Week #8: James, Peddlar to Represent U-M at Virginia Tech Final Qualifier

March 1, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior Robert Peddlar (Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boys) and redshirt freshman Bradley James (East Lansing, Mich./Haslett) will represent the University of Michigan men's track and field team this Saturday (March 5) at the Virginia Tech Final Qualifier held inside the Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va.

Beginning with the 2011 season, provisional qualifying standards are no longer a part of the qualifying process. To qualify for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, athletes must hit an automatic qualifying standard in their respective events. The remainder of the field will be filled with the highest remaining ranked performances, as determined by www.tfrrs.org.

Peddlar, who is looking for his first NCAA qualification, will compete in both the long and triple jumps. He holds team-best marks in both events, finishing fifth in the long jump and seventh in the triple jump at the Big Ten Indoor Championships last weekend (Feb. 26-27) in Champaign, Ill. He is ranked 29th nationally in the long jump (24-10 1/2 ft./7.58m) and tied for 83rd in the triple jump (49-7 ft./15.11m). Peddlar has reached outdoor regionals twice in his career.

James finished fifth in high jump at the Big Ten Indoor Championships last weekend and has eclipsed the seven-foot barrier in all but one meet during the indoor season. He is tied for 28th nationally (7-0 1/2 ft./2.15m) and tied for fifth among all freshmen high jumpers.

If they qualify, the NCAA Indoor Championships run from March 11-12 in College Station, Texas. Michigan begins the outdoor season on March 25-26, competing at the Florida State Invitational in Tallahassee, Fla. No U-M athlete has qualified yet for indoor NCAAs.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423