Week #11: Wolverines to Entertain Buckeyes in The Dual

April 12, 2011

Sunday, April 17 -- vs. Ohio State - "The Dual" (Ferry Field), 11 a.m.

The University of Michigan men's track and field team returns to Ann Arbor for the first of two outdoor meets held at historic Ferry Field in the coming weeks, facing rival Ohio State on Sunday (April 17) in "The Dual" at 11 a.m.

For fans coming out to the meet on Sunday, bundle up. The forecast calls for temperatures in the high 40s with a chance of rain. If precipitation is in the area, the jumping events (long jump, triple jump, high jump) and pole vault may move indoors to the Indoor Track Building.

The baseball team also has a home game on Sunday against Illinois, scheduled for 1 p.m. at Fisher Stadium.

The two teams previously met on Jan. 15 in Columbus, with Ohio State retaining "The Dual" pennant in an 88-74 win. Senior Carl Buchanon and sophomore Jack Greenlee both set new meet records, in the 60-meter hurdles and pole vault, respectively. They were joined by Ethan Dennis (35-lb. weight throw), Bradley James (high jump), Nick Neuman (200-meter dash) and Craig Forys (3,000-meter run) as the other U-M winners.

[ Recap ]

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 three seasons alternating between Ann Arbor and Columbus, facing each other twice -- once during the Indoor season and once during the Outdoor season.

The rivals compete 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.

Ohio State won last year's outdoor meeting, but Michigan holds the all-time edge over their rivals in "The Dual", going 20-6 (indoor) and 28-11 (outdoor).




Athlete (School)


100m Dash


Adam Harris (Michigan)


200m Dash


Jesse Owens (Ohio State)*


400m Dash


Jesse Pierce (Ohio State)


800m Run


Ron Kutchinski (Michigan)


1,500m Run


Jeff See (Ohio State)


3.000m Run


Steve Lawrence (Michigan)


5,000m Run


Jean Dextras (Ohio State)


110m Hurdles


Godfrey Murray (Michigan)


400m Hurdles


Richard Bruggeman (Ohio State)


3,000m Steeplechase


Craig Forys (Michigan)


4x100m Relay




4x400 Relay


Ohio State


Pole Vault

16-6 1/4 ft.

Charles DeWildt (Michigan)


High Jump

6-10 ft.

John Mann (Michigan)


Long Jump

25-0 1/2 ft.

William DeHart Hubbard (Michigan)


Triple Jump

49-1 3/4 ft.

Oded Padan (Michigan)


Shot Put

59-7 ft.

Patrick Whalen (Ohio State)



178-8 ft.

Sean Pruitt (Michigan)


Hammer Throw

206-4 ft.

Dave Ebersole (Ohio State)



218-0 ft.

Geroge Hoover (Ohio State)


* Converted from yards

11 a.m. -- Hammer Throw
11:45 a.m. -- Pole Vault, Long Jump
12:15 p.m. -- Shot Put
12:30 p.m. -- Javelin, Triple Jump
1:30 p.m. -- High Jump, Discus
12:45 p.m. -- 3,000-meter Steeplechase
12:55 p.m. -- 4x100-meter Relay
1:05 p.m. -- 1,500-meter Run
1:15 p.m. -- 110-meter High Hurdles
1:25 p.m. -- 400-meter Dash
1:35 p.m. -- 100-meter Dash
1:45 p.m. -- 800-meter Run
1:55 p.m. -- 400-meter Intermediate Hurdles
2:05 p.m. -- 200-meter Dash
2:15 p.m. -- 3,000-meter Run
2:30 p.m. -- 4x400-meter Relay

First constructed in 1906, Ferry Field is located north of Fisher Stadium and south of the IM Building, and is one of the oldest and most historic track and field venues in the country. Now in its 105th season, Ferry Field has been the home of the Michigan track and field team for nearly a decade, and has also served as an early home for the U-M football team (from 1906-26), graduation ceremonies and even a military training ground (during World War II).

History was set at the 1935 Big Ten Championships, as Ohio State star track athlete Jesse Owens put on one of the best displays of athleticism in sports history. Time chronology of Owens' feat shows he tied the 100-yard dash record (9.4) at 2:45 p.m.; set the broad jump record (26-8) 1/4) at 3:25 p.m.; established the 220-yard dash record (20.3) at 3:34 p.m.; and at 4 p.m. set the 220-yard low hurdles record (22.6). Described as the greatest day in track and field history, a plaque commemorating Owens' accomplishment stands at the southeast corner of the facility.

