Feb. 9, 2010
Fri-Sat., Feb. 12-13 -- at Grand Valley State Big Meet (Allendale, Mich.), 4 p.m./noon
Schedule of Events
The University of Michigan men's track and field team is back in action this weekend at the Grand Valley State Big Meet in Allendale, Mich., beginning on Friday (Feb. 12) at 4 p.m. at the Laker Turf Building. The meet will conclude on Saturday (Feb. 13) at noon.
Countdown to Big Ten Indoors
The 2010 Big Ten Indoor Championships will be held Feb. 27-28 at the Minnesota Fieldhouse in Minneapolis, Minn. The final day of competition (Sunday, Feb. 28) will be televised on tape-delay by the Big Ten Network, and is scheduled to air Wednesday, March 10, at 8 p.m. (ET).
Michigan finished second at last year's Big Ten Indoor Championships (State College, Pa.)
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 (1/23 Simmons/Harvey)
200-meter dash: Nicholas Neuman, 21.88 (1/30 at Rod McCravy Invite)
400-meter dash: Carl Buchanon, 48.19 (1/30 at Rod McCravy Invite)
600-meter run: David St. Amant, 1:20.55 (1/23 Simmons/Harvey)
800-meter run: Dallas Bowden, 1:52.47 (2/6 at Meyo Invite)
Mile run: Brandon Fellows, 4:06.37 (1/31 at Rod McCravy Invite)
3,000-meter run: Peter Christmas (8:10.72, 2/6 at Meyo Invite)
5,000-meter run: Bobby Aprill (14:25.38, 2/6 at Meyo Invite)
High Jump: John Kipf, 2.11m (1/16 vs. Ohio State)
Long Jump: Robert Peddlar, 7.35m (1/22 Simmons-Harvey)
Triple Jump: Robert Peddlar, 14.72m (1/16 vs. Ohio State)
Pole Vault: Frank Shotwell, 4.90m (1/16 vs. Ohio State )
Shot put: Sean Pruitt, 17.92m (2/6 at Meyo Invite)
35-lb. Weight: Sean Pruitt, 19.41m (1/16 vs. Ohio State)
Where U-M Ranks
The following table shows where some Michigan athletes rank in the Big Ten (top 10) and NCAA (top 100):
|60-METER DASH (NCAA DIV-1 QUALIFYING STANDARDS: AUTO - 6.60; PROV - 6.71)|
|Rondel Sorrillo (Kentucky)||6.60||--||1|
|400-METER DASH (NCAA DIV-1 QUALIFYING STANDARDS: AUTO - 46.15; PROV - 47.25)|
|Kirani James (Alabama)||45.79||--||1|
|MILE (NCAA DIV-1 QUALIFYING STANDARDS: AUTO - 3:59.00; PROV - 4:03.50)|
|Lee Emanuel (New Mexico)||3:57.62||--||1|
|3,000-METER RUN (NCAA DIV-1 QUALIFYING STANDARDS: AUTO - 7:54.50; PROV - 8:05.00)|
|Dorian Ulrey (Arkansas)||7:55.23||--||1|
|5,000-METER RUN (NCAA DIV-1 QUALIFYING STANDARDS: AUTO - 13:47.00; PROV - 14:10.00)|
|Andrew Poore (Indiana)||13:48.88||1||1|
|60-METER HURDLES (NCAA DIV-1 QUALIFYING STANDARDS: AUTO - 7.70; PROV - 7.91)|
|Jarret Eaton (Syracuse)||7.68||--||1|
|HIGH JUMP (NCAA DIV-1 QUALIFYING STANDARDS: AUTO - 2.24m; PROV - 2.14m)|
|Trent Arrivey (Washington St.)||2.24m (7-4 ¼)||--||T-1|
|John Kipf||2.11m (6-11)||T-6||T-43|
|LONG JUMP (NCAA DIV-1 QUALIFYING STANDARDS: AUTO - 7.85m; PROV - 7.50m)|
|Zedric Thomas (LSU)||8.00m (26-3)||--||1|
|Robert Peddlar||7.35m (24-1 ½)||2||50|
|TRIPLE JUMP (NCAA DIV-1 QUALIFYING STANDARDS: AUTO - 16.15m; PROV - 15.45m)|
|Zuheir Sharif (Texas A&M)||16.55m (54-3 ¾)||--||1|
|Robert Peddlar||14.72m (48-3 ½)||5||88|
|SHOT PUT (NCAA DIV-1 QUALIFYING STANDARDS: AUTO - 19.30m; PROV - 17.75m)|
|Ryan Whiting (Arizona St.)||21.24m (69-8 ¼)||--||1|
|Sean Pruitt||17.92m (58-9 ½)||4||25|
|35-LB. WEIGHT THROW (NCAA DIV-1 QUALIFYING STANDARDS: AUTO - 21.50m; PROV - 19.50m)|
|Walter Henning (LSU)||23.33m (76-6 ½)||--||1|
|Sean Pruitt||19.41m (63-8 ¼)||T-4||32|
-- Marks/Times courtesy of TFRRS.org
Last Time Out
Senior Sean Pruitt (Cato, Wis./Valders) won the shot put with an NCAA provisional qualifying throw of 17.92 meters (58-9 ½ ft.) to highlight the Wolverines' performances at the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind., last weekend (Feb. 5-6). It was a career-high throw for Pruitt.
