Weekly Release #4: at Rod McCravy Memorial

Jan. 26, 2010

This Week
Fri-Sat. Jan. 29-30 -- at Rod McCravy Memorial (Lexington, Ky.), 6 p.m./10:30 a.m.
Live Results

This weekend, the No. 38-ranked University of Michigan men's track and field team heads outside the state of Michigan for the first time this season, traveling south to Lexington, Ky., for the Rod McCravy Memorial on Friday (Jan. 29) and Saturday (Jan. 30). The meet is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday and conclude beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Schedule of Events
Friday, Jan. 29
6 p.m. -- 35-lb. Weight, High Jump, Triple Jump

Saturday, Jan. 30
10:30 a.m. -- Long Jump
11:30 a.m. -- Pole Vault
Noon -- Shot Put
12:30 p.m. -- 60m Dash (preliminaries), 60m Hurdles (preliminaries)
1:15 p.m. -- Bill Lee Mile Run
1:50 p.m. -- 60m Dash
2 p.m. -- 60m Hurdles
2:35 p.m. -- 400m Run
3:20 p.m. -- 800m Run
3:50 p.m. -- 200m Dash
4:30 p.m. -- 3,000m Run
5:05 p.m. -- 4x400m Relay

Teams Competing
In addition to Michigan, the following teams will be competing at the Rod McCravy Memorial: Kentucky (host), Florida State, Southern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State, Western Kentucky, Louisville (partial team), Tennessee, Georgia Tech, UT-Chattanooga, Illinois and Mississippi State.

U-M's Top Indoor Times
60-meter Dash: Denard Robinson, 6.81 (1/16 vs. Ohio State)
60-meter Hurdles: Carl Buchanon, 7.99 (1/24, Simmons-Harvey Invitational)
200-meter Dash: Nicholas Neuman, 22.28 (1/24, Simmons-Harvey Invitational)
400-meter Dash: David St. Amant, 49.92 (1/16 vs. Ohio State)
600-meter Run: David St. Amant, 1:21.30 (1/24, Simmons-Harvey Invitational)
800-meter Run: Sean McNamara, 1:55.02 (1/24, Simmons-Harvey Invitational)
Mile Run: Bobby Aprill, 4:18.60 (1/24, Simmons-Harvey Invitational)
3,000-meter Run: Peter Christmas, 8:17.99 (1/16 vs. Ohio State)
High Jump: John Kipf, 6-11 (1/16 vs. Ohio State)
Long Jump: Robert Peddlar, 24-1 1/2 (1/23, Simmons/Harvey Invitational)
Triple Jump: Robert Peddlar, 48-3 1/2 (1/16 vs. Ohio State)
Pole Vault: Frank Shotwell, 16-0 3/4 (1/16 vs. Ohio State), John Greenlee, 16-0 3/4 (1/23, Simmons-Harvey Invitational)
Shot put: Sean Pruitt, 57-1 1/2 (1/23, Simmons/Harvey Invitational)
35-lb. Weight: Sean Pruitt, 63-8 1/4 (1/16 vs. Ohio State)

How Michigan Compares
The following chart below illustrates how Michigan student-athletes' top marks compare in the Big Ten (rank out of top 10) and the NCAA (rank out of Top 100). The national leader in each event listed is also shown:

60-Meter Dash
Ray Jadusingh (Alabama)6.62--1
Denard Robinson6.81T-237
200-meter Dash
Curtis Mitchell (Texas A&M)20.99--1
Nicholas Neuman22.281093
3,000-meter Run
Andrew Beyer (Indiana)7:55.2511
Peter Christmas8:17.99618
60-meter Hurdles
Barrett Nugent (LSU)7.74--1
Carl Buchanon7.99331
Nick McCampbell8.06649
High Jump
Trent Arrivey (Washington St.) 7-4 1/4 (2.24m)--1
John Kipf6-11 (2.11m)T-5T-30
Long Jump
Zedric Thomas (LSU)26-3 (8.00m)--1
Robert Peddlar24-1 1/2 (7.35m)T-238
Triple Jump
Kyron Foster (Michigan St.)52-8 1/4 (16.06m)11
Robert Peddlar48-3 1/2 (14.72m)566
Shot Put
Nate Hunter (Northeastern)63-6 3/4 (19.37m)--1
Sean Pruitt57-1 1/2 (17.41m)427
35-lb. Weight
Steffen Nerdal (Memphis)74-10 (22.81m)--1
Sean Pruitt63-8 1/4 (19.41m)T-422

Times and marks courtesy of TFRRS.org

Last Time Out
A win by sophomore Nicholas Neuman (Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) in the 200-meter dash highlighted a strong group of performances from the Wolverines at the Simmons/Harvey Invitational last weekend (Sat-Sun., Jan. 23-24). Neuman was Michigan's only victor in the track events, but senior thrower Sean Pruitt (Cato, Wis./Valders) took first in the shot put and junior Robert Peddlar (Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boys) won the long jump.

