Week #3: Michigan Returns Home, Hosts Simmons-Harvey Invitational

Jan. 18, 2011

Saturday, Jan. 22 -- host Simmons-Harvey Invitational (U-M Indoor Track Building), 11 a.m.

The University of Michigan men's track and field team opens the doors of the Indoor Track Building to the public this Saturday (Jan. 22), when it hosts the Simmons-Harvey Invitational. Field events will start at 11 a.m., with track events starting at noon.

Schedule of Events
11 a.m. - Weight Throw (W), Shot Put (M)
11:30 a.m. - Pole Vault (W)
Noon - High Jump (M)
12:30 p.m. - Long Jump (M/W), 35-lb. Weight Throw (M)
1:30 p.m. - Pole Vault (M), High Jump (W)
2:00 p.m. - Shot Put (W), Triple Jump (M/W)

1 p.m. - 60-meter Hurdles Preliminaries (W)
1:10 p.m. - 60-meter Hurdles Preliminaries (M)
1:20 p.m. - 60-meter Dash Preliminaries (W)
1:30 p.m. - 60-meter Dash Preliminaries (M)
1:45 p.m. - Mile Run (W)
1:55 p.m. - Mile Run (M)
2:10 p.m. - 60-meter Hurdles Finals (W)
2:15 p.m. - 60-meter Hurdles Finals (M)
2:20 p.m. - 400-meter Dash (W)
2:25 p.m. - 400-meter Dash (M)
2:35 p.m. - 60-meter Dash Finals (W)
2:45 p.m. - 60-meter Dash Finals (M)
2:55 p.m. - 600-meter Run (W)
3:05 p.m. - 600-meter Run (M)
3:15 p.m. - 800-meter Run (W)
3:25 p.m. - 800-meter Run (M)
3:40 p.m. - 200-meter Dash (W)
3:50 p.m. - 200-meter Dash (M)
4:05 p.m. - 3,000-meter Run (W)
4:20 p.m. - 3,000-meter Run (M)
4:35 p.m. - 4x400-meter Relay (W)
4:45 p.m. - 4x400-meter Relay (M)

Simmons-Harvey History
The event is named for former coaches Red Simmons (women) and Jack Harvey (men). Simmons was the first women's track and field coach at the University of Michigan.

Jack Harvey led the University of Michigan track and field team for 25 seasons 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 have won 11 national titles under his tutelage. Harvey earned 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, a two-time Big Ten shot put champion, and was inducted into the U-M Track and Field Hall of Fame last year.

Kris Eggle Invitational 3,000-meter Run
For the sixth consecutive year, the Simmons-Harvey Invitational will feature a special invitational section of the 3,000-meter run named in honor of former Wolverine student-athlete Kris Eggle. 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.

Last Time Out
Michigan traveled south to Columbus, Ohio, last Saturday (Jan. 15) to take on Ohio State in "The Dual," but could not win the pennant back, falling, 88-74. Six Wolverines won in total, including a couple of meet and personal records.

Senior Robert Peddlar (Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boys) was very active on both the track and in the field, taking second in both the 60-meter dash (6:87; missed out on first place by one-hundredth of a second) and in the triple jump (49-7 feet; missed out on first place by two inches), and fourth in long jump (23-11 feet).

Recaps: MGoBlue | Michigan Daily

Meet Records and Personal Records
Two Wolverines set new meet records in "The Dual" in the loss to Ohio State. Senior hurdler Carl Buchanon (South Bend, Ind./Clay) won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.90, He actually held the previous record of 8.01 --along with Tim McCrate (1993, Ohio State) -- but shattered that mark on Saturday.

Sophomore and Ohio native Jack Greenlee (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) won the pole vault with a height of 16-8 3/4 feet, breaking the previous meet record by eight inches (16-0 3/4 feet, set by Heath Nickels, Ohio State, 2010). It was also his new career high by six inches.

Lastly, redshirt freshman Ethan Dennis (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grandville) surpassed five Ohio State throwers to win the 35-lb. weight throw with a top attempt of 65-7 3/4 feet, a personal best by five feet. It is also the second-farthest throw in school history. The record is currently held by former Wolverine Sean Pruitt (2006-10), who threw 69-4 in 2009.

Joys Of Home
This weekend's Simmons-Harvey Invitational is one of two indoor home meets Michigan will host this season, the other coming on Feb. 19 (Silverston Invitational). The Wolverines will be at home twice during the outdoor season, hosting Ohio State in "The Dual" on April 16 and the U-M Len Paddock Invitational May 6-7.

[ 2011 Schedule & Results ]

Jumpin' James!
Redshirt freshman Bradley James (East Lansing, Mich./Haslett) has wasted little time getting acclimated to collegiate track and field, winning the high jump competition in Michigan's first two meets of the season. He has jumped more than seven feet in both meets, first reaching 7-0 1/2 feet at the Eastern Michigan Invitational, and then 7-0 1/4 feet at "The Dual." James is the first U-M high jumper to eclipse the seven-foot barrier since John Kipf in 2008.

