Wolverines Crown Four Winners to Conclude Len Paddock Invite
Nick McCampbell

May 7, 2011

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Ferry Field)
Event: U-M Len Paddock Invitational (Day 2 of 2)
Score: No team scoring
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sun., May 13-15 - at Big Ten Outdoor Championships (Iowa City, Iowa), All Day

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team crowned four event winners and set 16 outdoor season-best times on Saturday (May 7) on the second and final day of the U-M Len Paddock Invitational, held at historic Ferry Field. The event was Michigan's final tune-up of the regular season before the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, which begin on Friday (May 13) in Iowa City, Iowa.

Two winners came from field events, and both were freshmen. Cody Riffle (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) came within one inch of tying his career high in the discus, finishing first with a top toss of 179-5 ft. Redshirt freshman Bradley James (East Lansing, Mich./Haslett) recorded his best jump in the high jump so far this outdoor season, reaching 6-11 ft.

Over on the track, freshman Ali Arastu (Northville, Mich./Northville) won his second event in as many days, leading a trio of Wolverines to a sweep in the 400-meter dash (47.60). Junior Nick Neuman (Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) took second (47.80), with senior David St. Amant (Livonia, Mich./Churchill) finishing in third (48.00). The Wolverines also had a 1-2-3 finish in the first section of the 110-meter hurdles, with fifth-year senior Nick McCampbell (Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech), and freshmen Erick Gavin (Chicago Heights, Ill./Marian Catholic) and Herman Washington (Blacklick, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln) crossing the finish line in succession. All three ran season-best times.

Junior Matthew Campbell (Rochester, Mich./Rochester) improved on his time in the 100-meter dash by one-hundredth of a second, finishing second in the first section (10.53). Freshman Justin Clarke (Flint, Mich./Southwestern) took top honors in the second section with a time of 10.78, also a season best.

With the regular season over, the Wolverines turn their attention to the 2011 Big Ten Outdoor Championships, held this year in Iowa City, Iowa. The three-day event will begin on Friday (May 13) and run through Sunday (May 15).

• Previous Results: Day One


• Michigan was also the only team to run in the 4x400 and 4x100-meter relays. The 4x100-meter relay team ran a season-best time.

• Arastu and St. Amant ran season-best times in the 400-meter dash.

• Sophomore Aaron Taylor also ran a season-best time in the 200-meter dash, finishing third in the first section (21.36).

• The Wolverines will honor its four seniors -- Nick McCampbell, Frank Shotwell, Carl Buchanon, and David St. Amant -- at its banquet on Saturday night. Michigan will also induct eight men into the U-M Men's Track and Field Hall of Fame [ Release ].

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423