March 28, 2014
Site: Jacksonville, Fla. (Hodges Stadium)
Event: North Florida Invitational (Day 1)
U-M Team Result: No team scoring
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 29 -- at North Florida Invitational - Day 2 (Jacksonville, Fla.), 9:30 a.m.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team started the outdoor portion of its season on Friday (March 28) with a split-squad appearance at the North Florida Invitational held at UNF's Hodges Stadium. The Wolverines won three field events -- hammer throw, high jump and shot put -- and the 400-meter hurdles while placing second in the long jump, hammer throw, shot put and 110-meter hurdles.
The Wolverines went 1-2 in the hammer throw with junior/sophomore Brad Bolton (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro) and fifth-year senior Ethan Dennis (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grandville) tossing the longest throws of the competition. Bolton had a career-best throw of 60.73 meters (199-3) to win the event and Dennis placed second with a throw of 59.97 meters (196-09). Both individuals made their top throws on their third attempts of the meet.
Michigan continued its impressive showing in the field events with three of the top four finishers in the high jump. Fifth-year senior Bradley James (East Lansing, Mich./Haslett) cleared 1.98 meters (6-06.00 ft.) to win the event. Freshman Louis Lamberti (Petoskey, Mich./Petoskey) and sophomore/freshman Stephen Sykes (Litchfield, Mich./Litchfield) finished third and fourth, respectively. Lamberti and Sykes cleared 1.93 meters (6-04.00 ft.).
In the long jump, senior/junior Patrick Cochran (Erie, Pa./McDowell) finished as the runner-up with a leap of 7.54 meters (24-9). Cochran's jump was more than two feet longer than his previous personal best of 6.86 meters (22-6.25) at the Florida State Relays on March 22, 2013.
The Wolverines placed 2-3 in the prelims for the 110-meter hurdles behind winner Tremayne Banks of Bethune-Cookman (13.96 seconds). Senior Herman Washington (Blacklick, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln) won his heat and placed second with a time of 14.19 seconds and senior Erick Gavin (Chicago Heights, Ill./Marian Catholic) was second in his heat and third overall, clocking a time of 14.28 seconds. Washington and Gavin will both represent Michigan in tomorrow's hurdle final.
U-M had two runners win their heat in the preliminaries and qualify for Saturday's finals of the 100 meter dash. Junior/sophomore Codie Nolan (Morenci, Mich./Adrian) won the fifth heat with a career-best time of 10.82 seconds and sophomore/freshman Chris Maye (Union City, Mich./Union City) recorded the top time in the sixth heat with a personal best time of 10.79 seconds. Maye had the third fastest time in the preliminaries while Nolan had the fifth best time.
Fifth-year senior Troy Sneller (Hamilton, Mich./Hamilton) won the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 53.21 seconds. His time was eight one-hundredths of a second faster than North Florida's Kyle Crompton (53.29).
Michigan had three runners finish in the top 15 in the 200-meter dash, led by sophomore/freshman Chris Maye (Union City, Mich./Union City). Maye ran a personal best time of 22.11 seconds to finish second in his heat. Maye had the fifth fastest time from the field of 49 competitors.
The day ended with the Wolverines finishing 1-2 in the shot put to complete a strong performance in the field events. Junior/sophomore Derek Sievers (Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center) won the shot put with a career-best throw of 16.92 meters (55-6.25). Senior/junior Justin Gaumer (Holly, Mich./Holly) followed Sievers with a personal-best toss of 16.58 meters (54-4.75) to finish in second place. Both competitors had their top throws during their fifth attempt of the competition.
Michigan will close out action at the North Florida Invitational on Saturday (March 29) starting at 9:30 a.m.
Brad Bolton - Hammer (60.73m, 199-3)
Patrick Cochran - Long Jump (7.54m, 24-9)
Justin Gaumer - Shot Put (54-04.75 ft. 16.58m)
Louis Lamberti - High Jump (1.93m, 6-4)
Chris Maye - 100m Dash (10.79)
Chris Maye - 200m Dash (22.11)
Codie Nolan - 100m Dash (10.82)
Derek Sievers - Shot Put (16.92m, 55-6)
Stephen Sykes - High Jump (1.93m, 6-4)