Ferlic Wins Steeple; Mora, Bastien Runners-Up at B1G Outdoors
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What You Need to Know
» Steven Bastien broke his own decathlon record, totaling 7,636 points to earn a silver medal, finishing as the Big Ten runner-up.
» Mason Ferlic repeated his 3,000-meter steeplechase title in 8:37.67, breaking a 26-year old facility record, while Connor Mora earned a runner-up finish.
» Grant Cartwright (fifth place; discus), Kevin Haughn (pole vault) and Alasgar Mammedov (high jump) added scoring performances in field events for U-M.
» The Wolverines qualified three athletes for running event finals on Sunday: one each in the 800 and 1,500-meter runs and in the 400-meter hurdles.
» Freshmen Jordy Hewitt and Ben Hill made their postseason debuts during the 1,500-meter prelims, and their classmate Brandon Piwinski made his postseason debut in the high jump.
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Site: Lincoln, Neb. (Ed Weir Stadium)
Event: Big Ten Outdoor Championships (Day 2)
U-M Team Result: 2nd Place of 13 Teams (48.5 points) after Day 2
Next U-M Event: Sunday, May 15 -- at Big Ten Outdoor Championships - Day 3 (Lincoln, Neb.), Noon CDT
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team continued competition at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships with an outstanding second day of action on Saturday (May 14) at Nebraska's Ed Weir Stadium. Through two days of events, the Maize and Blue have totaled nearly 50 points, a two-day high in the Jerry Clayton era.
Saturday's highlights for the Wolverines included senior/junior Steven Bastien improving his program decathlon record, picking up a silver medal in the process, and fifth-year senior Mason Ferlic repeating his 3,000-meter steeplechase title with junior/sophomore Connor Mora taking a runner-up finish in the event.
In field events, Michigan scored in the high jump (two points), pole vault (two points) and hammer throw (four points) to total 48.5 points overall,
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Ferlic soloed the race in impressive fashion. He showed why he is the nation's leader in the event (8:28.77; under the Olympic standard) with a dominant performance. He built a quick lead through 800 meters, which he stretched to a lead of about 100 meters through the first mile.
"I really wanted to get out front early on and stay out of traffic," said Ferlic, "and I expected that if I went to the front guys would back off. The first few laps we were pretty quick, so I think some people just decided to let me go. I wanted to be smooth and clean and run well solo."
Junior/sophomore Connor Mora led the chase pack nearly wire to wire in what was effectively a separate race altogether from the one Ferlic was running. He collected his first conference medal and was happy to celebrate with his teammates afterward.
"It's an amazing feeling," said Mora. "It's great to live up to my potential. I wanted to fulfill some expectations today, and it was a great feeling coming across the line and hugging my teammate after his first-place finish."
Ferlic's time also breaks a 26-year-old facility record formerly held by Joe Kirby of Nebraska (8:38.95; 1990), and he will look to score again for U-M in the 5,000-meter run on Sunday afternoon (May 15).
Both athletes also gave credit to junior/sophomore Austin Benoit, who battled to return from injury and compete this weekend.
"For a guy who has been off his feet for as long as he has, he's really shown some guys who have been healthy what it's like to race strong and put your heart into it. He puts 100 percent in, and it was nice to see it pay off for him."
In the 1,500-meter trials, freshman Jordy Hewitt ran a hard race to the end and was rewarded as the first athlete to advance on time (3:47.93). In his outdoor postseason debut, advancing to the final was an important goal, and it is a noteworthy accomplishment for the Wolverine men's resident Aussie. Sophomore Brennan Munley also advanced to a mid-distance final in the 800, grabbing the ninth spot in 1:50.06.
When he resumed action today, Bastien picked up right where he left off. He recorded a wind-aided PR of 14.94 (+2.8) in the 100-meter hurdles, earning 857 points to begin the day before throwing 36.25 meters (118-11 ft.) in the javelin for another 589 points.
In the pole vault, he set a decathlon best when he cleared 4.71 meters (15-5 ft.) and then threw 51.43 meters (168-09 ft.) for 610 points. Bastien then closed his weekend with a gutsy run in the 1,500-meter race, clocking 4:37.37 for 697 points to arrive at his PR total of 7,636.
Already a two-time indoor All-American in the heptathlon, Bastien is on track for another national-caliber performance in the decathlon this outdoor season. This weekend represented his first career Big Ten decathlon event, and he now has two Big Ten medals (gold; 2016 indoors, silver; 2016 outdoors) to his name in three conference championship events.
Junior/sophomore Grant Cartwright scored for U-M in the discus, setting a monster PR on his third attempt, which measured 54.97 meters (180-4.25 feet). That throw ranks No. 5 all-time in Michigan history and earned him a fifth-place finish overall, good for four more points for the Wolverine throws group.
The new PR was a long time coming for Cartwright, who relishes the big stage.
"Any time you're in a championship meet, it's a really special feeling no matter what," said Cartwright. "Discus is something I've kind of plateaued at, and with the support of my teammates and coaching staff, I was able to put one together at the right time. All due credit to Coach Clayton and my teammates, who have been bringing me along the whole way."
Scoring early in the weekend was also a priority for Cartwright, who can now focus on his shot put performance on Sunday. He will competed in that event with his fellow discus competitor, fifth-year senior Derek Sievers.
"It's really exciting and a relief off my shoulders," said Cartwright. "Now that I've contributed this, I can relax and focus on shot and do what I've trained to do the whole year. I'm really looking forward to it, and I know Derek is too, and we're also looking forward to watching Brandon (Alfond) and Stephen (Burk) in the javelin, too, so it's just the start for the throwers this weekend."
In the 400-meter hurdle trials, freshman Taylor McLaughlin ran 51.48 to advance to Sunday's final. A 400-meter bronze medalist indoor, McLaughlin will run in his second Big Ten final as a true freshman when he toes the line tomorrow.
In the high jump, freshman Alasgar Mammedov scored in his outdoor postseason debut, clearing 2.07 meters (6-9.5 ft.) on his second attempt for a new PR. Seeded outside of scoring position, Mammedov ended up in a three-way tie for sixth place, outperforming his seed to pick up two points for the Wolverines.
Freshman Kevin Haughn competed with junior/sophomore Michael Hovater, and the rookie scored in his first postseason meet, clearing 4.96 meters (16-3.25 ft.).
Events will conclude from Lincoln on Sunday. Michigan's day begins with the shot put trials and finals beginning at 1:30 p.m., and events on the track begin with the 4x100-meter relay at 1:55 p.m.
COLLEGIATE PERSONAL BESTS
Steven Bastien -- 7,636 points
Grant Cartwright -- 54.97 meters (180-4.25 ft.)
Alasgar Mammedov -- 2.07 meters (6-9.5 ft.)
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