Dennis, Relay Garner Second Team All-America at NCAA Indoors
Nick Neuman

March 11, 2012

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Site: Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center (Nampa, Idaho)
Event: NCAA Indoor Championships (Day 2 of 2)
U-M Team Result: No Team Score
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., March 23-24 -- at USC Trojan Invitational (Los Angeles, Calif.)

NAMPA, Idaho -- On the final day of the NCAA Indoor Championships, the University of Michigan men's track and field team was led by second team All-America marks from the 4x400-meter relay team and junior/sophomore Ethan Dennis (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grandville) in the weight throw on Saturday (March 10) at Boise State's Jackson's Indoor Track at the Idaho Center.

In his first appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships, Dennis, who was the 16th and final seed entering the competition, recorded a mark of 19.36 meters (63-6.25) to finish 14th overall. Dennis became Michigan's first All-American in the weight throw in program history.

The 4x400-meter relay team, which included sophomore Michael Parker Jr. (Jackson, Mich./Michigan Center), senior/junior Nick Neuman (Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way East), junior Aaron Taylor (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) and sophomore Ali Arastu (Northville, Mich./Northville), clocked a time of 3:11.20 to finish 10th in a field of 12 teams.

Michigan will now turn its focus to outdoor track and field season, starting with the USC Trojan Invitational on Friday and Saturday, March 23-24.

Final Team Standings

 1. Florida            52
 2. Arkansas           47
 3. Arizona            41
 4. Arizona State      31
 5. LSU                27
 6. Indiana            25
 7. Texas              22.5
    Texas A&M          22
    Virginia Tech      22
    Florida State      22

Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 2)

Weight Throw
 1. Marcel Lomnicky, Virginia Tech         22.04m (72-3.75)
14. Ethan Dennis, U-M                      19.36m (63-6.25)
4x400-meter Relay
 1. Arkansas                             3:04.92
10. MICHIGAN                             3:11.20
   (Michael Parker Jr., Nick Neuman
    Aaron Taylor, Ali Arastu) 

Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423