May 3, 2014
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex)
Event: Indiana Billy Hayes Invitational
Michigan Result: No team scoring
Next U-M Event: Friday, May 9 -- at Toledo Invitational (Toledo, Ohio), 9 a.m.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team was led by top-two performances from throwers junior/sophomore Derek Sievers (Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center) and junior/sophomore Brad Bolton (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro) at the Indiana Billy Hayes Invitational on Saturday (May 3) at Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex.
Sievers continued his improvements in the shot put this season, throwing a career-best mark of 18.09 meters (59-4.25), which proved to be the event's top mark of the day. Sievers also capped off the day for the Wolverines with a third-place effort in the discus after recording a throw of 50.08 meters (164-4).
Bolton produced a personal-best toss in the hammer throw of 61.26 meters (201-0) to finish runner-up.
Sophomore/freshman Chris Maye (Union City, Mich./Union City) and junior/sophomore Codie Nolan (Morenci, Mich./Adrian) kicked off action on the track for U-M, as they each qualified for the finals in the 100-meter dash. In the prelims, Maye shaved .12 seconds off his previous career-high time, running 10.67, while Nolan also ran a personal-best time of 10:77. Later on in the finals, they finished fifth and seventh, respectively, in times of 10.77 and 10.89.
In his first collegiate 3,000-meter run, an event that is not contested at the championship level, sophomore/freshman Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D./Rapid City Central) took third place in a time of 8:35.59.
Junior/sophomore Jeff Sattler (Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center) was just .22 seconds off his personal-best time in the invitational 1,500-meter run, stopping the clock at 3:48.44 to take fourth place.
The Wolverines will wrap up the regular season next Friday (May 9) at the Toledo Invitational, which is set to begin in 9 a.m.
Q U O T E S
Chris Maye -- 100m (10.67)
Codie Nolan -- 100m (10.77)
Chris Maye -- 200m (22.07)
Ben Reed -- 800m (1:52.90)
Derek Sievers -- Shot Put (18.09m, 59-4.25)
Brad Bolton -- Hammer Throw (61.26m, 201-0)
Michigan Head Coach Jerry Clayton
On having athletes from all event areas together for the first time in several weeks ... "It was really good having everyone back together, especially the whole coaching staff together as well, with all of us traveling in different directions the past couple weeks. It was a pretty small group due to graduation and finals and other things like that, but overall it was a good step forward. We had some personal bests, which is always good to keep building on that. Some people we held out and some people we limited what they did here. Each week, we're continuing to stay on the path of staying focused for Big Tens. We're getting closer to that -- there's one more weekend -- and there will be a much larger group going next weekend to Toledo."
On individual highlights from the meet ... "Derek (Sievers) getting a personal best in the shot was good, and then he came back and threw well in the discus. Brad (Bolton) also had a personal best in the hammer, so those were both pluses. On the track, the 100m guys (Chris Maye and Codie Nolan) ran well in the prelims. The 1,500m was a good step forward for (Jeff) Sattler. And some guys we ran in different races just to tune them up for the weeks ahead."
On Derek Sievers' continued improvement ... "He's been working hard. We're getting him a little more positive -- sometimes he gets down on himself. His technique is starting to come around -- it did towards the championship phase of the indoor season. Derek always said he threw better indoors than outdoors, and I think we've overcome that demon with his performance this weekend. Now we can continue to move in a positive direction going into Big Tens. He's stepping up and we need that. Hopefully Cody (Riffle) will be able to roll for the Big Ten meet."
On the seniors who graduated this weekend and the team being able to focus on track with classes being done ... "There's no question that the leadership of the seniors has been important. They've stepped forward and they've bought into what we're trying to do and helped tremendously in that respect. My expectation is for everyone to graduate and I kind of take that for granted, but it's still a great accomplishment for them to get their degree, especially from Michigan. Most of them are doing that in four years, which is quite an accomplishment in itself. It's a big thing that they go through the graduation. It's a little different than what I've had at other schools, but the calendar has been different. It is nice that we're able to allow them do to that, because if it were the week before Big Tens or the week of Big Tens, it would be a lot more difficult. Of course, now it allows them to enjoy their weekend and the time with their family and the celebration of them getting their degree. We'll get back to work on Monday and they'll focus back in and it will be track only. To me this is the best time of year -- what we do here in the next six weeks. We have the championship phase coming and they can really focus in on the athletics side of it."