April 5, 2010
Two of the most storied men's track and field programs meet for the second time this season on Saturday (April 10), as the University of Michigan takes on the Ohio State University in "The Dual". The meet will be held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, and begin at noon.
Schedule of Events
11 a.m. -- Hammer Throw, Pole Vault, Long Jump
12:15 p.m. -- Triple Jump, Shot Put
1:30 p.m. -- Discus Throw, High Jump, Javelin Throw
12:30 p.m. -- 3,000-meter Steeplechase
12:40 p.m. -- 4x100-meter Relay
12:50 p.m. -- 1,500-meter Run
1 p.m. -- 110-meter Hurdles
1:10 p.m. -- 400-meter Dash
1:20 p.m. -- 100-meter Dash
1:30 p.m. -- 800-meter Run
1:40 p.m. -- 400-meter Hurdles
1:50 p.m. -- 200-meter Dash
2 p.m. -- 3,000-meter Run
2:15 p.m. -- 4x400-meter Relay
Last Time Out
Career bests and event winners highlighted weekend action at the Duke Invitational last weekend (Sat-Sun., April 3-4). Senior thrower Sean Pruitt (Cato, Wis./Valders) won the discus for the second week in a row, joining senior Jeff Merrill (Lodi, Calif./Lodi), junior Carl Buchanon (South Bend, Ind./Clay) and sophomore Nicholas Neuman (Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) as the other event winners over the two-day invitational. The Wolverines' 4x400-meter relay team of junior David St. Amant (Livonia, Mich./Churchill), Buchanon, freshman Aaron Taylor (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams) and sophomore Matthew Campbell (Rochester, Mich./Rochester) also took first, besting the competition by nearly three seconds.
On Friday (April 2), Neuman was one of three sprinters to shatter a career-best time. He took first in the 400-meter dash, crossing the finish line at 47.98, almost two full seconds ahead of his old career-best time of 49.69. Freshmen teammates Taylor and James Wade (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) were right behind Neuman in second and third, respectively. St. Amant and Campbell were the others to set new personal records in the 200-meter dash; St. Amant took second (22.05), while Campbell finished third just one-hundredth of a second behind (22.06).
In the field, Pruitt continued the strong start to his outdoor season, placing in the same spots in three throwing events for the second week in a row. He won the discus and took second in both the shot put and hammer, just as he did last Saturday (March 27) at the Victor Lopez/Bayou Classic. [ MGoBlue.com Recap | Michigan Daily Recap ]
"The Dual" History
The rivalry on and inside the oval between Michigan and Ohio State began way back in May 1907. The two teams renewed the rivalry for the first time since 1993 on Jan. 19, 2008, and have spent the last two seasons alternating between Ann Arbor and Columbus, facing each other twice -- once during the Indoor season and once during the Outdoor season.
The rivals play for "The Dual" banner, a pendant which is split with the Maize and Blue of Michigan and the Scarlet and Gray of Ohio State. Per tradition, the winning team will take the banner on a victory lap around the oval.
The two teams earned a split last season, with both meets being decided by a total of 15 points. Ohio State took control of the banner during the indoor meet, 85-77. The Wolverines won it back during the outdoor meet with a 105-98 victory. In the history of "The Dual", Michigan is 20-5 (Indoor) and 28-10 (Outdoor) all-time against the Buckeyes.
The Last "Dual"
Ohio State won the first meeting this season, 92-70, back on Jan. 16 in Ann Arbor. Winners for the Wolverines included Buchanon in the 60-meter hurdles, senior Peter Christmas (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) in the 3,000-meter run, senior John Kipf (Monroe, Mich./St. Mary's Catholic Central) in the high jump, junior Robert Peddlar (Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boys) in the triple jump and freshman Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach) in the 60-meter dash.
Buchanon tied a 17-year "The Dual" meet record in the 60-meter hurdles, taking first place with a time of 8.01. The same time was recorded back in 1993 by Tim McCrate (Ohio State). Kipf won the high jump for the third year in a row. [ Recap ]
Williams' time of 28:34.28 at the Stanford Invitational on March 26 is currently the best in the nation after the second weekend of outdoor competition. With his throws at the Victor Lopez/Bayou Classic, Pruitt stands inside the top 50 in the shot put, discus and hammer throw. Lastly, Peddlar ranks inside the top 20 in the long jump.
Below is the full list of where some U-M student-athletes stack up nationally.
