April 5, 2014
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Site: Charlottesville, Va. (Lannigan Field)
U-M Team Standing: 3rd Place of 3 Teams (108 Points)
Next U-M Event: Thu-Sun., April 17-19 -- at Mt. Sac Relays (Walnut, Calif.)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team competed in a tri-meet with California and host Virginia on Saturday (April 5) at Lannigan Field.
The Wolverines finished third with 108 points after claiming victories in three field events and the 3,000m steeplechase. California took first with 142 points, while Virginia posted 124.
This meet was the second in a series of tri-meets between the nation's top public universities. California has won the men's competition each of the first two years. The three schools will compete again next season in Ann Arbor.
Michigan continued its strong showing in the field events, with victories in the hammer throw, long jump and javelin while collecting runner-up performances in the shot put, high jump and javelin. Ethan Dennis (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grandville) won the hammer throw with a toss of 64.60 meters (211-11 ft.), and Patrick Cochran (Erie, Pa./McDowell) won the long jump with a leap of 7.33 meters (24-3/4 ft.).
Stephen Burk (Parsippany, N.J./Parsippany) and Justin Gaumer finished 1-2 in the javelin. Burk won the event with a throw of 64.40 meters (211-3 ft.) compared to Gaumer's second-place 50.91 (167 ft.).
Michigan placed second, third and fourth in the high jump behind California's Nick Ridge (2.10m). Bradley James (East Lansing, Mich./Haslett) was second at 2.05 meters (6-8 3/4 ft.), while Stephen Sykes (Litchfield, Mich./Litchfield) and Louis Lamberti (Petoskey, Mich./Petoskey) cleared 1.95 meters (6-4 3/4 ft.) to earn third and fourth place, respectively.
In the shot put, Derek Sievers (Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center) and Gaumer placed in second and third place, respectively, with career-best tosses. Sievers finished as the runner-up with a toss of 17.23 meters (56-6 1/2 ft.), and Gaumer had a throw of 17.10 meters (56-1 1/4 ft.).
On the track, Michigan placed first, third and fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Mason Ferlic (Maplewood, Minn./Mounds Park Academy) won the event with a time of 8:47.91. George Kelly (Lincroft, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) and James Yau (Troy, Mich./Troy) placed third and fourth, respectively, in their first career opportunities in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Senior Erick Gavin (Chicago Heights, Ill./Marian Catholic) finished second in the 110-meters hurdles, clocking a time of 14.48 seconds.
The men's track and field team will return to the track at the Mt. Sac Relays on Thursday through Saturday, April 17-19.
Justin Gaumer -- Shot Put (17.10m, 56-1 ¼ ft.)
Justin Gaumer -- Discus (49.79m, 163-4 ft.)
Louis Lamberti -- High Jump (1.95m, 6-4 3/4 ft.)
Stephen Sykes -- High Jump (1.95m, 6-4 3/4 ft.)
George Kelly -- 3,000m Steeplechase (9:19.34) *
Chris Maye -- 100m dash (10.61)
Michael Parker Jr. -- 400m dash (49.78) *
Joshua Nance -- 400m dash (50.66) *
Codie Nolan -- 100m dash (10.93) #
Jeff Sattler -- 1,500m run (3:48.22)
Derek Sievers -- Shot Put (17.23m, 56-6- ½ ft.)
James Yau -- 3,000m Steeplechase (9:24.45) *
* first time competing in the event
# matched career-best time
N O T E S
• Jeff Sattler ran a career-best 3:48.22 to post a third-place finish in the 1,500 meter run.
• The Wolverines finished second in the 4x100 meter relay with a time of 41.72 seconds, just behind winner California (40.16). U-M placed third in the 4x400 meter relay at 3:27.54.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Jerry Clayton
On having the full team together for the tri-meet ... "It's nice to travel as a team as opposed to splitting up, but sometimes what we're trying to do dictates that requirement for us to split and go to different locations. I think a meet like this is definitely better for the athletes and the whole-team atmosphere to help solidify the team across all event areas. This type of meets and traveling this way is a big plus. I look at a meet like this, and it's kind of a test run of what occurs at the Big Ten, the preliminary rounds and the NCAA meet, as far as the championship phase of the season. It's primarily about placing -- it's head-to-head competition -- and performance is important, but the most important thing is where you're placing and whether you're scoring and beating other people. That's what it's like in the championship phase of the season so that gave us a good test run."
On having several personal records ... "We had several personal bests and we're always looking at that. The individual performances are definitely critical and we made a step forward with a lot of individuals that had personal bests. And of course winning events, which we won four, those are always things that we're looking for as well. Those were some of the positives we saw as far as moving forward as a program. The critical thing is them getting the feel of competing and also doing multiple events, which is what some of them could be doing in the championship phase this season. There are also things we're doing in preparation for them, where they run a race that's either shorter of longer than what they're used to, depending on what we're trying to accomplish. This type of meet gives us that luxury, and it can be a way to help the team point-wise, but it's also setting them up for things we're trying to do with some special endurance or special situations to prepare them for the championship phase."
On how the team will approach its week off from competition ... "When I got here, I looked at the month of April and was real concerned about the amount of travel and what effect that has on the athletes, both from an athletic and an academic standpoint. There are only four weeks remaining in the academic calendar before finals so that's why I felt, and I've done this at previous places I've been at, that we needed a weekend to regroup. We'll train very hard next week, but it gives them a week off to regroup and get refocused in the classroom. And athletically we can get in a good 14-day cycle moving into the next competition. As we move into the next meets after this weekend off, each of those meets becomes more important for us to establish ourselves in their individual events, and that will solidify who will travel to the Big Ten Championship. And of course we're always looking for those top 48 preliminary round qualifying performances as well."