Weekly Release #16: at Jesse Owens Invitational, Stanford Jordan Invitational

April 27, 2010


Fri-Sat., April 30-May 1 -- at OSU Jesse Owens Invitational (Columbus, Ohio), 2 p.m./Noon
Meet Information | Live Results
Saturday, May 1 -- at Stanford-Jordan Invitational (Palo Alto, Calif.), 3 p.m. PDT
Meet Schedule | Live Results

This week, the University of Michigan men's track and field team splits the squad up for the second time in as many weeks. Part of the squad will head to the OSU Jesse Owens Invitational in Columbus, Ohio, beginning on Friday (April 30), while the other half heads out west to the Stanford-Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., on Saturday (May 1). The Jesse Owens Invitational begins at 2 p.m. on Friday and concludes at noon on Saturday, while the Stanford-Jordan Invitational kicks off at 3 p.m. PDT.


OSU Jesse Owens Invitational (April 30-May 1)
Friday April 30
2 p.m. -- John Greenlee, Austin DeWildt, Taylor Voice, Chris Baldwin (Pole Vault)
6:30 p.m. -- Simon Wenet (Javelin)
9:05 p.m. -- Zach Ornelas (3,000-meter Steeplechase)

Saturday, May 1
1:15 p.m. -- Nick McCampbell, Matthew Campbell, Davis Craw, Erik Braun (4x100-meter relay)
2:15 p.m. -- Nick McCampbell (110-meter hurdles)
3 p.m. -- Matthew Campbell, James Wade, Erik Braun (400-meter dash)
3:35 p.m. -- Davis Craw (100-meter dash)
4:05 p.m. -- David Sweeney, Nick Thomas, Jeff Merrill (800-meter run)
5:20 p.m. -- Davis Craw (200-meter dash)
6:15 p.m. -- David Sweeney, James Wade, Jeff Merrill, Nick Thomas (4x400-meter relay)

Stanford-Jordan Invitational (May 1)
3 p.m. -- Sean Pruitt (hammer throw), Robert Peddlar (long jump)
4 p.m. -- Sean Pruitt (shot put; discus to follow)
4:05 p.m. -- Aaron Taylor (100-meter dash)
4:30 p.m. -- Robert Peddlar (triple jump)
4:45 p.m. -- Carl Buchanon (400-meter hurdles)
5:25 p.m. -- Aaron Taylor (200-meter dash)
5:58 p.m. -- David St. Amant, Nicholas Neuman (400-meter dash)
7:02 p.m. -- Craig Forys (3,000-meter steeplechase)
7:27 p.m. -- Dallas Bowden, Sean McNamara, Brendon Blacklaws (1,500-meter run)
7:40/8:16/8:52 p.m. -- Peter Christmas, Brandon Fellows, Lex Williams, Bobby Aprill (5,000-meter run; three heats)

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: 14:14.96 -- Craig Forys (4/22 at Penn Relays)
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: 51.69 -- Carl Buchanon (4/24 at Drake Relays)
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: 3:09.31 -- Neuman, Buchanon, Taylor, Campbell (4/24 at Drake Relays)
4x800-meter Relay: 7:34.16 -- Blacklaws, Fellows, Williams, Bowden (4/24 at Penn Relays)
Distance Medley Relay: 9:35.24 -- Blacklaws, St. Amant, Bowden, Williams (4/23 at Penn Relays)
Mile Relay: 16:20.56 -- Fellows, Bowden, Blacklaws, Williams (4/24 at Penn Relays)
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: 6,728 -- Kurt Reichenbach (4/22 at Drake Relays)

Big Ten Championships on Big Ten Network
The 2010 Big Ten Championships are rapidly approaching. The three-day event, held May 14-16 in Bloomington, Ind., will be televised to a national audience on tape-delay on Saturday, May 22 at 4 p.m.

Also on the Big Ten Network
The OSU Jesse Owens Invitational will also be shown on the Big Ten Network, airing on Saturday, May 8 at noon.

Last Time Out
Last week, Michigan made its first appearance at the Drake Relays in over 40 years while also sending some of its distance runners to the Penn Relays.

Four U-M athletes scored top-10 finishes on the final day of the Drake Relays. Senior Sean Pruitt (Cato, Wis./Valders) took third in the discus (and 13th in the hammer throw), junior Robert Peddlar (Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boys) took eighth in the triple jump, junior Carl Buchanon (South Bend, Ind./Clay) finished ninth in the 400-meter hurdles and Michigan's 4x400-meter relay team of sophomore Nicholas Neuman (Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way East), Buchanon, freshman Aaron Taylor (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams) and sophomore Matthew Campbell (Rochester, Mich./Rochester) closed the meet off with an eighth-place finish.

