U of M Men - Crenshaw, McLaughlin Lead the Way as U-M Impresses at Texas

U of M Men - Crenshaw, McLaughlin Lead the Way as U-M Impresses at Texas

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» Khoury Crenshaw ran 10.38 to finish third at 100 meters, moving up to No. 5 on the all-time Michigan performers list.

» Taylor McLaughlin cracked the 51-second barrier in the 400-meter hurdles a month earlier than during a 2016 season that ended in All-America honors and a World Junior silver medal.

» Andrew Liskowitz was the top field-event performer with a third-place finish in the shot put.

Site: Austin, Texas (Mike A. Myers Stadium)

Event: Texas Invitational (Day 2)

Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., April 21-22 -- at Jesse Owens Classic (Columbus, Ohio), 2 p.m./10 a.m.

AUSTIN, Texas -- Led by a blistering performance from sprinter Khoury Crenshaw and a win by Taylor McLaughlin, the University of Michigan men's track and field team closed out a busy week of competition across the country in style with a strong final day at the Texas Invitational on Saturday (April 15) at Mike A. Myers Stadium.

Crenshaw blazed to a new career-best 10.38 (+0.9m/s wind) in the 100 meters, burning .15 of a second off his fastest time to become one of just five Wolverine men who have run faster than 10.40. He checked in at No. 5 on the all-time Michigan performers list in the event, under all conditions.

Not only did Crenshaw torch his own personal record at 100 meters, he did so in a third-place overall finish in the event -- even topping last year's third-place NCAA Championships finisher Senoj-Jay Givans of Texas by .02 of a second.

As of publication, only 22 men in the nation have run faster this year under wind-legal conditions (+2.0m/s wind or less).

McLaughlin ran 50.86 to claim the 400-meter hurdles title by nearly two seconds over runner-up Kirema Macharia of Texas, dipping beneath the 51-second barrier for the first time this season. A year ago, it was not until he ran 49.80 to win the Big Ten title in mid-May that he crossed that threshold en route to a fifth-place NCAA finish and an IAAF World Junior silver medal.

Only 13 other men in the country this year have run faster as of this publication.

Roland Amarteifio ran a career-best 54.48 in the second heat. He and Crenshaw paired up earlier in the day with Stephen Hagen and Desmond Nicholas -- who ran windy 10.90 and 10.82 times at 100 meters -- for the eighth-place 4x100 relay team in 41.18.

Andrew Liskowitz led the way in the field, finishing third overall in the shot put with a mark of 17.85m (58-6.75). Three times he threw farther than 17.50m. He also checked in at 11th place in the discus with a career-best 48.49m (159-1) mark on his second of three throws.

Following up on a career-best day in the hammer throw on Friday (April 14), Grant Cartwright posted a solid fourth-place finish in the discus with a mark of 51.99m (170-7) on his second attempt. Twice more he was over 51 meters on the day.

In the high jump, Max Wagner cleared a career-best 2.02m (6-7.5) on his third-and-final try at the height to finish 10th overall. It marks the freshman's first time over two meters in a Michigan uniform.

At 400 meters, Desmond Melson was just off his collegiate 400-meter career best in 48.99, good for fourth in his heat. Blake Washington was seventh in his heat.

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