Jan. 24, 2012
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Saturday, Jan. 28 -- at Navy's Wesley A. Brown Invitational (Annapolis, Md.), 11 a.m.
The University of Michigan men's track and field team will travel to the Naval Academy to compete in the Wesley A. Brown Invitational on Saturday (Jan. 28). Field events will begin at 11 a.m., with the running events commencing at noon.
The Wolverines will be joined by The Citadel, LaSalle, Maryland, Navy, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and William & Mary.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
11 a.m. -- Weight Throw, Shot Put follows
Noon -- Long Jump, Pole Vault, Triple Jump follows Long Jump, High Jump follows 60m Dash - finals
Noon -- 5000m Run
12:20 p.m. -- 60m Hurdles - prelims
12:35 p.m. -- 60m Dash - prelims
12:50 p.m. -- Mile Run
1:05 p.m. -- 60m Hurdles - finals
1:15 p.m. -- 60m Dash - finals
1:25 p.m. -- 400m Dash
1:40 p.m. -- 800m Run
1:50 p.m. -- 200m Dash
2:05 p.m. -- 3000m Run
2:20 p.m. -- 4x400m Relay
2:30 p.m. -- Distance Medley Relay
Wolverines of the Week -- Each week throughout the season, the track and field coaching staff will select up to five members of the team as Wolverines of the Week. "The team recognition is based on personal accomplishments that enhance team objectives and examples of competitive focus," said head coach Fred LaPlante.
This week's Wolverines of the Week are fifth-year senior pole vaulter Taylor Voice (Boyne City, Mich./Boyne City), junior distance runner Brendon Blacklaws (Wellington, New Zealand/Wellington College), sophomore sprinter Justin Clarke (Flint, Mich./Southwestern), sophomore/freshman distance runner Mark Beams (Vicksburg, Mich./Vicksburg) and freshman sprinter Philip Washington (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield).
At last week's Simmons-Harvey Invitational, Voice vaulted a personal-best height of 4.90 meters (16-0.75) to take fourth in the pole vault. Blacklaws, who had not competed in the 800-meter run since the 2010 season, won the event with a personal-best time of 1:54.48, edging Central Michigan's Grzegorz Kalinowski by .03. Clarke won the 60- and 200-meter dash and recorded a new personal record of 22.12 in the 200. Beams was U-M's top finisher in the 3,000-meter run with a personal-best time of 8:28.33. Philip Washington shaved more than a second off his 400-meter time from "The Dual" to win the event in 49.16 and also ran the first leg of Michigan's winning 4x400-meter relay team.
Freshmen Debuts -- Two Michigan freshmen made their collegiate debuts at the Jack Harvey Invitational (Jan. 21), while four others debuted in new events. Ben Reed (Hemlock, Mich./Midland) appeared In the 800-meter run, while Brian Snyder (Northfield, Ill./New Trier) ran the 200- and 400-meter dash in their career debuts. After making their collegiate debuts in "The Dual" against Ohio State (Jan. 14), Scott Dvorak (Westmont, Ill./Westmont) (mile run), Dan Martin (Plymouth, Mich./Salem) (800-meter run), Jake Schweinsberg (Monroe, Mich./Monroe) (600-meter run) and James Vincent (Farmington, Mich./Farmington) (60-meter dash) each transitioned to new events for the Harvey Invitational.
Last Time on the Track -- Michigan took first place in front of its home crowd at the Jack Harvey Invitational on Jan. 21. The Wolverines won eight of the 15 events, including a sweep of the sprint events to secure the victory. The Wolverines tallied 176 points in the win to defeat Central Michigan (160), Eastern Michigan (119) and Detroit-Mercy (78). Sophomore Justin Clarke (Flint, Mich./Southwestern) led the Maize and Blue, winning the 60- and 200-meter dash. Freshman Philip Washington (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) had a strong showing, winning the 400-meter dash and running the first leg of the winning 4x400-meter relay. In the field, junior/sophomore Bradley James (East Lansing, Mich./Haslett) won the high jump for the second straight weekend.
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 eighth in the weight throw (66-10 1/2), while junior/sophomore Bradley James (East Lansing, Mich./Haslett) is currently 15th 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)
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
Fri-Sat., Feb. 3-4 -- at Notre Dame Meyo Invitational (South Bend, Ind.), 5 p.m./10 a.m.
Fri-Sat., Feb. 10-11 -- at SPIRE Invitational (Geneva, Ohio), 11 a.m.
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423