April 30, 2014
The University of Michigan men's track and field team will have its full squad together at one meet for the first time in four weeks, when it competes in the Indiana Billy Hayes Invitational on Saturday (May 3). The meet is set to start at 11 a.m. at Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex in Bloomington, Ind.
However, seniors Ethan Dennis, Erick Gavin, Bradley James, Troy Sneller and Herman Washington will not be traveling to Indiana this weekend, as they will be participating in Michigan's graduation ceremony.
WOLVERINES IN ACTION
Brad Bolton, Stephen Burk, Patrick Cochran, Louis Lamberti, Chris Maye, Zac Miklja, Joshua Nance, Codie Nolan, Michael Parker Jr., Ben Reed, Jeff Sattler, Derek Sievers, Tony Smoragiewicz, Stephen Sykes, James Vincent
Junior/sophomore August Pappas (Chelsea, Mich./Chelsea) completed his first 10,00-meter run of the season last weekend at the Penn Relays (April 24). He clocked the sixth-best time in the Big Ten at 29:40.25, which is a 54-second personal record.
Fifth-year senior Bradley James (East Lansing, Mich./Haslett) recorded the fourth-best high jump mark in the Big Ten of 2.11 meters (6-11) last weekend at the Triton Invitational (April 26). That mark is just 1.25 inches off his career best and also ranks 23rd in the NCAA East Region.
Ethan Dennis increased his own school hammer throw record at the Kentucky Relays (April 19) with his toss of 66.36 meters (217-8). He originally set the school hammer throw record in 2013 (64.97m, 213-2) before topping that mark by four-and-a-half feet. His mark ranks third in the Big Ten and seventh in the NCAA East Region.
Several new events are contested during the outdoor season that were not during the indoor season. The 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles are replaced by the 100-meter dash and 110-meter hurdles; the mile run is replaced by the 1,500-meter run; and the weight throw is replaced with the hammer throw. The 400-meter hurdles, 3,000-meter steeplechase, 10,000-meter run, javelin and discus, as well as the 4x100-meter relay, are also added to the list of events.
Michigan will benefit from several of the different outdoor events added to the outdoor lineup:
Junior/sophomore Mason Ferlic (St. Paul, Minn./Mounds Park Academy) is a returning All-America second teamer in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, as he finished 13th at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Competing in the steeplechase for the first time just one meet prior to the 2013 Big Ten Championships, Ferlic excelled quickly and contributed immediately, finishing fourth at the conference meet. He opened up the season in the steeplechase at the Cal-Virginia tri-meet, clocking a time of 8:47.91, which ranks first in the Big Ten and 11th in the nation. Ferlic was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week for the second time in his career on April 9 for his season-opening performance.
Senior/junior Mark Beams (Vicksburg, Mich./Vicksburg) and junior/sophomore Scotty Albaugh (Waterford, Mich./Waterford Mott) finished eighth and ninth, respectively, in the 10,000-meter run at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships and also qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds. Beams opened the season at the Cal-Virginia tri-meet in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:20.83 and made his season debut in the 10,000-meter run at the Mt. SAC Relays, running 29:59.65. Albaugh currently owns a season-best 10,000-meter time of 30:00.97. August Pappas owns U-M's best 10,000-meter time of the season of 29:40.25, which ranked sixth in the Big Ten and 36th in the NCAA East Region.
Fifth-year senior Ethan Dennis (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grandville) and junior/sophomore Brad Bolton (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro) compete for U-M in the hammer throw during the outdoor season. Dennis is the school record holder in the hammer throw (66.36m, 217-8), improving on his own record at the Kentucky Relays (April 19), and a returning All-America honorable mention. His record-holding mark also ranks third in the Big Ten and seventh in the NCAA East Region. Bolton redshirted during the 2013 outdoor season, following an impressive freshman campaign that saw him finish ninth at the 2012 Big Ten Indoor Championships and qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds. Bolton currently ranks third on U-M's all-time performance list with his throw of 60.73 meters (199-3) that he recorded at the season-opening North Florida Invitational (March 28-29). That mark is also ninth in the Big Ten and 35th in the NCAA East Region.
Sophomore/freshman Stephen Burk (Parsippany, N.J./Parsippany), who only competes for the Wolverines during the outdoor season in the javelin, returned to action for the first time since the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships at the North Florida Invitational (March 28-29). He won the javelin at UNF with a mark of 68.10 meters (223-5), which moved him into second on U-M's all-time performance list. He currently ranks fourth in the Big Ten and 22nd in the NCAA East Region. He also won the javelin at the tri-meet vs. Cal and Virginia with a toss of 64.40 meters (211-3).
Fifth-year senior Troy Sneller (Hamilton, Mich./Hamilton), who finished eighth at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships and qualified for the 2013 NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in the 400-meter hurdles, returned for his final season in Maize and Blue. Sneller, who competed in the 600-meter run indoors, excels more in the 400-meter hurdles outdoors. He competed in the 400-meter dash at the Beach Invitational (April 19), where he ran a career-best time of 49.79.
Other Key Wolverines
Senior/junior Patrick Cochran (Erie, Pa./McDowell), who redshirted the 2014 indoor season returned to compete for the Wolverines during the outdoor season opener. In his first competition since the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships, Cochran finished runner-up in the long jump at the North Florida Invitational (March 28) with a mark of 7.54 meters (24-9), which ranks third in the Big Ten and 10th on U-M's all-time performance list. His mark was more than a two-foot personal record.
