April 10, 2010
Site: Columbus, Ohio (Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium)
Event: The Dual
Score: Ohio State 116, Michigan 84
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., April 16-17 -- at EMU Invitational (Ypsilanti, Mich.), 5 p.m./Noon
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Despite new meet records from junior tri-captain Craig Forys (Howell, N.J./Colts Neck) and senior thrower Sean Pruitt (Cato, Wis./Valders), the University of Michigan men's track and field team could not maintain a fast start in the outdoor version of "The Dual", falling at archrival Ohio State, 116-84, on Saturday (April 10) at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Ohio State has now won both meetings this year, coupled with the 92-70 win indoors in Ann Arbor on Jan. 16.
Forys broke Ian Connor's (Ohio State) 11-year old meet record for the 3,000-meter steeplechase when he crossed the finish line in 9:00.60. It was also the first time in his career that Forys had run the event in a collegiate meet. Michigan's other record-breaker was Pruitt, who won the discus for the third week in a row and for the second straight time at "The Dual". His throw of 54.45m (178-8) beat Matt DeChant's (Ohio State) year-old record of 168-4. Pruitt also won the hammer throw and finished third in the shot put, continuing his scorching start to the outdoor season. In each of Michigan's first three outdoor meets, Pruitt has not finished lower than third in the discus, shot put or hammer throw.
Sophomore Joe Strizich (San Francisco, Calif./St. Ignatius College Prep) shattered a personal best in the javelin by more than 30 feet, reaching 193-11 feet on his third throw, which stood the rest of the way. The previous personal best for Strizich was 141-10 feet.
Michigan's 4x100-meter relay team of sophomore Nicholas Neuman (Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way East), senior Kyle Terpak (Riverview, Mich./Riverview), junior Nick McCampbell (Detroit, Mich./Cass Technical) and freshman Aaron Taylor (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams) took first, collectively crossing the finish line with at 41.35. During the race, Ohio State's team was disqualified. Junior Robert Peddlar (Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boys) was the final Michigan winner, taking top honors in the triple jump (14.13m/46-4 ¼ ft.).
Junior Carl Buchanon (South Bend, Ind./Clay) was upset by Ohio State's Jonathan Francois in the 110-meter hurdles, losing by just four-hundredths of a second. Senior distance runner Lex Williams (Ann Arbor, Mich./Dexter) came up just short in both the 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs, being edged out by Jeff See (Ohio State) in both. The Wolverines had a strong showing in the 3,000-meter run, with Williams taking second and redshirt freshman Bobby Aprill (Dexter, Mich./Dexter) and freshman Brendon Blacklaws (Wellington, New Zealand/Wellington College) occupying third and fourth place, respectively.
Michigan will not have to travel very far for the next meet, making the short trip across Washtenaw County for the Eastern Michigan Invitational, beginning Friday (April 16) in Ypsilanti, Mich. The meet will begin at 5 p.m. The second day of competition on Saturday (April 17) will commence at noon.
With the loss, Michigan falls to 28-11 in all-time outdoor competition against Ohio State.
Nicholas Neuman was scheduled to run a pair of sprints for Michigan but was held out. He felt tightness at the end of the 4x100-meter relay.
In Neuman's absence, Aaron Taylor became Michigan's top sprinter, finishing second in the 200-meter dash and third in the 100-meter dash. He also ran anchor on the first-place 4x100-meter relay squad.
It was just the second collegiate competition for freshman thrower Simon Wenet, who joined the team for the start of outdoor season and made his season debut at the Victor Lopez/Bayou Classic on March 27. He finished third in the javelin (53.95m/177-00 ft.).
Freshman Zach Ornelas made his collegiate debut in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase. He finished sixth (9:26.63).
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Fred LaPlante
On Saturday's meet against Ohio State ... "We went in knowing that we were capable of winning the meet, but to do that, everything had to go right for us. I thought we started out well. We had some good performances early on from Craig Forys [in the 3,000-meter steeplechase] and then we won the 4x100. From there, things started to unravel a little bit for us. Our guys kept fighting."
On Joe Strizich ... "Joe's performance was one of the best of the day. He's a decathlete and threw a lifetime best in the javelin by over 30 feet. He didn't do it once, either. Each throw was significantly better than the one before. It's performances like that which makes this meet interesting."
On who else stood on Saturday ... "Well, we had a number of guys that really performed well in this meet. A number of our guys rised to the occasion. It meant something to them and they aren't happy about how things went. This meet is a gauge for what we are and what we can be. There were some positives, but the bottom line for us was to come in and win the meet and we just didn't do that."
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423