U of M Men - Season Bests, Top-Fives Wrap Tiger Track Classic
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» The Wolverines totaled six top-five finishes on the weekend, including four during Saturday's events (800 meters, 400-meter hurdles, shot put, discus).
» Co-captain Grant Cartwright had two of Michigan's top-five finishes, placing second in the shot put with a new outdoor PR after a fifth-place discus finish to start throwing events Saturday.
» Freshmen Taylor McLaughlin (400-meter hurdles, 51.90) and Brandon Piwinski (high jump, 2.02 meters; 6-7.5 ft.) set season bests for the Maize and Blue.
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Site: Auburn, Ala. (Hutsell-Rosen Track)
Event: Tiger Track Classic (Day 2 of 2)
U-M Team Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Thu-Sat., April 14-16 -- at Mount SAC Relays; Fri-Sat., April 15-16 -- at Long Beach Invitational
AUBURN, Ala. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team wrapped up competition at the Tiger Track Classic by earning top-five finishes in four events on Saturday (April 9), competing at Auburn's Hutsell-Rosen Track against a number of SEC, ACC and Big Ten competitors, among others.
Head coach Jerry Clayton thought the team's trip down south brought quality performances beyond senior/junior Steven Bastien breaking the decathlon record at Georgia's Bulldog Decathlon/Heptathlon earlier this week (April 6-7). He liked the Wolverines' collective competitiveness and consistency overall.
"Auburn did a great job with the meet," said Clayton, who coached there for 15 years prior to coming to U-M, "but this weekend was about the athletes. It was a bit windy on the track, but we competed well."
Athletes did battle slightly windy conditions, but U-M powered through on the track and made necessary adjustments in field events to close out a solid weekend with six total top-five finishes.
Taylor McLaughlin was one of two freshmen to set season bests on the day, and his performance in the 400-meter hurdles was among the more impressive races put together by the Wolverines. McLaughlin shaved .21 seconds off his race from last weekend, running 51.90 to win the first heat and finish second overall as the top collegian.
McLaughlin also bested post-collegian Rueben McCoy (Auburn), a three-time All-American while at Auburn (2005-07).
Sophomore Brennan Munley finished third in the 800 race, overcoming an early battle for position along the rail for a strong finish. Munley made a nice move to pass Indiana's Jordan Hontoon and finish in 1:50.42. Fifth-year senior Phil Washington III also competed on the track, running at 200 and 400 meters and overcoming a strong headwind for a quality race in the quarter-mile.
Junior/sophomore co-captain Grant Cartwright earned a runner-up finish in the shot put, throwing his second outdoor PR in as many weeks with a mark of 18.44 meters (60-06 ft.) on his second attempt. That throw improves Cartwright's No. 5 all-time mark on U-M's all-time top-10 list.
He also competed in the discus earlier this afternoon and earned another top-five finish for U-M by placing fifth with his second attempt measuring in at 51.03 meters (167-05 ft.).
Clayton commented Cartwright on persevering through windy conditions in Saturday's events and coming back strong to finish the weekend with an outdoor best in the shot put.
In the high jump, freshman Brandon Piwinski cleared a season-best height to place seventh. He came in over 2.02 meters (6-7.5 ft.) on his first attempt and only three athletes cleared a higher bar.
Clayton was encouraged to see Piwinski put air under a quite a few of the bars he cleared, noting that it was a positive sign to see that the last two weekends.
The Maize and Blue returns to competition next week, sending athletes to the Mt. SAC Relays (April 14-16), Long Beach Invitational (April 15-16) and the Don Kleinow Invitational (Apil 16).
COLLEGIATE PERSONAL BESTS
Taylor McLaughlin -- 51.90
Grant Cartwright -- 18.44 meters (60-6 ft.)*
Brandon Piwinski -- 2.02 meters (6-7.5 ft.)
* = Outdoor best
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