Other notable top-three finishes included freshman John Greenlee (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) in the pole vault (third), senior John Kipf (Monroe, Mich./St. Mary's Catholic Central) in the high jump (second), junior David St. Amant (Livonia, Mich./Churchill) in the 600-meter run (second), junior Carl Buchanon (South Bend, Ind./Clay) in the 60-meter hurdles (second), sophomore Matt Campbell (Rochester, Mich./Rochester) in the 400-meter run (second) and freshman Aaron Taylor (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams) in the 200-meter dash (second).

History Made at Simmons/Harvey
As the title says, history was made last Saturday at the Simmons/Harvey Invitational. Michigan student Jerome Singleton, a T-44 amputee who wears a prosthetic below his right knee, broke the world record for fastest time in the 60-meter dash by a paralympian. He crossed the finish line with a clocked time of 7.34, breaking the old world record of 7.78. Singleton is a senior at Michigan studying industrial engineering and has worked with Michigan head coach Fred LaPlante at practices. Singleton's time was the fastest in his heat.

U-M in Preseason Rankings
Michigan began the season ranked No. 35 by USTFCCCA.org. In the most recent poll, released Tuesday (Jan. 26), the Wolverines check in at No. 38, moving three spots down from their original spot. Minnesota (No. 12), Indiana (No. 16) and Michigan State (No. 27) are the only Big Ten teams ranked ahead of Michigan. Florida State remains at No. 1.

Youth Movement
After a senior-laden group roster in 2009, the 2010 roster is comprised of mostly underclassmen. Out of the 53 student-athletes on this year's track and field roster, 30 of them are listed as redshirt sophomores or younger. Here's a look at the roster, broken down by class:

Freshmen: 24
Sophomores: 7
Juniors: 8
Seniors: 6
Fifth-year seniors: 8

Here Come the Champions
In addition to Buchanon and Pruitt last year, there are two other Big Ten champions are on this year's roster. Fifth-year senior Lex Williams (Ann Arbor, Mich./Dexter) is a two-time Big Ten indoor champion, as he won the 5,000-meter run and was a part of the distance medley relay in 2007. Junior multi-event performer Frank Shotwell (Medina, Ohio/Medina) won the decathlon (Outdoor) and Heptathlon (Indoor) in 2008.

All Over The Country (And Beyond)
Over half of the student-athletes on the 2010 track and field roster hail from the state of Michigan. In addition, 14 states are represented on the track & field roster, as are two other countries. Find the complete list below:

Michigan (28): Bobby Aprill (Dexter), Chris Baldwin (Battle Creek), Erik Braun (Pinckney, Mich.), Geoff Burns (Traverse City), Matthew Campbell (Rochester), Peter Christmas (Ann Arbor), Ethan Dennis (Grand Rapids), Austin DeWildt (Wyoming), Ramses Dukes (Detroit), Andrew Evans (Portage), Derek Henning (Alanson), Bradley James (East Lansing), Michael Joiner-Hill (Detroit), John Kipf (Monroe), Jeff Kline (Flushing), Nick McCampbell (Detroit), Tony Nalli (Ann Arbor), David Ptacek (Allegan), Kurt Reichenbach (Brighton), Joe Reynolds (Rochester), Troy Sneller (Hamilton), David St. Amant (Livonia), Aaron Taylor (Rochester Hills), Kyle Terpak (Riverview), Nick Thomas (Bloomfield Hills) Taylor Voice (Boyne City), James Wade (Ann Arbor), Lex Williams (Ann Arbor)
California (3): Jeff Merrill (Lodi), Joe Strizich (San Francisco), Matt Wheeler (Atherton)
Connecticut (1): Davis Craw (Monroe)
Florida (1): Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach)
Illinois (3): Sean McNamara (Elmhurst), Nicholas Neuman (Mokena), David Sweeney (Oswego)
Indiana (1): Carl Buchanon (South Bend)
New Jersey (2): Craig Forys (Howell), Grant Till (Wayne)
New York (2): Mike Dobmeier (East Amherst), Will Jurkowski (North Salem)
Ohio (2): John Greenlee (Cincinnati), Frank Shotwell (Medina)
Pennsylvania (2): Je'Ron Stokes (Philadelphia), Dan Tyler (Wallingford)
Rhode Island (1): Brendan Lodge (Narragansett)
Texas (2): Zach Ornelas (Cedar Park), Troy Woolfolk (Sugar Land)
Washington (1): Brandon Fellows (Mercer Island)
Wisconsin (1): Sean Pruitt (Cato)

