Weekly Release #19: at NCAA East Preliminary Round
Carl Buchanon

May 24, 2010

Eleven Qualify for NCAAs (5/21/10)

Thu-Sat., May 27-29 -- at NCAA Preliminary Round (Greensboro, N.C.), 11 a.m./4:30 p.m./9:30 a.m.
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Big Ten Release

Eleven members from the University of Michigan men's track and field team have qualified for the NCAA East Region Preliminaries, which begin next Thursday (May 27) on the campus of North Carolina A&T State in Greensboro, N.C. The three-day event runs through Saturday (May 29) and will determine the field for the NCAA Outdoor Championships (June 9-12 in Eugene, Ore.).

Change in Qualifying
This season, the NCAA has changed the way student-athletes qualify for the outdoor championships. Prior to 2010, the NCAA split the nation into four regions (East, West, Mideast, Midwest). However, there are only two regions (East and West) this season. In the past (and during the indoor season), student-athletes had to meet set qualifying standards, but those marks do not exist this season.

To qualify for the NCAA Preliminary Rounds, student-athletes must have a mark in the top 48 in their respective region. Twelve competitors from each individual event and 12 teams from each relay event will advance from each preliminary-round site to the final championships meet.

List of Michigan's Qualifiers
• Junior Craig Forys (Howell, N.J./Colts Neck)
» 3,000-meter Steeplechase (10th - 8:48.18)
• Senior Lex Williams (Ann Arbor, Mich./Dexter)
» 10,000-meter Run (2nd - 28:34.28)
• Redshirt freshman Bobby Aprill (Dexter, Mich./Dexter)
» 10,000-meter Run (29th - 29:45.88)
• Junior Nick McCampbell (Detroit, Mich./Cass Technical)
» 110-meter Hurdles (38th - 14.24)
• Junior Carl Buchanon (South Bend, Ind./Clay)
» 400-meter Hurdles (16th - 51.31)
» 4x400-meter Relay (20th - 3:08.48)
• Sophomore Nicholas Neuman (Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way East)
» 4x400-meter Relay (20th - 3:08.48)
• Junior David St. Amant (Livonia, Mich./Churchill)
» 4x400-meter Relay (20th - 3:08.48)
• Sophomore Matthew Campbell (Rochester, Mich./Rochester)
» 4x400-meter Relay (20th - 3:08.48)

• Junior Robert Peddlar (Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boys)
» Long Jump (39th - 7.43 meters/24-4 1/2 feet)
• Senior Sean Pruitt (Cato, Wis./Valders)
» Discus (17th - 54.45 meters/178-8 feet)
• Senior Brendan Lodge (Narragansett, R.I./Bishop Hendricken)
» Hammer Throw (30th - 60.23 meters/197-7 feet)

NOTE: East ranking and qualifying time are in parenthesis.
NOTE: Freshman Aaron Taylor (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams) is the alternate for the 4x400m Relay

Schedule of Events
Thursday, May 27
11 a.m. -- Hammer (Lodge)
3:30 p.m. -- 400-meter Hurdles (Buchanon)
5 p.m. -- Long Jump (Peddlar)
8:30 p.m. -- 10,000-meter Run (Aprill, Williams)

Friday, May 28
4:30 p.m. -- 110-meter Hurdles First Round (McCampbell)
5:30 p.m. -- 400-meter Hurdles Semifinals (Buchanon)*
8:30 p.m. -- 3,000-meter Steeplechase (Forys)

Saturday, May 29
9:30 a.m. -- Discus (Pruitt)
7:05 p.m. -- 110-meter Hurdles Semifinals (McCampbell)*
9:25 p.m. -- 4x400-meter Relay (Neuman, Buchanon, St. Amant, Campbell)

