Greenlee Wins Pole Vault on Day One of Big Ten Outdoors
Jack Greenlee (L) and Fred LaPlante

May 12, 2012

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Sites: Madison, Wis. (McClimon Complex)
Event: Big Ten Outdoor Championships (Day 1 of 3)
U-M Team Result: 3rd Place of 11 Teams (18 points) After Day 1
Next U-M Event: Saturday, May 12 -- at Big Ten Outdoor Championships - Day 2 (Madison, Wis.), 9:30 a.m. CDT

MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team is currently in third place after the opening day of the Big Ten Outdoor Championships on Friday (May 11) at Wisconsin's McClimon Track. Junior Jack Greenlee (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) clinched the pole vault title, while sophomore Ethan Dennis (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grandville) finished runner-up in the hammer throw to score 18 points for the Wolverines.

Greenlee cleared a personal-best height of 5.26 meters (17-3) to win the pole vault title. He cleared the height on his first attempt, while the remaining two vaulters cleared the bar on their second attempts. Greenlee captured the title after all three vaulters failed to clear 5.36 meters (17-7).

Dennis reached a distance of 62.71 meters (205-9), just 1.5 inches shy of his personal-best mark, to take second in the hammer. In his collegiate postseason debut, freshman Brad Bolton (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro) finished just outside the scoring positions in ninth place with a toss of 59.65 meters (195-8).

Senior/junior Kurt Reichenbach (Brighton, Mich./Pinckney Community) competed in the decathlon, recording personal-best marks in two of the five events on the first day -- 11.25 in the 100-meter dash and 6.69 meters (21-11.50) in the long jump. He tallied 3,675 points to put him in 12th place halfway through the competition.

In the 10,000-meter run, sophomore/freshman Mark Beams (Vicksburg, Mich./Vicksburg) placed 10th in a personal-best time of 30:04.56, while junior Zach Ornelas (Cedar Park, Texas/Vista Ridge) finished 12th in 30:18.55.

Reichenbach will compete in the remaining five events of the decathlon tomorrow (Saturday, May 12), including the 800-meter run, discus, pole vault, javelin and the 1,500-meter run.

Michigan will also compete in the high jump, long jump, 4x100-meter relay and discus, as well as the prelims of the 1,500-meter, 400-meter dash, 100-meter dash, 110-meter hurdles, 800-meter run, 200-meter dash, 400-meter hurdles and the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Saturday. Action at the McClimon complex will begin at 9:30 a.m. CDT.

Team Standings (After Day 1)

 1. Wisconsin            26
 2. Minnesota            21.5
 3. MICHIGAN             18
 4. Illinois             11
 5. Indiana              10
 6. Ohio State            9
 7. Penn State            7
 8. Michigan State        6
 9. Purdue                5
10. Nebraska              2.5
11. Iowa                  1

Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 1)

Decathlon (Through Five Events)
  1. Bjorn Barrefors, Nebraska          4,127
 12. Kurt Reichenbach, U-M              3,571
     100m (11.25)
     806 (10)
     Long Jump (21-11.50, 6.69m) 741 (t8)
     Shot Put (38-9.75, 11.83m) 596 (14)
     High Jump (6-4, 1.93m) 740 (t9) 400m
     Dash (50.50) 792 (9)
Hammer Throw
  1. Quentin Mege, Minnesota            67.08m (220-1)
  2. Ethan Dennis, U-M                  62.71m (205-9)
  9. Brad Bolton, U-M                   59.65m (195-8)
Pole Vault
  1. Jack Greenlee, U-M                  5.26m (17-3)
 12. Austin DeWildt, U-M                 4.96m (16-3.25)
t18. Taylor Voice, U-M                   4.81m (15-9.25)
10,000-meter Run
  1. Zachary Mayhew, Indiana         28:55.06
 10. Mark Beams, U-M                 30:04.56
 12. Zach Ornelas, U-M               30:18.55


Name, Event (Mark)
Kurt Reichenbach, 100m Dash (11.25)
Kurt Reichenbach, Long Jump (6.69m, 21-11.50)
Jack Greenlee, Pole Vault (5.26m, 17-3)
Mark Beams, 10,000m (30:04.56)


Jack Greenlee became the first Michigan men's pole vaulter to win a Big Ten outdoor title since 2000. Charles DeWildt, the older brother of current Wolverine pole vaulter Austin DeWildt, won the event at the 2000 outdoor championships.

• After clearing a height of 5.26 meters (17-3), Jack Greenlee moved into a tie for third on the all-time performance list at Michigan.

Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423