Elsewhere, freshman Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach) continued the impressive surge to his collegiate track campaign with a fifth place finish in the 60-meter dash (6.84). South Bend native and U-M junior Carl Buchanon (South Bend, Ind./Clay) took fifth place in his signature event, the 60-meter hurdles (8.06).
Two of U-M's distance runners also scored top 10 finishes, including senior Peter Christmas (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) in the 3,000-meter run (8:10.72) and senior Sean McNamara (Elmhurst, Ill./York) in the mile (4:07.03).
Former Athletes at Boston Indoor Games
Two former University of Michigan men's track athletes (and current volunteer assistant coaches) Nick Willis (2003-05) and Adam Harris (2006-09) competed at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games last Saturday (Feb. 6). The meet was televised to a national audience on ESPN2.
Willis, a 2008 Silver Medalist for New Zealand in the 1,500-meter run, won the mile, while Harris, a three-time All-American and eight-time Big Ten Champion, finished eighth in the 60-meter dash. Find out more about the meet here.
U-M in Rankings
Michigan began the season ranked No. 35 by USTFCCCA.org. In the most-recent poll, released last Tuesday (Feb. 2), the Wolverines checked in at No. 44, down six spots from their previous spot of No. 38. Texas A&M is the new No. 1 team, while Florida State is No. 2.
History Made at Simmons/Harvey
As the title says, history was made on Jan. 23 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.
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:
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 & 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 (27): 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), 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), Nick 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)
Follow the Leader
Sophomore distance runner Craig Forys (Howell, N.J./Colts Neck) joins Shotwell and Buchanon as tri-captains for the 2010 season. Shotwell was also a tri-captain last season, along with former Wolverines Dan Harmsen and Justin Switzer.
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.
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. Junior Troy Woolfolk (Sugar Land, Texas/Dulles) has also rejoined the squad.
Robinson won the 60-meter dash in his first collegiate event against Ohio State and his time ranks third-best amongst all Big Ten athletes. Woolfolk missed the first two events of the season, but made his debut at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational (Jan. 23) in the 60-meter dash and has improved ever since. Reynolds is running the 600-meter run, while Stokes is getting acclimated to the 60-meter hurdles.
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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 is in 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 U-M 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 U-M 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 U-M 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 U-M Indoor Track Building.
The Wolverines reopen the U-M Indoor Track Building back up next Saturday (Feb. 20), for the Silverston Invitational. The meet will start at noon. It is the second-to-last home event this season, as Michigan will not be at home again until May 7 (U-M Paddock Invitational).