June 28, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore Ali Arastu (Northville, Mich./Northville) of the University of Michigan men's track and field team was chosen to represent Team USA in the 400-meter hurdles at the North American, Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) U-23 Championships, which will run from July 6-8 in Guanajuato, Mexico. He was one of two 400-meter hurdlers selected to the team.
"I'm really excited to experience competing in my first world meet," said Arastu. "Racing against these top guys and being on the same team as them will really have a big impact on new and higher goals for me in the upcoming season."
He will be coached by Kip Janvrin, who recently completed his 21st season on the Central Missouri track and field staff and 13th year as co-head coach. Janvrin works primarily with sprinters, hurdlers, and multi-event athletes. Assistant coach Clim Moore, who owns the 24Seven Track Club in Los Angeles, Calif., also specializes in sprints and hurdles.
Arastu capped the 2012 outdoor season with a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Championships to earn All-America second team honors. At the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, he finished runner-up in a career-best time of 49.43, meeting the U.S. Olympic Trials automatic 'A' standard. He earned All-Big Ten second team accolades for his performance at the conference meet.
Prior to the NACAC Championships, Arastu will compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials, which are set for June 21-July 1 in Eugene, Ore. He will be the only returning Wolverine making an appearance at the trials.
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423