Wolverines (Men) Wrap Up Impressive Weekend at Texas, Penn Relays

Wolverines (Men) Wrap Up Impressive Weekend at Texas, Penn Relays

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» Taylor McLaughlin won his second consecutive 400-meter hurdles race on the Texas track, this time in 52.00.

» Grant Cartwright posted top-three finishes in the shot put and discus at Texas to headline field-event action.

» The Wolverines distance squad combined for top-10 finishes in both the 4xMile and 4x800 relays at the Penn Relays.

Longhorn Invitational (Day 2)

• Results

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

U-M Team Result: Non-scoring

Next U-M Event: Thu-Fri., May 4-5 -- at Toledo Invitational (Toledo, Ohio)

AUSTIN, Texas -- Led by an individual win from Taylor McLaughlin, the University of Michigan men's track and field team concluded an impressive weekend at the Texas Longhorn Invitational on Saturday (April 29) at Mike A. Myers Stadium in its final major competition prior to the Big Ten Championships.

McLaughlin carried the torch for the Wolverines on a hot, mostly overcast day in Austin with a win in his signature 400-meter hurdles event, headlining a final day that included numerous career-best and season-best performances.

No one was within two-thirds of a second of McLaughlin as he crossed the line in 52.00 flat, notching his second win in as many outings at Texas in the past three weekends. Though it was not as fast as his 50.86 clocking on this same track from two weeks ago, he still remains one of the nation's fastest hurdles in position to repeat as a first team All-American.

After both Grant Cartwright and Andrew Liskowitz turned in career-best performances in the hammer throw on Friday (April 28), both followed up with equally impressive performances in the shot put and discus to highlight U-M's field-event performers.

Cartwright came within one throw of taking the shot put title, ultimately finishing second overall with a season-best mark of 18.45m (60-6.5) on his fourth attempt. That throw moved him past Big Ten rival Willie Morrison of Indiana into the lead all the way through the very last throw of the competition, when Morrison threw track and field's equivalent of a "walk off" at 18.76m (61-6.75). Liskowitz tossed 17.54m (57-6.5) on his fourth throw to finish fifth overall.

In the discus, Cartwright came within 39 centimeters of his PR in a third-place finish, throwing 55.01m (180-5) on his final attempt. Liskowitz obliterated his previous career best by more than four meters with a heave of 52.42m (172-0) on his second attempt to again finish fifth.

The lone horizontal jumper for the Wolverines this weekend, Kevin Stephens Jr., finished third in the triple jump with a slightly windy season-best leap of 14.98m (49-1.75, +2.5m/s).

Competing in favorable weather for the first time this outdoor season, pole vaulters Kevin Haughn and Nick Burkhalter both had career-best breakthrough performances in the "B" section of the event. Haughn broke the five-meter barrier for the first time in his career outdoors, getting over the bar at 5.00m (16-4.75) on his first attempt to finish second. Burkhalter made it over 16 feet for the first time in competition -- indoors or out -- with a much more dramatic third-attempt make at 4.90m (16-0.75) to finish seventh. Decathlete Steven Bastien cleared a season-best 4.60m (15-1).

Also in the vertical jumps, Alex Klemm cleared a career-best 2.06m (6-9) bar in the high jump on his third attempt -- after get a third-try make at 2.01m (6-7) at the previous height -- to finish fifth. Max Wagner topped out at 2.01m on his first jump to finish tied for sixth.

The wind picked up later in the afternoon, resulting in some quick wind-aided times in the straightaway sprints, albeit ineligible for personal-record purposes.

Khoury Crenshaw followed up his wind-legal 100-meter career best of 10.38 from two weeks ago with a windy 10.44 (+3.8m/s) to finish 11th. He was followed in 12th and 13th by Desmond Nicholas and Stephen Hagen posting wind-aided career bests of 10.67 (+3.8m/s) and 10.68 (+4.2m/s), respectively.

Three Wolverines also finished right in a row in a windy 200 meters competition, with Hagen running 21.97 (+2.8m/s), Desmond Melson going 21.99 (3.3m/s) and Blake Washington running 22.24 (+3.3m/s).

Roland Amarteifio was also the beneficiary of some wind in the 110-meter hurdles with a 14.35 (+3.4m/s) clocking for eighth place that exceeded his wind-legal career best. Bastien ran 14.92 (+3.1m/s) for ninth.

Amarteifio, Crenshaw, Hagen and Nicholas all combined to run a 41.28 in the 4x100 relay, good for fourth overall.

Penn Relays

• Results

Site: Philadelphia, Pa. (Franklin Field)

U-M Team Results: Non-scoring

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team notched a pair of come-from-behind top-10 finishes at the 123rd running of the historic Penn Relays on Saturday (April 29) at Franklin Field.

The Wolverines' 4xMile relay squad worked its way up through the pack throughout the four-mile race, crossing the line in 16:30.81.

After Aaron Baumgarten put the Wolverines in ninth after the first leg (4:09.9), each of the next three Wolverines moved up at least one spot on their respective carries. Ben Hill moved U-M up to eighth on the second leg (4:05.6), Connor Mora cut two more spots (4:08.4) to hand off to Ned Willig in sixth, and Willig ran down another on his anchor split (4:06.9).

Willig doubled back later in the afternoon for the Wolverines' seventh-place 4x800 relay, which mounted a comeback to cross the line in 7:23.93.

After falling back into the pack early in the race, the duo of Willig and Brennan Munley surged the Wolverines back into the top 10. Willig ran 1:48.94 on the third leg -- the second fastest of any runner in the field on the third split -- while Munley clocked 1:49.38 for the sixth-fastest anchor leg of the day.

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