Five Event Wins Headline U-M's Effort at Silverston Invite

Feb. 19, 2011

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Indoor Track Building)
Event: Silverston Invitational
Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Sat-Sun., Feb. 26-27 -- at Big Ten Indoor Championships (Champaign, Ill.), 10 a.m. CT)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Five University of Michigan men's track and field student-athletes won events on Saturday (Feb. 19) at the Silverston Invitational, held at the U-M Indoor Track Building, giving the Wolverines some momentum heading into the Big Ten Indoor Championships next weekend.

Among the winners in the field were sophomore Jack Greenlee (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) in the pole vault, senior Robert Peddlar (Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boys) in the long jump (23-6 3/4 ft.) and junior Erik Braun (Pinckney, Mich./Pinckney Community) in the triple jump (career-best 47-4 1/4 ft.). Michigan also got runner-up performances in two of those events mentioned above, coming from freshman Ed Hur (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Andover) in the long jump (22-3 1/2 ft.) and sophomore Austin DeWildt (Wyoming, Mich./Catholic Central) in the pole vault.

Elsewhere, redshirt freshman Ethan Dennis (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grandville) was fourth in the 35-lb. weight throw (57-9 3/4 ft.) and heptathlete Kurt Reichenbach (Brighton, Mich./Pinckney Community) tied for second in the high jump (6-4 3/4 ft.).

Michigan's other event winners came on the track. Freshman Herman Washington (Blacklick, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln) took first in the 60-meter hurdles (8.20) and sophomore Troy Sneller (Hamilton, Mich./Hamilton) was first in the 400-meter run (49.86).

In the distance races, the Wolverines were led by sophomore Dallas Bowden (Hastings, New Zealand/Nelson College), who was third in the 800-meter run (1:54.90), and freshman Matt Popielarz (Saginaw, Mich./Heritage), who was third in the 5,000-meter run (15:50.84).

Michigan now readies for the Big Ten Indoor Championships next weekend (Sat-Sun., Feb. 26-27) in Champaign, Ill.

Event Winners/U-M Finishers

35-lb. Weight Throw
 1. Brian Richotte, Unattached      71-4 3/4 ft. (21.76m)
 4. Ethan Dennis, U-M               57-9 3/4 ft.(17.62m)
Pole Vault
 1. Jack Greenlee, U-M              16-6 3/4 ft. (5.05m)
 2. Austin DeWildt, U-M             16-0 3/4 ft. (4.90m)
T4. Robert Rix, U-M                     15-1 ft. (4.60m)
    Taylor Voice, U-M                   15-1 ft. (4.60m)
Long Jump
 1. Robert Peddlar, U-M             23-6 3/4 ft. (7.18m)
 2. Ed Hur, U-M                     22-3 1/2 ft. (6.79m)
High Jump
 1. Derek Watkins, Windsor           7-0 1/2 ft. (2.15m)
T2. Kurt Reichenbach, U-M            6-4 3/4 ft. (1.95m)
 4. Joe Strizich, U-M                6-2 3/4 ft. (1.90m)
Triple Jump
 1. Erik Braun, U-M                 47-4 1/4 ft. (14.43m)
5,000-meter Run
 1. Morsi Rayyan, Unattached        14:51.74
 3. Matt Popielarz, U-M             15:50.84
60-meter Hurdles
 1. Herman Washington, U-M              8.20
400-meter Dash
 1. Troy Sneller, U-M                  49.86
 3. Michael Parker Jr., U-M            50.98
60-meter Dash
 1. Johnnie Drake, Unattached           6.87
10. Davis Craw, U-M                     7.35
11. Kurt Reichenbach, U-M               7.44
16. Joe Strizich, U-M                   7.56
800-meter Run
 1. Curtis Vollmar, Unattached       1:53.68
 3. Dallas Bowden, U-M               1:54.90
 5. Nick Kern, U-M                   1:56.30
 7. Brendon Blacklaws, U-M           1:56.95
200-meter Run
 1. Leonae Nichol, Windsor             22.44
T4. Davis Craw, U-M                    23.61


Michigan Head Coach Fred LaPlante
On the meet ... "We had a number of guys resting. This meet is a good opportunity for other guys to prep should they feel they need it. I thought the guys we ran competed hard, as always, even though some of them were a little tired. Now we're focused on Big Tens next week."

On expectations at the conference meet ... "The expectation will always be the same. We want to mentally and physically be at our best. If we can do that, I think we can accomplish some good things next week."

U-M Sophomore Troy Sneller
On the team's mindset ... "We're doing well right now. Some of us are banged up, but we'll be ready for next week. We had some real hard practices this week, but we're getting better for it."

On the youth ... "The thing with our young guys is, they are all good. The problem you have with youth is you don't know how they'll perform at a big meet like the Big Ten Championships. But we're excited about their potential. They're the future of our program."

U-M Sophomore Austin DeWildt
On the meet ... "It was a recovery week for most of us. This meet is all about focus, and that's all we wanted to do. We want to get in the mindset for Big Tens next week. It's a whole different experience there."

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423