May 16, 2010
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Robert C. Haugh Complex)
Event: 2010 Big Ten Outdoor Championships (Day 3 of 3)
U-M Team Standing: 10th of 10 Teams (44 Points)
Next U-M Event: Thu-Sat., May 27-29 -- at NCAA Preliminary Round (Greensboro, N.C.)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team concluded the final day of the 2010 Big Ten Outdoor Championships on Sunday (May 16) at the Robert C. Haugh Complex. As a team, the Wolverines finished in 10th place (44 points). Minnesota won the team championship with 145 points.
Junior hurdlers Carl Buchanon (South Bend, Ind./Clay) and Nick McCampbell (Detroit, Mich./Cass Technical) scored points for the Wolverines in each of the hurdles races. Both finished in fifth place, earning four points each. Buchanon's time of 51.31 in the 400-meter event was a new season best, while McCampbell missed his season best mark by just five-tenths of a second in the 110-meter race. Meanwhile, senior Grant Till (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) scored a point for the Wolverines with his eighth-place finish in the javelin throw, setting a new career-best throw of 58.43 meters/191-8 feet.
Sophomore Joe Strizich (San Francisco, Calif./St. Ignatius College Prep), who pulled out of the decathlon on Friday (May 14) after three events, rebounded nicely to finish behind Till in ninth place (56.66 meters/185-11 feet), while freshman Simon Wenet (Seattle, Wash./Seattle Academy) finished in 14th place (53.10 meters/ 170-11 feet) in his first appearance at the Big Ten Championships.
Senior Sean Pruitt (Cato, Wis./Valders) took 12th place in the shot put (17.08 meters/56-0 1/2 feet) and junior Robert Peddlar (Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boys) closed out the field portion of the meet with an eighth-place showing in the triple jump (14.40 meters/ 47-3 feet).
Michigan ended the 2010 outdoor championships on a positive note, taking third in the 4x400-meter relay. The time of 3:08.48 was a new season best for the quartet of sophomore Nicholas Neuman (Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way East), Buchanon, junior David St. Amant (Livonia, Mich./Churchill) and sophomore Matthew Campbell (Rochester, Mich./Rochester).
Junior tri-captain Frank Shotwell (Medina, Ohio/Medina) was Michigan's lone representative on the All-Big Ten team, earning a second team nomination following his second-place finish in the decathlon on Saturday (May 15). His 7,379-point performance is a new University of Michigan record, breaking the old mark of 7,362 points, which Shotwell set almost two years ago to the day. Shotwell, the 2008 Big Ten Champion in the decathlon, missed out on first place by just two points to R.J. McGinnis (Minnesota), who had 7,381 points.
Select University of Michigan track and field athletes will head to the NCAA Preliminaries for the East Region, held in Greensboro, N.C., beginning on Thursday, May 27.
Final Team Standings
1. Minnesota 145 2. Wisconsin 124 3. Ohio State 115 4. Iowa 86 5. Indiana 82 6. Illinois 70 7. Penn State 52 Michigan State 52 9. Purdue 49 10. MICHIGAN 44
Event Winners/U-M Finishers
Triple Jump 1. Kyron Foster, Michigan State 15.49m (50-10) 8. Robert Peddlar, U-M 14.40m (47-3)
Shot Put 1. Blake Eaton, Penn State 18.46m (60-6 3/4) 12. Sean Pruitt, U-M 17.08m (56-0 1/2)
110-meter Hurdles (Finals) 1. Andrew Riley, Illinois 14.18 5. Nick McCampbell, U-M 14.58
400-meter Hurdles (Finals) 1. Ray Varner, Iowa 50.61 5. Carl Buchanon, U-M 51.31
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Fred LaPlante
On the competition ... "The team score obviously wasn't what we wanted, and I think the personnel of our team was certainly capable of doing a little bit better. Our guys really bonded and support each other throughout this weekend, which was great to see. I think every guy we had on this trip were focused and gave their best effort. We had some untimely injuries to some of our top point-getters, but we had some real impressive performances. Those performances are really appreciated by our staff. I'm proud of our guys. They didn't fold."
On Grant Till ... "Grant Till had maybe the best performance. He didn't do any throwing for four weeks because of an elbow injury, which is definitely not what you want to have happen for a javelin thrower. But he was a senior and he was determined to give his best effort today. He came out and threw a lifetime best, basically putting it all into one throw and that was it. And he ended up scoring a point. He showed some real heart out there."
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423