Feb. 23, 2013
Site: SPIRE Institute (Geneva, Ohio)
Event: Big Ten Indoor Championships (Day 2)
U-M Team Result: 9th Place of 11 (39 points)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., March 1-2 -- at Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational (South Bend, Ind.), 6 p.m./11 a.m.
GENEVA, Ohio -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team finished ninth overall with 39 points as five Wolverines, as well as the 4x400-meter relay, scored on the final day of the Big Ten Indoor Championships on Saturday (Feb. 23) at the SPIRE Institute.
After finishing fifth in the 3,000-meter run last night, fifth-year senior Bobby Aprill (Dexter, Mich./Dexter) returned to place fourth in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 13:49.18. Aprill scored a total of nine points on the weekend.
Junior Ali Arastu (Northville, Mich./Northville) and junior Herman Washington (Blacklick, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln) combined for four points for the Wolverines on the track. Arastu finished sixth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.31, while Washington placed eighth in 7.99.
In the field, senior/junior Bradley James (East Lansing, Mich./Haslett) cleared a height of 2.14 meters (7-0.25) to place fourth, while senior/junior Ethan Dennis (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grandville) recorded a mark of 20.73 meters (68-0) to finish sixth.
In the final event of the meet, Michigan's 4x400-meter relay took sixth with a time of 3:10.09. The relay consisted of sophomore Philip Washington (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield), freshman Nate Chapman (Auburn Hills, Mich./Avondale), senior Aaron Taylor (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) and Arastu.
Select Wolverines will be in action next Friday and Saturday (March 1-2) at the Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational in an attempt to solidify their qualifying spot at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Next weekend's meet will be held at the Loftus Center in Sound Bend, Ind.
Final Team Standings
1. Wisconsin 90 2. Illinois 87.5 3. Penn State 87 4. Nebraska 86.6666 5. Minnesota 86 6. Indiana 72 7. Iowa 49 8. Ohio State 40 9. MICHIGAN 39 10. Purdue 35.8333 11. Michigan State 29
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day Two)
400-meter Dash (Finals) 1. Stephon Pamilton, Illinois 46.07 6. Ali Arastu, U-M 47.31 5,000-meter Run 1. Zachary Mayhew, Indiana 13:46.04S 4. Bobby Aprill, U-M 13:49.18S 9. Zach Ornelas, U-M 14:14.28 13. Mark Beams, U-M 14:19.41 23. Dan Lowry, U-M 14:43.42 60-meter Hurdles (Finals) 1. Jordan Mullen, Iowa 7.70S 8. Herman Washington, U-M 7.99 4x400-meter Relay 1. Nebraska 3:06.67S 6. MICHIGAN 3:10.09 (Philip Washington, Nate Chapman Aaron Taylor, Ali Arastu) Triple Jump 1. Janis Leitis, Nebraska 15.86m (52-0.50) 10. Patrick Cochran, U-M 14.68m (48-2) -- Erick Braun, U-M FOUL High Jump 1. Derek Drouin, Indiana 2.26mM (7-5) 4. Bradley James, U-M 2.14m (7-0.25) Weight Throw 1. Lonnie Pugh, Michigan State 22.21mS (72-10.25) 6. Ethan Dennis, U-M 20.73m (68-0) 22. Brad Bolton, U-M 16.07m (52-8.75) S - SPIRE Institute record M - Big Ten meet record
Mark Beams -- 5,000m (14:19.41)
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Fred LaPlante
On the individual highlights of the weekend ... "Any of the guys who scored at this meet are a highlight -- the conference is tough. One of the performances I was really pleased with was Brad James in the high jump. He hasn't jumped well and has been in a rut, and he looked great. He missed the opening bar at a low height, and then it clicked in for him, so that was great to see. That's a performance that really stands out for me. What I also like was that I didn't feel like our guys were intimidated. I feel like we were in the hunt in so many events. I'm pretty pleased with how our guys responded to a really great meet."
On Bobby Aprill's performance in the 3,000- and 5,000-meter run ... "That's another great story of perseverance because this is his fifth year, and he hasn't run many Big Ten meets, and the ones that he has have not been great. There were two great fields in the 3K and 5K and in both those races he put himself in a situation to win. Those are some great athletes, so those performances were really inspirational. He's the type of guy you'll be telling stories about in the future about hanging in there."
On the team's plan for the next two weeks ... "I have to talk with Coach Gibby and Coach Saatara and see who will compete in last-chance meets next week. Dan Lowry and Bobby Aprill will not run in last chance meets -- they're going to get fresh and get ready for nationals. Cody Riffle and Ethan Dennis are in a position to go to nationals, but it's kind of a toss-up to see if they compete in another meet to help protect their space. For the rest of the guys, there will be a shut down for the next couple of days, and then we'll focus on getting ready for outdoors."
U-M Fifth-Year Senior Bobby Aprill
On scoring in the 3,000- and 5,000-meter run ... "Last night in the 3K, I felt really good and really smooth for the majority of the race. I thought I had a really good chance of winning it, I just missed a little of a decision at the end and ended up fourth. Today, I was tired from last night, because it went fast, and today was more of a physical thing. I made every right decision along the way, my legs were just pretty tired from last night. It's a tough conference -- you had arguably four or fie of the best distance runners in the 3K and 5K, so I'm pretty happy with the weekend. I made almost every right decision I could have out there and I'm pretty happy."
On competing in his first championship meet since 2012 outdoor Big Tens ... "I'm really excited about it. I've waited a long time to come out and have a good track season. I'm thankful that I had one more year to do it. I'm thankful that I'm able to help my team out in my fifth year. Coach Gibby stuck with me and stayed confident that I was able to get here. I've been through a lot to get here and I stayed resilient and I'm really thankful for this opportunity. I still have outdoor season, but so far my fifth year is going really well."
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423