Week 14: Wolverine Men to Cap Regular Season in Toledo

Week 14: Wolverine Men to Cap Regular Season in Toledo

Provided by U of M

The University of Michigan men's track and field team will conclude the regular season at the Toledo Invitational on Thursday and Friday (May 2-3). Action will begin on Thursday at 1 p.m. and resume again on Friday at 11 a.m. at Toledo's Fetterman Outdoor Track and Field Facility.

Scotty AlbaughBobby AprillAli ArastuBrendon BlacklawsMatthew CampbellNate ChapmanJustin ClarkeScott DvorakMason FerlicErick GavinJack GreenleeBradley JamesNathan KarrNick KernJustin KraussZac MikljaCodie NolanZach Ornelas,August PappasNick PosadaBen ReedKurt ReichenbachGarrick RoemerKwesi RutledgeJeff SattlerJake SchweinsbergTroy SnellerAaron TaylorJames Vincent,Herman WashingtonAntonio WhitfieldPhilip WashingtonJames Yau.


• The Toledo Invitational is one of two meets remaining for Michigan student-athletes to record regional-qualifying times before the fields for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds are announced. However, this weekend's meet may be the last chance for the Wolverines to record fast times on the track, as many races at the Big Ten Championships are run more strategically, instead of for time.

• With the Big Ten Championships right around the corner, decathlete fifth-year senior Kurt Reichenbach (Brighton, Mich./Pinckney Community) will begin to taper his training and rest for the conference meet. Reichenbach will only compete in the open high jump and 4x400-meter relay at Toledo.

• Junior Ali Arastu (Northville, Mich./Northville) will compete in his main event, the 400-meter hurdles, for the first time since the UNC Joe Hilton Invitational (April 13). He currently ranks seventh in the Big Ten and eighth in the NCAA East Region with a time of 51.61.

• Sophomore/freshmen Mason Ferlic (St. Paul, Minn./Mounds Park Academy) and Nick Posada (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) will make their collegiate debuts in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at Toledo. After redshirting last year, the pair has only competed in the 5,000-meter run for Michigan this season. Ferlic and Posada will join senior Zach Ornelas (Cedar Park, Texas/Vista Ridge) and junior/sophomore Nick Kern (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) in the steeple. Ornelas currently ranks 13th in the Big Ten (9:08.65), while Kern ranks 19th (9:28.06).

• Michigan's 4x100-meter relay, which currently ranks sixth in the Big Ten (40.55), will be back in action at Toledo in an attempt to slash their time for regional qualification. The four-man group consists of sophomore/freshman Codie Nolan(Morenci, Mich./Adrian), fifth-year senior Matthew Campbell (Rochester, Mich./Rochester), senior Aaron Taylor (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) and junior Justin Clarke (Flint, Mich./Southwestern).

There are currently eight student-athletes and one relay that rank in the top five on Michigan's all-time outdoor performance list in at least one event.

Ethan Dennis (hammer throw, 213-2) and Cody Riffle (shot put, 61-3.5) each hold school records in their respective events. Dennis originally set the hammer record in 2012 (205-10.5) but increased it to 213-2 at the Mt. SAC Relays (April 19). Riffle snapped a 41-year-old record of 61-11.75, which was previously set by Steve Adams in 1972, at the tri-meet with California and Virginia (April 6).

Herman Washington110m Hurdles5th13.82
Ali Arastu400m Hurdles2nd49.43
Jack GreenleePole Vault3rd17-3 ft.
Cody RiffleShot Put1st61-3.5 ft.
Cody RiffleDiscus5th179-6 ft.
Ethan DennisHammer Throw1st213-2 ft.
Brad BoltonHammer Throw3rd197-8 ft.
Stephen BurkJavelin3rd197-2 ft.
Kurt ReichenbachDecathlon3rd7,107 points
 4x400m Relay3rd3:06.15

• 2013 NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING -- For the fourth consecutive season, the NCAA East and West Preliminary Rounds will be utilized to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Using a descending order list, the top-48 athletes in each event will participate in two rounds (first round and quarterfinals) during the Preliminary Round. Twelve competitors from each individual event and 12 teams from each relay event will advance from each Preliminary Championship competition to the NCAA Championships. There are no qualifying marks used during the outdoor season. This year's NCAA East Preliminary Round will be hosted by North Carolina A&T State University from May 23-25, in Greensboro, N.C.

• Fifth-year senior Bobby Aprill (Dexter, Mich./Dexter), senior Jack Greenlee (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) and junior Ali Arastu (Northville, Mich./Northville) are representing the Wolverines as tri-captains for the 2013 season. Each captain was chosen by the team and coaches to represent the different event areas -- Aprill (distance), Greenlee (field) and Arastu (sprints).

• 2012 in Review: Michigan finished ninth at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships a year ago and sent two student-athletes, as well as the 4x400-meter relay to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Recent graduate Craig Forys finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Ali Arastu placed ninth in the 400-meter hurdles and the relay finished 19th. Three members of that relay team returned this season, including Aaron TaylorMatthew Campbell and Philip Washington.

Fri-Sun., May 10-12
 -- at Big Ten Championships (Columbus, Ohio), Noon/9:30 a.m./11 a.m.
Thu-Sat., May 23-25 -- at NCAA East Preliminary Rounds (Greensboro, N.C.)

Contact: Whitney Dixon