U of M Men - Wolverines PR in Five Events to Close Bobcat Classic
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What You Need to Know
» Saturday marks the end of Texas State's Bobcat Classic, but U-M will also have athletes at Stanford's Payton Jordan Invitational on Sunday, annually an elite middle-distance and distance meet during the outdoor season.
» Joe Ellis was the top collegian in the hammer throw, landing his fifth throw at 66.06 meters (216-8.75 ft.) for a new personal best to improve his No. 2 all-time mark in U-M history.
» Taylor McLaughlin (400-meter hurdles), Steven Bastien (long jump) and Alasgar Mammedov (high jump) also set personal-bests for the Wolverines.
• Complete Results
Site: San Marco, Texas. (Texas State University Track and Field Stadium and Bobcat Field)
Event: Bobcat Classic (Day 2)
U-M Team Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Sunday, May 1 -- at Payton Jordan Invitational (Palo Alto, Calif.), 11 a.m. PDT
SAN MARCO, Texas. -- In a strong group effort, University of Michigan men's track and field team wrapped up events at Texas State's Bobcat Invitational, with athletes setting or matching personal bests in five of seven events competed on Saturday (April 30): the hammer throw, high jump, long jump, triple jump and the 400-meter hurdles.
Sophomore/freshman Joe Ellis had U-M's top performance of the day, setting yet another personal best in the hammer throw. Ellis, who owns the No. 21 throw in the nation as of this weekend, continues to throw better and better marks deeper into the season as the Big Ten Outdoor Championships loom in two weekends' time (May 13-15).
Throwing against athletes from across the state of Texas as well as 2012 French Olympian Jerome Bortoluzzi, Ellis opened up at 65.81 meters (215-11 ft.), just .02 meters (one-quarter inch) shy of his personal-best throw entering the day.
In the final, Ellis landed 66.06 meters (216-8.75 ft.) on his second attempt to break that barrier and improve the No. 2 all-time mark in U-M history. He out-launched the field by more than 3.35 meters to finish as the top collegian.
Junior/sophomore co-captain Grant Cartwright led a two-three shot put finish with fifth-year senior Derek Sievers. Cartwright's final throw of his first sequence was his best, measuring 18.02 meters (59-1.50 ft.), just 1-4.5 ft. off his personal-best.
Sievers' top throw came on his final attempt, checking in at 17.59 meters (57-8.5 ft.).
Freshman Taylor McLaughlin improved his season-best 400-meter hurdles race, running 51.00 flat to trim .14 seconds off his time from the Mt. SAC Relays two weekends ago (April 15). Overall, McLaughlin has shaved off 1.11 seconds from his event debut earlier at the Battle of the Blues meet (April 2) in just a few races.
In the long jump, senior/junior Steven Bastien set a new PR and earned a runner-up finish. Bastien opened up at 7.28 meters and 7.37 meters, then countered a few fouled attempts before landing his final jump at a new personal-best 7.51 meters (24-7.75 ft.).
Sophomore Kevin Stephens Jr. matched his PR in the triple jump, landing at 15.10 meters (49-6.5 ft.) on his first attempt. Stephens fouled twice to open the final as he pushed for bigger marks but could not surpass his first jump, placing fifth overall as the fourth collegian in the field.
A pair of freshmen high jumpers also set PRs, with Alasgar Mammedov placing third to set a lifetime-best easily on his first attempt. Mammedov cleared 2.05 meters (6-8.75 ft.), improving on his previous season-best height of 2.03 meters, set earlier this month at the Battle of the Blues (April 2).
Brandon Piwinski took sixth place, jumping 2.00 meters (6-6.75 ft.).
U-M will also be represented with athletes at Stanford's Payton Jordan Invitational on Sunday (May 1).
COLLEGIATE PERSONAL BESTS
Taylor McLaughlin -- 51.00
Joe Ellis -- 66.06 meters (216-8.75 ft.)
Steven Bastien -- 7.51 meters (24-7.75 ft.)
Alasgar Mammedov -- 2.05 meters (6-8.75 ft.)
Kevin Stephens Jr. -- 15.10 meters (49-6.5 ft.)
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