U of M Men - Pair of PRs Leave Bastien in Eighth in Heptathlon at NCAA Indoors

U of M Men - Pair of PRs Leave Bastien in Eighth in Heptathlon at NCAA Indoors

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Site: Randal Tyson Track Center (Fayetteville, Ark.)

Event: NCAA Indoor Championships (Day 1)

U-M Team Standing: No team score

Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 14 -- at NCAA Indoor Championships - Day 2 (Fayetteville, Ark.), 10:45 a.m. CDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team was represented by junior/sophomore Steven Bastien today (Friday, March 13) during the opening day of the NCAA Indoor Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center. Bastien, who is seeking to become U-M's first-ever first-team All-American in the heptathlon, is in eighth place (3,122 points) heading into tomorrow's (Saturday, March 14) final day of action.

In the opening heptathlon event, Bastien picked up 868 points as the sixth-place finisher in the 60-meter dash, clocking 7.037, just a fraction off his personal best of 7.00 flat.

In the long jump, Bastien launched himself into third place, scoring 935 points for a two-event total of 1,803. His mark of 24-7.25 ft. (7.50m) is a new personal best -- his first of the day but not his last -- and was good for third among all competitors.

In the shot put, his third and final throw launched 39-9.25 ft. (12.12m), a lifetime best and an improvement of more than two meters over each of his first two attempts. After three events, Bastien was in seventh place (2,417 points), nipping at the heels of the field's top five.

In the day's final event, Bastien posted a mark of 6-2.25 ft. (1.89m) in the high jump. The Saline, Michigan, native made two good attempts at the 6-4.75 ft. (1.95m) height and was incredibly close on his third attempt but was ultimately unable to clear the bar.

With PRs in two of four events, it was a successful opening day for the first-year Wolverine. With three events remaining, Bastien sits in eighth place overall (3,122 points), which is first team All-America positioning. Though he remains an even 350 points off the lead, he is just 109 points behind fifth place and will seek to further his standing during tomorrow's final day.

Bastien will be joined in Saturday's action by senior/junior Derek Sievers, the 13th overall seed in the shot put. Sievers is slated to throw at 6:30 p.m. CDT, and Bastien's day begins with the 60-meter hurdles at 10:45 a.m. followed by the pole vault and 1,000m race.

Personal Records

Steven Bastien -- Long Jump H (24-7.25 ft.; 7.50m), Shot Put H (39-9.25 ft.; 12.12m)

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