TOP TIMES/MARKS (Outdoor Only)
100-meter Dash: 10.87, Matthew Campbell
200-meter Dash: 21.28, Matthew Campbell
400-meter Dash: 47.43, Nick Neuman
1,500-meter Run: 3:54.43, Nick Thomas
5,000-meter Run: 13:59.53, Craig Forys
10,000-meter Run: 29:53.57, Bobby Aprill
110-meter Hurdles: 14.17, Nick McCampbell
400-meter Hurdles: 51.73, Ali Arastu
3,000-meter Steeplechase: 9:19.94, Zach Ornelas
4x100-meter Relay: 41.16, Robert Peddlar, Matthew Campbell, Aaron Taylor, Nick Neuman
4x400-meter Relay: 3:11.30, Nick Neuman, David St. Amant, Eric Oliver, Matthew Campbell
High Jump: 1.92 meters, Kurt Reichenbach
Pole Vault: 4.95 meters, Austin DeWildt
Long Jump: 7.36 meters, Robert Peddlar
Triple Jump: 14.52 meters, Erik Braun
Shot Put: 18.40 meters, Cody Riffle
Discus: 52.00 meters, Cody Riffle
Hammer: 53.67 meters, Ethan Dennis
Javelin: 55.23 meters, Joe Strizich
Decathlon: 6,774 points, Kurt Reichenbach

[ Recaps: UCLA Rafer Johnson Invitational | Michigan Daily ]

Riffle Explodes
Freshman Cody Riffle was one of four victors at the UCLA Rafer Johnson Invitational last weekend, winning the shot put (18.40 meters/60-4 1/2 feet) and finishing fifth in the discus. Riffle's shot put throw ranks first in the Big Ten and seventh nationally through the first few weeks of the outdoor season, and now ranks third in school history. He was also the first Wolverine to throw the shot put more than 60 feet in an outdoor competition since 1982.

Arastu, Campbell Shine
Additionally, freshman Ali Arastu and redshirt sophomore Matthew Campbell each won events last weekend. Campbell won two individual events, finishing first in the 100-meter dash (10.87) and the 200-meter dash (21.28). He also ran the leadoff leg of both relays, finishing first in the 4x400 and second in the 4x100.

Arastu finished first in 400-meter hurdles (51.73), shaving four-tenths of a second off his previous best time, set two weekends ago at the FSU Relays.

Racing Like Pros
Both Arastu and Campbell were on the 4x400-meter relay team, along with redshirt freshman Troy Sneller and sophomore Aaron Taylor. The quartet took first (3:11.79), outrunning the professional relay team of BK Radical Ryders, which featured two Olympic champions.

Signee Outperforms Former Teammates
U-M's 2012 signee Brad Bolton, ranked as the nation's top hammer thrower, won the competition last Saturday (April 9) with a top throw of 61.76 meters (202-7 feet), throwing further than future teammate Ethan Dennis, who finished second at 53.67 meters (176-1 feet).

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.

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.


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, Craig Forys, Robert Peddlar and Frank Shotwell.

The captains of the week for the UCLA Rafer Johnson Invitational this weekend are Bobby Aprill and Nick Neuman.

2011 Captains

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
April 7 -- Zach Ornelas, Joe Strizich
April 17 -- Bobby Aprill, Nick Neuman

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

March 25 (FSU Relays, Stanford Invitational): Ali Arastu, Nick Neuman, Nick Kern
April 7-9 (UCLA Rafer Johnson Invitational): Cody Riffle, Ali Arastu, 4x400 Relay Team (Arastu, Matthew Campbell, Aaron Taylor, Troy Sneller)

Michigan has an abundance of youth on the 2011 roster. Out of the 48 student-athletes on this year's track and field roster, 38 of them are three or more years of eligibility remaining, giving the Wolverines one of the youngest rosters in the country. Here's 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 ]

Fri-Sat., April 22-23 -- at EMU Invitational (Ypsilanti, Mich.), 5 p.m./Noon

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