March 29, 2014
Site: Jacksonville, Fla. (Hodges Stadium)
Event: North Florida Invitational (Day 2)
U-M team Result: No team scoring
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 5 -- vs. California and Virginia (Charlottesville, Va.)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team wrapped up its opening weekend of the 2014 outdoor season at the North Florida Invitational on Saturday (March 29), which was held at UNF's Hodges Stadium.
Sophomore Stephen Burk's (Parsippany, N.J./Parsippany) performance in the javelin highlighted the day's action. He threw an eight-meter collegiate personal record of 68.10 meters (223-5) to win the event by nearly six meters.
Junior/sophomore Derek Sievers (Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center) , who won the shot put on the opening day (Friday, March 28), returned to finish runner-up in the discus with a personal-best throw of 51.72 meters (169-8). Senior/junior Justin Gaumer (Holly, Mich./Holly) followed behind Sievers in third place with a toss of 48.79 meters (160-1). Both throwers top marks of the day each came on their third attempts.
In the 110-meter hurdles, seniors Herman Washington (Blacklick, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln) (14.27) and Erick Gavin (Chicago Heights, Ill./Marian Catholic) (14.62) went 2-3 behind Bethune-Cookman's Tremayne Banks, who won the event in 14.01. The top three finishers crossed the line in the same order as Friday's preliminary round.
Banks also returned to take top honors in the 100-meter dash finals, where sophomore/freshman Chris Maye (Union City, Mich./Union City) and junior/sophomore Codie Nolan (Morenci, Mich./Adrian) finished third and sixth, respectively, in times of 11.10 and 11.14.
After starting the season with a split squad, where members of the team also competed at the Raleigh Relays Friday, the Wolverines will be in full force as they take on Virginia and Cal in the second annual tri-meet on Saturday, April 5, at Virginia's Lannigan Field in Charlottesville, Va.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Jerry Clayton
On his thoughts on the outdoor season-opener ... "The weekend was solid across the board. It was a good meet for us because we won a lot of events -- the competition wasn't cutting edge, but it's what we need right now with where we're at as a program. We just needed to get to good weather as well. I was pleased. I saw a lot of positive things -- we had a lot of personal bests yesterday and then today they continued."
On starting the outdoor season with good individual performances ... "I would say the top two performances of the weekend would have to be Steve (Burk) in the javelin and Pat (Cochran) in the long jump. What Pat did in the long jump -- that was huge -- it was about a two-foot personal record. In any event that's kind of unheard of. He had jumped well indoors unattached in our home meet with a about a foot PR, but this was two feet better than he's jumped outdoors. Those marks from Steve and Pat will make it to the preliminary rounds for sure; the hammer throw marks should make it through; the hurdle marks are close -- they'll have to run a little faster -- of course for the first meet that's really good."
On Stephen Burk's development in the javelin ... "He's really come along. There are so many of our athletes who have bought into the coaching and he's one of them. We're introducing so much new stuff, especially in his event area. It's an advantage for him to be outside, but not significant in that event. The thing you have to be careful with in that event is you can get them hurt if you throw the javelin too much. We've done a lot of throws with multiple implements -- med balls and things like that -- and then we've done enough into a net indoors. We were able to get outdoors this week and work on some approach stuff. He's done everything we've asked him to do. It's tough because a lot of weekend's he was home and we were on the road during indoor, and he has to have the dedication and the focus to do it on his own, and he's done that. He's been real focused and receptive to everything that I'm doing, and when you do those things, you compete well and get good results as a result of the hard work that he's put in so far."
On the next couple weeks of competition ... "Next week at Virginia, that's going to be a really fun meet for the whole team. It will pull the team together as we travel all as one group. We'll look to build upon this weekend and then assess after that and get a weekend off and readjust and move forward."