Weekly Release #8: at Big Ten Indoor Championships

Feb. 23, 2010

This Week
Sat-Sun., Feb 27-28 -- at Big Ten Indoor Championships (Minneapolis, Minn.), 10 a.m./10:20 a.m. CST
Live Results | Championships Central

This weekend, the University of Michigan men's track and field team heads to the 2010 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships, beginning this Saturday (Feb. 27) at the Minnesota Fieldhouse in Minneapolis, Minn. The meet will begin at 10 a.m. CST on Saturday and conclude at 10:20 a.m. on Sunday (Feb. 28).

Sunday's action will be broadcast on tape-delay by the Big Ten Network, airing on Tuesday, March 9, at 9 p.m.

Schedule of Events
Saturday Feb. 27
10 a.m. - Heptathlon 60-meter dash
10:40 a.m. - Heptathlon long jump
11:50 a.m. - Heptathlon shot put
12:50 a.m. - Heptathlon high jump
1:30 p.m. - Long Jump (trials & finals)
1:30 p.m. - 3,000-meter run unseeded (finals)
1:40 p.m. - Shot put (trials & finals)
1:45 p.m. - Pole vault (trials & finals)
2:30 p.m. - Mile run (trials)
3:00 p.m. - 400-meter run (trials)
3:20 p.m. - 60-meter dash (semifinals)
3:30 p.m. - 800-meter run (semifinals)
3:50 p.m. - 60-meter hurdles (semifinals)
4:00 p.m. - 600-meter run (trials)
4:15 p.m. - 200-meter run (trials)
4:40 p.m. - 3,000-meter run (finals)
5:00 p.m. - Distance Medley Relay (finals)

Sunday Feb. 28
10:20 a.m. - Heptathlon 60-meter hurdles
11:00 a.m. - Heptathlon pole vault
12:00 p.m. - High jump (trials & finals)
12:00 p.m. - Triple jump (trials & finals)
12:50 p.m. - 35-lb. Weight (trials & finals)
1:00 p.m. - 5,000-meter run unseeded (finals)
1:30 p.m. - Heptathlon 1,000-meter run
1:50 p.m. - Mile run (finals)
2:00 p.m. - 400-meter run (finals)
2:10 p.m. - 60-meter dash (finals)
2:20 p.m. - 800-meter run (finals)
2:30 p.m. - 60-meter hurdles (finals)
2:40 p.m. - 600-meter run (finals)
2:50 p.m. - 200-meter run (finals)
3:00 p.m. - 5,000-meter run seeded (finals)
3:25 p.m. - 4x400-meter relay (finals)
3:45 p.m. - Awards Presentation

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, 48.11 (2/12 at GVSU Big Meet)
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: Dallas Bowden, 4:04.62 (2/12 at GVSU Big Meet)
3,000-meter run: Sean McNamara, 8:04.48 (2/13 at GVSU Big Meet)
5,000-meter run: Peter Christmas, 14:21.97 (2/12 at GVSU Big Meet)
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, 18.20 (2/12 at GVSU Big Meet)
35-lb. Weight: Sean Pruitt, 19.65m (2/12 at GVSU Big Meet)
Heptathlon: Frank Shotwell, 5,476 (2/13 at GVSU Big Meet)
4x400-meter relay: Neuman, Buchanon, Campbell, St. Amant, 3:11.53 (2/13 at GVSU Big Meet)

Michigan at Big Ten Indoor Championships Quick Hits
• Michigan has claimed 26 Big Ten Indoor championships.
• U-M's last Indoor Big Ten championship came in 1994.
• 113 Michigan athletes have won 198 individual Big Ten Indoor titles.
• Carl Johnson (1918-20) leads all Wolverines with eight Big Ten titles.
• U-M has also won 21 relay championships.

Last Season at Big Ten Indoors
As a team, Michigan placed second at last year's Big Ten Indoor Championships. Former Wolverines Adam Harris and Justin Switzer each won titles (Harris - 60-meter dash, 200-meter dash; Switzer - mile run), and senior thrower Sean Pruitt (Cato, Wis./Valders) took the 35-lb. weight title.

Michigan also won the distance medley relay on the first day of the championships last season, and two members of that quartet, senior Brandon Fellows (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) and junior David St. Amant (Livonia, Mich./Churchill), will run this weekend for the Wolverines.

