April 30, 2013
Thu-Fri., May 2-3 - at Toledo Invitational (Toledo, Ohio), 1 p.m./11 a.m.
Meet Information/Event Schedule
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The University of Michigan men's track and field team will conclude the regular season at the Toledo Invitational on Thursday and Friday (May 2-3). Action will begin on Thursday at 1 p.m. and resume again on Friday at 11 a.m. at Toledo's Fetterman Outdoor Track and Field Facility.
WOLVERINES IN ACTION
Scotty Albaugh, Bobby Aprill, Ali Arastu, Brendon Blacklaws, Matthew Campbell, Nate Chapman, Justin Clarke, Scott Dvorak, Mason Ferlic, Erick Gavin, Jack Greenlee, Bradley James, Nathan Karr, Nick Kern, Justin Krauss, Zac Miklja, Codie Nolan, Zach Ornelas, August Pappas, Nick Posada, Ben Reed, Kurt Reichenbach, Garrick Roemer, Kwesi Rutledge, Jeff Sattler, Jake Schweinsberg, Troy Sneller, Aaron Taylor, James Vincent, Herman Washington, Antonio Whitfield, Philip Washington, James Yau.
The Toledo Invitational is one of two meets remaining for Michigan student-athletes to record regional-qualifying times before the fields for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds are announced. However, this weekend's meet may be the last chance for the Wolverines to record fast times on the track, as many races at the Big Ten Championships are run more strategically, instead of for time.
With the Big Ten Championships right around the corner, decathlete fifth-year senior Kurt Reichenbach (Brighton, Mich./Pinckney Community) will begin to taper his training and rest for the conference meet. Reichenbach will only compete in the open high jump and 4x400-meter relay at Toledo.
Junior Ali Arastu (Northville, Mich./Northville) will compete in his main event, the 400-meter hurdles, for the first time since the UNC Joe Hilton Invitational (April 13). He currently ranks seventh in the Big Ten and eighth in the NCAA East Region with a time of 51.61.
Sophomore/freshmen Mason Ferlic (St. Paul, Minn./Mounds Park Academy) and Nick Posada (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) will make their collegiate debuts in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at Toledo. After redshirting last year, the pair has only competed in the 5,000-meter run for Michigan this season. Ferlic and Posada will join senior Zach Ornelas (Cedar Park, Texas/Vista Ridge) and junior/sophomore Nick Kern (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) in the steeple. Ornelas currently ranks 13th in the Big Ten (9:08.65), while Kern ranks 19th (9:28.06).
Michigan's 4x100-meter relay, which currently ranks sixth in the Big Ten (40.55), will be back in action at Toledo in an attempt to slash their time for regional qualification. 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).
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, 213-2) and Cody Riffle (shot put, 61-3.5) each hold school records in their respective events. Dennis originally set the hammer record in 2012 (205-10.5) but increased it to 213-2 at the Mt. SAC Relays (April 19). 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).
2013 NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING -- For the fourth consecutive season, the NCAA East and West Preliminary Rounds 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. This year's NCAA East Preliminary Round will be hosted by North Carolina A&T State University from May 23-25, in Greensboro, N.C.
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 returned this season, including Aaron Taylor, Matthew Campbell and Philip Washington.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
On improvements on the 4x1 relay and personally ... "We've been working very hard to meet our goals and to put the big picture in perspective this year and I think that helped out a lot in us accomplishing our personal goals. Our goal for the 4x1 relay is to break the school record and if we do that, we'll be in regional standings -- that's our goal and we're still striving to achieve that goal. Personally, my goal is to break 10.5 in the 100 so I've been working had every day in practice trying to achieve that goal."
On the benefit of consistency on the 4x1 relay ... "It helps a lot -- familiarity is the key to the success in the relay. All four of us have been healthy throughout the year and that's a big difference from last year because I don't think there was a time when all four guys on the relay were healthy at the same time last year. To be able to be healthy all year is paying off a lot for us."
On being done with finals exams and focusing solely on track ... "It feels great. I woke up with no worries, no complaints and was able to just go run with a relaxed mind. I don't have to worry about doing anything after practice or stressing about school. It takes my mind off of things when I'm running and I can really focus on what I'm doing and what I'm trying to achieve."
On his summer plans ... "I'll be going back to my hometown of Flint, training and working. I'm looking forward to it."
On being one of nine children ... "I'm number seven out of nine kids. There was never a dull moment in the house growing up. We always had something to do -- we made up games and were always playing with each other. It was always a delight -- the support system that I have is amazing. I just got a call last night from my auntie checking up on me. My brothers and sisters, we always help each other out when needed. They always support me and I always support them. It's a never ending cycle of support, pretty much all of them made it to at least one indoor meet this year. Since we haven't had an outdoor home meet this year, I'm hoping to see them at the Big Ten meet next weekend."
A LOOK AHEAD
Fri-Sun., May 10-12 -- at Big Ten Championships (Columbus, Ohio), Noon/9:30 a.m./11 a.m.
Thu-Sat., May 23-25 -- at NCAA East Preliminary Rounds (Greensboro, N.C.)
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423