Wolverines Win Three More Events at Duke Invitational

April 3, 2010

Site: Durham, N.C. (Wallace Wade Stadium)
Event: Duke Invitational (Day 2 of 2)
U-M Team Standing: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 10 -- "The Dual" at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), Noon

DURHAM, N.C. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team completed the second day of action on Saturday (April 3) at the Duke Invitational at Wallace Wade Stadium. Senior thrower Sean Pruitt (Cato, Wis./Valders) won the discus for the second week in a row, joining senior Jeff Merrill (Lodi, Calif./Lodi), junior Carl Buchanon (South Bend, Ind./Clay) and sophomore Nicholas Neuman (Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) as the other event winners over the two-day invitational. The Wolverines' 4x400-meter relay team of junior David St. Amant (Livonia, Mich./Churchill), Buchanon, freshman Aaron Taylor (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams) and sophomore Matthew Campbell (Rochester, Mich./Rochester) also took first, besting the competition by nearly three seconds.

On Friday (April 2), Neuman was one of three sprinters to shatter a career-best time. He took first in the 400-meter dash, crossing the finish line at 47.98, almost two full seconds ahead of his old career-best time of 49.69. Freshmen teammates Taylor and James Wade (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) were right behind Neuman in second and third, respectively. St. Amant and Campbell were the others to set new personal records in the 200-meter dash; St. Amant took second (22.05), while Campbell finished third just one-hundredth of a second behind (22.06).

Merrill won two developmental races this weekend. On Friday, Merrill made his season debut in the 1,500-meter run, crossing the finish line in 4:05.44. On Saturday, he took top honors in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.67.

Junior Nick McCampbell (Detroit, Mich./Cass Technical) scored two top-eight finishes this weekend, taking fourth in the 200-meter dash (22.10) and sixth in the 110-meter hurdles. Buchanon, U-M's other hurdler, won the 400-meter hurdles on Friday (52.50) and finished seventh in the 400-meter run on Saturday (48.71).

In the field, Pruitt continued the strong start to his outdoor season, placing in the same spots in three throwing events for the second week in a row. He won the discus and took second in both the shot put and hammer, just as he did last Saturday (March 27) at the Victor Lopez/Bayou Classic. Senior teammate Brendan Lodge (Narragansett, R.I./Bishop Hendricken) joined Pruitt in the hammer, taking fourth.

Junior Robert Peddlar (Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boys) was the only U-M jumper in the field. Peddlar, the 2010 Big Ten Indoor champion in the long jump, finished fourth in that event on Saturday after taking third in triple jump on Friday.

The rivalry is renewed next Saturday (April 10), as Michigan squares off against archrival Ohio State for the second meeting of "The Dual". Ohio State won the first meeting this season in Ann Arbor, 92-70. Competition in Columbus begins at noon.

Event Winners/U-M Finishers

Day Two (Saturday, April 3)

100-meter Dash
 1. Reggie Reese, N.C. State        10.54
13. Kyle Terpak, U-M                11.10
32. Erik Braun, U-M                 11.32

110-meter Hurdles 1. Hector Cotto, Unattached 13.62 6. Nick McCampbell, U-M 14.61

400-meter Dash 1. Rashaud Johnson, Unattached 47.64 7. Carl Buchanon, U-M 48.71 8. David St. Amant, U-M 48.83

800-meter Run (Developmental) 1. Jeff Merrill, U-M 1:54.67

Jason Manse 800-meter Run 1. Karjuan Williams, HPC Elite 1:48.84 40. Nick Thomas, U-M 1:55.70

4x100-meter Relay 1. St. Augustine's 40.81 (Kelly Fisher, Jason Boyd, Richard Boone, Sean Stuart) 4. Michigan 'B' 42.24 (Nick McCampbell, Matthew Campbell, Davis Craw, Erik Braun) -- Michigan 'A' DQ (Robert Peddlar, Nicholas Neuman, Aaron Taylor, Kyle Terpak)

4x400-meter Relay 1. Michigan 3:13.14 (David St. Amant, Carl Buchanon, Aaron Taylor, Matthew Campbell)

Shot Put 1. Jason Jones, N.C. State 18.28m (59-11 3/4) 2. Sean Pruitt, U-M 17.11m (56-1 3/4)

Discus 1. Sean Pruitt, U-M 53.76m (176-4)

Long Jump 1. Dexter Adams, Unattached 7.76m (25-5 1/2) 4. Robert Peddlar, U-M 7.26m (23-10)

• Previous Results: Day One


Michigan Head Coach Fred LaPlante
On his team's performances ... "The meet had a large quantity of competitors and it gave us an opportunity to compete for high places. It was good for our guys to be at the front of the pack in a lot of events, so as far as the meet went, that was good for us. There are always a few guys who had some standout performances. For the most part, our training is paying off and you don't exactly know how that will affect people's performances this time of year. I feel that we are capable of some better performances than what we have shown, but I feel that our guys are competing hard, training hard and are focused. The overall performance of our group was pretty good."

On Carl Buchanon ... "Carl won this week, which is great, but I feel that there is so much more there. I think he is going to hit something that is pretty significant coming up here in a few weeks. He's doing a lot of good stuff. I'm real pleased and encouraged with where I think he is going to be."

On next week's re-match with Ohio State ... "The first thing, you need to take care of business with your own guys. We need to perform at our best level. On paper, Ohio State is a very strong team with a lot of balance and depth. If our guys perform at their best level in every event, we'll make it a competitive meet. When it gets that way, anything can happen. We were in a similar spot last year and we were able to win pretty handily. We're going into it with some confidence and give it our best."

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423