Week #6: U-M to Play Host at Silverston Invitational on Saturday

Feb. 15, 2011

Saturday, Feb. 19 -- host Silverston Invitational (U-M Indoor Track Building), 11 a.m.

With less than two weeks remaining until the 2011 Big Ten Indoor Championships, the University of Michigan men's track and field team returns to Ann Arbor to host the Silverston Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 19) inside the Indoor Track Building, U-M's final event before the conference meet. Field events will start at 11 a.m., with track events commencing at 1 p.m.


11 a.m. -- 35-lb. Weight Throw (M), Shot Put (W)
11:30 a.m. -- Pole Vault (M)
Noon -- High Jump (W)
12:30 p.m. -- Long Jump (W), Weight Throw (W), Long Jump (M)
1:30 p.m. -- Pole Vault (W), High Jump (M)
2 p.m. -- Triple Jump (M/W), Shot Put (M)

1 p.m. -- 5,000-meter Run (M)
1:30 p.m. -- 60-meter Hurdles (M)
1:45 p.m. -- 60-meter Hurdles (W)
2:00 p.m. -- 400-meter Dash (M)
2:10 p.m. -- 400-meter Dash (W)
2:20 p.m. -- 60-meter Dash (M)
2:30 p.m. -- 60-meter Dash (W)
2:40 p.m. -- 600-meter Run (M)
2:50 p.m. -- 600-meter Run (W)
3 p.m. -- 800-meter Run (M)
3:10 p.m. -- 800-meter Run (W)
3:20 p.m. -- 200-meter Dash (M)
3:30 p.m. -- 200-meter Dash (W)
3:40 p.m. -- Mile Run (M)
3:50 p.m. -- Mile Run (W)
4 p.m. -- 4x400-meter Relay (M)
4:10 p.m. -- 4x400-meter Relay (W)

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!

James, Riffle, 4x400 Relay Stay in Top Three
Bradley James (high jump) and U-M's 4x400-meter relay team have each placed in third place or higher in all five events this season. After winning the high jump in the first three events, James placed third at the Meyo Invitational and GVSU Big meet.

Before placing first at GVSU, the relay won at EMU and the Simmons-Harvey Invitational while placing runner-up at the Dual and third at Meyo.

Meanwhile, Cody Riffle placed in the top three in each of the first four weekends before earning sixth at GVSU. He won his first-ever competition in the shot put at the EMU Invitational before placing second at both "The Dual" and the Simmons-Harvey Invitational and third at the Meyo invite.

Big Ten Championships
The 2011 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships are right around the corner, held Feb. 26-27 on the campus of the University of Illinois, in Champaign, Ill. It will air on the Big Ten Network on Saturday, Feb. 26, at noon.
[ Championship Information ]

Last Time Out
The Wolverines competed at the Grand Valley State Big Meet last weekend (Fri-Sat., Feb. 11-12) and came away with a trio of victories, including freshman Ali Arastu (Northville, Mich./Northville) in the 600m run, fifth-year senior Nick McCampbell (Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech) in the 60m hurdles and the 4x400-meter relay team of senior David St. Amant (Livonia, Mich./Churchill), Arastu, freshman Eric Oliver (Berkeley, Calif./Homewood-Flossmoor [Ill.]) and junior Matthew Campbell (Rochester, Mich./Rochester). McCampbell set a new meet record in the finals of the 60m hurdles, breaking the old mark (previously set by Michigan State's Shane Wells in 2009) by one-hundredth of a second.

Juniors Kurt Reichenbach (Brighton, Mich./Pinckney Community) and Joe Strizich (San Francisco, Calif./St. Ignatius College Prep) competed in the heptathlon for the first time all indoor season. Reichenbach finished third and Strizich finished 10th.

Recaps: [ MGoBlue (Day One) ] [ MGoBlue (Day Two) ] [ Michigan Daily ]

Last Season at Silverston
Some notable performances from the 2010 Silverston Invitational include Jack Greenlee (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) winning the pole vault for the first time in his career (15-11 ft.), and a trio of runner-up finishes: Nick Thomas (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) in the mile (4:18.68), Robert Peddlar (Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boys) in the long jump (24-1 1/2 ft.) and Nick McCampbell (Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech) in the 60-meter hurdles.

