U of M - Michigan Clinches Simmons-Harvey Quad Win Over Ohio State in Final Race
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Michigan Clinches Simmons-Harvey Quad Win Over Ohio State in Final Race
1/20/2018 7:03:00 PM
// Kyle Terwillegar
» A wild meet-finale men's 4x400 relay clinched the team title for Michigan over Ohio State in the four-team meet, as Michigan's "B" team came through in crunch time after its "A" team was disqualified.
» The men's throws corps -- Joe Ellis, Grant Cartwright and Andrew Liskowitz -- made its presence known in its full-season debut, going 1-2 in both the weight throw and shot put.
» Taylor McLaughlin, Matt Plowman and Micah Beller all notched come-from-behind wins in their respective track events.
Event: Simmons-Harvey Quad
U-M Team Result: 1st of 4 teams (147.5 points)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Jan. 26-27 -- John Thomas Terrier Classic (Boston, Mass.); Fri-Sat., Jan. 26-27 -- Jet's Pizza Invitational (University Center, Mich.)
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Indoor Track Building)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A wild meet-finale 4x400-meter relay led to the No. 24-ranked University of Michigan men's track and field team winning, then losing and again ultimately winning the team title in the Simmons-Harvey Quad on Saturday (Jan. 20).
The Wolverines scored 147.5 points to edge out the rival Ohio State Buckeyes by a single point for the team title, an outcome that -- though powered by five event wins in the sprints, throws and distance events -- was not fully clear until well after the conclusion of competition and the dust settled from a dramatic relay finish. Arkansas finished third with 97 points, just ahead of fourth-place Michigan State at 96.
Leading Ohio State by two points entering the final event, freshman Jandon Briscoe appeared to have clinched the team title for Michigan as he passed the Buckeyes' anchor on the final lap of the relay and crossed the line second overall in the race.
The Wolverines' finish -- an impressive 3:10.26 clocking -- was invalidated as the celebratory alumni weekend crowd of more than 1,500 was filing out of the bleachers. It was announced that Michigan's "A" team of Desmond Melson, Taylor McLaughlin, Vail Hartman and Briscoe had been disqualified for interference during Briscoe's leg of the race. Therefore, it was Ohio State that then took the team title.
One final twist remained, however. By NCAA rules, each team in a dual meet (four or fewer teams) is allowed to enter two teams -- an "A" team and a "B" team -- but only one is allowed to score. That's when Michigan's second squad of Blake Washington, Khoury Crenshaw, Noah Caudy and Josiah Carpenter came into play.
The U-M quartet clocked 3:17.66 to finish fifth overall, but it finished third among each of the four teams' top squads after the U-M "A" team's disqualification. Ohio State finished second to earn seven points in the relay, but Michigan's "B" team's finish netted it six points and the victory by the slightest of margins.
The win over Ohio State ran the Wolverines' record against the Buckeyes in dual meets to 21-7 all-time in a series that dates back to the 1932 season. Michigan snapped a four-meet losing streak to OSU (2009-12), with the last win coming in 2008.
Michigan also picked up its 14th consecutive win over Michigan State in dual meets, bringing its record against the Spartans to 31-2-1 since the series began in 1930. MSU last defeated Michigan during the 1974 season.
The Wolverines got off on the right foot against Arkansas, at the Wolverines met the Razorbacks for the first time in a dual meet.
Though the adventure that was the 4x400 relay ultimately put the Wolverines over the top in the team scoring, it was strong efforts across the board in nearly every event -- headlined by winners McLaughlin, Joe Ellis, Andrew Liskowitz, Micah Beller and Matt Plowman -- that put Michigan in position for the overall title.
Without come-from-behind photo-finish victories by McLaughlin, Plowman and Beller in their 400-meter, 800-meter and Kris Eggle Memorial 3,000-meter races, in particular, the Wolverines likely would have not ended up in a spot to challenge for the team win at day's end.
After trailing for the entirety of the race, McLaughlin closed in on Ohio State's Drelan Bramwell in the closing meters of the two-lap race around Michigan's hydraulic banked 200-meter oval, ultimately needing a dip at the line to clock 47.351 to Bramwell's 47.355. Those four one-thousandths of a second were the difference between nine points and seven points in the team standings for Michigan, as the meet followed the 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring system.
Plowman led a surge in the final lap of the 800 that took both himself and runner-up Anthony Berry past Big Ten Outdoor 1,500-meter champion Justine Kiprotich of Michigan State on the final straightaway. Plowman clocked a career-best 1:51.83, followed by Berry in 1:52.18, ahead of Kiprotich by four-tenths of a second.
An hour later it was Beller's turn for late-race heroics. After Michigan State's Clark Ruiz surged forward past Beller for a near one-second lead with a quarter-mile to go, Beller made his move on the final lap, swinging wide alongside Ruiz on the final turn and beating the Spartan in a footrace to the finish by .03 in 8:12.96.
