U of M - Wolverine Men in Fifth after Day One at Big Ten Indoors

U of M - Wolverine Men in Fifth after Day One at Big Ten Indoors

Provided by U of M

Site: Geneva, Ohio (SPIRE Institute)

Event: Big Ten Indoor Championships (Day 1)

U-M Team Result: 5th Place of 12 Teams (17 points) after Day 1

Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 28 -- at Big Ten Indoor Championships - Day 2 (Geneva, Ohio), 10 a.m.

GENEVA, Ohio -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team scored points in the shot put, distance medley relay and 3,000-meter race to hold fifth after today's (Friday, Feb. 27) first day of action at the Big Ten Championships at the SPIRE Institute.

U-M picked up points in the 3,000m race on the strength of a podium appearance from senior/junior co-captain Mason Ferlic (8:12.48), who finished third, and an eighth-place finish from fifth-year senior Morsi Rayyan (8:14.82).

In the shot put, senior/junior Derek Sievers led the charge among the four Maize and Blue athletes in the field. Sievers threw 61-4 ft. (18.69m) to find the podium by placing third, while fifth-year senior Cody Riffle's throw of 59-2.75 ft. (18.05m) earned him sixth place. Fifth-year senior Justin Gaumer finished 14th with a mark of 55-9.75 ft. (17.01m), while sophomore/freshman Grant Cartwright tossed 54-0 ft. (16.46m) to finish 17th in his conference meet debut.

The Wolverine DMR group placed eighth to score the team's final point, finishing in 9:46.96.

In day-one action of the heptathlon, junior Steven Bastien totaled 3,095 points across four events -- the 60m dash, long jump, shot put and high jump -- to leave himself in fifth place heading into tomorrow. He and freshman Charles DeJonge will wrap up the multi-events with 60m hurdles, pentathlon and 1,000m race tomorrow.

In 400m qualifying, fifth-year senior co-captain Ali Arastu won his heat (47.07) to automatically earn a spot in tomorrow's final at 1:50 p.m. His time of 8.03 in the 60m hurdles was also good enough for a spot in the final, which is scheduled one hour after his 400m final.

In the 800m race, freshman Brennan Munley and senior/junior Jeff Sattler qualified for tomorrow's 2:30 p.m. final, with Sattler pacing his heat.

In more qualifying action, sophomore/freshman Khoury Crenshaw and senior/junior Codie Nolan both crossed at 6.77 in their 60m dash trials, finishing 1-2 in their shared heat, while junior/sophomore Chris Maye won his heat at 6.78. All three have advanced to tomorrow's final, slated for 2:20 p.m.

Action at the SPIRE Institute will resume tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 28) at 10 a.m. with the men's heptathlon 60m hurdles. Both Bastien and freshman Charles DeJonge will continue to compete.


• Four different Wolverine athletes tallied five PRs in five different events on the day.

• Fifth-year senior Patrick Cochran made his season debut in the long jump, reaching a distance of 23-4 ft. (7.11m). Cochran had been battling injury throughout the indoor season before making his first appearance today.


Charles DeJonge -- Long Jump (20-11.25 ft.; 6.38m) H, High Jump (5-7.75m; 1.72m) H

Aaron Baumgarten -- Mile Run (4:11.48) (P)

Chris Maye -- 60m dash (6.78) (P)

Brennan Munley -- 800m (1:50.71) (P)

H = Heptathlon event

(P) = Prelims Time

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