April 17, 2013
Wed-Thu., April 17-18 -- at California Invite Decathlon (Azusa, Calif.), 10 a.m./9 a.m. PDT
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Thu-Sat., April 18-20 -- at Mt. SAC Relays (Walnut, Calif.), 1:30 p.m./10 a.m./9 a.m. PDT
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Fri-Sat., April 19-20 -- at EMU Invitational (Ypsilanti, Mich.), 2 p.m./10 a.m.
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The University of Michigan men's track and field team will split its squad for this weekend's competition, sending a group to Walnut, Calif., for the Mt. SAC Relays, while the rest of the student-athletes in action will head to nearby Ypsilanti, Mich. for the EMU Invitational, from Thursday to Saturday (April 18-20). Fifth-year senior Kurt Reichenbach (Brighton, Mich./Pinckney Community) will also compete in the California Invitational Decathlon on Wednesday and Thursday (April 17-18), which will take place at Azusa Pacific University, about 20 minutes away from the Mt. SAC Relays.
WOLVERINES IN ACTION
Mt. SAC Relays: Bobby Aprill, Mark Beams, Brendon Blacklaws, Patrick Cochran, Ethan Dennis, Mason Ferlic, Jack Greenlee, Bradley James, Nathan Karr, Nick Kern, Zach Ornelas, August Pappas, Cody Riffle, Jeff Sattler, James Yau
California Invitational Decathlon: Kurt Reichenbach
EMU Invitational: Ali Arastu, Erik Braun, Matthew Campbell, Nate Chapman, Justin Clarke, Scott Dvorak, Justin Gaumer, Erick Gavin, Zac Miklja, Codie Nolan, Garrick Roemer, Derek Sievers, Troy Sneller, Aaron Taylor, James Vincent, Herman Washington, Philip Washington.
The Mt. SAC Relays will be held at Hilmer Lodge Stadium on the campus of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. The stadium features a polyurethan tartan track with nine 44-inch lanes. Michigan competed in the event last year last, as well as in 2001, '02 and '04.
Multi-event athlete Kurt Reichenbach will compete in his first full decathlon this weekend at the California Invitational Decathlon at Azusa Pacific University. He has competed in open events in two of the first three meets this year to prepare for the 10-event competition. He finished 11th in the decathlon at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships with a career-best 7,107 points, which rank third in program history.
Michigan will compete in the 10,000-meter run for the first time this season at the Mt. SAC Relays. Junior/sophomore Mark Beams (Vicksburg, Mich./Vicksburg), senior Zach Ornelas (Cedar Park, Texas/Vista Ridge) and sophomore/freshman August Pappas (Chelsea, Mich./Chelsea) will each compete in the event. It will mark the career 10K debut for Pappas. Beams finished 10th at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships in the 10K, while Ornelas, who is primarily a 3,000-meter steepler outdoor, placed 12th.
Junior Herman Washington (Blacklick, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln) clocked the fifth-fastest 110-meter hurdle time in school history at 13.82, last weekend at the UNC Joe Hilton Invitational. His time ranks fifth all-time at Michigan and currently ranks third in the Big Ten. He topped his previous personal-best time by .22 seconds. Washington will be in action in the high hurdles at the EMU Invite.
Junior/sophomore Cody Riffle (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) set a new school record in the shot put in the tri-meet against California and Virginia on April 6. His record-holding mark of 18.68 meters (61-3.50) snapped a 41-year-old record of 60-11.75, which was previously set by Steve Adams in 1972. Riffle will compete in the shot put and discus at Mt. SAC. He also ranks fifth in school history in the discus with a throw of 179-6 feet.
Michigan's 4x100-meter relay will be in action at the EMU Invitational. The four-man group consists of sophomore/freshman Codie Nolan (Morenci, Mich./Adrian), fifth-year senior Matthew Campbell (Rochester, Mich./Rochester), senior Aaron Taylor (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) and junior Justin Clarke (Flint, Mich./Southwestern). They currently own the fifth-fastest time in the Big Ten at 40.55.
WOLVERINE IN THE RECORD BOOK
There are currently eight student-athletes and one relay that rank in the top five on Michigan's all-time outdoor performance list in at least one event.
Ethan Dennis (hammer throw, 205-10) and Cody Riffle (shot put, 61-3.5) each hold school records in their respective events. Dennis set the hammer record in 2012, while Riffle snapped a 41-year-old record of 61-11.75, which was previously set by Steve Adams in 1972, at the tri-meet with California and Virginia (April 6).
Fifth-year senior Bobby Aprill (Dexter, Mich./Dexter), senior Jack Greenlee (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) and junior Ali Arastu (Northville, Mich./Northville) are representing the Wolverines as tri-captains for the 2013 season. Each captain was chosen by the team and coaches to represent the different event areas -- Aprill (distance), Greenlee (field) and Arastu (sprints).
2012 in Review: Michigan finished ninth at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships a year ago and sent two student-athletes, as well as the 4x400-meter relay, to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Recent graduate Craig Forys finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Ali Arastu placed ninth in the 400-meter hurdles and the relay finished 19th. Three members of that relay team will return this season, including Aaron Taylor, Matthew Campbell and Philip Washington.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
On his last outdoor season at Michigan ... "It's really nice to finally get outdoors, especially with this nice weather out here in California. I'm finally going to get to do a full decathlon, which is my event, so I'm pretty excited about that. I've been doing individual events so far. I'm hoping to finish up strong and hopefully get the school record in the decathlon -- that's my main goal as I finish out my career."
On the events he's improved in the most from last year ... "My throws have gotten a lot better since last year: the discus, javelin and shot put. All of them have gotten a lot better, especially the javelin. I PR'd in the javelin by about five meters this year already and I'm feeling good about that right now. I'm feeling really good about all my throwing events for the first time in my career, because those were usually my weak points. Now that I've gotten better at those -- that will really help me out in terms of points."
On the difference between open events and a full decathlon ... "The biggest thing is making sure I rest up beforehand. You don't want to go into a decathlon feeling tired or feeling like your legs don't have as much energy as you could. Then you have to be ready to compete on sore and tired muscles on day two. It's about being prepared for the long haul."
On the team being split for this weekend's competition ... "It's a little different having the team split up, especially with me coming to California even earlier for the decathlon. I'll probably be done by the time everyone else arrives. It's a little different, but that's kind of how it is for track and field -- each person does their own event and we're not always practicing together as a team. For me, being a decathlete, there are no other decathletes so I'm kind of on my own. It's not a bad thing; it's what you have to deal with. We'll all come back together for Big Tens and do well there."
On finishing his final year of school and his post-graduate plans ... "I'm a physical education major with a health minor. Right now I have one class and also have one independent study too -- I finished a mini-course halfway through the semester. I'm trying to finish up strong and hopefully get all A's. So far I have one 'A' in my mini-course and I'm doing well in my other two classes, so hopefully I'll finish with a 4.0. I got a 4.0 the first semester this year so that would great to finish with two 4.0 semesters. After graduation, I'm planning to move to Traverse City and look for a job."
A LOOK AHEAD
Thu-Sat., April 25-27 -- at Penn Relays (Philadelphia, Pa.), 10 a.m./9 a.m./9 a.m.
Thu-Fri., May 2-3 -- at Toledo Invitational (Toledo, Ohio), 1 p.m./11 a.m.
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423