Sean Pruitt (photo by Walt Middleton)
Feb. 28, 2010
Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Fieldhouse)
Event: Big Ten Indoor Championships (Day 2 of 2)
U-M Team Standing: Eighth of 10 Teams (42 points)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., March 5-6 -- at Alex Wilson Invitational (South Bend, Ind.), 7 p.m./Noon
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team finished in eighth place at the 2010 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships on Sunday (Feb. 28) inside the Minnesota Fieldhouse. The Wolverines earned 42 points during the two-day event, with 21 coming from the field events. Minnesota won the team crown for the second year in a row, finishing in first with 162.50 points.
Senior Sean Pruitt (Cato, Wis./Valders) came within inches of winning the 35-lb. weight title for the second straight year but was beat out by Aaron Studt (Minnesota) on the last throw. Despite the runner-up finish, Pruitt gave Michigan eight points with his top throw of 20.23 meters (66-4 1/2 ft.), which met the NCAA provisional qualifying standard and was also a season high. Pruitt hit that mark on just his second throw and looked like it would be good enough to win, but Studt threw the winning mark of 20.35 meters on his final throw to take the event crown.
Junior tri-captain Frank Shotwell (Medina, Ohio/Medina) sat in eighth place after the first four events of the heptathlon but shot up all the way to fourth after taking first amongst the field in the 60-meter hurdles. Shotwell, the 2008 Big Ten champion in the heptathlon, finished in fourth overall following an eighth-place finish in pole vault and earning 10th in the 1,000-meter run.
One day after becoming Michigan's sixth Big Ten Indoor champion in long jump, junior Robert Peddlar (Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boys) aimed to score another title in the triple jump. He took third in his flight but finished seventh overall, as Kyron Foster (Michigan State) took the crown. Peddlar's final jump of 15.00 meters (49-2 1/2 ft.) is a season high.
Michigan's junior hurdler tandem of Carl Buchanon (South Bend, Ind./Clay) and Nick McCampbell (Detroit, Mich./Cass Technical) scored points for their top-six finishes in the 60-meter hurdles. Both improved on their preliminary times from Saturday, as Buchanon finished fourth and McCampbell took sixth.
Michigan has one final event prior to the NCAA Indoor Championships in two weeks. The Wolverines will head to the Alex Wilson Invitational next weekend in South Bend, Ind. Competition will begin on Friday (March 5) at 7 p.m. and conclude on Saturday (March 6) at noon.
Final Team Standings
1. Minnesota 162.50 2. Ohio State 106.50 3. Wisconsin 83 4. Purdue 67 5. Iowa 57 6. Indiana 52 7. Penn State 51 8. MICHIGAN 42 9. Michigan State 41 10. Illinois 40
Event Winners/U-M Finishers
Triple Jump 1. Kyron Foster, Michigan State 15.69m (51-5 3/4) 7. Robert Peddlar, U-M 15.00m (49-2 1/2)
High Jump 1. Derek Drouin, Indiana 2.26m (7-5)* T14. John Kipf, U-M 1.99m (6-6 1/4)
35-lb. Weight Throw 1. Aaron Studt, Minnesota 20.35m (66-9 1/4)# 2. Sean Pruitt, U-M 20.23m (66-4 1/2)#
600-meter Run 1. Harun Abda, Minnesota 1:17.76 25. Joe Reynolds, U-M 1:24.80
800-meter Run 1. Ryan Foster, Penn State 1:50.43% 15. Nick Thomas, U-M 1:55.83
Mile Run 1. Ben Blankenship, Minnesota 4:05.64 12. Dallas Bowden, U-M 4:09.74
* NCAA automatic qualifying mark # NCAA provisional qualifying mark % Minnesota Fieldhouse record
Michigan was in fourth place after day one.
Since the Big Ten Indoor meet was first contested in 1964, Michigan has finished in the top half (places 1-5) all but 13 times. The Wolverines finished in eighth, their lowest team finish since 1999 (ninth place).
Twenty-one of Michigan's 42 points came from field events (long jump, shot put, triple jump, 35-lb. weight). Sixteen came from the track (distance medley relay, 60-meter hurdles). The additional five came from the heptathlon.
Michigan did not have any finalists for the 60-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 600-meter run, 800-meter run or the mile run.
Peddlar was aiming to become the first Michigan track and field athlete to win both the long jump and triple jump in the same indoor season.
In the 60-meter hurdles, Buchanon and McCampbell finished in the same places they did one year ago at the 2009 Big Ten Indoor Championships (Buchanon - 4th; McCampbell - 6th).
Sophomore Kurt Reichenbach finished 13th in the heptathlon but came out with a new career high the event (5,100 points).
Redshirt sophomore tri-captain Craig Forys was competing in just his second meet of the season. He missed most of the indoor season recovering from injury and made his debut at the Grand Valley State Big Meet back on Feb. 13. On the weekend, Forys took 15th in the 3,000-meter run (Saturday) and 20th in the 5,000-meter run (Sunday).
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Fred LaPlante
On his team's overall performance this weekend ... "Overall, I am pleased with the efforts of our guys, but I am disappointed with the team finish. I certainly felt we were capable of doing better. Our guys gave 100 percent effort and in certain areas, we just didn't put it together."
On the next step for his team ... "Well, we can take a breather and re-group for outdoors. We have a few guys that we getting healthy that weren't before, so getting them back will be big for us. We also have a few guys joining us for outdoors that weren't there for indoors. We've got some guys that can help us improve. Hopefully, this experience will show our younger guys what they are up against and we will be a stronger team for outdoors."
U-M Junior Frank Shotwell
On his weekend ... "I'm pleased with getting fourth place, which I never thought I would be pleased with. Things didn't really go my way this weekend. I started both days out really strong. It was definitely the deepest field in the heptathlon that the Big Ten has seen in a while. Minnesota definitely deserved it this weekend. So it was not the score I wanted, but with the circumstances, I'm kind of happy."
On the contributions from the field events ... "I think a lot of guys from the team look up to us. We set the tone and we just struggled in a couple other areas this weekend. But it feels good that other people were able to step up. Guys were just competing hard. Never at any point did I doubt the effort from our guys. Some of us had the results and some of us didn't."
U-M Junior Robert Peddlar
On winning the Big Ten long jump title on Saturday ... "It was a relief emotionally. I have been trying to get to that point for the last two years and I was able to come through. I envisioned myself being on the podium all week, so to just come through was a really great feeling."
On his preparation for Big Tens ... "Basically just resting physically and getting prepared mentally. I didn't really do much to change my preparation. I had been hurt a couple weeks before, so I just wanted to come into the meet feeling fresh."
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