U of M - Men's Distance Squad Posts Strong Opener at Mt. SAC Relays

U of M - Men's Distance Squad Posts Strong Opener at Mt. SAC Relays

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» Aaron Baumgarten ran a career-best at 10,000 meters in the Mt. SAC Relays invitational section, while Kyle Kroon and Jacob Branch were successful in their college debuts at that same distance.

» Back in Michigan, Kevin Haugh claimed the pole vault title at the Siena Heights Don Kleinow Invitational

» Day two of the Mt. SAC Relays starts Friday (April 14) at 11 a.m. PDT, with the rest of the team kicking off the first of two days at the Texas Invitational later in the afternoon.

Mt. SAC Relays (Day 1)

TORRANCE, Calif. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team got some strong performances from its distance squad on the first day of the Mt. SAC Relays on Thursday night (April 13) at Murdock Stadium.

The Wolverines were led by Aaron Baumgarten, who ran a career-best 29:53.57 over 10,000 meters to finish 24th overall in the fastest section of the "invitational" portion of the schedule. The junior eclipsed his previous career best of 30:38.50 set as a freshman two seasons ago -- the only other collegiate 10,000-meter race to his credit.

Austin Benoit set the tone early for the Wolverines, running a season-best 9:03.51 for 15th place overall in the open 3,000-meter steeplechase and eighth in his section. Only six seconds separated him from his career-best performance in the event.

Running in the second invitational section, freshman Kyle Kroon made his collegiate 10,000-meter debut in 30:30.51 for a 22nd-place finish. Also making his collegiate 10,000-meter debut, freshman Jacob Branch ran 30:32.66 in the "Open-A" section -- the third-fastest race of the day at that distance -- to finish 22nd in that race.

The second day of action at the Mt. SAC Relays kicks off Friday morning (April 14) at 11 a.m. PDT with the 1,500 meters. The first of two days of action at the Texas Invitational with the U-M sprinters, jumpers and throwers also gets underway in the afternoon.

Don Kleinow Invitational (Day 1)

ADRIAN, Mich. -- Men's pole vaulters Kevin Haughn and Nick Burkhalter did not need to travel so far as California to find success on Thursday; they found it much nearer to Ann Arbor at the Don Kleinow Invitational just an hour down the road at O'Laughlin Stadium.

Haughn came away with the victory, clearing a height of 4.80m (15-9) for the second time in as many competitions this year.

Burkhalter took third in the competition, tying his outdoor career best by getting up and over at 4.70m (15-5) -- a height he achieved at this meet a year ago.

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