U of M Men - Runners Wrap Competition at Vandy, Pole Vaulters at SVSU

U of M Men - Runners Wrap Competition at Vandy, Pole Vaulters at SVSU

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What You Need to Know

» The Maize and Blue set several collegiate bests and two personal records in Nashville at the Vanderbilt Invitational on Saturday.

» While the Wolverines sent sprinters and mid-distance and distance athletes to Nashville, a group of pole vaulters and one sprinter competed at SVSU.

» Most of the U-M lineup did not compete this weekend as the championship phase of the season picks up next weekend with more split-squad action at Notre Dame and Akron.


• Complete Results PDF

Site: Nashville, Tenn. (Vanderbilt Multi-purpose Facility)

Event: Vanderbilt Invitational (Day 2 of 2)

U-M Team Result: Non-scoring

Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Feb. 5-6 -- at Meyo Invitational (South Bend, Ind.) and Akron Invitational (Akron, Ohio)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team competed at the Vanderbilt Invitational on Saturday (Jan. 30) amidst a split-squad weekend. Middle-distance and distance athletes were in Nashville at Vanderbilt's Multi-purpose Facility, in addition to a group of sprinters, though it was a light travel squad as U-M continue to prepare for the nearing conference championships next month (Feb. 26-27).


Three athletes ran in the 800-meter race, led by senior Alex Moran, who placed third in the second heat and 10th overall in 1:53.56, a new PR. Freshmen Garrett McPeek and Jason Ferrante also competed, improving on early-season times.

Moran, who also ran the 1,200-meter leg of yesterday's (Friday, Jan. 29) season-debut distance medley relay (DMR), tried to capitalize on a weekend of solid competition with a good 800 performance this afternoon. Though he does not run at that distance often, he set a new PR and came away with a solid weekend.

"I didn't have too heavy of a PR to begin with, but it was a pretty solid PR on paper," said Moran. "The 800 was really, really good from a competition perspective. The first heat saw one guy (run) under 1:50, and I finished third in my heat in 1:53, so there were a lot of guy to compete with in that race."

Moran is encouraged and enthusiastic about the team's progress and unity as it closes in on the championship phase of the indoor season.

"This has been such an incredible year; every single person has his head on straight," said Moran. "Coming off the cross country season, the distance guys are so pumped, and that's translating onto the track. All the throwers and sprinters and track guys saw our success and got excited about it too.

"Training-wise it's really incredible; these have been probably some of my most fun months at Michigan just because everyone's training well and unbelievably fit while still moving forward. It's a really exciting time to be on the Michigan track team."

Freshman Matthew Plowman ran his fastest mile time in a Wolverine uniform (4:14.14) to win the third heat, shaving more than two seconds off his previous season best. Junior/sophomore Austin Benoit and sophomore/freshman Ryan Wilkie ran in the second section, their second respective mile races at the collegiate level.


Junior/sophomore Khoury Crenshaw, sophomore/freshman John Weeks and freshman Blake Washington competed in the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes. Crenshaw finished second in his heat of both events while running a season-best 22.20 in the fifth heat of the 200. Weeks set a PR in the 14th heat and Washington won the 15th.

Senior Phil Washington III joined Weeks and the freshman Washington in the 400-meter race, and the senior won the sixth section to finish fifth overall, while the freshman placed 10th.

Washington, Crenshaw, Weeks and Washington III also ran the 4x400-meter relay.

• Day 1 Results


• Complete Results

Site: University Center, Mich. (SVSU Fieldhouse)

Event: Jets Pizza Invitational (Day 2 of 2)

U-M Team Result: Non-scoring

Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Feb. 5-6 -- at Meyo Invitational (South Bend, Ind.) and Akron Invitational (Akron, Ohio)

UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. -- Pole vaulters from the University of Michigan men's track and field team were in action at an in-state meet today (Saturday, Jan. 30) hosted by the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals at SVSU Fieldhouse, and all three competing Wolverines placed among the top six. The trio was highlighted by a runner-up effort from senior Michael Hovater, who cleared 4.71 meters (15-5.50 ft.).

Freshmen Nick Burkhalter placed fifth with a season best, and Kevin Haughn was sixth, with both athletes clearing 4.56 meters (14-11.50 ft.).

Head coach Jerry Clayton knows this stage of the season will be pivotal for U-M's conference-level success and beyond.

"We are starting into the championship phase of the season, so this weekend we held out probably 80 percent of the team and gave an opportunity for some of the younger guys to step it up and see where they are at." said Clayton.

He praised the team's recent work ethic and focus in practice as the most critical phase of the season closes in.

"You can tell that they're pulling together for the good of the team in the way they're talking," said Clayton. "The biggest thing is that you see so many of our guys in there training hard, even this weekend. We really went back into some focused training all week and they all seemed to respond to it.

"We won't really know the true value of that until we step back into competition, so the guys know we have to focus in. They know that each opportunity out there brings us closer and closer to the championship phase, and that's what it's all about. That's what we are looking forward to, and that's why this weekend we had a recovery weekend for the majority of the team."

U-M has another important opportunity to evaluate its top athletes next weekend with a pair of two-day meets on the schedule for Friday and Saturday (Feb. 5-6). U-M returns to South Bend, Indiana, and to Notre Dame's Loftus Sports Center, where the team won the Notre Dame Invitational last weekend (Jan. 23), this time competing in the Meyo Invitational. Another group of field athletes will travel to the Akron Invitational, competing at the Zips' Stile Athletics Field House in Akron, Ohio.


Track Events

200-meter Dash

John Weeks -- 23.26

800-meter Run

Alex Moran -- 1:53.56

Garrett McPeek -- 1:55.53

Jason Ferrante -- 1:57.16

Mile Run

Matthew Plowman -- 4:14.14

Field Events

Pole Vault

Nick Burkhalter -- 4.56 meters (14-11.50 ft.)

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