Jan. 10, 2011
One of the best rivalries in sports is renewed this Saturday (Jan. 15), as the University of Michigan men's track and field team heads to Columbus, Ohio, to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes in another installment of "The Dual." The meet will be held at the French Field House and start at noon.
"The Dual" Indoor Meet Records
|60-meter Dash||6.65||Adam Harris (Michigan)||2008|
|200-meter Dash||21.68||Aaron Payne (Ohio State)||1993|
|Stephen Robinson (Ohio State)||2009|
|400-meter Dash||47.18||Thomas Murdaugh (Ohio State)||2010|
|600-meter Run||1:20.06||Ricky Fleming (Michigan)||2008|
|800-meter Run||1:53.44||John Ross (Michigan)||1952|
|Mile||4:04.73||Jeff See (Ohio State)||2008|
|3,000-meter Run||8:11.39||Jeff See (Ohio State)||2009|
|60-meter Hurdles||8.01||Tim McCrate (Ohio State)||1993|
|Carl Buchanon (Michigan)||2010|
|4x400-meter Relay||3:15.00||Ohio State||2010|
|Pole Vault||16-0 3/4 ft.||Heath Nickles (Ohio State)||2010|
|High Jump||7-0 1/2 m||John Kipf (Michigan)||2008|
|Long Jump||26-0 ft.||Chris Sanders (Ohio State)||1993|
|Triple Jump||50-6 ft.||Dominic Smith (Michigan)||2008|
|Shot Put||57-6 ft.||Patrick Whalen (Ohio State)||2008|
|35-lb. Weight Throw||66-7 1/2 ft.||Leonard Jatsek (Ohio State)||2008|
Scouting The Opponent
"The Dual" marks Ohio State's third competition of the season, having competed at the Kent State Golden Flash Gala on Dec. 10-11 and hosting the Buckeye Classic last Friday (Jan. 7). Top performers on the Buckeyes' roster include two-time NCAA All-American and reigning Big Ten Indoor Athlete of the Year Thomas Murdaugh (sprints), two-time NCAA All-American Matt DeChant (throws), and two-time Big Ten champion Korbin Smith (multi-events). Last season, Ohio State finished the Big Ten seasons in second (indoor) and third (outdoor).
There are four native Ohioans on the 2011 University of Michigan men's track and field roster: fifth-year senior decathlete Frank Shotwell (Medina, Ohio/Medina), sophomore pole vaulter John Greenlee (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier), freshman shot putter Cody Riffle (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) and freshman hurdler Herman Washington (Blacklick, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln). All four will return to their home state this Saturday for "The Dual."
History of "The Dual"
The rivalry on and inside the oval between Michigan and Ohio State began way back in May 1907. The two teams renewed the rivalry for the first time since 1993 on Jan. 19, 2008, and have spent the last three seasons alternating between Ann Arbor and Columbus, facing each other twice -- once during the Indoor season and once during the Outdoor season.
The rivals compete for "The Dual" banner, a pendant that is split with the Maize and Blue of Michigan and the Scarlet and Gray of Ohio State. Per tradition, the winning team will take the banner on a victory lap around the oval.
Ohio State won both contests last season, winning 92-70 (indoor) and 116-84 (outdoor). Michigan, however, holds the all-time edge over their rivals in "The Dual," going 20-5 (indoor) and 28-11 (outdoor).
Redshirt freshman Bradley James (East Lansing, Mich./Haslett), in his first collegiate competition, won the high jump at the Eastern Michigan Invitational last Saturday (Jan. 8) with a top mark of 2.15 meters (7-0 1/2 feet), making him the first Michigan Wolverine to eclipse the seven-feet mark since John Kipf in 2008. Though the season is in its early stages, James' effort ranks among the best in the country (see below).
Braun's New Path
Sophomore Erik Braun (Pinckney, Mich./Pinckney Community) spent his freshman season as a sprinter but made the transition to triple jump this fall, having never competed in the event before in his career. Under the tutelage of new field events coach Mo Saatara, Braun tried his hand at triple jump for the first time and won with a mark of 13.84 meters (45-5 feet).
Ranking the Wolverines
Several of Michigan's athletes rank in the top 25 nationally (courtesy of TFRRS.org):
Event: High Jump
Mark: 2.15 meters (7-0 1/2 feet)
National Rank: Fifth
Conference Rank: Third
Class Rank (Nationally)*: First
Event: Long Jump
Mark: 7.34 meters (24-1 1/2 feet)
National Rank: Eighth
Conference Rank: First
Event: Shot Put
Mark: 18.00 meters (59-0 3/4 feet)
National Rank: Sixth
Conference Rank: Third
Class Rank (Nationally)*: First
Event: 35-lb. Weight Throw
Mark: 18.58 meters (60-11 1/2 feet)
National Rank: 20th
Conference Rank: Seventh
* Denotes for freshmen only
Last Time Out
The Wolverines opened the 2011 season at the Eastern Michigan Invitational on Jan. 8, winning six events, with four coming in the field. In addition to the previously mentioned James (high jump), Braun (triple jump), Riffle (shot put), Greenlee and fellow sophomore Austin DeWildt (Wyoming, Mich./Catholic Central) tied for first in the pole vault, junior Nick Neuman (Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) won the 300-meter dash, and the quartet of Ali Arastu (Northville, Mich./Northville), Carl Buchanon (South Bend, Ind./Clay), Eric Oliver (Berkeley, Calif./Homewood-Flossmoor [Ill.]) and David St. Amant (Livonia, Mich./Churchill) took top honors in the 4x400-meter relay.
Qualifying Standards for NCAA Championships
For the first time, provisional standards are no longer part of the qualifying process. Championship fields will first be filled with those who declare for their events with automatic status. Then, the remainder of the field will be filled by the highest-remaining ranked performances.
Rotating the Leaders & Best
This year, instead of going with permanent team captains, the track and field team will name two captains for each competition week, except for the week of the Big Ten Championships. For this week, senior/junior Robert Peddlar (Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boys) and senior/junior Craig Forys (Howell, N.J./Colts Neck) were chosen as the team's captains.
Wolverines of the Week
Each week, the coaching staff will select a few student-athletes that performed the best as "Wolverines of the Week":
Young and Old
Michigan has an abundance of youth on the 2011 roster. Out of the 48 student-athletes on this year's track and field roster, 38 of them are three or more years of eligibility remaining, giving the Wolverines one of the youngest rosters in the country. Here's a look at the roster, broken down by class:
Head coach Fred LaPlante begins his third season at the helm of the Wolverines and is joined by two new assistant coaches and three new volunteer assistants. Alex Gibby, the head coach of the men's cross country team, will oversee the distance runners. Gibby was hired this summer from William & Mary to replace former men's track and field head coach Ron Warhurst, who retired after an illustrious 36-year coaching career at Michigan. The other assistant is Mohamad Saatara, who will oversee the field events in his first year after being hired from Northern Arizona.
Volunteer assistants Christo Landry and Colin Leak, former distance runners under Gibby at William & Mary, will work under Gibby in the distance group. Shean Conlon (pole vault) is also new to the staff, while former volunteer assistant Tiberia Patterson re-joins the staff and will assist LaPlante with the sprints/hurdles group.
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Yearbook & Recordbook
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The Wolverines host the Simmons-Harvey Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 22, at noon at the U-M Indoor Track Building.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423