U-M Men Help Big Ten to Title at Pac-12 vs. B1G Challenge
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» Taylor McLaughlin took third in his season debut in the 400-meter hurdles.
» Connor Mora led three U-M scorers at 1,500 meters.
» All-Americans Grant Cartwright, Joe Ellis and Ned Willig will be added back into the mix for next weekend's Battle of the Blues at Duke.
Site: Tempe, Ariz. (Sun Angel Stadium)
Event: Pac-12 vs. Big Ten Challenge (Day 2)
U-M Team Result: 8th Place of 8 Teams (47.5 points)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 1 -- at Battle of the Blues (Durham, N.C.), 11:30 a.m.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team was solid in wrapping up its 2017 outdoor debut Saturday (March 25) as it helped the Big Ten to a victory over the Pac-12 on the final day of the Pac-12 vs. Big Ten Challenge at Sun Angel Stadium.
Led by third-place 400-meter hurdler Taylor McLaughlin, the Wolverines helped the Big Ten -- along with Nebraska, Penn State and Indiana -- to 393 points to score a victory over the Pac-12 delegation -- UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona and California -- and its 337.
The top eight athletes in each event earned points for their conference team, with 10 going to the winner's conference, on down through one point for eighth place (10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring system).
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Coach Clayton shares his thoughts on the men's solid season opener at the #Pac12BigTenChallenge.
11:55 PM - 25 Mar 2017
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McLaughlin posted the best finish for Michigan on Saturday, finishing third in his 2017 outdoor debut in his signature 400-meter hurdles event. The reigning IAAF World Junior Championships silver medalist from a summer ago ran 51.48 to kick of his spring season.
The Wolverines found the most success at 1,500 meters. Connor Mora was fifth overall in 3:49.95, leading a 5-6-8 finish with Ben Hill in 3:50.67 and the Michigan debut of Anthony Berry in 3:51.16. Hill led at the bell lap with 400 meters to go and held on for his three points.
Also making his Michigan outdoor debut after two years on the indoor circuit was U-M running back Drake Johnson, who finished fifth in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.56 (-0.6m/s wind). Freshman Roland Amarteifio opened his inaugural outdoor season with a ninth-place finish in 14.90 (0.0m/s).
The relay team of Alex Schwedt, McLaughlin, Desmond Melson and Blake Washington took fifth in the 4x400 in 3:16.15.
Melson was 13th at 400 meters in 48.76 as the Wolverines' top finisher in the event.
Desmond Nicholas established a new collegiate best over 100 meters in his outdoor debut, finishing seventh for two points in 10.86 (0.0m/s).
Coming off a fifth-place finish at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in his signature triple jump event, Kevin Stephens Jr. posted a seventh-place finish in his outdoor opener with a mark of 14.56m (47-9) on his last attempt -- enough by one centimeter to move up from eighth.
Alex Klemm earned half a point in the high jump with an eighth-place tie in his inaugural Michigan outdoor performance, clearing 2.00m (6-6.5) on his second attempt.
Stepping down from his typical longer distance events, Aaron Baumgarten was 11th at 800 meters.
Andrew Liskowitz kicked off the day with a 19th-place finish in his first collegiate discus competition, tossing 45.69m (149-10.75) on his second of three attempts. The mark was an improvement on his opening mark of 45.27m (148-6.25), giving him a sixth-place finish in his flight.
He also finished 14th in the shot put at 16.43m (53-10.75).
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