U-M Men Use 19 Top-Three Efforts to Down MSU in Dual
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Site: Allendale, Mich. (Kelly Family Sports Center)
Score: Michigan 85, #25 Michigan State 76
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Feb. 6-7 -- at Akron Invitational (Akron, Ohio); at Notre Dame Meyo Invitational (South Bend, Ind.), 4 p.m./10 a.m.
ALLENDALE, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team was victorious in its first scored meet of the 2015 season today (Saturday, Jan. 31), besting No. 25-ranked Michigan State in the second head-to-head meet between the two programs in the past three seasons. The Wolverines claimed eight titles among 19 top-three performances on the day, with 13 athletes setting personal-best marks in 11 different events inside the Kelly Family Sports Center.
Sophomore/freshman Khoury Crenshaw won the 60-meter dash as well as the 200m race, finishing those events in 6.75 seconds and 21.60 seconds, respectively, to record a pair of collegiate bests. Crenshaw's time in the 60 also matches teammate John Spooney's time set at the season-opening EMU Triangular (Jan. 9), leaving the pair tied for fifth fastest in U-M indoor history in the event.
Sophomore Joshua Nance claimed the 400m title, crossing the line at 48.46 seconds, while senior Jeff Sattler won the 800m race for the second consecutive meet, finishing in a collegiate-best 1:50.96. The Byron City, Michigan, native was the leader in a one-two finish for U-M in the event, as freshman Brennan Munley set his own personal-best mark with his time of 1:51.85.
U-M claimed another pair of distance event wins when senior/junior Mason Ferlic won the mile run in a collegiate-best time of 4:05.72, and junior/sophomore George Kelly won the 3,000m race -- his first-ever collegiate attempt at that distance -- in 8:07.91.
Junior Steven Bastien won the long jump title, jumping 23-7.5 ft. (7.20m) to claim the win, and finished third in the 60m hurdles (8.53 seconds). A multi-events athlete, Bastien has now competed in long jump, high jump, pole vault and sprinting events in his short time in Maize and Blue. He is expected to compete in his first heptathlon at Akron next weekend.
Junior Derek Sievers and senior Cody Riffle went two-three in the shot put with throws of 61-1.5 ft. (18.63m) and 60-8 ft. (18.49m), respectively. For Riffle, the mark was a season best as he regains his All-America (2013) form after sitting out the 2014 season with an injury. U-M's other field event win came from junior Stephen Sykes, who claimed the high jump title by clearing 6-8 ft. (2.03m).
The Maize and Blue is back in action next weekend with a split squad. A group of Wolverines will head to South Bend, Indiana, for Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational, while others will travel to Akron, Ohio, for the Akron Invitational. Both meets are two-day events (Fri-Sat., Feb. 6-7).
Steven Bastien -- Long Jump (23-7.5 ft.; 7.20m); 60m hurdles (8.53 seconds)
Austin Brenner -- Triple Jump (35-7.25 ft.; 10.85m)
Kevin Stephens Jr. -- Triple Jump (47-8 ft.; 14.53m)
Justin Gaumer -- Weight Throw (54-4.75 ft.; 16.58m)
Grant Cartwright -- Weight Throw (49-1.50 ft.; 14.97m)
Khoury Crenshaw -- 60m dash (6.75 seconds); 200m (21.60 seconds)
Codie Nolan -- 200m (21.81 seconds)
Joshua Nance -- 400m (48.46)
Scott Dvorak -- 600m (1:21.00)
Jeff Sattler -- 800m -- (1:50.96)
Brennan Munley -- 800m (1:51.85)
Mason Ferlic -- Mile Run (4:05.72)
George Kelly -- 3,000m (8:07.91)
N O T E S
• Thirty-two student-athletes competed for the Maize and Blue at Grand Valley State University. U-M won eight event titles with 19 top-three showings overall.
• Thirteen different Wolverines recorded personal bests in 11 different events during the dual meet.
• Today's dual meet means that the Wolverines have faced off with Michigan State twice in the last three seasons, with U-M winning both matchups. Prior to the teams meeting in 2013, the most-recent head-to-head meeting between these two programs came in 1982. U-M and MSU have competed against one another three times since 1982 as part of triangular meets in 1994, '95 and '99.
• Michigan now owns a 29-2-1 all-time record against the Spartans, including a 21-2-1 mark in true dual meets.
• Sprinters Khoury Crenshaw and John Spooney now share the fifth-fastest time in U-M indoor history in the 60m dash (6.75 seconds). Crenshaw posted his collegiate-best time in today's meet, while Spooney's came at the season-opening EMU Triangular (Jan. 9). Both athletes won the event with that mark.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Jerry Clayton
On how his team fared in head-to-head competition ... "It is always fun to come here and have a meet like this, and when you come away with a victory that is always a plus. I really want to thank Michigan State. They have a really good team, and they pushed us all the way; this was fun, and my hat goes off to their team and their staff as well. Today was a good step -- you can put anything you want on paper; it means nothing. What matters is head-to-head competition. That's what this meet was about, and that is the way these meets are as we move forward into the championship phase of the season. It is about beating people head-to-head and placing. It is not just about the performance -- the height, the distance, those types of things. That is something we are trying to get our guys to understand: you have to learn to compete in this sport. Sometimes we have gotten lost in that we are basing our performances off of a qualifying mark. In actuality, championship meets -- and that includes Big Ten and NCAA meets, indoors and outdoors -- it's about place. That's what today was about, and we have to learn to continue to compete that way. I thought we did a great job of that today."
On performances that caught his eye today ... "I hate to single out individual performances because there were a lot of them. This situation is about the team, and we had so many people step up today. We had events where we needed guys to come through, and we had others where we ended up on the better end of that situation, and that is how we came out on top. There were too many good performances to single out one in particular; the focus should remain on what the team was able to accomplish today."
On enjoying the win today but also putting it behind them quickly ... "We have a lot of work ahead of us. We have goals for the Big Ten meet that are going to be challenging. We have to come back, continue to work hard and make it through next weekend and the weekend after. That is where we will really sort out where we are at and line ourselves up for Big Tens."
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