Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Ferry Field)
Event: Len Paddock Invitational (Day 2)
U-M Team Standing: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sun., May 15-17 -- at Big Ten Championships (Columbus, Ohio)
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team picked up five more wins during the second and final day of the Len Paddock Invitational on Saturday (May 9) at Ferry Field. Senior/junior Sean Pruitt(Cato, Wis./Valders), sophomore/freshman Robert Peddlar(Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boys), senior Adam Harris(Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton North) and both the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams all finished in first for the Wolverines.
Pruitt earned his second win in as many days with a first-place showing in the shot put. The senior/junior earned the win with an NCAA regional throw of 56-11 1/4 (17.35m), over two feet better than the rest of the field. Pruitt's toss was the only NCAA regional qualifier in the event.
Earlier in the day, Pruitt earned an NCAA regional mark in his team-leading third individual event with a third-place showing in the discus. Pruitt used a season-best throw of 169-11 (51.79m) to qualify.
Peddlar rounded out his second straight day of excellent performances in the field with a win in the long jump. The Kingston, Jamaica, native used a jump of 23-8 (7.21m) on his fourth attempt to earn his second win of the competition.
On the track, the Maize and Blue was led by Harris, who finished first in the 200-meter dash to earn the only individual win of the day. The senior shot out of the blocks and had the race well in hand after the first 100 meters before breezing across the line in 21.24, 71-hundreths of a second ahead of the field.
Harris began the day as the anchor of the Michigan's first-place 4x100-meter relay team. The quartet of junior Kyle Terpak(Riverview, Mich./Riverview), sophomore Troy Woolfolk(Sugar Land, Texas/Dulles), senior Andre Barnes(West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) and Harris battled against high winds and managed to finish with the only NCAA regional qualifier in the field at 40.54.
Sophomore Carl Buchanon(South Bend, Ind./Clay) continued his strong season in the hurdles, finishing second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time 14.48. Buchanon was the top collegiate finisher in the race, finishing behind only former Wolverine Jeff Porter, a former NCAA champion in the event.
In his final collegiate race at Ferry Field, Barnes finished second in the 400 meters. Competing in the fifth and final heat, Barnes overcame a wet track and rainy weather to finish in 48.31.
The Wolverines' fifth and final win came in the 4x400-meter relay, the final race of the competition. The U-M quartet of senior Rob Fiorillo(Holly, Mich./Holly), Buchanon, senior Mike Luginbill(Troy, Mich./Troy) and sophomore David St. Amant(Livonia, Mich./Churchill) finished with a time of 3:13.24 to claim first. U-M trailed after the first leg, but a strong run by Buchanon pulled Michigan into the lead and the Maize and Blue continued to extend its lead over the final two legs.
The Wolverines will kick off the outdoor postseason next weekend (Fri-Sun., May 15-17) when they will try to defend their 2008 conference title at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Competition is slated to begin at noon on Friday (May 15) with the multi-events at the Jesse Owens Memorial Track.
Day 1 Results
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Fred LaPlante
On the team's performance... "This was a tuneup for us for Big Tens. We don't always run all of our guys in all their events; some guys need a tuneup for one thing or another. You are trying to get a variety of things all accomplished. It is not the same for each guy. There were some good things that happened. Robert Peddlar had a good weekend in the triple jump and the long jump. Confidence has a lot to do with how well you do in an upcoming meet. When you are confident you are focused, and I think he can go into this meet pretty excited. Our 4x100 relay, we changed our order and I think our guys are excited with how they ran. Fiorillo and Carl both had a good weekend. The main thing is we came out of the meet healthy. It was a good weekend."
On alumni returning to compete... "It is always good to have your alumni come back. I think the guys on the team like to see those guys running and they are running at a high level. It gives extra credibility to the program. Just like when you see guys in the NBA or playing Major League Baseball; when you have guys running international track and field it is good to see those guys."
On the seniors... "Senior classes are important to your program. You want your senior to stay engaged. A neat thing is our guys have a passion for track and they have had some success. This year, we are running on fumes a bit because of injuries, so things haven't gone perfectly for us, but they are still fighting. That is what is neat, the guys care. They want to do well, they are trying to do well every time they perform and they want to do well next week. So that just keeps everyone on the team focused. They have been a real good group of guys and they will do wonderful things when they move on. But right now, we still have another meet or two to go for."
On the upcoming Big Ten Championships... "We are definitely not the favorite, but we are defending the title. I think that helps you. I think it gives you a little extra pride. No matter what goes on, I am sure when those guys get in their uniform and they are out there, they are going to feel it. I am confident we will have a good meet. There is no defense in track; part of how well you will do is some other team not doing as well as they are supposed to do. Someone can help you and someone can hurt you. What you have to do is take care of your own business. We have enough experience on our team and that is what has carried us through when things haven't gone so well. I am confident we will fight to the very end. I think we have a chance to win, but in our conference there are no weak teams, so we could get fifth or sixth and maybe it's on just one little mess up. But we are not going in with that attitude; we are going in with the thinking that we have a chance to win and we are going to fight as hard as we can."
U-M Senior Adam Harris
On his day... "In the 4x100 relay, we had a couple iffy hand-offs, but we still had a pretty good time, which is good heading into next week. In the 200, it was pretty good in the beginning, but it ended up not being as fast as I hoped it would."
On his last home meet... "It is sad that I won't be running for the Maize and Blue anymore. Hopefully, I will be back here running for some team. This won't be my last time on this track."
On the team... "We look pretty good. A lot of good things happened this weekend. Robert Peddlar looked good. Harmsen would have run a great time. We look pretty good heading into Big Tens. It's just like last year; we didn't go in as the top team, but we came out on top, so we know we can do it."
On how he feels before Big Tens... "I feel pretty good. My times have been right up where they should be. All the races should be pretty good. You never know what to expect at the Big Tens, someone might come out of nowhere. I am going to be trying my hardest and hopefully I will come out on top."
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