Week #12: Wolverines to Participate in EMU Twilight Invitational

April 19, 2011

Fri-Sat., April 22-23 -- at Eastern Michigan Twilight Invitational (Ypsilanti, Mich.), 3 p.m./10 a.m.

The outdoor season continues for the University of Michigan men's track and field team this weekend, as the Wolverines compete at the Eastern Michigan Twilight Invitational in nearby Ypsilanti, Mich. The meet begins at 5 p.m. on Friday (April 22) and at noon on Saturday (April 23) at Rynearson Stadium.

Friday, April 22
3:30 p.m. -- Shot Put
5 p.m. -- Hammer Throw
6:15 p.m. -- 3,000-meter Steeplechase
6:45 p.m. -- 400-meter Hurdles
7 p.m. -- Pole Vault
7:30 p.m. -- 1,500-meter Run
8:30 p.m. -- 5,000-meter Run (Seeded)
8:50 p.m. -- Washtenaw Mile Run
9:25 p.m. -- 5,000-meter Run (Unseeded)

Saturday, April 23
10 a.m. -- Discus, Long Jump
Noon -- Javelin, High Jump
12:15 p.m. -- 4x100-meter Relay
12:45 p.m. -- 110-meter Hurdles
1:15 p.m. -- 400-meter Dash
1:45 p.m. -- 100-meter Dash
2 p.m. -- Triple Jump
2:30 p.m. -- 800-meter Run
3:15 p.m. -- 200-meter Dash
3:40 p.m. -- 3,000-meter Run
4 p.m. -- 4x400-meter Relay

TOP TIMES/MARKS (Outdoor Only)
100-meter Dash: 10.54, Matthew Campbell
200-meter Dash: 21.28, Matthew Campbell
400-meter Dash: 47.43, Nick Neuman
800-meter Run: 1:56.68, Dallas Bowden
1,500-meter Run: 3:54.43, Nick Thomas
3,000-meter Run: 8:31.52, Bobby Aprill
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: 9:08.52, Craig Forys
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: 2.08 meters, Bradley James
Pole Vault: 5.20 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: 54.71 meters, Cody Riffle
Hammer: 54.19 meters, Ethan Dennis
Javelin: 55.23 meters, Joe Strizich
Decathlon: 6,774 points, Kurt Reichenbach

The Wolverines welcomed their long-time rival Ohio State for another edition of "The Dual" last Sunday (April 17) at Ferry Field. Battling cold temperatures and windy conditions, Ohio State left Ann Arbor with "The Dual" pennant, beating Michigan, 109-94. Eight Wolverines won events, with two setting new meet records.

[ Recap ]

Sorry, Older Brother
Sophomore Austin DeWildt (Wyoming, Mich./Catholic Central) set a new meet record in the pole vault, eclipsing 5.20 meters (17-0 3/4 ft.). The previous record was 16-6 1/4 feet, set by DeWildt's older brother, Charles, in 2000.

The pole vault was held indoors because of the windy conditions, but the mark will be observed as an outdoor record.

Riffle Does It Again
Freshman thrower Cody Riffle (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) also set a new "Dual" record, eclipsing 179-6 feet in the discus. It broke the old record by 10 inches, held by former Wolverine thrower Sean Pruitt (2006-10). Riffle's throw is also fifth best in school history for outdoor performances in the discus.

He was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week last week after his throw of 60-4 1/2 feet in the shot put at the UCLA Rafer Johnson Invitational two weeks ago.

James Returns
Redshirt freshman Bradley James (East Lansing, Mich./Haslett) returned to the Michigan lineup at "The Dual" and won the high jump with a top mark of 6-9 3/4 feet. James had not competed since the Virginia Tech Final Qualifier on March 5 (injury).

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 EMU Invite are junior Nick Thomas (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) and sophomore Simon Wenet (Seattle, Wash./Seattle Academy).

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
April 22 -- Simon Wenet, Nick Thomas

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)
April 17 ("The Dual" vs. Ohio State): Austin DeWildt, Cody Riffle, Matthew Campbell, Brendon Blacklaws, Dallas Bowden

Michigan has an abundance of youth on the 2011 roster. Out of the 46 student-athletes on this year's track and field roster, 36 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: 23
Sophomores: 13
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).

Two more were added to the group on April 12, as head cross country coach and track assistant coach Alex Gibby announced the signings distance runners Mason Ferlic (Maplewood, Minn./Mounds Park Academy) and Jeff Sattler (Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center) to NLIs.

Bolton is ranked as the nation's top hammer thrower, while Sievers, Sattler, Albaugh and Washington III are all Michigan state champions, while Ferlic holds a Minnesota state championships in cross country.

[ Signing Day Release (Feb. 15) ] [ Two More Sign NLIs (April 12) ]

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).

The group will be honored at the men's track and field banquet on Saturday, May 7 after the conclusion of the UM Len Paddock Invitational.

[ 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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