Weekly #1: U-M to Host Simmons-Harvey Invite as Clayton Era Begins
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Jan. 14, 2014

Herman Washington Spotlight

THIS WEEKEND
Saturday, Jan. 18
-- host Simmons-Harvey Invitational (U-M Indoor Track Building), 10:30 a.m.

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The University of Michigan men's track and field team, under the guidance of first-year head coach Jerry Clayton, will open the 2014 indoor season on Saturday (Jan. 18), hosting the annual Simmons-Harvey Invitational. Field events will begin at 10:30 p.m., with the running events following at 12:30 p.m. at the U-M Indoor Track Building. Admission to the non-scoring event is free.

Schools competing include Bowling Green (W), Concordia (M&W), Detroit Mercy (M&W), Eastern Michigan (M&W), Marygrove (M&W), Michigan (M&W), Notre Dame (M&W), Siena Heights (M&W), as well as some club team members from Cleary Track Club (W), PRTC-ELITE (W), Southwest Sprinters (M), Speed Factory Athletics (W), Swag Racing (M), and Very Nice Track Club (M).

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Field Events
10:30 a.m. -- M Shot Put (west) & W Shot Put
11 a.m. -- W Pole Vault
11:30 a.m. -- M Long Jump & W Long Jump
Noon -- M Weight Throw, M High Jump
1 p.m. -- M Triple Jump & W Triple Jump, M Pole Vault
1:45 p.m. -- W High Jump, W Weight Throw

Track Events
12:30 p.m. -- M then W 60 HH trials
12:45 p.m. -- M then W 60 dash trials
1:05 p.m. -- M 1000
1:10 p.m. -- M then W One Mile Run (THE KRIS EGGLE MEMORIAL MILE)
1:35 p.m. -- M then W 60 HH final
1:45 p.m. -- M then W 400
2 p.m. -- M then W 600
2:15 p.m. -- M then W 60 final
2:25 p.m. -- M then W 800 (FRANCIE KRAKER GOODRIDGE 800)
2:40 p.m. -- M then W 200
3:10 p.m. -- M then W 3000
3:35 p.m. -- M then W 4x4 Relay

WOLVERINE BITES

Kris Eggle Invitational Memorial Mile -- For the ninth consecutive year, the Jack Harvey Invitational will feature a special event named in honor of former Wolverine student-athlete Kris Eggle. In past years the event has been the 3,000-meter run, while this year the men's mile run will be contested in Kris' honor. A three-year Wolverine letterwinner in track and cross country (1992-94), Eggle was tragically killed in the line of duty on Aug. 9, 2002, while serving his country with the National Park Service at Organ Pipe National Monument on the Arizona-Mexico border.

• The men's Jack Harvey Invitational is held annually in honor of former head coach Jack Harvey, who spent 25 seasons at the helm of the program from 1975-1999. In that time, he guided the Wolverines to five NCAA top-10 finishes and 10 Big Ten titles (four indoor, six outdoor), and eight different Wolverines won 11 national titles under his tutelage. Harvey was named National Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year in 1980 and Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year in 1994. As a student-athlete, Harvey competed in track and field at the University of Michigan under legendary coach Don Canham. Harvey was an All-American and a two-time Big Ten shot put champion.

• Michigan has hosted the Jack Harvey Invitational for the last 13 years. This year will mark the eighth consecutive year the meet will be held in conjunction with the women's Red Simmons Invitational (2007-present).

Jerry Clayton is in his first year as Michigan's head coach, working primarily with U-M's field event athletes. Prior to moving to Ann Arbor, Clayton spent 15 seasons as an assistant head coach at Auburn. He has strong Big Ten ties, as he competed for Illinois and was two-time NCAA qualifier in the shot put, and he returned to Illinois as an assistant coach from 1980-89. Clayton has produced several high-level national and international athletes, including 16 NCAA individual champions, 85 NCAA All-Americans, 39 international team competitors, 24 qualifiers for the U.S. Olympic Trials and 33 participants in Olympic Games and World Championship competition.

• Assistant coach Steven Rajewsky is in his first year as a member of U-M's coaching staff, working primarily with U-M's sprinters and hurdles. Prior to coming to Michigan, Rajewsky spent six years as an assistant coach at Kent State.

• Senior Herman Washington and senior/juniors Mark Beams and Cody Riffle were named tri-captains for the 2014 season. Each captain was chosen by the team and coaches to represent the different event areas -- Beams (distance), Riffle (field) and Washington (sprints).

• The Wolverines return four student-athletes who earned All-America honors in 2013. Senior/junior Cody Riffle (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) placed 12th at the NCAA Indoor Championships and ninth at the outdoor national championships, earning All-America second team honors at both events. Fifth-year senior Ethan Dennis (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grandville) finished ninth in the weight throw at the NCAA Indoor Championships and 20th in the hammer throw at the national outdoor event, garnering All-America second team and honorable mention accolades, respectively. In his first year competing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, junior/sophomore Mason Ferlic (St. Paul, Minn./Mounds Park Academy) ran to a 13th-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to earn All-America second team recognition. Senior Ali Arastu (Northville, Mich./Northville) finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, becoming U-M's only All-America first teamer of the year.

In the Record Book: Ethan Dennis owns Michigan's indoor weight throw (21.20m, 69-6 3/4) and outdoor hammer throw (62.75m, 213-2) records, while Cody Riffle has set new school records in the indoor (19.25m, 63-2) and outdoor (18.80m, 61-8.25) shot put.

• The Jack Harvey Invitational will act as a tuneup meet for Michigan's dual meet with Michigan State on Feb. 1 at Grand Valley State. It will mark the second straight head-to-head indoor meet between the Wolverines and Spartans, who had not previously competed in a dual since 1976. Last year U-M won, 88-74.

Qualifying Standards for NCAA Championships: There are no qualifying standards for the championships season. There will be a track indexing standard PDF to delineate the different indexing among flat, undersized, banked and oversized. Qualification to the championships is based on descending-order list for the season. For each individual event contested, the top 16 declared student-athletes will be accepted into the competition. For each relay event contested, the top 12 declared relay teams will be accepted into the competition. [ USTFCCCA Selection Criteria ]

Championship Central: For the second straight year, the Big Ten Indoor Championships will be held at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The NCAA Indoor Championships will be hosted by the University of New Mexico.

A LOOK AHEAD
Saturday, Feb. 1 -- vs. Michigan State (at GVSU's Kelly Family Sports Center), 6 p.m.
Fri-Sat., Feb. 7-8 -- at Notre Dame Meyo Invitational (South Bend, Ind.), 4 p.m./10 a.m.

Contact: Whitney Dixon (whitdix@umich.edu)

   

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