U of M Men - Barnett Leads Michigan Milers in Boston; U-M Finishes at Jet's Pizza Invite

U of M Men - Barnett Leads Michigan Milers in Boston; U-M Finishes at Jet's Pizza Invite

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1/27/2018 11:12:00 PM

// Kyle Terwillegar

» Chase Barnett led the way for the Michigan milers at the Boston U. John Thomas Terrier Classic, nearly clocking a career-best in 4:03.96.

» The full team is back in action at home Friday and Saturday (Feb. 2-3) as it welcomes national-caliber teams from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC to Ann Arbor for the Power Five Invitational.

Site: University Center, Mich. (SVSU Fieldhouse)

Event: Jet's Pizza Invitational

U-M Team Result: No team scoring

Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Feb. 2-3 -- Power Five Invitational (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

BOSTON -- Chase Barnett was the fastest among five milers from the University of Michigan men's track and field team in a series of competitive races at the Boston U. John Thomas Terrier Classic on Saturday (Jan. 27).

In his biggest race since last February with an injury in between, Barnett charged late in the second section of the mile to cross the line in 4:03.96 to take runner-up honors in the race and 15th place overall between all the sections.

Connor Mora and Aaron Baumgarten both clocked 4:06.81 in different sections -- Mora in one and Baumgarten in two -- followed closely by Jack Aho's 4:07.03 from section two and Ryan Wilkie's 4:09.40 out of section four.

It was Baumgarten who looked poised to lead the Wolverines on the day through just over 800 meters of the second race, as he clocked 2:00 nearly on the dot for third place at the halfway point, with Aho and Barnett about 10 meters back.

With a quarter-mile to go, Baumgarten was just off four-minute-mile pace at around 3:02 but starting to lose contact with eventual winner John Simons, with Barnett charging hard behind him. With a lap to go, Barnett had moved into third and cut the distance to Baumgarten by half.

Fewer than 100 meters later, Barnett was swinging wide around Baumgarten for second place heading into the final turn. A strong kick clinched runner-up standing for Barnett, with Baumgarten and Aho coming home in a blanket finish for fifth and sixth, respectively.

The performance for Barnett was just shy of his career-best 4:03.77 from the 2016 Iowa State Classic -- just one week before he would run the opening leg of Michigan's school-record distance medley relay team.

Mora seemed to be positioning himself well early in his first-section race to replicate his 3:59.36 mile from a year ago -- one of three Michigan sub-four performances that day. After starting at the back of the pack for the first lap, he stayed on sub-four pace for the first half-mile while at the same time picking off one runner per lap to move up in the field.

He sustained his target speed through 1,000 meters, when the pace started to heat up in front of him in the third quarter of the race. Over the course of the next lap he gradually lost connection with the strung-out, six-runner lead group heading into the 1,200-meter checkpoint.

In the fourth section, Wilkie stayed with the lead group of runners through much of the race, only slightly falling back in the closing lap to take seventh in the race.


Sprinters and distance runners wrapped up their second and final day of competition at the Saginaw Valley State Jet's Pizza Invitational on Saturday (Jan. 27), racking up several top finishes and new personal records along the way.

Garrett McPeek finished runner-up in the mile to lead three in the top six, running 4:15.26 just .12 of a second ahead of teammate Christian Hubaker in third and teammate Lewis Tate sixth in 4:18.82.

Sierra Hendrix-Williams was the lone sprinter to advance from Friday's prelim rounds, ultimately taking fifth in the 60-meter hurdles final in 8.35.

The Wolverines posted solid performances at 400 meters on Saturday, with Vail Hartman taking fourth in a career-best 48.66, beating out fifth-place teammate Desmond Melson by thousandths of a second. Blake Washington was seventh in 48.86, with Josiah Carpenter 11th in 49.44.

Hendrix-Williams tied his career-best time at 8.18 on Friday, good enough for the second-fastest qualifying time of the day.

Elsewhere in the sprinting events on Friday, a group of Wolverines ran Wolverine career bests or debuts at 200 meters. Josiah Carpenter was tops among the U-M men, clocking 22.34 for 13th in his first collegiate 200. Desmond Melson was right behind in 14th in a career-best 22.37.

Pole vaulter Kevin Haughn turned in a solid performance for third place, clearing the bar at 4.86m (15 feet, 11.25 inches).

New U-M Collegiate Career Bests

Jack Aho -- 4:07.03 / Mile

Josiah Carpenter -- 22.34 / 200m *

Josiah Carpenter -- 49.44 / 400m

Stephen Hagen -- 22.12 / 200m *

Vail Hartman -- 22.64 / 200m *

Vail Hartman -- 48.66 / 400m

Sierra Hendrix-Williams -- 7.25 / 60m *

Sierra Hendrix-Williams -- 8.18 / 60m Hurdles *

Christian Hubaker -- 4:15.26 / Mile

Garrett McPeek -- 4:15.26 / Mile

Desmond Melson -- 22.37 / 200m *

Lewis Tate -- 4:18.82 / Mile

Blake Washington -- 22.49 / 200m *

60 Meters

24. Stephen Hagen / 7.12 *

26. Sierra Hendrix-Williams / 7.25 *

200 Meters

13. Josiah Carpenter / 22.34 *

14. Desmond Melson / 22.37 *

19. Stephen Hagen / 22.12 *

22. Blake Washington / 22.49 *

25. Vail Hartman / 22.64 *

400 Meters

4. Vail Hartman / 48.66

5. Desmond Melson / 48.66

7. Blake Washington / 48.86

11. Josiah Carpenter / 49.44

Mile (Boston U. Terrier Classic)

15. Chase Barnett / 4:03.77

23. Aaron Baumgarten / 4:06.81

24. Connor Mora / 4:06.81

26. Jack Aho / 4:07.03

36. Ryan Wilkie / 4:09.40

Mile (Jet's Pizza Invitational)

2. Garrett McPeek / 4:15.26

3. Christian Hubaker / 4:15.38

6. Lewis Tate / 4:18.82

60-Meter Hurdles

5. Sierra Hendrix-Williams / 8.35 (Final)

2. Sierra Hendrix-Williams / 8.18 (Advanced to final) *

Pole Vault

3. Kevin Haughn / 4.86m (15-11.25) *

8. Isaac Skinner / 4.41m (14-5.5) *

* Friday result