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 Mohamad Saatara, Braun tried his hand at triple jump for the first time at the Eastern Michigan Invitational on Jan. 8 and won with a mark of 45-5 feet. At "The Dual," Bruan followed up his debut performance with an even better one, jumping 45-11 1/4 feet.

First Sightings for Distance
The distance runners took to the track at "The Dual" for the first time in a competition since cross country season ended in November. Junior Craig Forys (Howell, N.J./Colts Neck) led the way with a win in the 3,000-meter run (8:14.92 - converted). Sophomore Dallas Bowden (Hastings, New Zealand/Nelson College) was Michigan's top finisher in both the 800-meter run and the mile, while a trio of freshmen -- Nathan Karr (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer), Nick Kern (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and Matt Popielarz (Saginaw, Mich./Heritage) -- all made their collegiate track debuts in the same events.

2011 Top Times/Marks
60-meter Dash: 6.87, Robert Peddlar
200-meter Dash: 22.09 (#21.69), Nick Neuman
400-meter Dash: 48.91 (#48.31), Matthew Campbell
800-meter Run: 1:57.50 (#1:56.60), Dallas Bowden
Mile Run: 4:17.27 (#4:15.47), Dallas Bowden
3,000-meter Run: 8:17.62 (#8:14.92), Craig Forys
60-meter Hurdles: 7.90, Carl Buchanon
4x400-meter Relay: 3:17.12 (#3:14.72), Nick Neuman, Carl Buchanon, David St. Amant, Matthew Campbell
High Jump: 7-0 1/2 ft., Bradley James
Pole Vault: 16-8 3/4 ft., Jack Greenlee
Long Jump: 24-1 1/2 ft., Robert Peddlar
Triple Jump: 49-7 ft., Robert Peddlar
Shot Put: 59-0 3/4 ft., Cody Riffle
35-lb. Weight Throw: 65-7 3/4 ft., Ethan Dennis

Among The Big Ten's Best
Several Michigan track and field athletes rank among the best in the Big Ten through the early season (# - Converted mark)

Name Event Time/Mark Rank
Robert Peddlar (Sr.) Long Jump 24-1 feet 5
  Triple Jump 49-7 feet 5
  60m Dash 6.87 13
Nick Neuman (R-So.) 200m Dash 21.69# 10
Matthew Campbell (Jr.) 400m Dash 48.31# 6
Eric Oliver (Fr.) 400m Dash 48.32# 8
Craig Forys (R-Jr.) 3,000m Run 8:14.92# 1
Carl Buchanon (Sr.) 60m Hurdles 7.90 2
Nick McCampbell (R-Sr.) 60m Hurdles 8.01 4
Bradley James (R-Fr.) High Jump 7-0 1/2 feet 3
Jack Greenlee (So.) Pole Vault 16-8 3/4 feet T-1
Ed Hur (Fr.) Long Jump 23-2 1/2 feet 10
Patrick Cochran (Fr.) Triple Jump 47-10 1/2 feet 8
Cody Riffle (Fr.) Shot Put 59-0 3/4 feet 4
Ethan Dennis (R-Fr.) 35-lb. Weight Throw 65-7 3/4 feet 4

Ethan Dennis ranks second among all freshmen nationally in the 35-lb. weight throw, while Bradley James (high jump) and Cody Riffle (shot put) rank third in their respective events.

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, fifth-year senior Nick McCampbell (Detroit, Mich./Cass Technical) and junior Taylor Voice (Boyne City, Mich./Boyne City) were chosen as the team's captains.

2011 Captains:
Jan. 8 -- David St. Amant, Erik Braun
Jan. 15 -- Robert Peddlar, Craig Forys
Jan. 22 -- Nick McCampbell, Taylor Voice

Wolverines Of The Week
Each week, the coaching staff will select a few student-athletes who performed the best as "Wolverines Of The Week":

Jan. 8 (Eastern Michigan Invitational): Erik Braun, Justin Clarke, Ed Hur, Bradley James, Cody Riffle
Jan. 15 ("The Dual" at Ohio State): Ethan Dennis, Jack Greenlee, Craig Forys, Carl Buchanon

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:

Freshmen: 24
Sophomores: 14
Juniors: 6
Seniors: 4

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.

[ Indoor Qualifying Standards ] [ TFRRS ]

Coaching Staff
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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[ 2010-11 Men's Track & Field Yearbook ] [ Record Book ]

Track Talk With Frank Shotwell
He's back! Fifth-year senior decathlete Frank Shotwell (Medina, Ohio/Medina) will once again be blogging during the season for MGoBlue.com. Check back to the site towards the end of each week to see what goes on inside the Michigan men's track and field team from one of its most experienced competitors!

Up Next
Michigan returns to the track in two weeks at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind. The two-day meet kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4, and concludes starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423