Week #9: U-M to Split Squad as Outdoor Season Commences

March 21, 2011

Fri-Sat., March 25-26 -- at FSU Relays (Tallahassee, Fla.), 10 a.m./Noon
Friday, March 25 -- at Stanford Invitational (Palo Alto, Calif.), 8 p.m. PDT

The University of Michigan men's track and field team begins the outdoor season this weekend, splitting the squad for a pair of competitions on opposite sides of the country. Four distance runners will run at the Stanford Invitational on Friday (March 25) at Cobb Track and Angell Field in Palo Alto, Calif., while the majority of the squad will compete at the FSU Relays on Friday and Saturday (March 26) at the Mike Long Track in Tallahasse, Fla.

The races at the Stanford Invitational begin around 8 p.m. PDT, while competition begins at 10 a.m. and noon, respectively, at the FSU Relays.

The Wolverines welcome back some key contributors for the outdoor season, including fifth-year decathlete Frank Shotwell (Medina, Ohio/Medina), distance runners Bobby Aprill (Dexter, Mich./Dexter) and Nick Thomas (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) and javelin thrower Simon Wenet (Seattle, Wash./Seattle Academy).

This weekend's competitions mark the beginning of the outdoor season for the Wolverines. Events competed outdoors that are not held indoors are the 100-meter dash, 100-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles, 1,500-meter run, 3,000-meter steeplechase, hammer throw, discus, javelin and decathlon.

Heading to the FSU Relays is Ali Arastu, Erik Braun, Justin Clarke, Ethan Dennis, Austin DeWildt, Erick Gavin, Jack Greenlee, Ed Hur, Matthew Campbell, Nick Kern, Nick McCampbell, Nick Neuman, Eric Oliver, Zach Ornelas, Robert Peddlar, Kurt Reichenbach, Cody Riffle, Frank Shotwell, Troy Sneller, David St. Amant, Joe Strizich, Aaron Taylor, Nick Thomas, Taylor Voice, Herman Washington and Simon Wenet.

Heading to the Stanford Invitational will be Aprill, Craig Forys, and freshmen Sean Boneand Morsi Rayyan. Forys, Bone and Rayyan will run the 5,000-meter run, while Aprill will run the 10,000-meter run.

(All times are tentative and local to site)

FSU Relays

9 a.m. -- Hammer Throw
Noon -- Javelin
1:35 p.m. -- 110-meter Hurdles
2:35 p.m. -- 400-meter Dash
3:30 p.m. -- 800-meter Run
4 p.m. -- Long Jump
4:30 p.m. -- High Jump
6:15 p.m. -- 3,000-meter Steeplechase

10 a.m. -- Discus
12:30 p.m. -- 200-meter Dash
1:55 p.m. -- 400-meter Hurdles
2 p.m. -- Shot Put
3 p.m. -- Pole Vault, Triple Jump
3:55 p.m. -- 100-meter Dash
4:35 p.m. -- 1,500-meter Run
5:15 p.m. -- 4x400-meter Relay

Stanford Invitational

Three sections of the 5,000-meter run are scheduled to begin at 7:47, 8:05 and 8:42 p.m.
Two sections of the 10,000-meter run are scheduled to begin at 9:36 and 10:48 p.m.

Michigan finished ninth at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, held Feb. 26-27 at The Armory in Champaign, Ill. Robert Peddlar was the team's highest point-scorer, finishing fifth in the long jump and seventh in the triple jump. Michigan did not send any competitors to the NCAA Championships.

2011 Top Times/Marks (Indoor Only)
60-meter Dash: 6.83, Justin Clarke
200-meter Dash: #21.69, Nick Neuman
400-meter Dash: 47.75, Matthew Campbell
800-meter Run: 1:54.90, Dallas Bowden
Mile Run: 4:11.82, Dallas Bowden
3,000-meter Run: 8:07.49, Craig Forys
5,000-meter Run: 14:17.19, Craig Forys
60-meter Hurdles: 7.90, Carl Buchanon
Distance Medley Relay: Dallas Bowden, Aaron Taylor, Nick Kern, Brendon Blacklaws
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

# converted time

Beginning with the 2011 indoor season, USTFCCCA All-America honors will be assigned into first and second teams for all events, both individual and relays. Those individuals and relays that score any portion of a team point at the NCAA Championships will earn USTFCCCA first team All-America honors. The individuals and relays that place between nine and 16 overall will earn USTFCCCA second team All-America honors. Those who participate in at least a round of the finals site for an NCAA Championship will be listed as honorable mention All-America.

For the second consecutive season, the East and West Preliminary Championship competition will be utilized to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Using a descending order list, the top 48 athletes in each event will participate in two rounds (first round and quarterfinals) during the Preliminary Round. Twelve competitors from each individual event and 12 teams from each relay event will advance from each Preliminary Championship competition to the NCAA Championships. There are no qualifying marks used during the outdoor season.


Michigan's dual meet with Ohio State, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 16, has been moved back one day to Sunday, April 17, due to the spring football game and a home baseball game against Illinois. The meet will also start one hour sooner at 11 a.m. at Ferry Field.

The track and field team returns to permanent captains for the outdoor season but will continue to pick Captains of the Week, as it did during the indoor season. The permanent captains, as selected by team vote, are Carl Buchanon (South Bend, Ind./Clay), Craig Forys (Howell, N.J./Colts Neck), Robert Peddlar (Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boys) and Frank Shotwell (Medina, Ohio/Medina).

The captains of the week for the Florida State Invitational are redshirt freshman Ethan Dennis (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grandville) and sophomore Aaron Taylor (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams).

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
Feb. 26 -- Carl Buchanon, Nick McCampbell, David St. Amant

Permanent Team Captains: Carl Buchanon, Craig Forys, Robert Peddlar, Frank Shotwell
March 25 -- Ethan Dennis, Aaron Taylor

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
Feb. 19 (Silverston Invitational): Troy Sneller, Herman Washington, Erik Braun

Out of the 48 student-athletes on this year's track and field roster, 38 of them have three or more years of eligibility remaining, giving the Wolverines one of the youngest rosters in the country. Here is a look at the roster, broken down by class:

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

On 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) and Derek Sievers (Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center), distance runner Scott Albaugh (Waterford, Mich./Waterford Mott) and sprinter Philip Washington III (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield).

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) ]

On March 16, the University of Michigan men's track and field coaching staff announced that eight former track and field greats will be inducted into the school's Men's Track and Field Hall of Fame in May. The inductees are Nelson Kellogg (1901-04), John Landowski (1922), Holly Campbell (1927-30), Ralph Schwarzkopf (1938-40), John Ross (1952-54), Dan Heikkinen (1977-81), Jon Royce (1993-96) and head coach Keene Fitzpatrick (1901-11).

[ Michigan Announces Eight-Member Hall of Fame Class (March 16) ]

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

Thu-Sat., April 7-9 -- at UCLA Rafer Johnson Invitational (Los Angeles, Calif), 10 a.m./6 p.m./Noon PDT

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423