Weekly Release #15: at Drake Relays, at Penn Relays

April 20, 2010

Wed-Sat., April 21-24 -- at Drake Relays (Des Moines, Iowa), 12:30 p.m./9:30 a.m./9:48 a.m./10 a.m. CDT
Live Results | Meet Central
Thu-Sat., April 22-24 -- at Penn Relays (Philadelphia, Pa.), 9:20 p.m./4:10 p.m./12:15 p.m.
Live Video/Live Results | Meet Central

The University of Michigan men's track and field team splits up this weekend, as half of the squad will head to the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, while the other half competes at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa. The Drake Relays begin at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday (April 21) with the decathlon, and the Penn Relays begin at 8 p.m. on Thursday (April 22). Each event will end on Saturday (April 24)

Penn Relays (at Philadelphia, Pa.)
Thursday, April 22
9:20 p.m. -- 5,000-meter Run (Peter Christmas, Craig Forys, Brandon Fellows)
10:55 p.m. -- 10,000-meter Run (Tony Nalli, Bobby Aprill)

Friday, April 23
4:10 p.m. -- Distance Medley Relay (Brendon Blacklaws, David St. Amant, Dallas Bowden, Lex Williams)

Saturday, April 24
12:15 p.m. -- Hammer Throw (Brendan Lodge)
1 p.m. -- Mile Relay (Brandon Fellows, Brendon Blacklaws, Dallas Bowden, Lex Williams)
4:20 p.m. -- Mile Run (Sean McNamara)
4:35 p.m. -- 4x800-meter Relay (TBA)

Drake Relays (at Des Moines, Iowa)
Wednesday, April 21
12:30 p.m. -- Decathlon (Frank Shotwell, Joe Strizich, Kurt Reichenbach)

Thursday, April 22
9:30 a.m. -- Decathlon (Frank Shotwell, Joe Strizich, Kurt Reichenbach)

Friday, April 23
9:48 a.m. -- 4x100-meter Relay (Nick McCampbell, Nicholas Neuman, Aaron Taylor, Matthew Campbell)
11:35 a.m. -- 110-meter Hurdles Semifinals (Carl Buchanon, Nick McCampbell)
1:15 p.m. -- Pole Vault (John Greenlee)
1:30 p.m. -- Long Jump (Robert Peddlar)
2:30 p.m. -- Shot Put (Sean Pruitt)
4 p.m. -- 4x400-meter Relay Semifinals (Nicholas Neuman, Carl Buchanon, Aaron Taylor, Matthew Campbell)

Saturday, April 24
10 a.m. -- Discus (Sean Pruitt)
1:49 p.m. -- 400-meter Hurdles (Carl Buchanon)
2:15 p.m. -- Hammer Throw (Sean Pruitt)
3:00 p.m. -- Triple Jump (Robert Peddlar)
3:13 p.m. -- 110-meter Hurdles Finals
6:05 p.m. -- 4x400-meter Relay Finals

U-M Top 2010 Outdoor Times and Marks
100-meter Dash: 11.00 -- Matthew Campbell (4/17 at EMU Invitational)
200-meter Dash: 21.86 -- Aaron Taylor (4/10 at "The Dual")
400-meter Dash: 47.98 -- Nicholas Neuman (4/2 at Duke Invitational)
800-meter Run: 1:53.04 -- Dallas Bowden (4/10 at "The Dual")
Mile Run: 4:07.02 -- Brendon Blacklaws (4/16 at EMU Invitational)
1,500-meter Run: 3:45.54 -- Lex Williams (4/10 at "The Dual")
3,000-meter Run: 8:24.09 -- Lex Williams (4/10 at "The Dual")
5,000-meter Run: 14:17.52 -- Craig Forys (3/27 at Stanford Invitational)
10,000-meter Run: 28:34.28 -- Lex Williams (3/27 at Stanford Invitational)
110-meter Hurdles: 14.61 -- Nick McCampbell (4/3 at Duke Invitational)
400-meter Hurdles: 52.44 -- Carl Buchanon (3/28 at Victor Lopez/Bayou Classic)
3,000-meter Steeplechase: 9:00.60 -- Craig Forys (4/10 at "The Dual")
4x100-meter Relay: 41.35 -- Neuman, Terpak, McCampbell, Taylor (4/10 at "The Dual")
4x400-meter Relay: 3:13.14 -- St. Amant, Buchanon, Taylor, Campbell (4/3 at Duke Invitational)
High Jump: 1.95m (6-4 3/4) - John Kipf (3/28 at Victor Lopez/Bayou Classic)
Pole Vault: 4.80m (15-9) -- Austin DeWildt (4/10 at "The Dual")
Long Jump: 7.43m (24-4 1/2) -- Robert Peddlar (3/28 at Victor Lopez/Bayou Classic)
Triple Jump: 14.66m (48-1 1/4) -- Robert Peddlar (4/2 at Duke Invitational)
Shot Put: 17.42m (57-2) -- Sean Pruitt (3/28 at Victor Lopez/Bayou Classic)
Discus: 54.45m (178-8) -- Sean Pruitt (4/10 at "The Dual")
Hammer: 59.26m (194-5) -- Brendan Lodge (4/16 at EMU Invitational)
Javelin: 59.11m (193-11) - Joe Strizich (4/10 at "The Dual")
Decathlon: 5,863 pts. -- Kurt Reichenbach (3/20 at Miami Hurricane Invitational)

Last Time Out
The Wolverines had a successful outing at the Eastern Michigan Invitational last weekend, as six student-athletes picked up event wins. Sophomore Nicholas Neuman (Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) won the 400-meter dash and redshirt freshman Bobby Aprill (Dexter, Mich./Dexter) won the 3,000-meter run on the second day of competition Saturday (April 17), joining freshman Brendon Blacklaws (Wellington, New Zealand/Wellington College), senior Brendan Lodge (Narragansett, R.I./Bishop Hendricken), junior Carl Buchanon (South Bend, Ind./Clay) and freshman Zach Ornelas (Cedar Park, Texas/Vista Ridge) as the other winners.

