U of M Men - Throwers, Chapman's Title Propel U-M at GVSU Holiday Open

U of M Men - Throwers, Chapman's Title Propel U-M at GVSU Holiday Open

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What You Need to Know

» U-M captured an event title in the 600-meter run (Nate Chapman).

» Several Wolverines made their debut appearances in-uniform: transfer senior Jonny Phillips, sophomore/freshman Joseph Ellis and freshman Nicholas Burkhalter and U-M set five personal-bests.

» U-M will return to Allendale, Michigan, next month for the GVSU Bob Eubanks Open (Jan. 15, 2016).

• Complete Results

Site: Allendale, Mich. (Kelly Family Turf Building)

Meet: GVSU Holiday Open

U-M Team Finish: 7th Place of 21 Teams (38 points)

Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 9 -- at Doug Raymond Invitational (Kent, Ohio)

ALLENDALE, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team opened its 2015-16 season with a limited lineup at GVSU's Holiday Open on Friday (Dec. 4) at Kelly Family Turf Building. The Wolverines were led by a strong performance from the throws group and senior Nate Chapman's 600-meter title as the meet provided an opportunity for U-M to measure some of its middle-distance and distance athletes, in addition to several field events.

Chapman collected the win with a time of 1:19.62, besting the field by more than two full seconds. The time was a personal best for the Auburn Hills, Michigan, native, and his victory highlighted a weekend used by U-M for an early evaluation heading into the heavy schedule of middle January.

In the weight throw, all three Wolverines set personal bests, led by a fifth-place U-M debut from behind sophomore/freshman Joseph Ellis, who threw 19.89 meters (65-3.25 ft.). Junior/sophomore Grant Cartwright's best mark measured at 18.35 meters (60-2.50 ft.) for ninth place, and fifth-year senior Derek Sievers earned 13th place with a throw of 17.29 meters (56-8.75 ft.).

U-M boasted a three-four finish in the shot put, led by Sievers, who opened up the season with a throw of 18.09 meters (59-04.25 ft.). Cartwright took fourth, throwing 17.54 meters (57-06.5 ft.) and set a new indoor collegiate best.

Senior/junior Tony Smoragiewicz was runner-up in the 5,000-meter race, running 14:15.21, but he was not the only Wolverine in the top 10. Fifth-year senior Jonny Phillips made his Wolverine debut after competing at Cornell University prior to this season, placing eighth this afternoon in 14:27.31.

Senior Joshua Nance took fifth place in the 400-meter race at 49.24, while sophomore John Weeks placed 13th in 51.10. Weeks also placed 13th in the 200-meter race at 23.46.

In the long jump, sophomore/freshman Ben Hester jumped 6.25 meters (20-6.25 ft.) and finished in 13th place.

Freshman pole vaulter Nicholas Burkhalter cleared 4.40 meters (14-5.25 ft.) in his U-M debut for 14th. Kevin Haughn placed 13th after clearing 4.55 meters (14-11 ft.).

After a short break surrounding the holidays, the Wolverines return to action on Jan. 9 in Kent, Ohio, with the Doug Raymond Invitational hosted by Kent State University.


600 meters

Nate Chapman -- 1:19.62

Shot Put

Grant Cartwright -- 17.54-meters (57-06.5 ft.)

Weight Throw

Joseph Ellis -- 19.89-meters (65-3.25 ft.)

Grant Cartwright -- 18.35-meters (60-2.5 ft.)

Derek Sievers -- 17.29-meters (56-8.75 ft.)

Team Standings

1. Eastern Michigan 133

2. Loyola (Ill.) 80

3. Lewis 70

4. Grand Valley St. 68

5. Michigan State 46

6. South Florida 41


8. Cardinal Stritch 27

9. Queens (N.C.) 16

10. Cornerstone 11

11. Wis.-Parkside 9

Mark Hiben All-American Club 9

13. Cardinal Vault Club 8

14. St. Francis (Ill.) 6

Aurora 6

16. Valparaiso 5

Davenport 5

Hope 5

19. St. Xavier 4

West Texas A&M 4

21. VfL Sindelfingen 1

Communications Contact: Chad Shepard