New Zealand (2): Brendon Blacklaws (Wellington), Dallas Bowden (Hastings)
Jamaica (1): Robert Peddlar (Kingston)

New Addition
Michigan has added a new transfer, middle distance runner Nick Thomas (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice). Thomas, a sophomore, made his Michigan debut against Ohio State in "The Dual", finishing fourth in the 800-meter run. Thomas transferred from Princeton and was a two-time all-state selection at Brother Rice (H.S.) and 2008 Nike Outdoor All-American in the 800-meter run.

Meet the Newbies
There are 19 first-year student-athletes on this year's roster, compared to seven last season:

Brendon Blacklaws (Wellington, New Zealand/Wellington College)
Dallas Bowden (Hastings, New Zealand/Nelson College)
Ramses Dukes (Detroit, Mich./Mumford)
Zach Ornelas (Cedar Park, Texas/Vista Ridge)
Joe Reynolds (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams)
Dan Tyler (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven)

Davis Craw (Monroe, Conn./Masuk)
David Ptacek (Allegan, Mich./Hamilton)
Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach)
Troy Sneller (Hamilton, Mich./Hamilton)
Je'Ron Stokes (Philadelphia, Pa./Northeast)
Aaron Taylor (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams)

Ethan Dennis (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grandville)
Austin DeWildt (Wyoming, Mich./Catholic Central)
Andrew Evans (Portage, Mich./Portage Northern)
John Greenlee (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier)
Bradley James (East Lansing, Mich./Haslett)
Michael Joiner-Hill (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit)
Jeff Kline (Flushing, Mich./Flushing)

Follow the Leader
Junior hurdler Carl Buchanon (South Bend, Ind./Clay), sophomore distance runner Craig Forys (Howell, N.J./Colts Neck) and junior multi-event performer Frank Shotwell (Medina, Ohio/Medina) were named tri-captains for the season. Shotwell was also a tri-captain last season, along with former Wolverines Dan Harmsen and Justin Switzer.

Meyer Honored
Former U-M track athlete Greg Meyer (1974-77) was inducted into the University of Michigan Hall of Honor on Jan. 10. He was an All-America selection in the steeplechase and a Big Ten champion. In addition, Meyer won the 1983 Boston Marathon. He was inducted into the Michigan Track & Field Hall of Fame last year.

Football Imports
Throughout the years, some of Michigan's all-time football standouts have made the transition to the track during the winter and spring months. Former Wolverines like Desmond Howard, Tyrone Wheatley and Braylon Edwards all ran track, and this season, Robinson, Joe Reynolds (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) and Je'Ron Stokes (Philadelphia, Pa./Northeast) are on the roster.

Robinson played quarterback this past season for the Wolverines, while Reynolds and Stokes were listed as wide receivers. In high school, Robinson was clocked at running the 40-yard dash in 4.32 seconds and was considered to be one of the fastest athletes in the entire state of Florida last year. He was a member of the 2008 FHSAA state champion 4x100-meter relay team and finished third in the 100-meter dash at the 2008 Florida 4A Track & Field State Championships.

Reynolds was a three-time All-State selection at Rochester Adams (Rochester Hills, Mich.) and was a state champion in the 800-meter run as a junior.

Stokes was a member of the Pennsylvania All-State 4x200-meter relay team as a junior. He ran the 100-meter dash in 10.8 seconds, the 200-meter dash in 22.6 seconds and the 110-meter hurdles in 14.1 seconds. On the football field this past season for the Wolverines, Stokes played in six games, recording two receptions for 16 yards.

Also re-joining the squad is junior Troy Woolfolk (Sugar Land, Texas/Dulles), who was a 2008 Big Ten Champion as part of the 4x100-meter relay team (Outdoor). In high school, Woolfolk was a varsity letterwinner all four years in high school for Dulles and was a District champion in the 200-meter dash as a senior. This past season on the football field, Woolfolk recorded 46 tackles as a cornerback/safety. He is the son of former Michigan All-American tailback Butch Woolfolk (1978-81).