Never in doubt were the results of throwers Ellis, Liskowitz and Grant Cartwright -- the self-proclaimed "Meat Factory" -- which made its presence known in its 2018 debut by sweeping the top two spots in both the weight throw and the shot put to score a combined 32 points.
Ellis, seventh in the NCAA weight throw a year ago, kicked off his season with a new career-best 22.55m (73 feet, 11.75 inches) mark to take the win in his signature indoor event, while reigning NCAA runner-up Cartwright tossed 22.33m (73-3.25) on his final attempt to bolster his second-place finish.
Those efforts rank the duo second and fourth nationally, respectively.
It was Liskowitz, last season's top freshman nationally in the shot put, picked up where he left off with a 19.00m (62-4) heave that rocketed him to No. 3 in Michigan history and seventh nationally. Cartwright doubled back with a strong 18.73m (61-5.5) runner-up mark, moving him to No. 13 nationally.
Cartwright tied with Ohio State's DeJuan Seward as the meet's high scorer with 14 points.
Michigan student-athletes hit the road for the first time this season next weekend, as the top distance squad -- which did not compete in Saturday's competition -- heads to the Boston University John Thomas Terrier Classic to take on some of the nation's top runners, while select Wolverines will tune up at the Saginaw Valley State Jet's Pizza Invitational.
U-M hosts its third of four home meets on Feb. 2-3, as it will welcome national-caliber teams from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC to Ann Arbor for the Power Five Invitational.
New Collegiate Indoor Career Bests
Anthony Berry -- 1:52.18 / 800m (I)
Jandon Briscoe -- 21.92 / 200m (I)
Billy Bund -- 8:16.30 / 3000m (I)
Daniel Butael -- 6.58m (21-7.25) / Long Jump (I)
Joe Ellis -- 22.55m (73-11.75) / Weight Throw (I)
Vail Hartman -- 48.82 / 400m (I)
Alex Klemm -- 2.04m (6-8.25) / High Jump (I)
Jacob Lee -- 8:16.98 / 3000m (I)
Andrew Liskowitz -- 19.00m (62-4.00) / Shot Put (I)
Andrew Lorant -- 4:13.01 / Mile (I)
Desmond Nicholas -- 21.67 / 200m (I)
Joost Plaetinck -- 8:34.75 / 3000m (I)
Manning Plater -- 14.91m (48-11.00) / Shot Put (I)
Matthew Plowman -- 1:51.83 / 800m (I)
Skinner, Isaac -- 4.45m (14-7.25) / Pole Vault (I)
Luke Wallace -- 1:55.25 / 800m (I)
* = U-M debut
5. Desmond Nicholas / 6.92
8. Khoury Crenshaw / 6.85
13. Stephen Hagen / 7.12
6. Desmond Nicholas / 21.67
8. Jandon Briscoe / 21.92
12. Hagen, Stephen / 22.82
1. Taylor McLaughlin / 47.36
6. Desmond Melson / 48.52
7. Vail Hartman / 48.82
10. Blake Washington / 49.82
2. Josiah Carpenter / 1:22.22
1. Matt Plowman / 1:51.83
2. Anthony Berry / 1:52.18
8. Luke Wallace / 1:55.25
11. Jared Hill / 1:57.12
4. Jordy Hewitt / 4:12.27
5. Andrew Lorant / 4:13.01
7. Austin Benoit / 4:14.26
12. Ryan Wilkie / 4:17.29
1. Micah Beller / 8:12.96
4. Billy Bund / 8:16.30
5. Jacob Lee / 8:16.98
11. Joost Plaetinck / 8:34.75
8. Sierra Hendrix-Williams / 8.23
10. Noah Caudy / 8.42
11. Drake Johnson / 8.50
4 x 400 Relay
5. Washington, Crenshaw, Caudy, Carpenter / 3:17.66
DQ. Melson, McLaughlin, Hartman, Briscoe / DQ (3:10.26)
2. Alex Klemm / 2.04m (6-8.25)
3. Brandon Piwinski / 1.99m (6-6.25)
7. Max Wagner / 1.94m (6-4.25)
4. Kevin Haughn / 4.90m (16-0.75)
6. Skinner, Isaac / 4.45m (14-7.25)
7. Daniel Butael / 6.58m (21-7.25)
9. Kevin Stephens / 5.88m (19-3.50)
2. Daniel Butael / 14.85m (48-8.75)
3. Kevin Stephens / 14.6m (47-11.00)
1. Andrew Liskowitz / 19.00m (62-4.00)
2. Grant Cartwright / 18.73m (61-5.50)
10. Manning Plater / 14.91m (48-11.00)
1. Joe Ellis / 22.55m (73-11.75)
2. Grant Cartwright / 22.33m (73-3.25)
6. Manning Plater / 17.78m (58-4.00)