Riffle, DeWildt Set Records, U-M Loses in The Dual to Ohio State

April 17, 2011

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Ferry Field)
Event: "The Dual" vs. Ohio State
Score: Ohio State 109, Michigan 94
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., April 22-23 -- at Eastern Michigan Invitational (Ypsilanti, Mich.), 5 p.m./Noon

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Freshman Cody Riffle (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) and sophomore Austin DeWildt (Wyoming, Mich./Catholic Central) set new meet records in the discus and pole vault, respectively, but the University of Michigan men's track and field team fell to Ohio State, 109-94, in "The Dual" on Sunday (April 17) at Ferry Field.

This marked the first time "The Dual" was held at Ferry Field since the rivalry was renewed in 2008 (the previous outdoor contests were all held in Columbus). Cold temperatures and high wind were prevalent throughout the afternoon at Ferry Field -- it was 41 degrees with 25 mile-per-hour winds when the meet started at 11 a.m. -- forcing pole vault and high jump to be contested inside the U-M Indoor Track Building.

Riffle threw the discus 179-6 feet, besting the old mark by 10 inches, which was set by former Michigan thrower Sean Pruitt (2006-10) last season. DeWildt broke his older brother's record (16-6 1/4 feet by Charles DeWildt, 2000) by eclipsing 17-0 3/4 feet in the pole vault. The record will be observed as an outdoor record despite being indoors.

Redshirt sophomore Matthew Campbell (Rochester, Mich./Rochester) continued his outdoor season surge with wins in the 100-meter dash (10.54) and 200-meter dash (21.36), both wind-aided. Another outdoor season bright spot, freshman Ali Arastu (Northville, Mich./Northville) won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.44.

Michigan also scored a pair of wins in the distance races. Sophomore Dallas Bowden (Hastings, New Zealand/Nelson College) won the 800-meter run (1:56.68) and redshirt junior Craig Forys (Howell, N.J./Colts Neck) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the second straight year, beating the field by more than 10 seconds (9:08.52).

In addition to wins by Riffle and DeWildt in the field, redshirt freshman Bradley James (East Lansing, Mich./Haslett) returned to the lineup, winning the high jump with a mark of 6-9 3/4 feet. James had not competed in a meet since early March due to injury.

The outdoor season continues for Michigan at the Eastern Michigan Invitational in Ypsilanti, Mich. Competition for the two-day event will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday (April 22) and noon on Saturday (April 23).


• Michigan falls to 28-12 all-time against Ohio State in outdoor dual meets. The two teams first met in May 1907.

• The marks obtained by both Riffle and DeWildt are fifth best in school history for outdoor competition.

• Ohio State won 11 events, while Michigan won eight.

• Campbell beat out NCAA All-American Thomas Murdaugh (Ohio State) in the 200-meter dash by two-tenths of a second.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423