Bradley James (L) and Coach Clayton
May 17, 2014
Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Rankin Track and Field)
Event: Big Ten Outdoor Championships (Day 2 of 3)
U-M Team Result: Tie-2nd of 11 Teams (28 points) after Day 2
Next U-M Event: Sunday, May 18 -- at Big Ten Outdoor Championships - Day 3 (West Lafayette, Ind.), 11 a.m.
WEST LAYAFETTE, Ind. -- Fifth-year senior Bradley James (East Lansing, Mich./Haslett) captured the high jump title for the University of Michigan men's track and field team on the second day of competition at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships on Saturday (May 17) at Purdue's Rankin Track and Field.
James opened the competition with two misses at 2.01 meters (6-7) before clearing the bar on his third attempt to remain in the mix. He rebounded well and soared over 2.06 meters (6-9) on his first try. With the bar at 2.11 meters (6-11), James came through on his third attempt once again. He then cleared 2.14 meters (7-0.25) on his second attempt, while the other three remaining jumpers got it on their third try. All four high jumpers, including James, failed to get over the bar at 2.17 meters (7-1.5), making James the champion.
In addition to James' 10 points in the high jump, Michigan also got six more points in the field from senior/junior Patrick Cochran (Erie, Pa./McDowell) in the long jump. He reached a mark of 7.30 meters (23-11.5) on his third attempt to move him into the finals and give him three more jumps. On his sixth and final jump, he improved his mark to 7.49 meters (24-7) to jump into second place, but Minnesota freshman Trevor Yedoni hit 7.57 (24-10) on his last jump to steal the title and leave Cochran with the bronze medal.
On the track, junior/sophomore Jeff Sattler (Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center) advanced to tomorrow's (Sunday, May 18) finals of the 1,500-meter run after taking third in the first heat with a time of 3:59.90 to lock up one of three automatic-qualifying spots from that heat.
In the final men's event of the night, the 3,000-meter steeplechase, junior/sophomore Mason Ferlic (St. Paul, Minn./Mounds Park Academy) and senior/junior James Yau (Troy, Mich./Troy) combined to score seven points for the Wolverines. Ferlic ran his way to the bronze medal in 8:50:15, while Yau clinched the eighth and final scoring spot with a time of 9:01.60. Ferlic jumped to the front of the pack quickly after the gun but fell coming over a barrier on the second lap, leaving him in the back of the pack once he returned to his feet. He regained his composure and steadily fought his way back into the lead. With about 500 meters to go, Ohio State's Jackson Neff opened up his stride and began to pull away. Ferlic slipped into third place and held off Purdue's Jake Waterman by .04 seconds down the straightaway to take the bronze.
The Wolverines will return to Rankin Track and Field tomorrow (Sunday, May 18) for the final day of the Big Ten Outdoor Championships at 11 a.m. In addition to Sattler in the 1,500-meter run, Michigan will compete in the javelin, shot put, triple jump and 5,000-meter run.
N O T E S
Bradley James matched his personal best of 2.14 meters (7-0.25) in the high jump en route to winning the Big Ten title. It marked his first time clearing seven feet at an outdoor meet since the 2011 NCAA East Preliminary Rounds.
Bradley James became the 29th Wolverine to win a Big Ten title in the outdoor high jump and first since Jon Royce in 1996.
George Kelly -- 3,000m Steeplechase (9:05.10)
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