May 7, 2014
Friday, May 9 -- at Toledo Invitational (Toledo, Ohio), 9 a.m.
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The University of Michigan men's track and field team will wrap up the regular season this Friday (May 9) as the Wolverines compete in the Toledo Invitational at 9 a.m. at Fetterman Stadium.
WOLVERINES IN ACTION
Scotty Albaugh, Mark Beams, Ethan Dennis, Mason Ferlic, Justin Gaumer, Erick Gavin, Bradley James, George Kelly, Louis Lamberti, Chris Maye, Zac Miklja, Joshua Nance, Codie Nolan, August Pappas, Michael Parker Jr., Nick Posada, Morsi Rayyan, Ben Reed, Nick Renberg, Cody Riffle, Tony Smoragiewicz, Troy Sneller, Stephen Sykes, James Vincent, Herman Washington, James Yau
The Toledo Invitational is one of two meets remaining for Michigan student-athletes to record regional-qualifying times/marks 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.
Michigan's 10,000-meter runners will not compete in the 10K at Toledo with the Big Ten Championships coming up next week. Mark Beams, August Pappas, Scotty Albaugh, Nick Renberg and Nick Posada will all participate in the 5,000-meter run.
Mason Ferlic, who has already secured a regional qualifying time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, will run the steeple this weekend at Toledo to continue his preparation for the championship season. Ferlic made his career steeplechase debut at the Toledo Invite last season and won the event with the second-fastest time in the Big Ten (8:51.55).
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 line up:
Junior/sophomore Mason Ferlic (St. Paul, Minn./Mounds Park Academy) is a returning Second Team All-American 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 second in the Big Ten and 15th 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. In addition to the steeple, Ferlic also owns the fifth-best 5,000-meter run time in the Big Ten this season at 13:55.12.
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 2013 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 ranks sixth in the Big Ten and 37th 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 versus Cal and Virginia with a toss of 64.40 meters (211-3).
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, 18th in the NCAA East Region 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, finishing eighth in the shot put at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. Sievers owns U-M's best shot put (18.09m, 59-4.25) and discus (52.30m, 171-7) marks so far this season, which rank sixth and 10th, respectively, on Michigan's all-time top 10 performance list. His personal-best shot put toss was the winning mark last weekend at the Billy Hayes Invitational (May 3).
Fifth-year senior Bradley James (East Lansing, Mich./Haslett) owns Michigan's top high jump mark this season at 2.11 meters (6-11), which ranks fifth in the Big Ten and 25th in the NCAA East Region.
Senior/junior Morsi Rayyan (Dewitt, Mich./St. Johns) redshirted the 2013 outdoor season after a solid season in 2012. He qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in the 10,000-meter run, where he finished 14th, just missing the cut off for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. His season-best 10K time of 14:00.77 ranked 10th in the Big Ten and 27th in the NCAA East Region.
Senior Herman Washington (Blacklick, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln) currently ranks just outside the top eight in the Big Ten in 10th with a 110-meter hurdle time of 14.19, which also ranks 47th 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), who missed the majority of the indoor season due to a hand injury and has not yet competed during the outdoor season, will make his season debut at the Toledo Invitational. 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 one competition 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).
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:
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
Fri-Sun., May 16-18 -- at Big Ten Outdoor Championships (West Lafayette, Ind.), 11 a.m./11:30 a.m./11 a.m.
Thu-Sat., May 29-31 -- at NCAA East Preliminary Rounds (Jacksonville, Fla.), Noon/10 a.m./Noon
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