weekend. I just need to get myself mentally prepared for it. I know I'm ready to do it physically, so I just need to get my mind in a position to where I can compete really well."

Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423