Weekly #5: U-M to Cap Regular Season Hosting Silverston Invite
Ben Reed

Feb. 19, 2014

Erick Gavin Spotlight

Saturday, Feb. 22
-- host Silverston Invitational (U-M Indoor Track Building), 10:30 a.m.
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The University of Michigan men's track and field team will wrap up the regular season by hosting its second and final home meet of the indoor season with the non-scoring Silverston Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 22). Field events will begin at 10:30 a.m., while running events will commence at 12:30 p.m. with the annual Ann Arbor Track Club Mile at the U-M Indoor Track Building.

Michigan's seniors will be recognized at the starting line, following the Ann Arbor Track Club Mile at 12:40 p.m. This year's seniors include Ethan Dennis, Austin DeWildt, Erick Gavin, Ed Hur, Bradley James, Troy Sneller and Herman Washington.


Field Events
10:30 a.m. -- W Shot Put, M Shot Put to follow
11 a.m. -- M Pole Vault
11:30 a.m. -- M Long Jump, W Long Jump
Noon -- W High Jump
1 p.m. -- W Triple Jump, M Triple Jump, W Pole Vault, W Weight Throw, M Weight Throw to follow 
1:30 p.m. -- M High Jump

Track Events

12:25 p.m. -- National Anthem
12:30 p.m. -- Ann Arbor Track Club Mile
12:40 p.m. -- Senior Recognition
12:55 p.m. -- Silverston Family Recognition

1:10 p.m. -- M 60m High Hurdles, W 60m Hurdles
1:25 p.m. -- M 400m, W 400m
1:40 p.m. -- M 600m, W 600m
1:50 p.m. -- M 60m, W 60m
2:05 p.m. -- M 800m, W 800m
2:15 p.m. -- M 200m, W 200m
2:35 p.m. -- M One Mile, W One Mile
2:55 p.m. -- M 4x400m Relay, W 4x400m Relay

* There will be no men's 5,000m run contested


• The Silverston Invitational is named in honor of Harold Silverston, a longtime head track and field timer at the University of Michigan. Silverston held the position under four different head coaches -- Don Canham, David Martin, Dixon Farmer and Jack Harvey. He was also the head timer for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships when hosted by U-M. Prior to the invention of electronic timing, being an accomplished timer was viewed as a remarkable skill. In the sport of track and field it was an important and prestigious position to hold. Silverston was a well-respected timer known for being extremely accurate, which he took great pride in.

• With the Big Ten Indoor Championships right around the corner on Feb. 28 and March 1, 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 select Wolverines to get in one more tune-up meet before Big Tens and allow many of their younger student-athletes to compete in front of a home crowd.

• Last weekend, the Wolverines split their squad three ways to compete in the SPIRE Invitational, Don Kirby Invitational and Husky Classic.

At the SPIRE Invitational, Bradley James jumped a season-best 2.08 meters (6-9.75) to finish third and move into ninth in the Big Ten standings. Derek Sievers notched a personal best in the shot put for the second straight week with his toss of 18.06 meters (59-3), which ranks ninth in the conference.

At the Don Kirby Invitational, Ethan Dennis took fourth in the elite weight throw with a toss of 20.26 meters (66-5.75). Erick Gavin clocked a new personal-best time of 7.99 in the 60-meter hurdles, which converts to 8.01 due to the altitude.

Michigan sent four Wolverines to compete in the 5,000-meter run at the Husky Classic, which is known for highly competitive, fast races. Morsi Rayyan highlighted the performances in Seattle, placing 12th in the invitational section of the 5K with a new personal-record time of 13:57.07, which ranks third in the Big Ten.

• With one competition remaining before the championship season, U-M has six student-athletes ranked in the Big Ten's top 10 in their respective events, including Mason Ferlic, who is ranked in the top 10 in the 3,000- and 5,000-meter run.

Mason Ferlic -- 8th -- 3,000m (8:07.08)
Morsi Rayyan -- 3rd -- 5,000m (13:57.07)
Mason Ferlic -- 6th -- 5,000m (14:05.35)
Mark Beams -- 7th -- 5,000m (14:07.10)
Bradley James -- 9th -- high jump (2.08m, 6-9.75)
Ethan Dennis -- 8th -- weight throw (20.32m, 66-8)
Derek Sievers -- 9th -- shot put (18.06m, 59-3)


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.

• Assistant coach Alex Gibby is in his fourth season as U-M's distance coach. In his first three seasons, he guided nine student-athletes to the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds, two to the NCAA Indoor Championships and three to NCAA Outdoor Championship appearances. As the Wolverines' cross country head coach, he led his 2013 squad to the NCAA Great Lakes Region title and a runner-up finish at the Big Ten Championships.


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 First Team All-American 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 PDF 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.

Fri-Sat., Feb. 28-March 1 -- at Big Ten Indoor Championships (Geneva, Ohio), 10 a.m.
Fri-Sat., March 14-15 -- at NCAA Indoor Championships (Albuquerque, N.M.), 10 a.m./11 a.m. MST

Contact: Whitney Dixon (whitdix@umich.edu)