* Must qualify for semifinals

U-M Top 2010 Outdoor Times and Marks
100-meter Dash: 10.94 -- Kyle Terpak (5/8 at U-M Len Paddock Invitational)
200-meter Dash: 21.57 -- Nicholas Neuman (5/16 at Big Ten Championships)
400-meter Dash: 47.98 -- Nicholas Neuman (4/2 at Duke Invitational)
800-meter Run: 1:52.01 -- Dallas Bowden (5/16 at Big Ten Championships)
Mile Run: 4:07.02 -- Brendon Blacklaws (4/16 at EMU Invitational)
1,500-meter Run: 3:45.54 -- Lex Williams (4/10 at "The Dual")
3,000-meter Run: 8:24.09 -- Lex Williams (4/10 at "The Dual")
5,000-meter Run: 13:56.21 -- Lex Williams (5/1 at Stanford-Jordan Invitational)
10,000-meter Run: 28:34.28 -- Lex Williams (3/27 at Stanford Invitational)
110-meter Hurdles: 14.53 -- Nick McCampbell (5/8 at U-M Len Paddock Invitational)
400-meter Hurdles: 51.31 -- Carl Buchanon (5/16 at Big Ten Championships)
3,000-meter Steeplechase: 9:00.60 -- Craig Forys (4/10 at "The Dual")
4x100-meter Relay: 41.19 -- Terpak, Campbell, Taylor, McCampbell (5/16 at Big Ten Championships)
4x400-meter Relay: 3:08.48 -- Neuman, Buchanon, St. Amant, Campbell (5/16 at Big Ten Championships)
4x800-meter Relay: 7:34.16 -- Blacklaws, Fellows, Williams, Bowden (4/24 at Penn Relays)
Distance Medley Relay: 9:35.24 -- Blacklaws, St. Amant, Bowden, Williams (4/23 at Penn Relays)
Mile Relay: 16:20.56 -- Fellows, Bowden, Blacklaws, Williams (4/24 at Penn Relays)
High Jump: 1.95m (6-4 3/4) -- John Kipf (3/28 at Victor Lopez/Bayou Classic)
Pole Vault: 4.95m (16-2 3/4) -- John Greenlee (5/7 at U-M Len Paddock Invitational)
Long Jump: 7.43m (24-4 1/2) -- Robert Peddlar (3/28 at Victor Lopez/Bayou Classic)
Triple Jump: 14.70m (48-2 3/4) -- Robert Peddlar (5/7 at U-M Len Paddock Invitational)
Shot Put: 17.42m (57-2) -- Sean Pruitt (3/28 at Victor Lopez/Bayou Classic)
Discus: 54.45m (178-8) -- Sean Pruitt (4/10 at "The Dual")
Hammer: 60.23m (197-7) -- Brendan Lodge (5/7 at U-M Len Paddock Invitational)
Javelin: 59.11m (193-11) -- Joe Strizich (4/10 at "The Dual")
Decathlon: 7,379 points -- Frank Shotwell (5/15 at Big Ten Championships)

Michigan at NCAA Championships
As one of the most storied track and field programs in history, Michigan athletes have excelled on the national level with 45 total titles, 34 of which have come outdoors. Former Wolverine Andrew Ellerton (2004-07) was the last to wear the Maize and Blue and win an individual crown at the NCAA Championships meet, winning the 800-meter run in 2007.

Michigan has a streak of getting at least one outdoor All-American since 2002:

• 2002 -- Nate Brannen (800m Run), Alan Webb (1,500m Run), Mike Wisniewski (10,000m Run)
• 2003 -- Nate Brannen (800m Run)
• 2004 -- Andrew Ellerton (800m Run)
• 2005 -- Andrew Ellerton (800m Run), Nick Willis (5,000m Run)
• 2006 -- Michael Whitehead (Triple Jump)
• 2007 -- Andrew Ellerton (800m Run), Jeff Porter (110m Hurdles), Justin Switzer (DMR), Andre Barnes (DMR), Andrew Ellerton (DMR), Lex Williams (DMR)
• 2008 -- Andre Barnes (4x400m Relay), Andrew Wechter (4x400m Relay), Dan Harmsen (4x400m Relay), Stann Waithe (4x400m Relay)
• 2009 -- Adam Harris (100m Dash)

The Wolverines finished in a tie for 48th place at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships, getting two points from Adam Harris (2006-09) in the 100-meter dash (seventh place).

Shotwell Qualifies for Nationals
Michigan will have at least one representative at the NCAA Championships in a few weeks, as junior Frank Shotwell (Medina, Ohio/Medina) has qualified in the decathlon. At the Big Ten Outdoor Championships last weekend in Bloomington, Ind., Shotwell came within two points of winning his second conference crown in the decathlon, finishing in second place with a new school record of 7,379 points, breaking the old mark he set in May 2008. The decathlon is not contested at the East or West Preliminary Round, but since Shotwell is ranked among the top 24 decathlon performers in the nation, he automatically goes to nationals.

