U-M Closes Out Regular Season with Four Wins in Toledo
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What You Need to Know
» The Maize and Blue won four events at the Toledo Classic. Codie Nolan won the 100-meter dash, Ryan Wilkie won the 800, Colin Martin won the 5K and Kevin Haughn won the pole vault.
» U-M had one-two finishes in the 5,000-meter run and pole vault, where Michael Hovater matched Haughn's best height of 3.91 meters (16-1.25 ft.), a PR for both athletes.
» Co-captain Codie Nolan looks stronger since returning from injury last month, and ran a PR to win the 100-meter dash.
» Brad Bolton had a strong outing in the hammer on Thursday, setting a new PR and completing his first career series with each throw over 60 meters while moving up the NCAA East Region descending order list.
» Today's meet represents the regular-season finale for the Wolverines, who begin the championship phase of the season with the Big Ten Outdoor Championships next week (May 13-15) at Nebraska.
Site: Toledo, Ohio (Fetterman Stadium and University of Toledo Outdoor Track)
Event: Toledo Invitational
U-M Team Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sun., May 13-15 -- at Big Ten Outdoor Championships, Noon/9:30 a.m./Noon CDT
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Event titles in four areas helped the University of Michigan men's track and field team close the regular season with a bang at the Toledo Classic on Friday (May 6). The Wolverines put together a solid string of performances to set five personal bests while competing at the Rockets' Fetterman Stadium and running on the University of Toledo Outdoor Track.
Head coach Jerry Clayton and his staff brought athletes to Toledo looking to accomplish a few different goals.
"We wanted to fine tune some of our performances, but other athletes had missed an opportunity to compete due to graduation, so we gave them an opportunity to get back into competitive rhythm for the Big Ten meet coming up next week," said Clayton. "For others, we gave them another opportunity to break into the travel group to that meet, and we also had a few athletes coming off of illness or injury so we wanted the chance to evaluate them moving forward."
The Wolverine staff will finalize its travel roster early next week and make the trip to Nebraska on Wednesday (May 11), seeking to build off its fourth-place indoor conference finish that saw U-M two points shy of second place.
Fifth-year senior co-captain Codie Nolan looks to be in fine form as he works his way back up the comeback trail from injury during the indoor season. He won the 100-meter dash in 10.65 seconds, improving his personal best for the second time in as many meets. His classmate Phil Washington III had a solid runner-up finish in the 400, timing 47.78.
The Maize and Blue supplied in the field in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, with junior/sophomore Austin Benoit working back from an injury to make his outdoor debut in today's race. He won in 9:04.99, about seven seconds off his PR, while freshman Ben Hill ran 9:21.92 in his first collegiate steeple.
The time places Benoit right near the top-48 cutoff line for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds (May 26-28), and Clayton thought it was a standout performance for his first one back from injury in a difficult race to run with just two athletes competing.
"I give Austin a lot of credit," said Clayton. "That was a heck of a race from him and Ben, just the two of them running. It was nice to see Austin back on track, and he had an outstanding performance."
Sophomore Ryan Wilkie set a new PR in winning the 800-meter run, besting the field by more than 0.4 seconds to finish in 1:52.18.
Michigan was represented in the 5,000-meter race as well, with sophomores/freshmen Colin Martin and Kyle Kroon working together to fend off the other six athletes and cross the line one-two for U-M. Martin ran 15:16.89 for the win.
Sophomore/freshman Kevin Haughn and sophomore Michael Hovater earned a one-two finish of their own in the pole vault, pushing each other to lifetime bests and breaking 16 meters for the first time. The duo cleared 4.91 meters (16-1.25 ft.), with Haughn needing just one attempt to come over the bar.
During Thursday's (May 5) hammer throw, fifth-year senior Brad Bolton had his first career series with every throw more than 60 meters, landing all five attempts beyond that mark. Three of Bolton's throws passed the 61.75-meter mark (202-7 ft.) and his best throw landed 62.23 meters (204-02 ft.) to earn him a third-place finish and improve his No. 4-ranked mark on U-M's all-time performance list.
The throw also moves him up a few places on the descending order list for the regional meet. Clayton explained that the depth of throwing talent in the east is a difficult thing to overcome.
"Brad had a good performance," said Clayton, "His performance was a personal best, which is always good, and it moved him up a little bit. It's almost unbelievable that in the east his throw ranks 46th, but if you put that mark in the west it ranks top 25. The east is just so much tougher as a region in those areas, but it is what it is."
Bolton sits 46th on the descending order list in the east and would be 22nd in the west region. The good news for the Lake Forest, California, native is that he is throwing his best at the right juncture of the season.
His classmate Brandon Alfond finished second in the javelin, measuring his first attempt at 54.78 meters (179-09 ft.) for his best mark in the last three meets.
Volunteer assistant coach Stephen Saenz threw in the shot put, and in the 6K shot, unattached freshman Andrew Liskowitz threw 18.52 meters (60-09.25 ft.), improving the mark that qualified him for the U.S. Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships
U-M is now ready for the championship phase of the season, with the Big Ten Outdoor Championships next on the schedule (May 13-15). The University of Nebraska is hosting this year's championships.
COLLEGIATE PERSONAL BESTS
Codie Nolan -- 10.65
Ryan Wilkie -- 1:52.18
Brad Bolton -- 62.23 meters (204-2 ft.)
Kevin Haughn, Michael Hovater -- 4.91 meters (16-1.25 ft.)
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