Feb. 27, 2010
Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Fieldhouse)
Event: Big Ten Indoor Championships (Day 1 of 2)
U-M Team Standing: 4th Place of 10 Teams (19 points) After Day One
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 28 -- at Big Ten Championships - Day Two (Minneapolis, Minn.), 10:20 a.m.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Junior jumper Robert Peddlar (Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boys) was crowned Big Ten champion in the long jump on Saturday (Feb. 27) during the first day of the 2010 Big Ten Indoor Championships, held at the Minnesota Fieldhouse. The Wolverines sit in fourth place (19 points) after day one, with host Minnesota leading with 49.50.
Peddlar improved on each of his first four jumps, finally hitting the winning mark during his fourth jump (7.32 meters) after falling behind early. He came into the meet tied with Korbin Smith (Ohio State) for the best mark in the conference but out-jumped the competition to give Michigan its first Big Ten title of the meet and earn the first of his career.
Also in the field, senior Sean Pruitt (Cato, Wis./Valders) took eighth in the shot put, while junior tri-captain Frank Shotwell (Medina, Ohio/Medina) currently sits in eighth in the heptathlon after four events. Both men will look to gain additional hardware for their trophy case on Sunday (Feb. 28). Shotwell was the 2008 Big Ten champion in the heptathlon and Pruitt will try defend his title in the 35-lb. weight throw.
The Wolverines missed out on grabbing another Big Ten title in the distance medley relay, as the quartet of senior Sean McNamara (Elmhurst, Ill./York), sophomore Nicholas Neuman (Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way East), freshman Dallas Bowden (Hastings, New Zealand/Nelson College) and freshman Brendon Blacklaws (Wellington, New Zealand/Wellington College) took second behind Wisconsin. The runner-up finish gave Michigan eight team points.
Michigan qualified two for tomorrow's finals of the 60-meter hurdles: juniors Carl Buchanon (South Bend, Ind./Clay) and Nick McCampbell (Detroit, Mich./Cass Technical). Buchanon ran the race in 8.03 (for fifth), while McCampbell crossed the line in 8.17 (for eighth). Both will go for their first Big Ten title.
Freshman Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach) narrowly missed out on cracking the top eight in the 60-meter dash during his first-ever Big Ten Championships. Despite getting clocked in with the same time as eighth-place Stephen Robinson (Ohio State) at 6.89, Robinson missed out on tomorrow's finals by four-thousandths of a second.
The 2010 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships conclude on Sunday (Feb. 28) inside the Minnesota Fieldhouse. Competition will begin at 10:20 a.m. CST.
Team Standings (After Day One)
1. Minnesota 49.50 2. Ohio State 40.50 3. Purdue 31 4. MICHIGAN 19 5. Wisconsin 15 6. Penn State 14 7. Indiana 9 8. Iowa 7 Michigan State 7 10. Illinois 3
Event Winners/U-M Finishers
Long Jump 1. Robert Peddlar, U-M 7.32m (24-0 ¼)
Shot Put 1. Aaron Studt, Minnesota 19.37m (63-6 ¾) 8. Sean Pruitt, U-M 17.26m (56-7 ½)
Mile Run (Preliminaries) 1. Craig Miller, Wisconsin 4:05.47q 12. Dallas Bowden, U-M 4:09.74
600-meter Run (Preliminaries) 1. Harun Abda, Minnesota 1:18.06q 25. Joe Reynolds, U-M 1:24.80
800-meter Run (Preliminaries) 1. Zach Mellon, Wisconsin 1:50.18q# 15. Nick Thomas, U-M 1:55.83
Q Qualified for event final # Minnesota Fieldhouse record
N O T E S
Peddlar becomes the sixth long jumper in Michigan track and field history to win an individual Big Ten Indoor championship in that event. The others were Horace Coleman Jr. (1952), Les Bird (1959), James Ross (1981), Derek Harper (1984) and Adam Harris (2008).
Peddlar set a career high in the long jump earlier this season at the Simmons/Harvey Invitational (7.35 meters on Jan. 22).
Michigan did not send any competitor to the finals in the 60-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 400-meter run, 600-meter run, 800-meter run or the mile run.
Freshman Aaron Taylor tied a career high in the 200-yard dash (22.30).
Many of Michigan's top finishers on Saturday were freshmen competing in their first-ever Big Ten meet: Robinson (9th, 60-meter dash), Joe Reynolds (25th, 800-meter run), Taylor (18th, 200-meter dash), Bowden (12th, mile run) and John Greenlee (12th, pole vault).
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Fred LaPlante
On his team's performance after the first day ... "It was a mixed bag. It was typical of most championships; so many events, so many guys. We had some highlights, which was exciting, and a few disappointments. Those weren't because of a lack of effort. The placing after the first day is not indicative of how the meet is going, but we are a little bit ahead of where we projected ourselves. With that said, it was a fairly good day."
On the finish to the 60-meter dash ... "If there is a tie with the time, they go to hundredths of a second. If it is still tied, they go to thousandths of a second. If it were still tied, both would be allowed to compete in the finals, but Denard was four thousandths of a second behind the other guy. I thought he might have won. There were four guys that came in all together. It was a race. Everybody was right there. He came real close to winning, even closer to qualifying. That's just the way it goes sometimes."
On the distance medley relay ... "It was a good race. It's the last event of the day and all the teams are down there. It's an exciting atmosphere. Our group had one senior and three freshmen. It was a great finish to our day and certainly lifted our spirits."
On the freshmen ... "The actuality of being in that meet, it's a little intimidating at first. They did fairly well, dug down and competed the best they could."
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423