The same quartet scored two top-10 finishes at the Penn Relays. The foursome of senior Brandon Fellows (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island), freshman Brendon Blacklaws (Wellington, New Zealand/Wellington College), freshman Dallas Bowden (Hastings, New Zealand/Nelson College) and fifth-year senior Lex Williams (Ann Arbor, Mich./Dexter) finished third in the mile relay and eighth in the 4x800-meter relay.

Recaps: [MGoBlue.com - Drake Relays] [MGoBlue.com - Penn Relays] [Michigan Daily]

Last Season at OSU Jesse Owens Invitational
Lex Williams set a meet record in the 5,000-meter run at the Jesse Owens Invitational last season (May 2, 2009), with senior Sean McNamara (Elmhurst, Ill./York) finishing behind him in second. Both earned NCAA regional qualifying times. Carl Buchanon took second in the 400-meter hurdles, while Sean Pruitt finished fifth in the hammer throw and seventh in the shot put.

This Looks Familiar...
The Wolverines have some prior experience of both facilities ahead of this weekend's competition. Just three weeks ago, Michigan went down to Columbus, Ohio, to face Ohio State in the outdoor version of "The Dual" at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. On March 26, some of the U-M distance runners competed at the Stanford Invitational at Cobb Track and Angell Field.


Mark Your Calendars
Michigan has spent the majority of the outdoor season away from Ann Arbor, but its lone home meet is on the horizon. The Wolverines are set to host the U-M Len Paddock Invitational next weekend (May 7-8), as teams from across the Midwest ascend on Ferry Field for the first and only time this season. It will be the Wolverines' final competition before heading to the 2010 Big Ten Outdoor Championships the following weekend (May 14-16 in Bloomington, Ind.).

Movin' On Up
At the Drake Relays, U-M sophomores Kurt Reichenbach (Brighton, Mich./Pinckney Community) and Joe Strizich (San Francisco, Calif./St. Ignatius College Prep) moved to fourth and fifth on the school's all-time performance list for the decathlon with their 11th- and 12th-place finishes. Reichenbach passed Ryan Stevenson (6,466 points, 2001) for fourth, while Strizich overtook Brian Yonkoski (6,239 points, 1999) for fifth.

Junior Frank Shotwell (Medina, Ohio/Medina) held the decathlon lead after the first seven events but fell all the way to 14th after failing to record a height in the pole vault, the decathlon's eighth event. He is the school-record holder in the decathlon with 7,362 points, set back in 2008. Former Wolverines Sean Clancy (7,147 points, 1993) and Dave Hall (7,034 points, 1985) are in second and third, respectively.

Relays in Real-Time
Michigan ran three relays for the first time this season at the Penn Relays last weekend and scored top-10 finishes in all three of them:

Distance Medley Championship of America
Brendon Blacklaws, David St. Amant, Dallas Bowden, Lex Williams
(Fourth, 9:35.24)

4x800-meter Relay
Brendon Blacklaws, Brandon Fellows, Lex Williams, Dallas Bowden
(Eighth, 7:34.16)

4xMile Relay
Brandon Fellows, Dallas Bowden, Brendon Blacklaws, Lex Williams
(Third, 16:20.56)

Taylor Takes Over
Taylor 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
Lex Williams
continues to be one of the nation's top distance runners. His performance in the 10,000-meter run at the Stanford Invitational 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.

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
Sean Pruitt
has been a force throughout the outdoor season. He has won the discus in each of the first three meets he competed in (with his throws improving in distance each time) and finished no lower than third in the discus, shot put or hammer throw.

Here's a summary of Pruitt's throws through 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)
Drake Relays (April 23-24) 53.29m (174-10) (3) 58.11m (190-8) (13) FOUL


The Record Breakers
Junior tri-captain Craig Forys (Howell, N.J./Colts Neck) and Sean 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
Joe Strizich
specializes in multiple events butwon the javelin at "The Dual" on April 10 with a personal-best throw of 193-11 feet. It shattered his previous career best by more than 50 feet (141-10 feet).

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. Peddlar won the Big Ten long jump title and was an All-Big Ten first team selection. Teammates Pruitt, Blacklaws, Bowden, Neuman and McNamara 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), Shotwell 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 Reichenbach, 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 and field roster hail from the state of Michigan. In addition, 11 states are represented on the outdoor track and 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, LaPlanteannounced 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...
With the 2010 Big Ten Outdoor Championships less than three weeks away, the Wolverines return home next weekend to host the U-M Len Paddock Invitational. The meet will start at 6 p.m. on Friday (May 7) and conclude beginning at noon on Saturday (May 8).