Peddlar Sets Career Best in Triple Jump at Len Paddock Invitational

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Ferry Field)
Event: Len Paddock Invitational (Day 1)
U-M Team Standing: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Saturday, May 9 -- host Len Paddock Invitational (Ferry Field), 10 a.m.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore/freshman Robert Peddlar(Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boy's) earned his first career NCAA regional mark in his triple jump win with a new career-best distance of 50-4 (15.34m) to pace the University of Michigan track and field team on Friday (May 8) at the annual Len Paddock Invitational at Ferry Field. Peddlar was one of three Wolverines to pick up wins on the first day of competition.

After fouling his first two attempts of the day, Peddlar recovered to easily out-leap his previous career high of 49-5 3/4, which he set during the indoor season. The Kingston, Jamaica, native's jump was over three feet better than the rest of the field and the only NCAA regional mark of the day in the event.

Senior/junior Sean Pruitt(Cato, Wis./Valders) and senior/junior Brendan Lodge(Narragansett, R.I./Bishop Hendricken) began the day for the Maize and Blue with a 1-2 finish in the hammer throw. Pruitt picked up his second win of the season in the hammer with an NCAA regional toss of 198-0 (60.36m), while Lodge continued his strong season in the event with a throw of 192-8 (58.74) to finish in second place. Fifth-year senior Dan Bedoya(Muskegon, Mich./Reeths-Puffer) also competed in the event with a mark of 179-7 (54.74m) to take sixth in his final home meet.

Sophomore Carl Buchanon(South Bend, Ind./Clay), who already holds an NCAA regional time in the 400-meter hurdles, recorded U-M's third and final win of the day when he clocked a time of 51.81. Buchanon ran in the middle of the pack through the first half of the race before using a hard charge on the back turn to take the lead. Senior Rob Fiorillo(Holly, Mich./Holly) finished in third in his final home race with a time of 52.68. Fifth-year senior Dan Harmsen(Rockford, Mich./Rockford) seemed to have the race well in hand before catching a hurdle as he entered into the final stretch. The Rockford, Mich., native recovered to finish eighth with a time of 54.01.

The Wolverines return to competition tomorrow (Saturday, May 9) for the second and final day of the Len Paddock Invitational at Ferry Field. Action will kick off at 10 a.m. with the men's shot put and women's discus, while running events are slated to begin at 12:30 p.m. with the 4x100-meter relay.


Michigan Head Coach Fred LaPlante
On the team's performance... "The field events went pretty well. Our throwers went about par for a week before the conference meet, which was good. Robert Peddlar had a nice jump in the triple jump and that is always a confidence builder when you can hit a good one. In the 400-meter hurdles, I think all three of those guys were running really well. Obviously, Harmsen was having a really good run, so it was disappointing that he went down, but he is fine, so it was a good workout for him. It was a good solid day."

On Robert Peddlar... "Robert is pretty much always capable. He has been in a kind of slump, so it is good to come out of that. He is healthy and fit and he just hasn't been jumping really well. I haven't lost any confidence in him, but I am sure his own confidence is up after this week, which is good. It is always good to go into Big Tens with some confidence."

U-M Sophomore/freshman Robert Peddlar
On his jump... "It was really good. I have been trying really hard all season and there were little things that indicated that I was going to jump far, and I was glad it all came together today."

On heading into Big Tens on a high note... "It is a huge confidence booster. I was kind of down but with this jump this week, I feel like I am on top of my game now. I am definitely confident about what is supposed to come next week."

On achieving his first career regional-qualifying mark... "It is a relief. I had jumped the regional distance in high school and I knew I could do it. Getting it over with this week, I can take a sigh of relief."