Robinson's Electric Debut
In his first Indoor track meet ever, Denard Robinson won the 60-meter dash against Ohio State (Jan. 16), crossing the finish line with a time of 6.81. His debut has generated buzz in the media. [ Read AnnArbor.Com's Dave Birkett's story on Robinson ]

Quick 2009 Recap
The Wolverines finished among the best in the Big Ten last season, finishing second at the Indoor Championships and third in the Outdoor. At NCAAs, Michigan took 32nd (Indoor) and tied for 62nd (Outdoor).

Former Wolverine and new, first-year volunteer assistant coach Adam Harris was one of the top sprinters in the country. He was an All-America selection for both Indoor (60m) and Outdoor (100m) and won four individual Big Ten titles (Indoor: 60m, 200m; Outdoor: 100m, 200m). For the Indoor season, Harris was named Athlete of the Year, as well as Athlete of the Championships. Former distance runner Justin Switzer was U-M's other All-America selection, earning the honor in the mile run.

Two student-athletes were Big Ten Champions last season. Senior thrower Sean Pruitt (Cato, Wis./Valders) was a 2009 Big Ten Indoor Champion in the 35-lb. Weight Throw, while junior Carl Buchanon won the 400-meter hurdles (Outdoor).

Twelve U-M student-athletes received All-Big Ten honors last season. For the Indoor season, Pruitt, fifth-year senior Brandon Fellows (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) and junior David St. Amant (Livonia, Mich./Churchill) joined Harris, Switzer and Roger Billhardt as first team All-Big Ten selections. Senior Sean McNamara (Elmhurst, Ill./York) was a second team selection. For the Outdoor season, Buchanon and Harris were first team selections, while Pruitt, fifth-year senior Lex Williams (Ann Arbor, Mich./Dexter) and Dan Harmsen were second team selections.

Stay Connected
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2010 Record Book and Yearbook!
Beginning with the 2009-10 academic year, the University of Michigan athletics department will no longer print media guides. U-M fans and media can still obtain all the information they're used to, only now it's available online. If you're looking for in-depth historical information, statistics, records, archives, etc., the Record Book is what you'll need and it was just added to MGoBlue.com. For more of a general overview of a team, the staff and student-athletes, check out the Yearbook. [ Check out the Yearbook and Record Book ]

Leaders of the Wolverines
Fred LaPlante enters his second season as head coach for the Michigan men's track and field team after 11 seasons as the associate head coach of the program. In his 12 seasons with the program, LaPlante's main focus has been the development of U-M's sprint and hurdle athletics. LaPlante has coached 17 Olympians, 28 individual national champions and 79 All-Americans in his 23 years of coaching.

Ron Warhurst is in his second season as associate head coach, but has been at Michigan for nearly 40 years. Working with mainly Michigan's distance athletes, Warhurst has been in charge of the cross country team for the last 36 years in Ann Arbor. He was the head coach for track and field from 2000-08, before yielding the reins to LaPlante prior to last season. Overall, Warhurst has spent 36 years with the Michigan track and field program and has coached 12 Olympians, 12 individual national champions, 44 track and field All-Americans, and 38 cross country All-Americans.

David Kaiser returns for his sixth season working with Michigan's field and jump athletes. Kaiser has coached 27 All-Americans and 33 conference champions.

Home Of The Wolverines
During the Indoor season, the Wolverines compete inside the Indoor Track Building, which has been in use for Michigan's men and women track & field teams since 1974.

Originally constructed as the Indoor Track and Tennis Building in 1974, the completion of the Varsity Tennis Center allowed for the removal of the tennis courts and the 1997 renovations. During these renovations, the Indoor Track Building's six-lane track switched from a tartan-surface to Durathon-surface, and the pole vault, long jump and high jump pits were moved into the middle of the track.

Michigan hosts several indoor meets during the winter months, including the prestigious Red Simmons and Harold Silverston Invitationals, which draw top talent from the Big Ten Conference and Midwestern region, as well as the annual Jack Harvey Invitational, named after the long-time U-M men's track and field coach, who retired in 1999.

The Indoor Track Building has hosted several Big Ten Conference Indoor Championships, including the men's meet in 1994 and the women's meet's in 2005, when the Wolverines won the title in front of their home crowd. In addition, the men's (1977, 1984 and 2004) and women's (1987 and 1995) conference championship meets have taken place at the Indoor Track Building.

Up Next...
Michigan continues its road trip next weekend in South Bend, Ind., for the Meyo Invitational. The meet is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, and conclude at noon on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423