Feb. 1, 2011
Fri-Sat., Feb. 4-5 -- at Notre Dame Meyo Invitational (South Bend, Ind.), 5 p.m./10 a.m.
The University of Michigan men's track and field team returns to action after a week off, competing at the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational this weekend at the Loftus Sports Center in South Bend, Ind. The meet will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 4) and continue at 10 a.m. on Saturday (Feb. 5).
ORDER OF EVENTS
Friday, Feb. 4
5 p.m. --- Long Jump
5:30 p.m. -- 35-lb. Weight Throw
6 p.m. -- Pole Vault
8:15 p.m. -- 60-meter hurdles (Preliminaries)
9:05 p.m. -- 60-meter dash (Preliminaries)
10:15 p.m. -- 500-meter run
Saturday, Feb. 5
11 a.m. -- Triple Jump, Shot Put
12:05 p.m. -- 400-meter dash
1 p.m. -- High Jump
1:45 p.m. -- 200-meter dash
3:25 p.m. -- 60-meter hurdles (Finals)
3:35 p.m. -- 60-meter dash (Finals)
5:15 p.m. -- 4x400-meter Relay
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!
Last Time Out
The Wolverines were last in action two weeks ago when they hosted the Simmons-Harvey Invitational at the U-M Indoor Track Building. Sophomore pole vaulter Jack Greenlee (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) and redshirt freshman Bradley James (East Lansing, Mich./Haslett) won the pole vault and high jump, respectively. The meet, which saw attendance surpass 1,700 people, featured some former Michigan track and field standouts, including Olympian Nick Willis (2003-05), and former NCAA All-Americans Adam Harris (2006-09) and Jeff Porter (2004-07).
2011 Top Times/Marks
60-meter Dash: 6.83, Justin Clarke
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)
|Robert Peddlar (Sr.)||Long Jump||24-1 feet||6|
|Triple Jump||49-7 feet||5|
|Matthew Campbell (Jr.)||400m Dash||48.31#||10|
|Craig Forys (R-Jr.)||3,000m Run||8:14.92#||7|
|Carl Buchanon (Sr.)||60m Hurdles||7.90||3|
|Nick McCampbell (R-Sr.)||60m Hurdles||8.01||6|
|Bradley James (R-Fr.)||High Jump||7-0 1/2 feet||4|
|Jack Greenlee (So.)||Pole Vault||16-8 3/4 feet||4|
|Cody Riffle (Fr.)||Shot Put||59-0 3/4 feet||6|
|Ethan Dennis (R-Fr.)||35-lb. Weight Throw||65-7 3/4 feet||6|
Three Michigan field athletes rank among all freshmen nationally. Bradley James and Ethan Dennis (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grandville) are second in the high jump and 35-lb. weight throw, respectively, and freshman Cody Riffle (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) is fifth in the shot put.
Meet Records and Personal Records
Two Wolverines set new meet records in "The Dual" against Ohio State on Jan. 15. 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 of Ohio State, 1993) but shattered that mark on Saturday.
Sophomore and Ohio native Jack Greenlee 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) in 2010). It was also his new career high by six inches.
Lastly, redshirt freshman Ethan Dennis 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.
U-M alum Jerome Singleton earns an honorable "Wolverine of the Week" mention for winning the gold medal in the 100-meter dash at the IPC World Championships in New Zealand last week. Singleton, a T-44 amputee (below the knee), edged out the legendary Oscar Pistorious by a dive at the finish line to claim gold.
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, sophomore pole vaulter Jack Greenlee and junior/sophomore sprinter Matthew Campbell (Rochester, Mich./Rochester) were chosen as the team's captains.
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
Jan. 22 (Simmons-Harvey Invitational): Erik Braun, Justin Clarke
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:
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.
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
For the second year in a row, 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.
The Wolverines will compete at the Grand Valley State Big Meet next weekend (Fri-Sat., Feb. 11-12) in Allendale, Mich. Competition will begin at noon on Friday and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, respectively.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423