Week #16: Thirteen to Trek to East Region Preliminary Rounds
Herman Washington

May 24, 2011

Thu-Sat., May 26-28 -- at NCAA East Region Preliminary Rounds (Bloomington, Ind.), 1 p.m./11 a.m./5 p.m.
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The field for the NCAA Outdoor Championships will be set after this week, as 13 student-athletes from the University of Michigan men's track and field team head to the NCAA East Region Preliminary Rounds in Bloomington, Ind., to vie for a spot at the national meet, to be held June 8-11 in Des Moines, Iowa.

The East Region Preliminary Rounds begin at 1 p.m. on Thursday (May 26) at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex, and end at 5 p.m. on Saturday (May 28).

For the second straight year, 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, now there are only two regions (East and West). 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.

[ Procedure Summary ]

All-America Changes
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.

Michigan's Qualifiers
(East ranking and ranking time are in parenthesis)

Craig Forys
3,000-meter Steeplechase (15th, 8:51.93)
5,000-meter Run (20th, 13:59.53)
Ali Arastu
400-meter Intermediate Hurdles (17th, 51.60)
Nick McCampbell
110-meter High Hurdles (14th, 14.06)
Herman Washington
110-meter High Hurdles (37th, 14.20)
Bobby Aprill
10,000-meter Run (30th, 29:53.57)
Ali Arastu, David St. Amant, Matthew Campbell, Aaron Taylor (alt. Nick Neuman, Eric Oliver)
4x400-meter Relay (13th, 3:07.82)

Cody Riffle
Shot put (6th, 18.40m/60-4 1/2 ft.)
Discus (16th, 54.71m/179-6 ft.)
Bradley James
High Jump (T-23rd, 2.13m/6-11 1/2 ft.)
Austin DeWildt
Pole Vault (15th, 5.20m/17-0 1/2 ft.)
Jack Greenlee
Pole Vault (24th, 5.10m/6-8 3/4 ft.)
Ethan Dennis
Hammer Throw (32nd, 59.75m/196-0 ft.)

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: 1:54.66, Nick Thomas
1,500-meter Run: 3:47.60, Brendon Blacklaws
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: 14.06, Nick McCampbell
400-meter Hurdles: 51.60, Ali Arastu
3,000-meter Steeplechase: 8:51.93, Craig Forys
4x100-meter Relay: 41.03, Nick McCampbell, Matthew Campbell, Aaron Taylor, Justin Clarke
4x400-meter Relay: 3:07.82, David St. Amant, Matthew Campbell, Aaron Taylor, Ali Arastu
High Jump: 2.13 meters (6-11 3/4 ft.), Bradley James
Pole Vault: 5.20 meters (17-0 3/4 ft.), Austin DeWildt
Long Jump: 7.36 meters (24-1 3/4 ft.), Robert Peddlar
Triple Jump: 14.97 meters (49-1 1/2 ft.), Robert Peddlar
Shot Put: 18.40 meters (60-4 1/2 ft.), Cody Riffle
Discus: 54.71 meters (179-6 ft.), Cody Riffle
Hammer: 59.75 meters (196-0 ft.), Ethan Dennis
Javelin: 55.23 meters (181-2 ft.), Joe Strizich
Decathlon: 6,936 points, Kurt Reichenbach

[ Outdoor Team Bests ]

Last Time Out
The Wolverines finished ninth at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, held from May 13-15, scoring a total of 52.5 points during the three-day competition. No champions were crowned, but the Wolverines scored in nine events on the final day of competition.

James, Shotwell Earn Big Ten Recognition
Following their performances at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, redshirt freshman Bradley James earned second team All-Big Ten, while fifth-year senior Frank Shotwell was named the team's nominee for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

Shotwell was also named U-M's male nominee for the NCAA Sportsmanship Award, therein representing all male student-athletes at Michigan.

Experience Factor
The following Michigan student-athletes have prior experience at NCAA Regional competition: Craig Forys, Bobby Aprill, Nick McCampbell, Matthew Campbell and David St. Amant.

Carl Buchanon and Frank Shotwell qualified for the 2010 NCAA Championships, but neither made the East regional field this season. The other 2010 qualifier, Lex Williams, graduated at the conclusion of last season.

Youth Rules
The other eight competitors are all freshmen or sophomores. Austin DeWildt, Jack Greenlee, Ethan Dennis, Cody Riffle, Bradley James, Ali Arastu, Herman Washington, and Aaron Taylor will each be competing for the first time at an NCAA Regional meet.

Twelve student-athletes and both relays scored points at the Big Ten meet. Michigan had only two seniors score points at the meet (Nick McCampbell in 110-meter high hurdles and on 4x400-meter relay; David St. Amant on 4x100-meter relay). The rest of Michigan's point-scorers will return next season.

New Additions
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 (April 12) ]

Coaching Staff
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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Wed-Sat., June 8-11 -- at NCAA Outdoor Championships (Des Moines, Iowa)