Here Come the Champions
There are six former Big Ten champions on this year's roster:

Carl Buchanon: 400-meter hurdles (2009)
Brandon Fellows: Distance Medley Relay (2009)
Sean Pruitt: 35-lb. Weight (2009)
Frank Shotwell: Heptathlon (2008), Decathlon (2007)
David St. Amant: Distance Medley Relay (2009)
Lex Williams: 5,000-meter run (2007), Distance Medley Relay (2007)

Where U-M Ranks
The following table shows the Michigan athletes that rank in the Big Ten (top 10) and NCAA (top 100):

Jeff Demps (Florida) 6.59 -- 1
Denard Robinson 6.81 3 70
Torrin Lawrence (Georgia) 45.03 -- 1
Carl Buchanon 48.11 7 92
Lee Emanuel (New Mexico) 3:57.62 -- 1
Dallas Bowden 4:04.62 7 50
Jarret Eaton (Syracuse) 7.68 -- 1
Carl Buchanon 7.99 4 53
Nick McCampbell 8.06 8 79
Trent Arrivey (Washington St.) 2.24m (7-4 ¼) -- T-1
John Kipf 2.11m (6-11) T-6 T-46
Zedric Thomas (LSU) 8.00m (26-3) -- 1
Robert Peddlar 7.35m (24-1 ½) 2 T-59
Ryan Whiting (Arizona St.) 21.24m (69-8 ¼) -- 1
Sean Pruitt 18.20m (59-8 ½)# 5 23
Walter Henning (LSU) 23.33m (76-6 ½) -- 1
Sean Pruitt 19.65m (64-5 ¾)# 4 35
Ashton Eaton (Oregon) 6,256 -- 1
Frank Shotwell 5,476 2 14
Texas A&M (Howell, Miller,
Henry, Pinder)
3:04.86 -- 1
Nicholas Neuman, Carl Buchanon,
Matthew Campbell, David St. Amant
3:11.53 3 40

-- Marks/Times courtesy of TFRRS.org.

Last Time Out
In the final tuneup before the Big Ten Championships this weekend, Michigan hosted the Silverston Invitational last Saturday (Feb. 20) at the U-M Indoor Track Building. With the Wolverines holding out many of their top performers ahead of Big Tens, others received opportunities to shine. Freshman John Greenlee (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) won the pole vault, while Princeton transfer Nick Thomas (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) took second in the mile run. A pair of juniors got runner-up finishes, including Robert Peddlar (Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boys) in long jump and Nick McCampbell (Detroit, Mich./Cass Technical) in the 60-meter hurdles. Another junior, Troy Woolfolk (Sugar Land, Texas/Dulles), recorded two top-10 finishes, taking fourth in the 200-meter dash and tying for seventh in the 60-meter dash.

Michigan's NCAA Provisional Qualifiers
Sean Pruitt
35-lb. weight - 19.65m (64-5 3/4 ft.)
Shot put - 18.20m (59-8 1/2 ft.)

Sean McNamara
3,000-meter run - 8:04.48

Frank Shotwell
Heptathlon - 5,476 pts.

Forys' Season Debut
One of Michigan's top distance runners made his season debut at the Grand Valley State Big Meet on Feb. 13. Junior/sophomore tri-captain Craig Forys (Howell, N.J./Colts Neck) participated in the 3,000-meter run, finishing in 15th place (8:22.12). Forys had missed the first six meets of the season recovering from injury.

Heptathletes A Hit
At the Grand Valley State Big Meet (Feb. 12-13), senior/junior Frank Shotwell (Medina, Ohio/Medina) led Michigan's group of heptathletes by finishing first with 5,476 points, exceeding the NCAA provisional qualifying standard for that event and earning first-place points in five of the seven events. Shotwell now holds the top two heptathlon scores in Michigan track and field history (he set the record of 5,528 back in 2008).

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 on 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. [ More Information ]

Michigan Inks Five for 2011
On Feb. 17, head coach Fred LaPlante announced the signings of five prep student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2010-2011 academic year. The signees include Patrick Cochran (Erie, Pa./McDowell), Eric Gavin (Chicago Heights, Ill./Marian Catholic), Eric Oliver (Hazel Crest, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor), Cody Riffle (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) and Herman Washington (Blacklick, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln).
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Youth Movement
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:

Freshmen: 24
Sophomores: 7
Juniors: 8
Seniors: 6
Fifth-year seniors: 8

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)

New Zealand (2): Brendon Blacklaws (Wellington), Dallas Bowden (Hastings)
Jamaica (1): Robert Peddlar (Kingston)

Follow the Leader
Forys, Shotwell and junior hurdler Carl Buchanon (South Bend, Ind./Clay) as tri-captains for the 2010 season. Shotwell was also a tri-captain last season, along with former Wolverines Dan Harmsen and Justin Switzer.

Meyer Honored
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.

Football Imports
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, in addition to Woolfolk, freshmen Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach), Joe Reynolds (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) and Je'Ron Stokes (Philadelphia, Pa./Northeast) are on the roster.

Robinson and Woolfolk will primarily run the 60-meter dash, with Stokes training in the 60-meter hurdles. Reynolds has been in the 600-meter and 800-meter runs this season.

Robinson saw action at quarterback last season for the Wolverines on the football field with Reynolds and Stokes, who were wide receivers. Woolfolk rotated between cornerback and safety.

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.

Stay Connected
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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.

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 is in 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.

Up Next...
Michigan returns on March 5 for the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind. The meet will begin at 7 p.m. on March 5 and conclude at noon on March 6. It will be Michigan's last opportunity to earn marks/times before the NCAA Indoor Championships the week following weekend (Fri-Sat., March 12-13).