U of M Men - Personal Bests Close Out Jesse Owens Classic

U of M Men - Personal Bests Close Out Jesse Owens Classic

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What You Need to Know

» With final exams this week and next, the Maize and Blue had lighter representation this weekend and will send a large contingent of athletes to four meets next week as the spring term concludes.

» A pair of Wolverines set PRs in the 800, with Nate Chapman taking third and Ryan Wilkie winning his heat to place ninth overall.

» Joe Ellis continues to improve his No. 2 all-time hammer throw mark, checking in at 65.82 meters (215-11.25 ft.) this weekend to finish as the second collegian behind the owner of the No. 3 mark in the NCAA.

» U-M also matched or set new personal-best performances in the high jump and pole vault.

Site: Columbus, Ohio (Jesse Owens Stadium)

Event: Jesse Owens Classic (Day 2 of 2)

U-M Team Result: Non-scoring.

Next U-M Event: Thu-Sat., April 28-30 -- at Penn Relays, Hillsdale Gina Relays; Fri-Sat., April 29-30 -- at Bobcat Classic; Sunday, May 1 -- at Payton Jordan Invitational

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team wrapped up events at Ohio State's Jesse Owens Classic with a full slate of events on Saturday (April 23) at Jesse Owens Stadium. The Maize and Blue competed athletes in nine events over two days and recorded personal bests in the 800-meter run, hammer throw and high jump today.


Sophomore/freshman Joe Ellis furthered his PR with his first attempt of the finals at 65.82 meters (215-11.25 ft.). Ellis finished third overall but was the second collegian behind Youngstown State senior Connor Neu, owner of the No. 3 mark in the nation. Fifth-year senior Brad Bolton also competed and placed eighth.


Both competing Wolverines set PRs at 800 meters, led by senior/junior Nate Chapman, who was runner-up in the first heat of the 800-meter run. His time of 1:50.20 was good for third overall, and sophomore Ryan Wilkie shaved more than 1.6 seconds off his outdoor PR to win the third heat in 1:52.64.


Freshman Brandon Piwinski continued to improve his top mark in the high jump, coming in over 2.03 meters (6-8 ft.) to finish seventh overall with only seniors and juniors above him.


Sophomore Michael Hovater was the runner-up finisher, one of three athletes whose day ended after clearing 4.80 meters (15-9 ft.). That matches Hovater's career best set earlier this season.

The Maize and Blue will send athletes to four different locations next week, with athletes competing at the Penn Relays (Philadelphia, Pa.), Hillsdale Gina Relays (Hillsdale, Mich.), Bobcat Classic (San Marco, Texas) and Payton Jordan Invitational (Stanford, Calif.).


Track Events

800 meters

Nate Chapman -- 1:50.20

Ryan Wilkie -- 1:52.64

Field Events

Hammer Throw

Joe Ellis -- 65.82 meters (215-11.25 ft.)

Pole Vault

Michael Hovater -- 4.80 meters (15-9 ft.)*

* = Ties PR

-- Michigan Track&Field (@umichtrack) April 23, 2016

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