May 18, 2017
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Fourteen men from the University of Michigan track and field program with a combined 16 entries have been selected to continue their 2017 outdoor seasons into national postseason competition as they were among the qualifiers announced Thursday (May 18) for next week's NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Lexington, Kentucky. The University of Kentucky will host the meet May 25-27.
Distance runners Connor Mora, Ned Willig, Brennan Munley, Aaron Baumgarten, Micah Beller, Austin Benoit and Ben Flanagan; throwers Joe Ellis, Grant Cartwright, Andrew Liskowitz and Stephen Burk; sprinters Taylor McLaughlin and Khoury Crenshaw; and jumper Steven Bastien earned bids to Lexington by virtue of ranking among the top 48 athletes who declared for the postseason in their respective events.
The three-day meet serves as the qualifying meet for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships, which will take place June 7-10 at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. The top 12 finishers in each individual event from the East Region -- in which Michigan competes -- and the West Region comprise the 24-person fields in June in Eugene.
Bastien is entered in the long jump but has already earned his berth to NCAAs in the decathlon, which is not an event contested at the preliminary rounds.
First-round and quarterfinal races will be contested in track events ranging from 100 meters through 1,500 meters, with semifinals and finals scheduled for June in Eugene. Quarterfinals will be contested in the steeplechase, and semifinals will be run for the 5,000- and 10,000-meter races.
In the throws and horizontal jumps, competitors will only get three attempts to record their best marks, and the high jump and pole vault will continue until there are only 12 competitors remaining.
Michigan's qualifiers are listed below by event, along with their seed mark, rank and scheduled day of competition.
100 Meters | First round -- Thursday, May 25, at 6:55 p.m. / Quarterfinal -- Friday, May 26, at 6:15 p.m.
Khoury Crenshaw -- 10.38, 39th [2nd NCAA East Prelims appearance]
400-Meter Hurdles | First round -- Thursday, May 25, at 4:30 p.m. / Quarterfinal -- Friday, May 26, at 7:15 p.m.
Taylor McLaughlin -- 50.86, 11th [2nd NCAA East Prelims appearance]
800 Meters | First round -- Thursday, May 25, at 8:35 p.m. / Quarterfinal -- Friday, May 26, at 6:45 p.m.
Brennan Munley -- 1:48.37, 20th [2nd NCAA East Prelims appearance]
1,500 Meters | First round -- Thursday, May 25, at 6 p.m. / Quarterfinal -- Saturday, May 27, at 6:45 p.m.
Ned Willig -- 3:45.44, 36th [3rd NCAA East Prelims appearance, including two at Brown]
10,000 Meters | Semifinal -- Thursday, May 25, at 9:40 p.m.
Ben Flanagan -- 29:55.10, 47th [2nd NCAA East Prelims appearance]
Long Jump | First round -- Thursday, May 25, at 4:30 p.m.
Steven Bastien -- 7.51m (24-7.75), 35th [2nd NCAA East Prelims appearance]
Shot Put | First round -- Friday, May 26, at 4:30 p.m.
Andrew Liskowitz -- 19.15m (62-10), 9th [1st NCAA East Prelims appearance]
Grant Cartwright -- 18.94m (62-1.75), 12th [2nd NCAA East Prelims appearance]
Discus | First round -- Friday, May 26, at 4:30 p.m.
Grant Cartwright -- 58.23m (191-0), 15th [2nd NCAA East Prelims appearance]
Hammer Throw | First round -- Saturday, May 27, at 4 p.m.
Joe Ellis -- 70.98m (232-10), 5th [2nd NCAA East Prelims appearance]
Grant Cartwright -- 65.10m (213-7), 26th [2nd NCAA East Prelims appearance]
Javelin | First round -- Thursday, May 25, at Noon
Stephen Burk -- 69.22m (227-1), 17th [3rd NCAA East Prelims appearance]
Of the 280 unique individuals competing in the four throwing events in the East, Cartwright is one of only 13 who are contesting three of them.
Fellow thrower Ellis will be looking to advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the second time in as many years to kick off his U-M career. Before finishing 17th at the NCAA Championships a year ago, Ellis threw what was then a school-record 68.25m (223-11) to advance to nationals. He has since surpassed that mark by nearly two meters.
McLaughlin is aiming to follow up on last year's breakthrough freshman postseason campaign in the 400-meter hurdles that included a fifth-place finish at NCAAs, a USATF Junior title and an IAAF World Junior silver medal.
After a pair of scoring efforts at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, Willig is seeking to close out his prolific -- albeit short-lived -- one-year Michigan career as a graduate transfer from Brown. He earned second team All-America honors indoors in the mile and has a chance to advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the first time in his career.
Communications Contact: Kyle Terwillegar