2011 Top Times/Marks
60-meter Dash: 6.83, Justin Clarke
200-meter Dash: #21.69, Nick Neuman
400-meter Dash: 47.75, Matthew Campbell
800-meter Run: #1:56.60, Dallas Bowden
Mile Run: 4:11.82, Dallas Bowden
3,000-meter Run: 8:07.49, Craig Forys
5,000-meter Run: 14:56.07, Zach Ornelas
60-meter Hurdles: 7.90, Carl Buchanon
4x400-meter Relay: 3:12.15, Matthew Campbell, David St. Amant, Eric Oliver, Carl Buchanon
High Jump: 7-0 1/2 ft., Bradley James
Pole Vault: 16-8 3/4 ft., Jack Greenlee
Long Jump: 24-10 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
Heptathlon: 4,999 points, Kurt Reichenbach

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Among The Big Ten's Best
Several Michigan track and field athletes rank among the best in the Big Ten through the early season.

Name Event Time/Mark Rank
Robert Peddlar (Sr.) Long Jump 24-10 1/2 feet 2
  Triple Jump 49-7 feet 5
Carl Buchanon (Sr.) 60m Hurdles 7.90 3
Nick McCampbell (R-Sr.) 60m Hurdles 7.97 4
Matthew Campbell (Jr.) 400m Dash 47.75 9
Bradley James (R-Fr.) High Jump 7-0 1/2 feet T4
Jack Greenlee (So.) Pole Vault 16-8 3/4 feet T4
Cody Riffle (Fr.) Shot Put 59-0 3/4 feet 7
Ethan Dennis (R-Fr.) 35-lb. Weight Throw 65-7 3/4 feet 7
Kurt Reichenbach Heptathlon 4,999 pts. 9

Rookie Rewind
Three Michigan field athletes rank high among all freshmen nationally. Ethan Dennis (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grandville) is tied for second in the 35-lb. weight throw, Bradley James is tied for third in the high jump and freshman Cody Riffle is fifth in the shot put.

Former Athletes Shine At New Balance Indoor Grand Prix
Four former Wolverines ran at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on Feb. 5. Olympic silver medalist (2008) Nick Willis (U-M 2003-05) finished third in the mile (3:56.29), with Alan Webb (U-M 2002) coming in seventh (4:00.70). 2008 Olympian Adam Harris (U-M 2006-09) took sixth in the 60-meter dash (6.77), and Nate Brannen (U-M 2002-05) finished seventh in the 3,000-meter run (7:54.75).

[ Complete Coverage ]


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. Sophomores Austin DeWildt (Wyoming, Mich./Catholic Central) and Troy Sneller (Hamilton, Mich./Hamilton) were named captains for this week.

2011 Captains
Jan. 8 -- David St. Amant, Erik Braun
Jan. 15 -- Robert Peddlar, Craig Forys
Jan. 22 -- Nick McCampbell, Taylor Voice
Feb. 5 -- Jack Greenlee, Matthew Campbell
Feb. 11 -- Brendon Blacklaws, Kurt Reichenbach
Feb. 19 -- Austin DeWildt, Troy Sneller

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
Feb. 4-5 (ND Meyo Invitational): Robert Peddlar, Ali Arastu, Erick Gavin
Feb. 11-12 (GVSU Big Meet): Austin DeWildt, Nick McCampbell, Matthew Campbell

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:

Freshmen: 24
Sophomores: 14
Juniors: 6
Seniors: 4

U-M Inks Four to National Letters of Intent
On Tuesday (Feb. 15), head coach Fred LaPlante announced the signings of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2011-12 season. The signees include throwers Brad Bolton (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) and Derek Sievers (Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center H.S.), distance runner Scott Albaugh (Waterford, Mich./Waterford Mott H.S.) and sprinter Philip Washington III (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield H.S.).

Bolton is ranked as the nation's top hammer thrower, while Sievers, Albaugh and Washington III are all Michigan state champions.

[ Signing Day Release (Feb. 15) ]

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.

[ Indoor Qualifying Standards ] [ TFRRS ]

Coaching Staff
Head coach Fred LaPlante is in 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 & Record Book
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.

[ 2010-11 Men's Track & Field Yearbook ] [ Record Book ]

Up Next
Michigan heads to the 2011 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships next weekend (Fri-Sat., Feb. 26-27) in Champaign, Ill. It will air on the Big Ten Network on Saturday, Feb. 26, at noon.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423