U of M Men - Bastien Sets Indoor Program Record in Heptathlon

U of M Men - Bastien Sets Indoor Program Record in Heptathlon

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Site: South Bend, Ind. (Loftus Center); Akron, Ohio (Stile Field House)

Event: Notre Dame Meyo Invitational; Akron Invitational (Day 2)

U-M Team Result: No team scoring

Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 13 -- at Iowa State Classic (Ames, Iowa), 11 a.m. CST [ Meet Information ]

The University of Michigan men's track and field team was represented by student-athletes at two different meets today (Saturday, Feb. 7), with the majority of the team competing the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational and select members participating in the Akron Invitational. Between the two events, U-M set 17 personal-best marks across 10 different events.

Notre Dame Meyo Invitational

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- In his first 400-meter race since 2013, fifth-year senior Ali Arastu took third place -- and was the top collegiate finisher -- recording a new PR (46.53) in the process. That mark will likely qualify Arastu for the NCAA Championships (March 13-14) in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

In the Meyo Mile, senior/junior Mason Ferlic finished eighth, shaving more than nine seconds off his PR with a 4:03.24. Junior/sophomore George Kelly finished 11th, taking more than a dozen seconds off his PR to run 4:05.02.

Fifth-year senior Morsi Rayyan led a group of six Wolverines in the 3,000m race, finishing in third place at 8:02.38. Sophomore/freshman Austin Benoit (8:24.63; 19th) recorded a PR at the 3K distance, while sophomores/freshmen Ben Flanagan and Connor Mora each made their 3,000m debut. For Flanagan, it was his first time competing in a Wolverine uniform.

Akron Invitational

AKRON, Ohio. -- In his heptathlon debut, transfer junior Steven Bastien set the indoor program record in with his 5,576 point total. Bastien set PRs in three of four events Friday (shot put, high jump, long jump) and added PRs in the 60m hurdles (8.52 seconds) and pole vault (14-9 ft.; 4.5m) during today's action. The Saline High School graduate shattered the seven-year-old program record by more than 50 points.

Senior Ben Reed won the 800m race in 1:54.56, while sophomore George Reich took fifth when he crossed the line at 1:57.52.

Sophomore/freshman Kevin Stephens Jr. placed fourth in the high jump (6-6.75 ft.; 2.00m) and fifth in the triple jump (46-3.50 ft.; 14.11m). U-M also went two-four in the shot put final on the strength of a runner-up showing from fifth-year senior Justin Gaumer (56-2.5 ft.; 17.13m) and a fourth-place finish for sophomore/freshman Grant Cartwright, who set a PR with his throw of (55-5 ft.; 16.89m).


Steven Bastien -- Heptathlon (5,576 points); 60m hurdles (8.52 seconds) H;

Charles DeJonge -- 60m dash (8.78 seconds) H

Mason Ferlic -- Mile (4:03.24)

George Kelly -- Mile (4:05.02)

Austin Benoit -- 3,000m (8:24.63)

Brennan Munley -- 800m (1:51.20)

Scott Dvorak -- 800m (1:52.32)

H = Heptathlon


• Three Wolverines represented U-M in their first heptathlons this weekend in Akron. Steven Bastien broke the indoor program record with his runner-up finish, scoring 5,576 points to supplant Frank Shotwell's mark of 5,526 points set in 2008. He finished no worse than seventh in any single event, placing top-three in five of seven events and winning the 60m dash.

• Charles DeJonge and Austin Brenner finished 11th and 13th, respectively, as the other two Wolverines competing in a heptathlon for the first time in their collegiate careers..

• Between the two meets U-M athletes competed in this weekend, the Maize and Blue tallied 10 total top-three performances (counting heptathlon events). The Akron Invitational yielded a pair of event wins, a trio of PRs and nine top-three showings overall, while the Meyo Invitational produced a third title, nine additional personal-best marks and a 10th top-three performance.

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