May 15, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's and women's track and field programs will be honoring the memory of men's sprinter 19-year-old Garrick Roemer, who passed away on May 4, as they compete in the upcoming Big Ten Outdoor Championships in West Lafayette, Ind. (May 16-18).
Student-athletes from both teams will be displaying black bands on their uniforms for the conference meet.
"We are saddened by the loss of one of our student-athletes, Garrick Roemer," said men's track and field head coach Jerry Clayton. "He was a wonderful young man to coach and be around off the track, and was well liked by his teammates. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time."
Roemer was in his second year as a member of the men's track and field team. At the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships, the Saline, Mich., native finished 17th in the 400-meter hurdles and ran the second leg of the ninth-place 4x400-meter relay.
The championships will begin on Friday, May 16, at 11:30 a.m. at Purdue's Rankin Track and Field and run through Sunday, May 18.
Contact: Whitney Dixon