Jan. 29, 2014
For the second straight season, the University of Michigan men's track and field team will take on in-state rival Michigan State in a scored dual meet on Saturday (Feb. 1) at 6 p.m. at Grand Valley State's Kelly Family Sports Center in Allendale, Mich.
Tickets can be purchased online through Grand Valley's website or by calling GVSU's ticket office at (616) 331-3200. Presale tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors (general admission) and a $12 VIP track level pass is also available. Tickets prices for the day of meet are as follows -- $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors (general admission) and $15 for the VIP track level pass. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early as a sellout is expected.
Schedule of Events
6 p.m. -- W WT; M SP; M and W PV; W HJ
6:15 p.m. -- M and W LJ
7:15 p.m. -- M HJ; M WT; W SP M and W TJ
6:30 p.m. -- M then W One Mile run
6:45 p.m. -- M then W 60m HH
6:55 p.m. -- M then W 400m (2 sections if need)
7:10 p.m. -- M then W 600m (2 sections if needed)
7:25 p.m. -- M then W 60m
7:35 p.m. -- M then W 800m
7:50 p.m. -- M then W 200m (2 sections if needed)
8 p.m. -- M then W 3000m
8:30 p.m. -- M then W 4 x 400m
The Wolverines and Spartans renewed their dual-meet history last season for the first time since 1982, when U-M emerged with the win, 88-74.
Michigan owns a 28-2-1 all-time record against the Spartans, including a 20-2-1 mark in true dual meets. U-M and MSU have competed against one another three times since 1982 as part of triangular meets in 1994, '95 and '99.
At last year's dual meet, Cody Riffle and Ethan Dennis each set school records in their respective events. Riffle recorded a mark of 19.25 meters (63-2), while Dennis' record toss in the weight throw was 21.20 meters (69-6.75). As a native of Grand Rapids, Mich., the dual meet was a homecoming for Dennis.
The Wolverines opened the season on Jan. 18, hosting the annual Simmons-Harvey Invitational. After just one meet, U-M has three athletes ranked in the top 10 in the Big Ten in their respective events. Ethan Dennis ranks eighth in the weight throw (20.32m, 66-8), Cody Riffle ranks 10th in the shot put (17.38m, 57-0.25) and Bradley James owns the ninth-best high jump mark (2.05m, 6-8.75).
Michigan State has participated in two meets this season, including the GVSU Bob Eubanks Open and the Notre Dame Invitational. The Spartans have three athletes that currently rank in the top three of the Big Ten. DeVantre Whitelow owns the top spot in the 60-meter dash (6.72), Caleb Rhynard ranks second in the mile run (4:05.82) and Antonio James ranks second in the shot put (18.95m, 62-2.25) and third in the weight throw (22.74m, 74-7.25).
THE CLAYTON ERA
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 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.
THE 2014 WOLVERINES
Team Captains: Senior Herman Washington, as well as 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).
Returning All-Americans: 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. Both indoor records were set at the 2013 dual meet against Michigan State.
Qualifying Standards for NCAA Championships: There are no qualifying standards for the championships season. There will be a track indexing standard 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. Due to new NCAA legislation, last-chance meets will no longer be held the week prior to the national indoor meet. [USTFCCCA Selection Criteria]
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
Fri-Sat., Feb. 7-8 -- at Notre Dame Meyo Invitational (South Bend, Ind.), 4 p.m./10 a.m.
Fri-Sat., Feb. 14-15 -- at SPIRE Invitational (Geneva, Ohio), 2 p.m./10 a.m.
Contact: Whitney Dixon (email@example.com)