March 3, 2012
Sites: Loftus Center (South Bend, Ind.), Rector Field House (Blacksburg, Va.)
Events: Alex Wilson Invitational (Day 2 of 2), Virginia Tech Final Qualifier
U-M Team Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., March 9-10 -- at NCAA Indoor Championships (Boise, Idaho), 10 a.m./10:30 a.m. MST
SOUTH BEND, Ind./BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Select members of the University of Michigan men's track and field team competed at the Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational and Virginia Tech Final Qualifier on Saturday (March 3), vying for a spot in the NCAA Indoor Championships. The top finisher the whole weekend was fifth-year senior Craig Forys (Howell, N.J./Colts Neck), who won the 5,000-meter run (13:52.59) on Friday (March 2).
At Notre Dame's Loftus Center, Michigan's 4x400-meter relay team ran a season-best time of 3:07.75 and improved on its school-record time set earlier this season to finish sixth overall. The relay squad was comprised of senior/junior Nick Neuman (Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way East HS), sophomore Michael Parker Jr. (Jackson, Mich./Michigan Center HS), junior Aaron Taylor (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams HS) and sophomore Ali Arastu (Northville, Mich./Northville HS). Neuman, Taylor and Arastu were each members of the school-record breaking team earlier this season.
Each of the Wolverines competing at Virginia Tech's Rector Field House finished in the top six. Junior Jack Greenlee (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) cleared a personal-best height of 5.24 meters (17-2.25) in the pole vault to finish sixth.
Junior/sophomore Ethan Dennis (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grandville) recorded a fourth-place performance with a throw of 19.62 meters (64-4.50). Sophomore Bradley James (East Lansing, Mich./Haslett) also finished fourth, clearing a height of 2.03 meters (6-8.00) in the high jump.
The NCAA qualifying field will be announced this week for the national championship meet, which will be held on March 9-10 in Boise, Idaho.
Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational (Day Two)
1. Tavaris Tate, Mississippi St 46.10
16. Philip Washington, U-M 48.58
1. Mississippi St. 'A' 3:05.07*
6. MICHIGAN 'A' 3:07.75
(Nick Neuman, Michael Parker Jr.,
Aaron Taylor, Ali Arastu)
Virginia Tech Final Qualifier
Pole Vault (Unseeded)
1. Chris Uhle, VIrginia Tech 4.94m (16-2.50)
-- Austin DeWildt, U-M DNS
Pole Vault (Seeded)
1. Marvin Reitze, South Carolina 5.39m (17-8.25)
6. Jack Greenlee, U-M 5.24m (17-2.25)
1. Jeremy Postin, Florida 21.60m* (70-10.50)
4. Ethan Dennis, U-M 19.62m (64-4.50)
1. Darius Purcell, Appalachian State 2.18m (7-1.75)
4. Bradley James, U-M 2.03m (6-8.00)
NCAA automatics-qualifying mark
Day 1 Results
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