U of M Men - Ellis' School Record Headlines U-M's Notre Dame Invite Title
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What You Need to Know
» Joe Ellis twice broke his weight throw school record, topping out at 22.02m (72-3).
» The Wolverines won six individual event titles and were the runners-up in five others.
» U-M scored 133 points to score a decisive victory in the team standings over Louisville.
Site: South Bend, Ind. (Loftus Sports Center)
Event: Notre Dame Invitational
U-M Team Result: 1st Place of 7 Teams (133 points)
Next U-M Events: Saturday, Jan. 28 -- at Saginaw Valley State Jets Pizza Invitational & Boston U. Scarlet and White Invitational
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Sophomore Joe Ellis topped his own weight throw school record not once but twice as the University of Michigan men's track and field team won the team title at Saturday's (Jan. 21) Notre Dame Invitational behind six individual event wins at the Loftus Sports Center.
The Wolverines not only won six events -- headlined by Ellis' historic 22.02m (72-3) mark in the weight throw -- but were the runners-up in five others to score 133 points, well clear of the 86-point total tallied by runner-up Louisville.
"We had people performing in almost every event. We were either winning or second in almost three-fourths of the events," head coach Jerry Clayton said. "It was really positive on how we did as a unit, how we supported each other and how everybody is trying to get better each week. Really a very good group effort in a scored meet."
As for Ellis, after coming within a foot of his own weight throw school record at the season-opening Simmons-Harvey Invitational (Jan. 14) a week ago, it seemed only a matter of time until he would overtake the mark.
That time proved to be Saturday, as Ellis topped his previous standard of 21.22m (69-7.5) not once but twice in South Bend. He launched a then-record mark of 21.84m (71-8) on his second attempt but saved the biggest fireworks for the grand finale. On his sixth and final attempt, he exploded for a winning mark of 22.02m (72-3) -- a mark not only good enough to win the event but also make him the No. 2-ranked thrower of the 2017 collegiate season on the TFRRS descending order list as of this writing.
Senior captain Grant Cartwright provided some fireworks of his own, besting his career PR three times and topping out with a mark of 20.48m (67-2.25) to finish fifth. He also finished runner-up in the shot put with a mark of 18.20m (59-8.5).
SPRINTS, HURDLES AND RELAYS
Junior Drake Johnson continued an unbeaten streak in the 60-meter hurdles to start his 2017 campaign, this time crossing the line in a career-best 7.95. Johnson, a running back on the U-M football team, also dipped below the eight-second barrier in the prelims at 7.99.
Freshman Roland Amarteifio and senior Steven Bastien finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to score more valuable team points for the Wolverines.
Sophomore Taylor McLaughlin was the class of the field at 400 meters, taking the quarter-mile win in 47.02 for his 2017 debut in the event. The school record-holder ran closely with the field through the first half of the race but turned on the afterburners to win his section by 1.28 seconds and the event overall by 1.11 seconds.
Freshman Alex Schwedt was third overall after winning his section in a career-best 48.28.
Freshman Stephen Hagen finished fourth overall at 200 in 22.12 after winning his section.
The Michigan men capped the day with a runner-up finish in the 4x400 relay in 3:14.50, coming back from third halfway through.
Senior Ned Willig and junior Brennan Munley joined forces for a 1-2 sweep of the 800 meters race, with the duo crossing the line in 1:50.13 and 1:50.37, respectively. Munley, who entered ranked No. 3 in the nation, led for much of the race but had to overcome a late move from DePaul's Scott Arsenault that also vaulted Willig to the front of the pack.
Junior Micah Beller dueled Michigan State rival Sherod Hardt to the line over 3000 meters, ultimately finishing runner-up in 8:17.98.
Led by sophomore runner-up Chase Barnett, the Wolverines went 2-5-6 in the mile, with two more non-scoring runners in seventh and eighth.
With his first heptathlon coming later this season, Bastien continued to show he is potentially in line for a big score when that time comes. After setting a new PR in the hurdles a week ago, his long jump mark fell this weekend, as Bastien leapt a career-best 7.57m (24-10) to take the win.
Junior Kevin Stephens Jr. also had a good day in the triple jump, taking runner-up honors with a 14.93m (48-11.75) on his first-attempt leap.
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