No. 43 -- Carl Buchanon (52.44 at Victor Lopez/Bayou Classic, March 26)
No. 51 -- Craig Forys (14:17.52 at Stanford Invitational, March 26)
No. 29 -- Robert Peddlar (24-4 1/2 at Victor Lopez/Bayou Classic, March 26)
No. 28 -- Sean Pruitt (57-2 at Victor Lopez/Bayou Classic, March 26)
No. 31 - Sean Pruitt (176-4 at Duke Invitational, April 3)
Michigan finished eighth at the 2010 Big Ten Indoor Championships. Peddlar won the Big Ten long jump title and was an All-Big Ten first team selection. Teammates Pruitt, Brendon Blacklaws (Wellington, New Zealand/Wellington College), Dallas Bowden (Hastings, New Zealand/Nelson College), Nicholas Neuman (Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) and Sean McNamara (Elmhurst, N.Y./York) all earned All-Big Ten second team honors after taking second in the distance medley relay at Big Tens. The Wolverines did not send anyone to the NCAA Championships.
Welcome to the Hall
On Tuesday (March 30), head coach Fred LaPlante announced the U-M Men's Track and Field Hall of Fame class of 2010, which includes one former student-athlete from each decade, as well as a coach of the century. This year's selection of entries include: William Coe (1906), Harry Hawkins (1925-26), Robert Osgood (1935-37), Warren Breidenbach (1939-41), Milt Mead (1952-54), Ben McRae (1960-62), Kim Rowe (1971-74), Chris Brewster (1983-87), Trinity Townsend (1993-96) and former head coach Jack Harvey, who helmed the team from 1975-1999. This is the fifth year of inductions, following the 2006 inaugural class. [ Full Release ]
Michigan will spend the majority of the outdoor season away from Ann Arbor. Its lone home meet will be the U-M Paddock Invitational from May 7-8. The Wolverines are on the road every other weekend.
Peddlar Wins Big Ten Long Jump
Peddlar became the sixth Michigan field athlete to win the Big Ten Indoor long jump crown last Saturday (Feb. 27). Peddlar improved on each of his first four jumps, finally hitting the winning mark during his fourth jump (7.32 meters) after falling behind early. He came into the meet tied with Korbin Smith (Ohio State) for the best mark in the conference but out-jumped the competition to give Michigan its first Big Ten title of the meet and earn the first of his career.
Heptathletes A Hit
At the Grand Valley State Big Meet (Feb. 12-13), 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).
Two of his teammates also scored top-five finishes, including sophomore Joe Strizich (San Francisco, Calif/St. Ignatius College Prep), who finished third (with fifth-best point total in school history: 5,051 pts.), and sophomore Kurt Reichenbach (Brighton, Mich./Pinckney Community), who took fourth.
The Wolverines have one addition for the outdoor season. Freshman Simon Wenet (Seattle, Wash./Seattle Academy) is a discus thrower who will provide depth to U-M's field events. Wenet was a four-year varsity letterwinner at Seattle Academy and recorded the third-farthest discus throw in school history at the 2009 Washington State Outdoor Meet (173-3 ft.). Welcome, Simon!
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, 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). [ Full Release ]
After a senior-laden group roster in 2009, the 2010 roster is comprised of mostly underclassmen. Out of the 43 student-athletes on this year's outdoor track and field roster, 24 of them are listed as redshirt sophomores or younger. Here's a look at the roster, broken down by class:
Fifth-year seniors: 7
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, 11 states are represented on the outdoor track & field roster, as are two other countries. Find the complete list below:
Michigan (22): Bobby Aprill (Dexter), Chris Baldwin (Battle Creek), Erik Braun (Pinckney, Mich.), Matthew Campbell (Rochester), Peter Christmas (Ann Arbor), Ethan Dennis (Grand Rapids), Austin DeWildt (Wyoming), Bradley James (East Lansing), Michael Joiner-Hill (Detroit), John Kipf (Monroe), Nick McCampbell (Detroit), Tony Nalli (Ann Arbor), David Ptacek (Allegan), Kurt Reichenbach (Brighton), 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)
Illinois (3): Sean McNamara (Elmhurst), Nicholas Neuman (Mokena), David Sweeney (Oswego)
Indiana (1): Carl Buchanon (South Bend)
New Jersey (2): Craig Forys (Howell), Grant Till (Wayne)
Ohio (2): John Greenlee (Cincinnati), Frank Shotwell (Medina)
Rhode Island (1): Brendan Lodge (Narragansett)
Texas (2): Zach Ornelas (Cedar Park), Troy Woolfolk (Sugar Land)
Washington (2): Brandon Fellows (Mercer Island), Simon Wenet (Seattle)
Wisconsin (1): Sean Pruitt (Cato)
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.
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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.
Michigan heads across Washtenaw County for the Eastern Michigan Invitational, beginning on Friday (April 16) in Ypsilanti, Mich. Competition on Friday is slated to begin at 5 p.m. and conclude on Saturday (April 17) at noon.