U of M Men - New Facility's First Competition Features Freshman Phenom, Historic Mile
Provided by U of M
1/13/2018 9:02:00 PM
// Kyle Terwillegar
» Freshman Jandon Briscoe won the 400 meters and anchored the winning 4x400 relay
» Michigan notched 20 top-five performances on the day, including five runner-up finishes
» Two-time Olympic medalist Nick Willis and Olympian Hamish Carson both broke the four-minute barrier in the new facility's first-ever mile race
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Indoor Track Building)
Event: Wolverine Invitational
U-M Team Result: No team scoring
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 20 -- Simmons-Harvey Quad vs. Ohio State, Michigan State and Arkansas (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Nearly 2,000 spectators, who on Saturday (Jan. 13) joined the No. 24-ranked University of Michigan men's track and field team to open up its new U-M Indoor Track Building for its first competition, captured alternating glimpses of the program's past, present and future with outstanding performances by alums, upperclassmen and newcomers.
Though the crowd of 1,724 at the Wolverine Invitational were wowed early by the new facility's first-ever sub-four-minute miles -- headlined by winner and two-time Olympic medalist Nick Willis -- it also witnessed the phenomenal debut of freshman Jandon Briscoe. A two-time winner on the day in the 400 meters and 4x400 relay, Briscoe immediately established himself as one of the fastest Wolverines in history at 400 meters.
Add in a strong performance by 60-meter winner Khoury Crenshaw and 17 other top-20 finishes -- as well as what co-head coach Jerry Clayton believes was surely one of the largest and most engaged crowds in program history -- and it became a day the fifth-year head coach is happy to hang his hat on.
U-M squared off against the likes of Michigan State, Notre Dame, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, South Florida, Hillsdale and Western Ontario.
Willis and a top-notch professional field brought the crowd to its feet early, as the former Michigan standout pulled away from training partner and fellow New Zealand Olympian Hamish Carson to run 3:57.99, missing the 39-year-old record for the fastest mile run on Michigan soil (Suleiman Nyambui of UTEP at the 1979 NCAA Championships) by just .10 of a second.
Carson clocked 3:58.68, making this just the third indoor-mile race ever on Michigan soil with two sub-four milers. Both former Wolverine Mason Ferlic and beer mile world record-holder Corey Bellemore just missed the cut, clocking 4:00.31 and 4:00.75, respectively. No indoor race in Michigan has ever produced three or more sub-four-minute milers.
From there on out, the day belonged largely to the U-M sprinters and hurdlers corps.
Crenshaw was the first event winner on the day for Michigan, clocking 6.80 in the 60 meters to kick off a strong senior campaign for the multiple-time Big Ten Indoor Championships scorer. He was joined in the final by sixth-place Stephen Hagen (7.02) and eighth-place Briscoe (7.04).
Briscoe took over from there, winning the 400-meter final in 47.82, nearly two-tenths of a second clear of runner-up Owen Richardson of Eastern Michigan (also a freshman). The time ranks him fifth among freshman and 18th overall nationally as of publication, and just .04 outside the all-time U-M top-10 list in the event.
Briscoe was one of three Wolverines in the top five, joined by third-place Desmond Melson (48.22) and fifth-place Blake Washington (49.12).
He came back later in the meet-finale 4x400 relay to seal the deal for the victorious Wolverines, who clocked 3:14.89 to end the historic day on a high note.
The Wolverines were well balanced, logging runner-up finishes in the distance events with Matt Plowman and Chase Barnett in the 800 and mile; in the sprints with Roland Amarteifio in the 60-meter hurdles; and in the field with Brandon Piwinski and Manning Plater in the weight throw.
With any first-meet jitters and acclimation to competing in the new facility out the way, the Wolverines will next welcome rivals Ohio State and Michigan State, as well as perennial national power Arkansas, to town on Saturday (Jan. 20) for some team-scored competition in the Simmons-Harvey Quad. All-American throwers Grant Cartwright and Joe Ellis are expected to make their season debuts for the high-powered quad meet.
New Collegiate Indoor Career Bests
Aho, Jack -- 4:10.28 / Mile *
Roland Amarteifio -- 8.1 / 60m Hurdles
Anthony Berry -- 4:09.78 / Mile *
Jandon Briscoe -- 7.04 / 60m *
Jandon Briscoe -- 47.92 / 400m *
Billy Bund -- 4:14.11 / Mile
Daniel Butael -- 15.22 (49-11.25) / Triple Jump *
Josiah Carpenter -- 1:21.68 / 600m *
Noah Caudy -- 8.4 / 60m Hurdles *
Sierra Hendrix-Williams -- 8.18 / 60m *
Jared Hill -- 1:56.09 / 800m *
Christian Hubaker -- 4:21.56 / Mile *
Jacob Lee -- 8:21.00 / 3000m *
Andrew Lorant -- 4:15.71 / Mile *
Tyler McCartney -- 9:22.92 / 3000m *
Taylor McLaughlin -- 1:21.58 / 600m
Connor Mora -- 1:55.73 / 800m
Desmond Nicholas -- 21.88 / 200m
Brandon Piwinski -- 2.08m (6-9.75) / High Jump *
Joost Plaetinck -- 8:37.23 / 3000m *
Manning Plater -- 18.11m (59-5.) / Weight Throw *
Matthew Plowman -- 1:54.60 / 800m
Skinner, Isaac -- 4.20m (14-9) / Pole Vault *
Lewis Tate -- 8:44.63 / 3000m *
Luke Wallace -- 1:55.50 / 800m *
* = U-M debut
Full U-M Results
1. Khoury Crenshaw / 6.80
6. Stephen Hagen / 7.03
8. Jandon Briscoe / 7.04
3. Desmond Nicholas / 21.88
8. Hagen, Stephen / 22.59
1. Jandon Briscoe / 47.82
3. Desmond Melson / 48.22
5. Blake Washington / 49.12
4. Taylor McLaughlin / 1:21.58
5. Josiah Carpenter / 1:21.68
2. Matt Plowman / 1:54.60
3. Luke Wallace / 1:55.50
4. Connor Mora / 1:55.73
8. Jared Hill / 1:56.09
12. Garrett McPeek / 1:56.55
2. Chase Barnett / 4:08.88
4. Anthony Berry / 4:09.78
6. Jack Aho / 4:10.28
7. Micah Beller / 4:10.41
8. Aaron Baumgarten / 4:10.50
11. Billy Bund / 4:14.11
13. Andrew Lorant / 4:15.71
18. Christian Hubaker / 4:21.56
5. Jacob Lee / 8:21.00
12. Joost Plaetinck / 8:37.23
14. Lewis Tate / 8:44.63
17. Tyler McCartney / 9:22.92
2. Roland Amarteifio / 8.10
5. Sierra Hendrix-Williams / 8.18
8. Noah Caudy / 8.40
10. Drake Johnson / 8.52
4 x 400 Relay
1. Briscoe, McLaughlin, Melson, Hendrix-Williams / 3:14.09
2. Brandon Piwinski / 2.08m (6-9.75)
6. Alex Klemm / 1.98m (6-6)
9. Max Wagner / 1.93m (6-4)
5. Kevin Haughn / 4.80m (15-9)
14. Skinner, Isaac / 4.20m (14-9)
6. Kevin Stephens / 6.56m (21-6.25)
4. Daniel Butael / 15.22m (49-11.25)
9. Manning Plater / 14.64m (48-0.5)
2. Manning Plater / 18.11m (59-5)