U-M Posts Pair of Top-15 Relay Finishes on Day Two of Jesse Owens Invite

May 1, 2010

Site: Columbus, Ohio (Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium)
Event: OSU Jesse Owens Invitational (Day 2 of 2)
U-M Team Standing: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., May 7-8 -- host Len Paddock Invitational (Ferry Field), 6 p.m./Noon

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With most of Michigan's top performers out west at the Stanford-Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., the rest of the University of Michigan men's track and field team got a chance to see top competition at the OSU Jesse Owens Invitational, which concluded on Saturday (May 1) at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Sophomore Matthew Campbell (Rochester, Mich./Rochester) and redshirt freshman James Wade (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) took 25th (48.97) and 27th (49.07), respectively, in the 400-meter dash. In the other two individual races, sophomore Nick Thomas (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) took 29th in the 800-meter dash (1:53.07), while freshman Davis Craw (Monroe, Conn./Masuk) took 52nd in the 100-meter dash (11.13).

The Wolverines also ran in both relays. The 4x100-meter relay team of freshman Erik Braun (Pinckney, Mich./Pinckney Community), Campbell, junior Nick McCampbell (Detroit, Mich./Cass Technical) and Craw took 13th collectively with a time of 42.30. The 4x800-meter relay team of Wade, junior David Sweeney (Oswego, Ill./Oswego), senior Jeff Merrill (Lodi., Calif./Lodi) and Thomas took 15th place (3:19.85) in one of the final races of the day.

There was little action during Friday evening's (April 30) session for Michigan. Redshirt freshman Zach Ornelas (Cedar Park, Texas/Vista Ridge) finished 22nd in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:25.33), joining a trio of pole vaulters -- sophomore Taylor Voice (Boyne City, Mich./Boyne City), senior Chris Baldwin (Battle Creek, Mich./Lakeview) and freshman Austin DeWildt (Wyoming, Mich./Catholic Central) -- in competition. Voice was 27th (4.60 meters/15-1 feet), Baldwin was 36th (4.45 meters/14-7 1/4 feet) and DeWildt was 38th (4.30 meters/14-1 1/4 feet).

Michigan returns home for its only home meet of the season next weekend, hosting the U-M Len Paddock Invitational, beginning on Friday (May 7) at 6 p.m. and finishing on Saturday (May 1) at noon. It will be Michigan's final meet before heading to the Big Ten Outdoor Championships the following weekend in Bloomington, Ind.

Event Winners/U-M Finishers Day Two

4x100-meter Relay
 1. Akron                              40.42
   (Ferguson, Brazzell,
    Dobson, Peoples)
13. MICHIGAN                           42.30
   (Erik Braun, Matthew Campbell,
    Nick McCampbell, Davis Craw)

100-meter Dash 1. Rondel Sorrillo, Kentucky 10.33 52. Davis Craw, U-M 11.13

200-meter Dash 1. Lyndon Johnson, Findlay 21.16 Davis Craw DQ

400-meter Dash 1. Tavaris Tate, Mississippi State 45.26 25. Matthew Campbell, U-M 48.97 27. James Wade, U-M 49.07 50. Erik Braun, U-M 51.52

800-meter Run 1. James O'Brien, Indiana Invaders 1:49.05 29. Nick Thomas, U-M 1:53.07

4x400-meter Relay 1. Mississippi State 3:05.70 (Wilder, Mullings Mayers, Tate) 15. MICHIGAN 3:19.85 (James Wade, David Sweeney Jeff Merrill, Nick Thomas)

• Previous Results: Day One

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