U-M Men Wrap West-Coast Trip at Beach Invite
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What You Need to Know
» After competing Friday at Mt. SAC Relays in nearby Norwalk, California, the Maize and Blue traveled about 15 miles northeast across California to compete at Long Beach State on Saturday.
» The weekend double produced the feel of the Big Ten meet for a number of Wolverines, who totaled 12 PRs across five events in those two meets.
» With final exams around the corner, U-M will send a smaller group of athletes to Columbus, Ohio, next weekend for OSU's Jesse Owens Classic.
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Site: Long Beach, Calif. (Jack Rose Track)
Event: Long Beach Invitational (Day 2 of 2)
U-M Team Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., April 22-23 -- at Jesse Owens Classic (Columbus, Ohio), 2 p.m./10 a.m.
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team wrapped up competition at the Jack Rose Track during Saturday's (April 16) final day of action at the Long Beach Invitational. The conclusion of the meet marked the end of a weekend on the Golden Coast for U-M, as the Wolverines also competed at the Mt. SAC Relays on Friday (April 15).
Head coach Jerry Clayton and his staff found a lot of value in this weekend's trip out west. In addition to a number of personal bests and wins, the Wolverines saw some of the fiercest competition on the track they will see all spring until the championship phase. With Mt. SAC Relays annually producing a large portion of NCAA qualifying field, it was important that the Maize and Blue take advantage of the opportunities this weekend to have a good showing.
U-M did just that, with many athletes returning to competition on Saturday at the Jack Rose Track in Long Beach, looking for a conference meet feel one month out from the Big Ten Championships (May 13-15).
"This weekend, being able to double many of our athletes will set the stage and give them a little bit of a feel of what it's like in the Big Ten Championships when you're going through the qualifying rounds," said Clayton.
"We accomplished what we wanted to accomplish," said Clayton, "and that's a credit to the athletes for being prepared not just physically but mentally. Some people can be overwhelmed in that type of competition, but I feel that our people really went out there and accomplished what they needed to do and what we were looking for, as well as themselves individually, with many achieving personal-bests."
In an early-morning race on Friday (April 15) that kickstarted U-M's weekend in Long Beach, the 5,000-meter run, a pair of Wolverines ran to a one-two finish with fifth-year senior August Pappas taking the win in 14:40.33 and senior/junior Jarred Bratley taking the runner-up spot in 14:41.29.
For Bratley, it marked his first collegiate 10K, while Pappas earned a strong victory in his first 10K of the season.
Senior/junior Alex Moran led four athletes in the 1,500-meter run to begin Saturday's events. He won his heat in 3:51.36, about three seconds slower than his PR time yesterday (3:48.49). Freshmen Jordy Hewitt and Ben Hill , who had a 2-4 finish on Friday with Moran in 5th, also ran on Saturday in Long Beach along with sophomore Ryan Wilkie.
After running the No. 9 time in U-M history (1:48.58) on Friday at Mt. SAC, sophomore Brennan Munley finished fifth on Saturday. Munley was third in his heat at 800 meters and ran 1:49.86. Senior Nate Chapman also competed, and freshman Matthew Plowman set a PR in the eighth heat (1:53.49).
Fifth-year senior Phil Washington III finished 13th overall at 200 meters, runner-up in his heat. Washington ran 21.78 and also won his heat in the 400-meter dash.
Senior Chris Maye earned a top-10 finish in the 100-meter dash, winning the fourth heat in 10.71 after setting a PR of 10.61 yesterday at Mt. SAC Relays. His time was good for ninth overall.
U-M travels to Columbus, Ohio, next weekend for the two-day Jesse Owens Invitational (April 22-23), but it will be a small group that will make the trip because of Michigan's final exam schedule, which coincides with the competition.
"We're only going to take athletes who will be done with their finals before that weekend, along with some who won't have finals until the back end of the schedule," said Clayton. "We're being selective with that group because we've got to keep focused, but the true focus is on the academics through finals."
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Matthew Plowman -- 1:53.49
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