Recaps: [MGoBlue] [Michigan Daily]

U-M at Penn Relays
The University of Michigan men's track and field team has a long history of competing in the Penn Relays. The Wolverines are currently third in the nation with 43 College Division championships behind only Villanova, which is first with 88, and host Penn, which is second with 54.5. The Maize and Blue's first relay title at the Penn Relays came in 1903 in the mile relay and its first individual champion came one year later in 1904 when Ralph Rose finished first in the shot put. In all, Michigan holds 57 individual titles to go along with its 43 relay titles. The last Penn Relay title won by a Michigan athlete was in 2006 when Andrew Bauer won the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The last relay titles came in 2005 when the Wolverines won the distance medley, the 4xMile and the 4x800-meter relays.

Last Year at Penn Relays
At the Penn Relays last season, Brandon Fellows (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island), along with former Wolverines Dan Harmsen and Adam Harris, all scored top-five finishes in their respective events. Fellows took fourth in the 5,000-meter run, Harmsen took fourth in the 400-meter hurdles and Harris took fifth in the 100-meter dash.


Taylor Takes Over
Freshman Aaron Taylor (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams) has been the Wolverines' best sprinter during the outdoor season. He holds the Wolverines' top time in the 200-meter dash (21.86) and the second-fastest time in the 100-meter dash (11.03). He also runs on both of Michigan's relay squads.

The Nation's Fastest
Fifth-year senior Lex Williams (Ann Arbor, Mich./Dexter) continues to be one of the nation's top distance runners. His performance in the 10,000-meter run at the Stanford Invitational on March 26 still ranks as the nation's best (28:34.28). He is also Michigan's top distance runner, holding team-best marks in the 1,500-, 3,000- and 10,000-meter runs. In addition to his top time in the 10K, Williams is ranked 18th in the 3,000-meter run (8:24.09) and 43rd in the 1,500-meter run (3:45.54).

Williams and David Brent of Eastern Michigan spoke with AnnArbor.com writer Pete Cunningham about their quest for a sub-four minute mile. [AnnArbor.Com]

Amazing Start
Senior thrower Sean Pruitt (Cato, Wis./Valders) has been a force throughout the outdoor season. He has won the discus in each of the first three meets he has competed in (with his throws improving in distance each time) and has finished no lower than third in the discus, shot put or hammer throw. Here's a summary of Pruitt's throws through the first three weeks of the outdoor season (place in bold):

Event Discus Hammer Throw Shot Put
Victor Lopez/Bayou Classic (March 27) 52.77m (173-1) (1) 58.43m (191-8) (2) 17.42m (57-2) (2)
Duke Invitational (April 2-3) 53.76m (176-4) (1) 59.12m (193-11) (2) 17.11m (56-1 3/4) (2)
"The Dual" (April 10) 54.45m (178-8) (1) 58.37m (191-6) (1) 16.71m (54-10) (3)

The Record Breakers
Junior tri-captain Craig Forys (Howell, N.J./Colts Neck) and Pruitt set new meet records at "The Dual" on April 10. Forys, running the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the first time in his collegiate career, crossed the finish line at 9:00.60, breaking the old record set by Ian Connor (Ohio State) back in 1999.

Pruitt broke Matt DeChant's (Ohio State) year-old record in the discus with his winning throw of 178-8 feet. DeChant had the previous mark at 168-4 feet.

Strizich Steps Outside The Box
Sophomore decathlete Joe Strizich (San Francisco, Calif./St. Ignatius College Prep) won the javelin at "The Dual" on April 10 with a personal-best throw of 193-11 feet. It shattered his previous career best by over 50 feet (141-10 feet).

Road Warriors
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.

Simon Says
The Wolverines have one addition for the outdoor season. Freshman Simon Wenet (Seattle, Wash./Seattle Academy) is a javelin 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 javelin throw in school history at the 2009 Washington State Outdoor Meet (173-3 ft.).


Indoor Recap

Michigan finished eighth at the 2010 Big Ten Indoor Championships. Junior Robert Peddlar (Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boys) won the Big Ten long jump title and was an All-Big Ten first team selection. Teammates Pruitt, Blacklaws, Dallas Bowden (Hastings, New Zealand/Nelson College), Neuman 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.

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 Strizich, 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.


Follow the Leader

Forys, Shotwell and Buchanon were named tri-captains for the 2010 season. Shotwell was also a tri-captain last season, along with former Wolverines Dan Harmsen and Justin Switzer.

Youth Movement
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:

Freshmen: 17
Sophomores: 7
Juniors: 7
Seniors: 5
Fifth-year seniors: 7

Welcome to the Hall
On 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 ]

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 (1): Zach Ornelas (Cedar Park)
Washington (2): Brandon Fellows (Mercer Island), Simon Wenet (Seattle)
Wisconsin (1): Sean Pruitt (Cato)

New Zealand (2): Brendon Blacklaws (Wellington), Dallas Bowden (Hastings)
Jamaica (1): Robert Peddlar (Kingston)

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 ]

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 ]

Meyer Honored
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.

Up Next...
Michigan splits the squad up again next weekend. Part of the squad will return to Columbus, Ohio, for the second time in four weeks for the OSU Jesse Ownes Invitational, which begins on Friday, April 30, at 6 p.m. Others will travel out west to the Stanford Jordan Invitational, beginning at noon on Saturday, May 1.