Junior/sophomore Derek Sievers (Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center) made big strides for the Wolverines during the 2014 indoor season, where he finished eighth in the shot put at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. Sievers owns U-M's best shot put (17.69m, 58-0.5) and discus (52.30m, 171-7) marks so far this season, which rank eighth and 10th, respectively, on Michigan's all-time top 10 performance list.
Senior Herman Washington (Blacklick, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln) currently ranks just outside the top eight in the Big Ten in ninth with a 110-meter hurdle time of 14.19, which also ranks 45th in the NCAA East Region. His personal-best time of 13.82 came last year at the Joe Hilton Invitational. Last season, he advanced to the finals at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships and the semifinals of the NCAA East Preliminaries.
Senior/junior shot putter Cody Riffle (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) missed the majority of the indoor season due to a hand injury and has not yet competed during the outdoor season. He is the school record holder in the shot put (18.80m, 61-8.25) and a returning outdoor second team All-American.
Michigan Among the Big Ten
With two weeks remaining in the regular season, Michigan has seven student-athletes ranked in the top eight in the Big Ten in at least one event (the top eight score at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships).
|Mason Ferlic||3,000m Steeplechase||8:47.91||1|
|Bradley James||High Jump||2.11m (6-11)||4|
|Patrick Cochran||Long Jump||7.54m (24-9)||3|
|Ethan Dennis||Hammer Throw||66.36m (217-8)||3|
|Stephen Burk||Javelin||68.10m (223-5)||4|
WOLVERINES IN THE RECORD BOOK
Eleven student-athlete who will compete in uniform for U-M this outdoor season are currently ranked on the program's all-time top-10 outdoor performance list in at least one event:
|Mason Ferlic||3,000m steeplechase||6th||8:41.83 (2013)|
|Herman Washington||110m hurdles||5th||13.82 (2013)|
|Bradley James||High Jump||8th||7-0 1/2 (2011)|
|Patrick Cochran||Long Jump||10th||24-9 (2014)|
|Cody Riffle||Shot Put||1st||61-3 1/2 (2013)|
|Derek Sievers||Shot Put||8th||58 1/2 (2014)|
|Justin Gaumer||Shot Put||10th||56-1 1/4 (2014)|
|Ethan Dennis||Hammer||1st||217-8 (2014)|
|Brad Bolton||Hammer||3rd||199-3 (2014)|
|Stephen Burk||Javelin||2nd||223-5 (2014)|
|Codie Nolan||4x100m Relay||3rd||40.25 (2013)|
THE COACHING STAFF
Jerry Clayton is in his first year as Michigan's head coach, working primarily with U-M's field event athletes. Prior to moving to Ann Arbor, Clayton spent 15 seasons as an assistant head coach at Auburn. He has strong Big Ten ties, as he competed for Illinois and was two-time NCAA qualifier in the shot put, and returned to Illinois as an assistant coach from 1980-89. Clayton has produced several high-level national and international athletes, including 16 NCAA individual champions, 85 NCAA All-Americans, 39 international team competitors, 24 qualifiers for the U.S. Olympic Trials and 33 participants in Olympic Games and World Championship competition.
Assistant coach Steven Rajewsky is in his first year as a member of U-M's coaching staff, working primarily with U-M's sprinters and hurdles. Prior to coming to Michigan, Rajewsky spent six years as an assistant coach at Kent State.
Assistant coach Alex Gibby is in his fourth season as U-M's distance coach. In his first three seasons, he guided nine student-athletes to the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds, two to the NCAA Indoor Championships and three to NCAA Outdoor Championship appearances. As the Wolverines' cross country head coach, he led his 2013 squad to the NCAA Great Lakes Region title and a runner-up finish at the Big Ten Championships.
THE 2014 WOLVERINES
Team Captains: Senior Herman Washington, as well as senior/juniors Mark Beams and Cody Riffle were named tri-captains for the 2014 season. Each captain was chosen by the team and coaches to represent the different event areas-- Beams (distance), Riffle (field) and Washington (sprints).
Returning All-Americans: The Wolverines return four student-athletes who earned All-America honors during the 2013 outdoor season. Senior/junior Cody Riffle (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) placed ninth at the outdoor national championships, earning All-America second team recognition. Fifth-year senior Ethan Dennis (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grandville) finished 20th in the hammer throw at the national outdoor event, garnering All-America honorable mention accolades. In his first year competing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, junior/sophomore Mason Ferlic (St. Paul, Minn./Mounds Park Academy) ran to a 13th-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to earn All-America second team honors. Senior Ali Arastu (Northville, Mich./Northville), who is redshirting the 2014 season, finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, becoming U-M's only First Team All-American of the year.
In the Record Book: Ethan Dennis owns Michigan's indoor weight throw (21.20m, 69-6 3/4) and outdoor hammer throw (66.36m, 217-8) records, while Cody Riffle has set new school records in the indoor (19.25m, 63-2) and outdoor (18.80m, 61-8.25) shot put. Both indoor records were set at the 2013 dual meet against Michigan State.
BIG TEN OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Championships will be hosted by Purdue University from May 16-18.
2014 NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING
For the fifth 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 the University of North Florida from May 29-31, in Jacksonville, Fla.
A LOOK AHEAD
Friday, May 9 -- at Toledo Invitational (Toledo, Ohio), 9 a.m.
Fri-Sun., May 16-18 -- at Big Ten Outdoor Championships (West Lafayette, Ind.)
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