April 13, 2013
Site: Chapel Hill, N.C. (Belk Track)
Event: UNC Joe Hilton Invitational
U-M Team Result: No team scoring
Next U-M Event: Wed-Sat., April 17-20 -- at Mt. SAC Relays (Walnut, Calif.), 10 a.m./1:30 p.m./10 a.m./9 a.m. PDT; Fri-Sat., April 19-20 -- at EMU Invitational (Ypsilanti, Mich.), 2 p.m./10 a.m.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --Junior Herman Washington (Blacklick, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln) clocked the fifth-fastest 110-meter hurdle time in school history to pace the University of Michigan men's track and field team at the UNC Joe Hilton Invitational on Saturday (April 13). The Wolverines earned victories in nine of the 12 events they competed in today at Belk Track.
Washington ran 14.05 in the prelims and slashed that time in the finals, running 13.82 to win the event. His time ranks fifth all-time at Michigan and currently ranks third in the Big Ten. He topped his previous personal-best time by .22 seconds.
Michigan swept the hurdle event, as junior Ali Arastu (Northville, Mich./Northville) recorded a win in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.80.
Arastu was also a member of the winning 4x400-meter relay team (3:14.54), which included senior/junior Troy Sneller (Hamilton, Mich./Hamilton), fifth-year senior Matthew Campbell (Rochester, Mich./Rochester) and sophomore Philip Washington (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield).
Philip Washington was also successful in his individual event, winning the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.93.
Michigan's 4x100-meter relay finished first with a time of 40.94. The relay consisted of junior Justin Clarke (Flint, Mich./Southwestern), Campbell, senior Aaron Taylor (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) and sophomore/freshman Codie Nolan (Morenci, Mich./Adrian).
Clarke and Taylor also registered wins in the 100- and 200-meter dash, respectively, with times of 10.82 and 21.16. Taylor's 200-meter time is a new personal best.
In his first outdoor collegiate 800-meter run, freshman Nate Chapman (Auburn Hills, Mich./Avondale) finished first in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.48.
In the field, freshman Antonio Whitfield's (Canal Winchester, Ohio/Canal Winchester) career-best long jump mark of 6.82 meters (22-4.50) was good enough for first place.
Michigan will split its squad next week, sending student-athletes to the Mt. SAC Relays from Wednesday-Saturday (April 17-20) in Walnut, Calif., as well as the EMU Twilight Invitational on Friday and Saturday (April 19-20).
Event Winners/U-M Finishers
100-meter Dash (Prelims) 1. Justin Clarke, U-M 10.87q 2. Codie Nolan, U-M 11.01q 5. Antonio Whitfield, U-M 11.44q 100-meter Dash (Finals) 1. Justin Clarke, U-M 10.82 2. Codie Nolan, U-M 11.04 3. Antonio Whitfield, U-M 11.14 200-meter Dash 1. Aaron Taylor, U-M 21.16 3. Matthew Campbell, U-M 21.43 4. Justin Clarke, U-M 21.55 400-meter Dash 1. Philip Washington, U-M 47.93 800-meter Run 1. Nate Chapman, U-M 1:54.48 2. Scott Dvorak, U-M 1:54.77 McAfee Mile 1. Isaac Presson, UNC 4:02.22 21. Zac Miklja, U-M 4:21.44 110-meter Hurdles (Prelims) 1. Herman Washington, U-M 14.05q 110-meter Hurdles (Finals) 1. Herman Washington, U-M 13.82 400-meter Hurdles 1. Ali Arastu, U-M 52.80 2. Troy Sneller, U-M 53.33 3. Garrick Roemer, U-M 55.48 4x100-meter Relay 1. MICHIGAN 40.94 (Justin Clarke, Matthew Campbell, Aaron Taylor, Codie Nolan) 4x400-meter Relay 1. MICHIGAN 3:14.54 (Troy Sneller, Ali Arastu, Matthew Campbell, Philip Washington) Long Jump 1. Antonio Whitfield, U-M 6.82m (22-4.50) Discus 1. Austin Gamble, Duke 52.63m (172-8) 5. Justin Gaumer, U-M 48.15m (158-0) Javelin 1. Matthew McConaughey, Ecu-Una 60.68m (199-1) 2. Stephen Burk, U-M 58.82m (193-0)
Q U O T E S
U-M Junior Herman Washington
On his 110-meter hurdle performance today ... "It felt really good -- it felt fast. I knew I was capable of running fast; I just wanted a number to be next to my name. It's a good checkpoint to actually see the number '13 something' next to my name. It's pretty big because you never really see yourself in the history books while you're here. It's a proud feeling because I never saw myself being in the company of some of the other great hurdlers that came before me."
On what was clicking for him today ... "I think the biggest thing that clicked for me today was that my start was good finally, and my focus within the race was good. I was focused on each hurdle rather than just trying to get from point A to point B as fast as I can with a sloppy race. There was a lot of focus and emphasis on digging in between each hurdle -- I think that was the most crucial thing for me today. My confidence was boosted significantly today, and I'm ready to move forward and see how much I can improve from here."
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