James Sets New High Jump Record in Loss to No. 4 OSU in The Dual
Provided by U of M
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Indoor Track Building)
Event: The Dual
Score: #4 Ohio State 91.5, Michigan 70.5
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 21 -- host Simmons-Harvey Invitational (U-M Indoor Track Building), 11 a.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team was edged by fourth-ranked Ohio State, 91.5-70.5, on Saturday (Jan. 14) in front of a home crowd at the U-M Indoor Track Building. Junior/sophomore Bradley James (East Lansing, Mich./Haslett) set a new meet record in the high jump to lead the Wolverines.
James' personal-best jump of 2.17 meters (7-1.50) easily took first place in the event. Also excelling in the field early in the meet was sophomore Patrick Cochran (Erie, Pa./ McDowell). His personal-best mark of 14.79 meters (48-6.25) in the triple jump took first place.
Michigan also shined in the 200-meter and 400-meter dash, finishing one-two in the 400-meter dash to earn eight points for the Maize and Blue. Junior Aaron Taylor (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams) won the event with a personal-best time of 48.72, followed immediately by another personal-record from sophomore Eric Oliver (Berkeley, Calif./Homewood-Flossmoor [Ill.] HS) at 48.73.
In the 200-meter run, senior Matthew Campbell (Rochester, Mich./Rochester) used a personal-best time of 21.97 to take first. Sophomore Justin Clarke (Flint, Mich./Southwestern) recorded a personal-record of 22.18 to finish third and secure two points for the Wolverines.
Michigan took second and fourth in the pole vault behind performances from junior Jack Greenlee (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) and fifth-year senior Taylor Voice (Boyne City, Mich./Boyne City HS), respectively. Greenlee was edged by Ohio State's Heath Nickles, the 2011 Big Ten decathlon champion, to finish second with a personal-best vault of 5.12 meters (16-9.50). Voice also recorded a personal-record of 4.72 meters (15-5.75) to secure fourth place.
The Wolverines will remain on its home turf hosting the Simmons-Harvey Invitational on Saturday (Jan. 21). The men's Jack Harvey meet is set to start at 11 a.m., followed by the women's Red Simmons meet at 1:45 p.m., at the U-M Indoor Track Building.
N O T E S
• Today's meet was the 27th meeting between Michigan and Ohio State in The Dual. Michigan leads the all-time series 20-7 with the Buckeyes, earning the win in each of the last four years.
• There were five new dual-meet records set today -- four by Ohio State and one by Michigan. Bradley James recorded a jump of 2.17 meters (7-1.50) in the high jump to win the event for U-M. The previous record was set by former Wolverine John Kipf (7-0.50) in 2008.
• Today's attendance at the U-M Indoor Track Building was 1,001.
Name Event Mark
Matthew Campbell 200m 21.97
Justin Clarke 200m 22.18
Aaron Taylor 400m 48.72
Eric Oliver 400m 48.73
Troy Sneller 600m 1:22.80
Morsi Rayyan 3,000m 8:31.94
Zach Ornelas 3,000m 8:32.00
Kurt Reichenbach 60m Hurdles 8.48
High Jump 1.97 meters (6-5.50)
Bradley James High Jump 2.17 meters (7-1.50)
Jack Greenlee Pole Vault 5.12 meters (16-9.50)
Taylor Voice Pole Vault 4.72 meters (15-5.75)
Patrick Cochran Triple Jump 14.79 meters (48-6.25)
Joe Strizich Shot Put 14.55 meters (47-9.00)
Ethan Dennis Weight Throw 20.38 meters (66-10.00)
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Fred LaPlante
On his thoughts of the team's first meet this season ... "For the most part, I like the idea that they competed hard, they knew what they were up against. There were two events that I was disappointed in where I felt like we didn't do what we were capable of. Meet's like this are different -- in our sport, it's really about your championships. So, this is like an exhibition, but it's important because it's Michigan-Ohio State. What it does is -- in the month of December, kids have to go home for break and they have no place to train, and a lot of them they don't train. But when they have a meet like this, they train. So they're going to be stronger down the road when we get to our championships. It's also a meet where it brings our guys together. In a lot of track meets, people are all over the place and they're not scored. This right here, you really get a sense that it's a team situation. You find out who you're teammates are and it's a positive bonding experience no matter how it happens."
On impressive wins in the jumping events ... "Brad James -- I think he's a national caliber performer and really, the level of competition in that event, he was a men among boys. It was kind of nice, the pressure was off of him and he was just trying to get a high mark. He did a nice job opening up. (Patrick) Cochran -- that was just great for him. A year ago as a freshman, he was a whole different guy. Here he was having fun, he was enjoying himself and he's a very good athlete, so that's was a great step for him to win the triple jump.
On the atmosphere at The Dual ... "I think the presentation was really good. These guys will remember this. For a first meet of the year, there were some great performances in this meet. Obviously, they appreciate the crowd and the rhythmic clapping and the pom-poms. It's something that you don't experience in track meets often enough -- you don't have enough meets that are scored. It's a winning situation. I'm proud that we put this thing together and that we helped make it a good experience."
U-M Junior/Sophomore High Jumper Bradley James
On his record-setting performance ... "My mindset coming into the first meet of the season was to get a good tone set. Normally this is our second meet so I just wanted to make sure that I was focused enough, not having any meets before this. I wanted to make sure I didn't mess anything up and still try to get a W. I knew that they had a couple of high jumpers this year, and they usually only just decathaletes. That kind of had me extra focused to make sure that I didn't take anything for granted and that I brought my 'A' game."
On starting the season with The Dual ... "It was different -- there was a little added pressure, but it also that much more added excitement because of how big of a meet it is right off the bat. We're getting right into the fun of it instead of having 'warm-up meets.' I liked it and I also didn't like it in a way, but all-in-all it ended up pretty well, so no complaints here."
On the atmosphere of The Dual at home ... "It's much more fun. Last year, it was in Columbus and it was so hostile. I took for granted, that with it being track and field, I didn't expect it to be as hostile. Their fans gave us nothing and you could feel all the scarlet and grey in the crowd. Coming here, the announcers are on your side, having my parents here and having a lot my friends here, it's definitely much more relaxing and easier to get into a rhythm being at home."