U of M - Baumgarten Leads U-M Men on Final Day of East Prelims

U of M - Baumgarten Leads U-M Men on Final Day of East Prelims

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» Aaron Baumgarten's late rally in the 5,000-meter semifinals came up just short as he missed the cut to go to Eugene by two spots.

» After qualifying in the shot put on Friday (May 26), Grant Cartwright was unable to add the discus to his nationals schedule on Saturday.

» The NCAA Outdoor Championships (June 7-9) in Eugene, Oregon, are up next for Steven Bastien, Cartwright, Joe Ellis, Andrew Liskowitz and Taylor McLaughlin.

Site: Lexington, Ky. (UK Outdoor Track & Field Complex)

Event: NCAA East Preliminary Rounds (Day 3)

U-M Team Result: Non-scoring

Next U-M Event: Wed-Fri., June 7-9 -- at NCAA Outdoor Championships (Eugene, Ore.)

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team closed out the three-day NCAA East Preliminary Rounds on Saturday (May 27) with a pair of performances that nearly added to its five berths to next month's national NCAA Outdoor Championships at UK Outdoor Track & Field Complex.

Aaron Baumgarten rallied late in the 5,000-meter semifinals to just miss the top-12 nationals cut in that event, while Grant Cartwright could not pull off third-round theatrics for the second day in a row as he fell short of qualification in the discus.

Cartwright already punched his trip to Eugene on Friday (May 25) with a dramatic eighth-place finish in the shot put, joining teammates Joe Ellis, Taylor McLaughlin and Andrew Liskowitz as Wolverines to advance to nationals -- to be held June 7-9 in Eugene, Oregon -- from the East Prelims held at the University of Kentucky.

Those four will be accompanied by decathlete Steven Bastien, whose signature combined event is not contested at the preliminary level.

Baumgarten, running 15th through 3,400 meters in the 24-man second heat of the 5,000-meter semifinals, mounted a rally in the late stages of the race. By the end of the next lap, he climbed six spots to ninth and picked off two more to cross the line at the bell for the final lap in seventh.

He crossed the line in 14:14.58 for ninth in the heat, outside both the top-five cutoff for automatic qualifiers and the two additional berths for the fastest non-automatic qualifiers from either of the two heats.

Micah Beller finished 12th in the heat in 14:25.76, good for a 19th-place overall finish.

The two well-outperformed their pre-meet seeds of No. 32 and No. 34, respectively.

Cartwright could not quite muster the same third-round magic in the discus that propelled him and teammate Liskowitz to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the shot put as he finished 24th overall.

After a nice opener of 54.16m (177-8) on his first attempt -- which was delayed about four hours by inclement weather that passed through the region throughout the afternoon and into the evening -- Cartwright was unable to improve on his final two throws.

He landed a 51.96m (170-6) on his second attempt and could not stay upright and inside the circle on a final-throw foot foul that may have bumped him up in the standings.

All that remains of this 2017 collegiate outdoor track and field season is the crown jewel of the sport, the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Five Wolverines -- Bastien, Cartwright, Ellis, Liskowitz and McLaughlin -- will compete on the sport's biggest domestic stage June 7-9 at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

The competition will be carried live on ESPN's various television and digital platforms.

Communications Contact: Kyle Terwillegar