Week #14: U-M to Come Back Home to Host Len Paddock Invitational

May 2, 2011

Fri-Sat., May 6-7 -- host U-M/Len Paddock Invitational (Ferry Field), 11 a.m./10 a.m.
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With less than two weeks until the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, the University of Michigan men's track and field team returns home to Ferry Field this weekend for one final tune-up, hosting select teams from the region at the U-M Len Paddock Invitational. Field events begin in the morning on each day, culminating at 11 a.m. on Friday (May 6) and at 10 a.m. on Saturday (May 7).

Fans coming out to Ferry Field this weekend for the meet should be aware of the weather, as well as the parking situation around the complex. Temperatures are supposed to be around 60 degrees, but there is a chance of rain on both days.

Baseball is at home this weekend for a series against Minnesota, with game times at 7 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday. Softball is also at home on Saturday at 6 p.m.

This weekend's U-M Len Paddock Invitational is the final competition of the regular outdoor season before the postseason begins. The Big Ten Championships are next weekend (Fri-Sun., May 13-15) in Iowa City, followed two weeks later by the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds, May 26-28, in Bloomington, Ind. Instructions on how to qualify for both the preliminary championship and the NCAA Championships are below:

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.


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 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 Len Paddock Invitational.

[ Michigan Announces Eight-Member Hall of Fame Class (March 16) ]

In addition to the 2011 Hall of Fame class, Michigan will honor its four seniors -- Carl Buchanon, David St. Amant, Frank Shotwell and Nick McCampbell -- during the banquet.

May 6 - Field (nine advance to final in all field events)
11 a.m. -- Hammer Throw
4 p.m. -- Javelin
5 p.m. -- Pole Vault
5:30 p.m. -- Triple Jump

May 6 - Track (All track events are timed section finals)
6:30 p.m. -- 400m Hurdles
7 p.m. -- 1500m

May 7 - Field (nine advance to final in all field events)
10 a.m. -- Shot Put
Noon -- Discus
Noon -- Long Jump
1:30 p.m. -- High Jump

May 7 - Track (All track events are timed section finals)
12:30 p.m. -- 4x100m
12:40 p.m. -- 800m
1:10 p.m. -- 400m
1:30 p.m. -- 100m
1:55 p.m. -- 110m High Hurdles
2:20 p.m. -- 3000m
2:50 p.m. -- 200m
3:10 p.m. -- 4x400m 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: 3:08.43, Nick Neuman, Matthew Campbell, Aaron Taylor, Ali Arastu
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

[ Outdoor Team Bests ]

With the Big Ten Outdoor Championships coming up in less than three weeks, here are the following Michigan athletes rank who rank among the top 10 on the outdoor performance lists for their event(s):

Event Big Ten Leader Michigan Athlete (Rank)
100m Dash 10.37 - Shane Crawford (Purdue) 10.54 - Matthew Campbell (7)
200m Dash 20.87 - Justin Austin (Iowa) 21.28 - Matthew Campbell (7)
400m Dash 45.81 - Thomas Murdaugh (Ohio State) 47.43 - Nick Neuman (10)
5,000m Run 13:44.98 - Mohammed Ahmed (Wisconsin) 13:59.53 - Craig Forys (5)
    14:15.43 - Bobby Aprill (10)
10,000m Run 28:43.34 - Elliot Krause (Wisconsin) 29:53.57 - Bobby Aprill (7)
110m Hurdles 13.61 - Andrew Riley (Illinois) 14.17 - Nick McCampbell (6)
400m Hurdles 50.73 - Cody Wisslead (Illinois) 51.73 - Ali Arastu (5)
4x100m Relay 39.17 - Illinois 41.16 (8)
4x400m Relay 3:07.13 - Ohio State 3:08.43 (4)
High Jump 7-3 3/4 ft. - Derek Drouin (Indiana) 6-9 3/4 ft. - Bradley James (10)
Pole Vault 17-7 3/4 ft. - Derek Peterson (Minnesota) 17-0 3/4 ft. - Austin DeWildt (T3)
Triple Jump 51-8 1/2 ft. - Hanif Johnson (Penn State) 47-7 3/4 ft. - Erik Braun (10)
Shot Put 62-0 1/2 ft. - Joe Kovacs (Penn State) 60-4 1/2 ft. - Cody Riffle (3)
Discus 192-5 ft. - Danny Block (Wisconsin) 179-6 ft. - Cody Riffle (4)
Javelin 245-8 ft. - Matt Byers (Iowa) 181-2 ft. - Joe Strizich (9)
Decathlon 7,384 points - Brock Spandl (Minnesota) 6,774 points - Kurt Reichenbach (6)
    6,738 points - Frank Shotwell (7)
    6,312 points - Joe Strizich (10)

[ Big Ten Top 10 - May 2 ]

The Wolverines had nine top-10 finishes at the Penn Relays last weekend (Thu-Sat., April 28-30) in Philadelphia, Pa., including a win in the discus from freshman Cody Riffle. Other notable performances include the 4x120-yard shuttle hurdles relay team finishing third, sophomore Jack Greenlee tying for fourth in the pole vault, and the distance medley relay taking third.

[ Recap ]

First constructed in 1906, Ferry Field is located north of Fisher Stadium and south of the IM Building, and is one of the oldest and most historic track and field venues in the country. Now in its 105th season, Ferry Field has been the home of the Michigan track and field team for nearly a century, and has also served as an early home for the U-M football team (from 1906-26), graduation ceremonies and even a military training ground (during World War II).

History was set at the 1935 Big Ten Championships, as Ohio State star track athlete Jesse Owens put on one of the best displays of athleticism in sports history. Time chronology of Owens' feat shows he tied the 100-yard dash record (9.4) at 2:45 p.m.; set the broad jump record (26-8) 1/4) at 3:25 p.m.; established the 220-yard dash record (20.3) at 3:34 p.m.; and at 4 p.m. set the 220-yard low hurdles record (22.6). Described as the greatest day in track and field history, a plaque commemorating Owens' accomplishment stands at the southeast corner of the facility.

The 2011 Big Ten Outdoor Championships, running from May 13-15 in Iowa City, will be shown on the Big Ten Network on Sunday, May 22, at 1 p.m.

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.

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 four outdoor captains will handle responsibilities for the remainder of the outdoor season.

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
April 22-23 (EMU Twilight Invitational): Troy Sneller, Aaron Taylor
April 28-30 (Penn Relays): Cody Riffle, 4x120-yard Shuttle Hurdles Relay (Frank Shotwell, Herman Washington, Nick McCampbell, Erick Gavin) 4x400 Relay Team (Nick Neuman, Aaron Taylor, Matthew Campbell, Ali Arastu)

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 ]

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 last 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, oversees the field events in his first year after coming over from Northern Arizona.

Volunteer assistants Christo Landry and Colin Leak, former distance runners under Gibby at William & Mary, work under Gibby in the distance group. Shean Conlon (pole vault) is also new, while former volunteer assistant Tiberia Patterson re-joins the staff and will assist LaPlante with the sprints/hurdles group.

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TRACK TALK WITH Frank Shotwell
He's back! Fifth-year senior decathlete Frank Shotwell will once again be blogging during the season for MGoBlue.com. Check back to the site towards the end of each week to see what goes on inside the Michigan men's track and field team from one of its most experienced competitors!

For the second year in a row, 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.

[ 2010-11 Men's Track & Field Yearbook ]

Fri-Sun., May 13-15 -- at Big Ten Outdoor Championships (Iowa City, Iowa)

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423