Jan. 11, 2012
The University of Michigan men's track and field team will open the 2012 indoor season on Saturday (Jan. 14) hosting the 27th annual dual meet versus Ohio State. Field events will begin at 6 p.m. with the running events commencing at 7 p.m. at the U-M Indoor Track Building.
The first 300 fans through the door will receive a free Michigan track t-shirt, while the first 500 will get maize pom-poms.
"We look forward to a great competition," said fourth-year head coach Fred LaPlante. "This is a unique meet in that it's the kickoff to our season, yet it's one of our most important meets. Having this meet so early keeps athletes training through winter break to stay focused on this meet -- that's what they need to do in order to show up and compete."
Schedule of Events
6 p.m. - Weight Throw, Pole Vault, High Jump, Long Jump
7:15 p.m. - Shot Put, Triple Jump
7 p.m. - Mile
7:10 p.m. - 60m Hurdles
7:20 p.m. - 400m
7:30 p.m. - 600m
7:40 p.m. - 60m
7:50 p.m. - 800m
8 p.m. - 200m (two sections)
8:10 p.m. - 3,000m
8:25 p.m. - 4 x 400m Relay
Home Track Advantage -- The Dual returns to Ann Arbor in 2012 after being held in Columbus, Ohio, in 2011. The previous three years were held at the University of Michigan. After a 19-year hiatus from competing in the annual meet (1994-2007), the two teams renewed the rivalry in 2008 during former head coach Ron Warhurst's last year at U-M. Michigan holds a 20-6 advantage in the all-time series, but the Buckeyes have earned a win in each of the last three years. The inaugural meet between Michigan and Ohio State was contested in 1932 with the Wolverines coming away with the win, 57.33-30.00.
Leaders of the Pack -- Fifth-year seniors Craig Forys (Howell, N.J./Colts Neck) and Robert Peddlar (Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boys) and senior Matthew Campbell (Rochester, Mich./Rochester) will serve as team captains for the 2012 season. Forys will serve as captain for the third straight season, Peddlar will captain the Maize and Blue for the second consecutive year, and Campbell was selected to lead the Wolverines for the first time. Each captain was chosen by the team and coaches to represent the different event areas -- Forys (distance), Campbell (sprints) and Peddlar (field). [ Release ]
2011 Dual in Review -- Five new meet records were set a the 2011 dual -- two by the Wolverines and three by the Buckeyes. Junior Jack Greenlee (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier HS) set a new record in the pole vault with a mark of 5.09 meters (16-8.75). Carl Buchanon, a 2011 U-M graduate, set a new standard in the 60-meter hurdles at 7.90. Ohio State set records in the 800-meter (Cory Leslie, 1:52.16), shot put (Matt DeChant, 63-9.50) and the 4x400-meter relay (3:13.84). The Buckeyes recorded wins in eight of the 14 events to earn an 88-74 win.
Pole Vault: The pole vault will feature four of the top vaulters in the Big Ten. Junior Jack Greenlee (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier HS) won The Dual in 2011 and set a new event record with a vault of 5.09 meters (16-8.75). Fellow junior Austin DeWildt (Wyoming, Mich./Catholic Central HS) matched that feat in the 2011 Outdoor Dual, winning the pole vault with a mark of 17.25 meters (56-7.00), setting a new dual record. The pair will compete against Cody Marshall, the 2011 Big Ten outdoor champion in the pole vault, and Heath Nickles, who won the 2011 Big Ten Decathlon.
4x400 meter Relay: The meet's last event will showcase student-athletes who have a history competing against one another. Ohio State edged Michigan by .01 second last season to advance to the NCAA Championships. Both 4x400-meter relay teams return their entire squad from last season.
High Jump: In his first season competing for the Maize and Blue, junior/sophomore Bradley James (East Lansing, Mich./Haslett HS) won the high jump at the 2011 dual with a leap of 2.14 meters (7-00.25).
Weight Throw: Junior/sophomore Ethan Dennis (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grandville HS) took first in the weight throw at the 2011 dual in his first season competing for U-M, edging OSU's Max Mays, who was a 2011 All-American in the weight throw, with a mark of 20.01 meters (65-07.75).
60-meter Hurdles: The high hurdles will feature three sophomores who competed in the event at last year's dual -- for Michigan, Herman Washington (Blacklick, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln HS) and Erick Gavin (Chicago Heights, Ill./Marian Catholic HS), and for Ohio State, Demoye Bogle.
Qualifying Standards for NCAA Championships -- For the second straight year, 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. [ Indoor Qualifying Standards ]
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A LOOK AHEAD
Saturday, Jan. 21 -- host Simmons-Harvey Invitational (U-M Indoor Track Building), 10 a.m.
Fri-Sat., Jan. 27-28 -- at Indiana Relays (Bloomington, Ind.), 11 a.m.
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423