Peddlar, Blacklaws Earn Victories at Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational
Robert Peddlar

May 2, 2010

Site: Palo Alto, Calif. (Cobb Track at Angell Field)
Event: Stanford-Jordan Invitational
U-M Team Standing: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., May 7-8 -- host U-M Len Paddock Invitational (Ferry Field), 6 p.m./Noon

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Junior Robert Peddlar (Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boys) and freshman Brendon Blacklaws (Wellington, New Zealand/Wellington College) of the University of Michigan men's track and field team won the long jump and the 1,500-meter run, respectively, on Saturday (May 1), setting new career highs event wins at the Stanford-Jordan Invitational Cobb Track at Angell Field.

Peddlar's jump of 7.36 meters (24-1 3/4) is a new career best, breaking his old personal best of 24-1 1/2 feet, which he set at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational in January. He also took fifth in the triple jump (14.17 meters/46-6 feet). Meanwhile, Blacklaws crossed the finish line at 3:49.35 in the fifth heat, better than his previous career best of 3:51.60 (set April 10 at "The Dual") and better than his teammates, senior Sean McNamara (Elmhurst, Ill./York) and freshman Dallas Bowden (Hastings, New Zealand/Nelson College), who both ran in other heats. McNamara was eighth in the fourth heat (3:53.64) and Bowden was 10th in the third heat (3:52.13).

Every Michigan sprinter that ran scored a top-10 finish on Saturday. Freshman Aaron Taylor (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams) continued his stellar spring season with two more solid runs, finishing in fourth place in the 200-meter dash (21.98) and seventh place in the 100-meter dash (11.14). Sophomore Nicholas Neuman (Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) and junior David St. Amant (Livonia, Mich./Churchill) finished back-to-back in second (48.58) and third (48.78), respectively, in the 400-meter dash. Finally, junior Carl Buchanon (South Bend, Ind./Clay) was the runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles, taking second with a time of 51.66, a new outdoor season best.

In the final event for U-M, the 5,000-meter run, redshirt freshman Bobby Aprill (Dexter, Mich./Dexter) led the way in the third heat with a time of 14:27.79 and a 14th-place finish, with senior Brandon Fellows (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) crossing the line at 14:37.11 and grabbing a 22nd-place finish. Fifth-year senior Lex Williams (Ann Arbor, Mich./Dexter) closed out the evening with a 19th-place finish in the first heat of the 5,000-meter run (13:56.21), on the same track which he recorded the nation's fastest time in the 10,000-meter run just a little over one month ago (March 26 at the Stanford Invitational).

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 8) 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

Long Jump
 1. Robert Peddlar, U-M              7.36m (24-1 3/4)

Triple Jump 1. Nkosinza Bulumbu, Unattached 16.13m (52-11) 5. Robert Peddlar, U-M 14.17m (46-6)

100-meter Dash 1. Daniel Belch, Stanford 10.71 7. Aaron Taylor, U-M 11.14

200-meter Dash 1. Daniel Belch, Stanford 21.57 4. Aaron Taylor, U-M 21.98

400-meter Dash 1. Spencer Chase, Stanford 47.88 2. Nicholas Neuman, U-M 48.58 3. David St. Amant, U-M 48.78

400-meter Hurdles 1. Amaechi Morton, Stanford 50.03 2. Carl Buchanon, U-M 51.66

1,500-meter Run (Section Five) 1. Brendon Blacklaws, U-M 3:49.35

1,500-meter Run (Section Four) 1. Jonathan Sees, UC-Davis 3:47.70 8. Sean McNamara, U-M 3:53.64

1,500-meter Run (Section Three) 1. Jack Bolas, Wisconsin 3:46.25 10. Dallas Bowden, U-M 3:52.13

5,000-meter Run (Section Three) 1. Jory Zunich, Iowa State 13:58.10 19. Bobby Aprill, U-M 14:27.79 22. Brandon Fellows, U-M 14:37.11

5,000-meter Run (Section One) 1. Tiidrek Nurme, Estonia 13:32.74 19. Lex Williams, U-M 13:56.21

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423