U of M Men - Final Day of Power Five Invite Features Dramatic Relay, Historic Throws

U of M Men - Final Day of Power Five Invite Features Dramatic Relay, Historic Throws

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Final Day of Power Five Invite Features Dramatic Relay, Historic Throws

2/3/2018 8:53:00 PM

// Kyle Terwillegar

» Anchored by freshman Jandon Briscoe, the 4x400 relay team edged out perennial contender Baylor at the line by .001 of a second to close the meet with a win.

» The throws corps went 1-2 in both the weight throw and shot put, with Andrew Liskowitz and Grant Cartwright posting the best-ever performance by a pair of Michigan teammates in the latter.

» Aaron Baumgarten got the win at 3,000 meters for Michigan's third win of the day

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Indoor Track Building)

Event: Power Five Invitational

U-M Team Result: No team scoring

Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Feb. 9-10 -- Kent State Qualifier (Kent, Ohio), Vanderbilt Commodore Classic (Nashville, Tenn.), Iowa State Classic (Ames, Iowa)

• Complete Results | Photo Gallery

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Thanks to the No. 29-ranked University of Michigan men's track and field team's throwers and 4x400 relay team, the final day of the U-M Power Five Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 3) lived up to the hype as the premier meet in the University's new world-class U-M Indoor Track Building.

Behind the bold anchor-leg running of freshman Jandon Briscoe, the Michigan relay team upset a heavily favored Baylor squad for the win by .001 of a second. Meanwhile, the trio of Joe Ellis, Andrew Liskowitz and Grant Cartwright once again bolstered their positions as one of the best throws corps in the nation, toppling an active NCAA leader along the way.

The moment of the night -- the moment of the year to this point, in fact -- came in the final 3:08.481 of the meet as the quartet of Desmond Melson, Taylor McLaughlin, Vail Hartman and Briscoe teamed up to clock the third-fastest time in Michigan history.

After a strong opening leg from Melson, McLaughlin took the stick and ran to a 46.235 split -- fastest of anyone in the field on any leg -- to put the Wolverines in contention alongside national contenders Baylor and Minnesota heading into the third leg.

Just a freshman, Hartman performed admirably in the high-pressure situation, stuck to Baylor's and Minnesota's third legs for the entirety of his two-lap duty with a 47.383 split and gave the baton to another freshman in Briscoe for the fateful anchor leg.

IAAF World Championships competitor Wil London of Baylor -- the winner of the open 400 earlier over runner-up McLaughlin -- Briscoe showed both the ability of an upperclassman and the boldness of a freshman. After keeping pace with London and Minnesota's Josh Tracy for the first lap, Briscoe made a strong move right between the two as they crossed the line at the bell to take command of the race.

Briscoe held that lead for much of the second lap, until London made a move wide to his shoulder around the final turn. The freshman answered London with a surge of his own down the straightaway, with a well-timed dip at the line -- all that separated the two on the official photo finish. Briscoe managed to get his torso across the line before the more upright London, giving him the win by .001 of a second.

McLaughlin and Briscoe -- who clocked 46.353 over the final two laps, a dramatic departure from his 48.29 that got him ninth in the open 400 -- this iteration of the Wolverine 4x400 moved all the way up to No. 3 on the all-time program list.

The performance also checked the Wolverines in at No. 13 on the national descending order list. Only the top 12 teams will head to the NCAA Championships in March, with the cutoff historically having fallen in the 3:07 range over the past five years.

While the relay team provided the fireworks at the end of the meet, the majority of the meet belonged to the Michigan throwers, aka the "Meat Factory." Ellis and Cartwright got the day going with their second 1-2 finish in as many competitions this 2018 season, sweeping the top spots in the weight throw over current NCAA leader Josh Davis of North Carolina State.

Ellis twice improved his career-best in the weight throw, first with a 22.57m (74 feet, 0.75 inches) heave on his third throw and then a massive 22.71m (74-6.25) bomb on his fifth. The two were among four of his throws on the day that surpassed 22 meters.

Cartwright opened strong with a mark of 22.18m (72-9.25), and though he could not improve on it in his subsequent five throws, it was enough to hold back Davis' top attempt of 22.11m (72-6.5).

Cartwright doubled back for the shot put later in the afternoon, pairing with Liskowitz for another 1-2 finish -- their second in as many 2018 shot-put competitions -- and the greatest combined shot-put performance by Michigan teammates in program history.

