U of M Men - Shot Putters Make History as B1G Triumphs over Pac 12

U of M Men - Shot Putters Make History as B1G Triumphs over Pac 12

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Site: Joe Selleh Track (Tempe, Ariz.)

Event: Pac 12 vs. Big Ten Challenge (Day 2)

U-M Team Result: 6th Place of 6 Teams (48.50 points)

Next U-M Event: Friday, April 3 -- at Stanford Invitational (Palo Alto, Calif.), 9 a.m. PDT

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team closed the weekend with 48.50 points today (Saturday, March 28) at the Pac 12 vs. Big Ten Challenge, helping the Big Ten to a 363.5-356.7 victory in the head-to-head conference matchup hosted by Arizona State University at Joe Selleh Track.

The mark of the weekend came from fifth-year senior co-captain Cody Riffle, who threw 61-7.25 ft. (18.78m), one foot shy of his personal best and third farthest in U-M history, to claim fourth in the shot put.

Sophomore/freshman Grant Cartwright and fifth-year senior Justin Gaumer also earned top-10 finishes, placing eighth and ninth, respectively. Cartwright's throw of 57-0.25 ft. (17.38m) earns him the 10th-best outdoor mark in U-M history.

Elsewhere in the field, senior/junior Brandon Alfond made his Wolverine debut in the javelin, throwing 188-7.25 ft. (57.49m) to place fifth. That mark was also good for 10th best in U-M history.

The Maize and Blue went 6-8-9-12 in the 800-meter race, led by a collegiate best from junior/sophomore Nate Chapman (1:52.07). Senior/junior Ben Reed (1:52.20) took eighth, and senior/sophomore Scott Dvorak (1:53.18) was the final top-10 Wolverine finisher, crossing ninth.

Junior Tony Smoragiewicz placed fourth in the 5,000m run, setting a 19-second PR in the process.

With the outdoor season now in full swing, the Maize and Blue will travel a group of distance runners to the Stanford Invitational next Friday (April 3) in Palo Alto, California, with the majority of the team going north to Berkeley, California, to compete in the Cal/Virginia Tri Meet to close out the weekend (Saturday, April 4).


• The Pac 12 representatives (UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State) took second, third and fourth in the team standings, but it was the Big Ten which won the conference scoring battle, 363.5-356.7.

• The Maize and Blue scored points in 10 events in addition to one relay.

• U-M boasted top-five finishes in seven events overall, not including relays. Three Wolverines set personal-best marks or times, while more than a dozen athletes made their outdoor U-M debuts to set new collegiate-best standards.

• A trio of Wolverines cracked the all-time performance lists this weekend: Cody Riffle (third) and Grant Cartwright (10th) in the shot put and Brandon Alfond (10th) in the javelin.

• Brandon Alfond made his Wolverine debut competing in the javelin throw, while Jarred Bratley made his in the 5,000m run. For Austin Benoit, Billy Bund, Grant Cartwright, Ben Flanagan, Benjamin Hester, Michael Hovater, Connor Mora, Brennan Munley, Kevin Stephens Jr., John Spooney and Ryan Wilkie, the weekend represented their first outdoor action in Maize and Blue.

Personal Records

Joshua Nance -- 50.00 (400m)

Ben Reed -- 1:52.20 (800m)

Tony Smoragiewicz -- 14:30.54 (5,000m)

• Day 1 Results

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