May 8, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Ferry Field)
Event: Len Paddock Invitational
U-M Team Standing: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sun., May 14-16 -- at Big Ten Championships (Bloomington, Ind.)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- With the Big Ten Outdoor Championships just one week away, the University of Michigan men's track and field team completed the regular season at home on Saturday (May 8), wrapping up the U-M Len Paddock Invitational at Ferry Field. Nearly every U-M competitor in action scored a top-10 finish.
While some of Michigan's top performers sat out this weekend, the meet was hounded all weekend by bad weather. On Friday (May 7), periods of heavy rain in both the morning and in the early evening forced the pole vault to be temporarily moved indoors and pushed both the 400-meter hurdles and 1,500-meter run to Saturday. The weather was not much more cooperative on Saturday, as temperatures hovered around 50 degrees and strong winds were prevalent.
Junior Robert Peddlar (Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boys) had a banner weekend in the field, winning the triple jump (14.70 meters/48-2 3/4 feet) and tying for second in the long jump (7.14 meters/23-5 1/2). Freshman Brendon Blacklaws (Wellington, New Zealand/Wellington College) was the other Michigan winner, coming from behind to win the 1,500-meter run (3:59.85).
Friday's action started off with a pair of new career bests. Senior Brendan Lodge (Narragansett, R.I./Bishop Hendricken) threw a far mark of 60.23 meters (197-7 feet) in the hammer throw, putting him in good position to qualify for the NCAA Regional meet in a few weeks. Freshman John Greenlee (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) followed Lodge's performance with a top height of 4.95 meters (16-2 3/4 feet) and a second-place finish in the pole vault. Sophomore Joe Strizich (San Francisco, Calif./St. Ignatius College Prep) led a quartet of Wolverines in the javelin, taking third place (53.38 meters/175-1 feet).
On Saturday, both senior Jeff Merrill (Lodi, Calif./Lodi) and junior Nick McCampbell (Detroit, Mich./Cass Technical) took third in their respective races -- Merrill in the 800-meter run (1:57.04) and McCampbell in the 110-meter hurdles (14.53). Meanwhile, senior Kyle Terpak (Riverview, Mich./Riverview) took fifth in the 100-meter dash (10.94), the fastest time of any Wolverine sprinter during the outdoor season. Terpak was joined in the other sprints by freshman James Wade (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer), who was Michigan's highest finisher in the 400-meter dash (50.45 - sixth), and sophomore Matthew Campbell (Rochester, Mich./Rochester), who was second in the 200-meter dash (21.85). Freshman Davis Craw (Monroe, Conn./Masuk) finished behind Campbell in third (22.63) in the 200-meter dash.
The Wolverines now shift their focus to next weekend's Big Ten Outdoor Championships, beginning Friday (May 14) in Bloomington, Ind. The three-day event will run through Sunday, May 16, and be shown by the Big Ten Network on Saturday, May 22, at 4 p.m.
Event Winners/U-M Finishers
Hammer Throw 1. John Newell, Unattached 67.52m (221-6) 2. Brendan Lodge, U-M 60.23m (197-7)
Javelin 1. Mitch Broser, Unattached 55.55m (182-3) 3. Joe Strizich, U-M 53.38m (175-1) 4. Simon Wenet, U-M 52.12m (171-0) 6. Kurt Reichenbach, U-M 47.20m (154-10) 7. Frank Shotwell, U-M 44.63m (146-5)
Pole Vault 1. Josh Kettlewell, Central Michigan 5.50m (16-6 3/4) 2. John Greenlee, U-M 4.95m (16-2 3/4) T5. Chris Baldwin, U-M 4.65m (15-3) Austin DeWildt, U-M 4.65m (15-3) Taylor Voice, U-M 4.65m (15-3) T11. Frank Shotwell, U-M 4.35m (14-3 1/4)
Triple Jump 1. Robert Peddlar, U-M 14.70m (48-2 3/4)
High Jump 1. Jacob McDonald, Central Michigan 1.95m (6-4 3/4) T2. John Kipf, U-M 1.90m (6-2 3/4)
Long Jump 1. Mark Scherle, Unattached 7.19m (23-7 1/4) T2. Robert Peddlar, U-M 7.14m (23-5 1/2)
800-meter Run 1. Josh George, Unattached 1:55.47 3. Jeff Merrill, U-M 1:57.04
110-meter Hurdles 1. Massimo Bertocchi, Toronto 14.05 3. Nick McCampbell, U-M 14.53
400-meter Dash 1. Ackeem Forde, Eastern Michigan 48.32 6. James Wade, U-M 50.45
N O T E S
Teaming up with the women, both teams raised cancer awareness by wearing different colored shirts. The men wore blue shirts to promote getting screened for prostate cancer, while the women sported pink in honor of breast cancer awareness.
The men's track and field team will also host their season banquet on Saturday night at the Junge Center, honoring the graduating seniors and the Hall of Fame Class of 2010.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423