Last Time Out
Michigan finished in 10th place at the 2010 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. Among the highlights was the decathlon performance from Frank Shotwell, who set a new University of Michigan record in the event (7,379 points).

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Back For More
Five of the U-M athletes in action this weekend have prior experience at an NCAA Preliminary Round, having competed at the meet in 2009, including: Carl Buchanon (400m Hurdles, 4x400m Relay), Brendan Lodge (Hammer Throw), Robert Peddlar (Long Jump), Sean Pruitt (Shot Put) and Lex Williams (5,000m Run).

Better Late Than Never
Entering the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, the 4x400-meter relay team of sophomore Nicholas Neuman, junior Carl Buchanon, junior David St. Amant, and sophomore Matthew Campbell were on the bubble when it came to qualifying for the NCAA Preliminaries. Though it was the last official competition, the quartet broke out with its fastest time of the season, 3:08.48, and a third-place finish in the conference, sending them to the NCAA Preliminaries this weekend.

No Vacancy for Lodge
Two weekends ago at the U-M Len Paddock Invitational on May 7, Brendan Lodge picked a good time to set a new career best in the hammer throw. His top attempt of 60.23 meters (197-7 feet) was not only the best hammer throw attempt of any Michigan thrower this outdoor season, but it also broke Lodge's old career mark of 195-8 feet, set almost two years ago at the same event (May 9, 2008, at U-M Len Paddock Invitational).

Pruitt and the Disc
Since opening the outdoor season at the Victor Lopez/Bayou Classic on March 27, Sean Pruitt's top throws in the discus improved in each of the next two meets and has won the discus competition in each of those first three meets:

Victor Lopez/Bayou Classic (March 27) 52.77m (173-1) (1)
Duke Invitational (April 2-3) 53.76m (176-4) (1)
"The Dual" (April 10) 54.45m (178-8) (1)
Drake Relays (April 23-24) 53.29m (174-10) (3)
Big Ten Outdoor Championships (May 15) 48.37m (158-8) (10)

Follow the Leader
Frank Shotwell, Carl Buchanon and Craig Forys were named tri-captains for the 2010 season. Shotwell was also a tri-captain last season, along with former Wolverines Dan Harmsen and Justin Switzer.

Peddlar Wins Big Ten Long Jump
Robert Peddlar (Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boys) became the sixth Michigan field athlete to win the Big Ten Indoor long jump crown on Feb. 27. Peddlar improved on each of his first four jumps, finally hitting the winning mark during his fourth jump (7.32 meters) after falling behind early. He came into the meet tied with Korbin Smith (Ohio State) for the best mark in the conference but out-jumped the competition to give Michigan its first Big Ten title of the meet and earn the first of his career.


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2010 Record Book and Yearbook!
Beginning with the 2009-10 academic year, 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.

Leaders of the Wolverines
Fred LaPlante is in his second season as head coach for the Michigan men's track and field team after 11 seasons as the associate head coach of the program. In his 12 seasons with the program, LaPlante's main focus has been the development of U-M's sprint and hurdle athletics. LaPlante has coached 17 Olympians, 28 individual national champions and 79 All-Americans in his 23 years of coaching.

Ron Warhurst is in his second season as associate head coach, but has been at Michigan for nearly 40 years. Working with mainly Michigan's distance athletes, Warhurst has been in charge of the cross country team for the last 36 years in Ann Arbor. He was the head coach for track and field from 2000-08, before yielding the reins to LaPlante prior to last season. Overall, Warhurst has spent 36 years with the Michigan track and field program and has coached 12 Olympians, 12 individual national champions, 44 track and field All-Americans, and 38 cross country All-Americans.

David Kaiser is in his sixth season working with Michigan's field and jump athletes. Kaiser has coached 27 All-Americans and 33 conference champions.

Up Next...
Shotwell is hoping to be joined by some of his Michigan teammates at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, beginning on Wednesday, June 9, and running through Saturday, June 12, in Eugene, Ore.