Cartwright wasted no time making his presence felt in the shot, throwing a career-best 19.02m (62-5) on his second attempt, making him the fourth man in school history to cross the 19-meter barrier, passing Liskowitz's previous mark of 19.00m from last week for No. 3 on the all-time U-M performers list.

He would not occupy his spot on the leaderboard or the record books for much longer as Liskowitz got hot in his final three throws for marks of 19.05m, 18.98m and a new career-best 19.36m (63-6.25) on his final attempt to seal the victory.

With his final mark, Liskowitz moved up into second on the all-time U-M list for the indoor shot put.

Taking both Liskowitz's and Cartwright's marks in tandem, the pair posted the farthest combined marks of any Michigan teammates in history. Their joint effort of 38.38m well exceeded the combined 37.89m of Derek Sievers and Cody Riffle at the 2015 Simmons-Harvey Invitational.

Ellis and Cartwright are Nos. 2 and 5 nationally in the weight throw, with Liskowitz and Cartwright No. 10 and No. 17 in the shot put.

Also posting an event win for the Wolverines was distance runner Aaron Baumgarten, who pulled away from the field late at 3,000 meters to take the victory in 8:06.87.

Cartwright accounted for two of the Wolverines' six runner-up finishes on the day, to go along with McLaughlin's season-best 47.05 second-place showing at 400. Khoury Crenshaw missed out the win at 60 meters by .01 of a second, clocking a season's best 6.77 along the way, while Daniel Butael posted a season's best in the triple jump of 15.50m (50-10.25) to tie him with Neil Gardner at No. 4 on the all-time U-M list.

Roland Amarteifio closed out the best weekend of his college career with a runner-up showing in the 60-meter hurdles (8.09) after a career-best 8.03 in the prelims.

New U-M Collegiate Career Bests on Saturday

Jack Aho -- 8:20.17 / 3000m

Anthony Berry -- 4:09.72 / Mile

Daniel Butael -- 15.50m (50-10.25) / Triple Jump

Joe Ellis -- 22.71m (74-6.25) / Weight Throw

Alex Klemm -- 2.05m (6-8.75) / High Jump

Andrew Liskowitz -- 19.36m (63-6.25) / Shot Put

Andrew Lorant -- 4:11.48 / Mile

Brandon Piwinski -- 2.10m (6-10.75) / High Jump

Manning Plater -- 15.90m (52-2) / Shot Put

Luke Wallace -- 4:13.40 / Mile

60 Meters

2. Khoury Crenshaw / 6.77

200 Meters

13. Desmond Nicholas / 22.04

400 Meters

2. Taylor McLaughlin / 47.05

9. Jandon Briscoe / 48.29

11. Desmond Melson / 48.50

15. Vail Hartman / 49.05


5. Chase Barnett / 4:08.23

9. Jordy Hewitt / 4:09.21

11. Anthony Berry / 4:09.72

12. Ryan Wilkie / 4:10.11

15. Andrew Lorant / 4:11.48

17. Luke Wallace / 4:13.40

25. Matt Plowman / 4:16.29

3,000 Meters

1. Aaron Baumgarten / 8:06.87

8. Jack Aho / 8:20.17

16. Connor Mora / 8:36.22

60-Meter Hurdles

2. Roland Amarteifio / 8.09

4. Sierra Hendrix-Williams / 8.15

6. Noah Caudy / 8.29

3,000 Meters

1. Aaron Baumgarten / 8:06.87

8. Jack Aho / 8:20.17

16. Connor Mora / 8:36.22

High Jump

4. Brandon Piwinski / 2.10m (6-10.75)

8. Alex Klemm / 2.05m (6-08.75)

13. Max Wagner / 1.95m (6-4.75)

Pole Vault

5. Kevin Haughn / 4.82m (15-9.75)

Triple Jump

2. Daniel Butael / 15.50m (50-10.25)

5. Kevin Stephens / 15.04m (49-04.25)

Shot Put

1. Andrew Liskowitz / 19.36m (63-6.25)

2. Grant Cartwright / 19.02m (62-5.0)

9. Manning Plater / 15.90m (52-2)

Weight Throw (Seeded)

1. Joe Ellis / 22.71m (74-6.25)

2. Grant Cartwright / 22.18m (72-9.25)