Feb. 12, 2013
The University of Michigan men's track and field team will conclude the regular season hosting its second and final home meet of the indoor season with the non-scoring Silverston Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 16). The meet will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the field events, while running events will commence at 1 p.m. with the annual Ann Arbor Track Club Mile at the U-M Indoor Track Building. The Michigan athletic department announced that the meet will be a Pink and Blue Cancer Awareness event.
10:30 a.m. -- Men's Shot Put, Women's Shot Put (west)
11:30 a.m. -- Men's Long Jump, Women's Long Jump, Men's Pole Vault
Noon -- Women's Weight Throw, Women's High Jump
1:00 p.m. -- Women's Triple Jump, Men's Triple Jump
1:30 p.m. -- Men's Weight Throw, Men's High Jump, Women's Pole Vault
1 p.m. -- Ann Arbor Track Club Mile
1:20 p.m. -- Men's 60m High Hurdles, Women's 60m Hurdles
1:30 p.m. -- Men's 400m, Women's 400m
1:45 p.m. -- Men's 600m, Women's 600m
2 p.m. -- Men's 60m, Women's 60m
2:10 p.m. -- Men's 800m, Women's 800m
2:25 p.m. -- Men's 200m, Women's 200m
2:40 p.m. -- Men's One Mile, Women's One Mile
3p.m. -- Men's 1,600m Relay, Women's 1,600m Relay
With the Big Ten Championships right around the corner, Feb. 22-23, several of Michigan's athletes who will compete in that meet, especially its distance runners, will not compete in the Silverston Invitational as they continue to train and prepare for the conference meet. The meet will provide an opportunity for many of the Wolverines' younger student-athletes to compete in front of a home crowd.
Michigan moved into the USTFCCA Division I top 25 poll for the first time this season, earning a national ranking of No. 25. The last time the Wolverines appeared in the top 25 was in week five of the 2009 regular-season polls when they were ranked No. 24. Michigan is also No. 4 in the Great Lakes Region poll -- with 10 student-athletes, as well as the 4x400-meter relay and distance medley relay, contributing to the ranking. Athletes who reach minimum predetermined standards in their respective events help improve the team's overall ranking.
Last Friday (Feb. 8) at the Husky Invitational, fifth-year seniors Dan Lowry (Philadelphia, Pa./La Salle College) (13:42.48) and Bobby Aprill (Dexter, Mich./Dexter) (13:44.34) each topped the school record in the 5,000-meter run, breaking a 27-year-old record of 13:45.06, set by Chris Brewster in 1986. It marked Lowry's first time running the indoor 5,000-meter run in his collegiate career and is the second-fastest 5K time he has ever run, indoor or outdoor.
At last weekend's SPIRE Invitational, the Wolverines tallied 11 top-10 performances. Junior Patrick Cochran (Erie, Pa./McDowell) made his season debut, finishing third in the triple jump with a lifetime-best mark of 14.98 meters (49-1.75). Senior/junior Zach Ornelas (Cedar Park, Texas/Vista Ridge)
and junior/sophomore Mark Beams (Vicksburg, Mich./Vicksburg) placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 5,000-meter run with times of 14:13.15 and 14:22.20. In the 60-meter hurdles, junior Herman Washington (Blacklick, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln) (7.95, career-best) and junior Erick Gavin (Chicago Heights, Ill./Marian Catholic) (8.05) each qualified for the finals, where they finished fifth and seventh, respectively.
With just one competition remaining until the Big Ten Indoor Championships, the Wolverines have six student-athletes ranked in the Big Ten's top eight in their respective events (the top eight finishers score at championship meets). Four of the athletes are in the top three, including Dan Lowry in the 5,000-meter run, Cody Riffle in the shot put and Ethan Dennis in the weight throw.
Dan Lowry -- 3,000m, 5th, 8:03.56
Bobby Aprill -- 3,000m, 9th, 8:05.37
Dan Lowry -- 5,000m, 3rd, 13:42.48
Bobby Aprill -- 5,000m, 4th, 13:44.34
Bradley James -- high jump, 6th, 7-0.25 ft.
Patrick Cochran -- triple jump, 8th, 49-1.75
Cody Riffle -- shot put, 1st, 63-2 ft.
Ethan Dennis -- weight throw, 2nd, 69-6.75 ft.
Fifth-year senior Bobby Aprill (Dexter, Mich./Dexter), senior Jack Greenlee (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) and junior Ali Arastu (Northville, Mich./Northville)were named tri-captains for the 2013 season. Each captain was chosen by the team and coaches to represent the different event areas-- Aprill (distance), Greenlee (field) and Arastu (sprints).
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 ]
In the Spotlight
| Dan Lowry
On setting the school 5,000-meter record ... "Coming to Michigan has been really cool because there has been such a deep history in the distance program. It's really cool to know that my name will be up there with other names like Nick Willis and so many other great runners that have come before me. It's nice to know that I'm going to get to leave my mark on this program."
On his transition to U-M as a transfer student ... "The nice thing about the track is that the track is the same anywhere, so in that sense, getting back to the track has been a little more comfortable for me. I think Coach Gibby has made a few adjustments to help me relate to the training a little better than how things were in the fall. Everyone on the team has been really welcoming, and that has made the transition really smooth as well."
On having Bobby Aprill as a training partner ... "He's been a great training partner for me. At the meet in Washington, we kind of found each other as soon as the race started getting hard, and I think that helped us both finish the job that we had started. It's nice when you have someone pushing you in practice, and you know you can finish within seconds of that person each race. I think we're always going to help each other take things to the next level. It will be cool when we both get to go to NCAAs since only 16 athletes make it in an event -- if we could have two people from Michigan, that's pretty incredible."
On how the team is progressing toward the championship season ... "I think there were a lot of good performances at SPIRE, and I think the ball is really rolling now. For Bobby and me, things are a little different because this is my last season, and I'm really looking to peak for indoor, and Bobby is also looking to make it to NCAAs too, whereas a lot of these guys are looking long term and working towards outdoor. As a whole, things are really coming together. We're seeing a lot of PRs, and there's been a really contagious positivity in the locker room."
On the long distance races having some of the deepest fields in the country ... "There were two Wisconsin guys ahead of us in Washington, so that means Wisconsin is also going to make up a big part of the NCAAs. Competing with those guys really helps push us to the next level, so that's pretty exciting to know that in our conference we have the best in the country."
A LOOK AHEAD
Fri-Sat., Feb. 22-23 -- at Big Ten Indoor Championships (Geneva, Ohio), 10 a.m.
Fri-Sat., March 1-2 -- at Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational (South Bend, Ind.), 6 p.m./11 a.m.
Saturday, March 2 -- at Virginia Tech Final Qualifier (Blacksburg, Va.), 10 a.m.
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423