Jan. 19, 2012
The University of Michigan men's track and field team will host its second straight home meet on Saturday (Jan. 21), welcoming Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan and Detroit-Mercy to the U-M Indoor Track Building for the Jack Harvey Invitational. Field events will begin at 11 a.m. with the running events commencing at noon.
The women's Red Simmons Invitational will begin immediately following the men's meet at 1:45 p.m. The men's meet will be scored, while the women's will be an open meet with no team scoring.
Schedule of Events
11 a.m. -- Weight Throw, Pole Vault, High Jump, Long Jump
12:15 p.m. -- Shot Put, Triple Jump
Noon -- Mile
12:10 p.m. -- 60m Hurdles
12:20 p.m. -- 400m
12:30 p.m. -- 600m
12:40 p.m. -- 60m
12:50 p.m. -- 800m
1 p.m. -- 200m
1:10 p.m. -- 3,000m
1:25 p.m. -- 4 x 400m Relay
Home Sweet Home -- The Simmons-Harvey Invitational will be Michigan's second of three home indoor meets this season. The Wolverines will also host the Silverston Invitational on Feb. 18 at the U-M Indoor Track Building. Last weekend at "The Dual" against Ohio State, 1,001 fans came out to support the Maize and Blue.
Jack Harvey: A True Michigan Man -- The Jack Harvey Invitational is held annually in honor of Jack Harvey, who 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 and a two-time Big Ten shot put champion.
Kris Eggle Invitational 3,000-meter Run -- For the seventh consecutive year, the Jack 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 on the Track -- Michigan was edged by fourth-ranked Ohio State, 91.5-70.5, on Jan. 14 in front of a home crowd. Junior/sophomore Bradley James (East Lansing, Mich./Haslett) highlighted the meet by setting a new meet record in the high jump of 2.17 meters (7-1.50). Also recording a win in the field was sophomore Patrick Cochran (Erie, Pa./ McDowell). His personal-best mark of 14.79 meters (48-6.25) in the triple jump took first place. In the 200-meter dash, senior Matthew Campbell (Rochester, Mich./Rochester) used a personal-best time of 21.97 to take first and junior Aaron Taylor (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams) won the 400-meter dash with a personal-best time of 48.72.
National Notables -- Michigan has two student-athletes ranked in the top 15 in the nation in their respective events. Junior/sophomore Ethan Dennis (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grandville HS) ranks fourth in the weight throw (66-10 1/2), while junior/sophomore Bradley James (East Lansing, Mich./Haslett) is currently 14th in the high jump (7-1 /2). Both nationally recognized marks were recorded at "The Dual" against Ohio State last Saturday (Jan. 14). [ NCAA Division I Indoor Rankings ]
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)
|Justin Clarke (So.)||60m Dash||6.89||8|
|200m Dash||21.78 #||8|
|Matthew Campbell (Sr.)||200m Dash||21.57 #||3|
|Aaron Taylor (Jr.)||400m Dash||48.12 #||3|
|Eric Oliver (So.)||400m Dash||48.13 #||4|
|Brendon Blacklaws (Jr.)||Mile Run||4:08.45 #||6|
|Morsi Rayyan (So.)||3,000m Run||8:29.24 #||6|
|Zach Ornelas (So.)||3,000m Run||8:29.30 #||7|
|Herman Washington (So.)||60m Hurdles||8.09||4|
|Bradley James (R-So.)||High Jump||7-1 1/2 feet||1|
|Jack Greenlee (Jr.)||Pole Vault||16-9 1/2 feet||6|
|Patrick Cochran (So.)||Triple Jump||48-6 1/4 feet||7|
|Ethan Dennis (R-So.)||35-lb. Weight Throw||66-10 1/2 feet||2|
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. 28 -- at Navy's Wesley A. Brown Invitational (Annapolis, Md.), 11 a.m.
Fri-Sat., Feb. 3-4 -- at Notre Dame Meyo Invitational (South Bend, Ind.), 5 p.m./10 a.m.
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423