U of M Men - Historic Performances at Vanderbilt, Kent State, Iowa State Conclude Road Trip

U of M Men - Historic Performances at Vanderbilt, Kent State, Iowa State Conclude Road Trip

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2/10/2018 8:35:00 PM

// Kyle Terwillegar

» Grant Cartwright tossed a career-best 19.20m (63 feet) in the shot put to become one of two men in the nation over 19.20m in the shot put and over 22.30m in the weight throw.

» The triple-jump duo of Kevin Stephens, Jr. and Daniel Butael posted the best triple-jump performance by Michigan teammates at Kent State, with Sierra Hendrix-Williams taking a historic win in the hurdles.

» Chase Barnett ran a personal record in the mile at Iowa State to move to No. 15 in Michigan history in the event.

Student-athletes from the national No. 20-ranked University of Michigan men's track and field team competed Saturday at Vanderbilt Music City Challenge (throwers), the Iowa State Classic (distance runners) and Kent State National Qualifier (sprinters and jumpers).

Site: Nashville, Tenn. (Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility)

Event: Vanderbilt Music City Challenge

U-M Team Result: No team scoring

Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 16 -- Michigan Silverston Invitational (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

After making a name for himself nationally a year ago as the NCAA Championships weight-throw runner-up, Grant Cartwright is proving his strength carries over to the shot put, as well.

Cartwright lobbed a career-best mark of 19.20m (63 feet) to take third in a strong field at the Vanderbilt Music City Challenge on Saturday (Feb. 10) and moved up the national leaderboards.

The mark, which came on his second throw of the day, was far enough to make him just the fourth man in Michigan history to throw 63 feet or farther and to bump him up to No. 14 on the national descending order list.

Cartwright's national rank is significant as it currently falls within the 16-man cutoff for qualification to the NCAA Championships in March. Already a likely qualifier in the weight throw, Cartwright is now tentatively in position to make a run at All-America honors in both events.

Cartwright is one of just two men in the nation this year -- Denzel Comenentia of Georgia being the other -- who have thrown farther than 22.30m (73-2) in the weight throw and 19.20m (63-0) in the shot put.

Teammate Andrew Liskowitz, who is the No. 2 thrower in Michigan history and is tied for No. 12 in the nation this year, fouled all three of his attempts but remains in strong position to advance to the NCAA Championships alongside Cartwright.

After topping out at 18.50m (60-8.5) in the shot put indoors a year ago, Cartwright topped that mark three times on Saturday alone. In addition to his best effort of the day, he also went 18.71m (61-4.75) and 18.66m (61-2.75) on his final two attempts.

Nicholas Demaline of Ohio State (19.74m / 64-9.25) and Brian Williams of Ole Miss (19.24m / 63-1.5) were the only two men who topped Cartwright on the day.

Site: Kent, Ohio (Kent State Fieldhouse)

Event: Kent State National Qualifier

U-M Team Result: No Team Scoring

Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 16 -- Michigan Silverston Invitational (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

A historic triple jump for Kevin Stephens, Jr. and Daniel Butael, as well as a strong day in the sprints led by winner Sierra Hendrix-Williams, headlined a strong day for the Wolverine sprinters and jumpers at the Kent State National Qualifier on Saturday (Feb. 10).

Stephens has always been a big-time triple jumper in the postseason with scoring performances at each of the last two Big Ten Indoor Championships, but a career-best 15.57m (51-1) on Saturday showed he might be ready to take it to another level in 2018.

Not only did Stephens leap to a new career-best in a runner-up finish -- and improved his previous personal record by 10 centimeters and climbed to No. 4 all-time in program history -- but he jumped 15 meters or farther three times on the day for the first time in his career, one week after logging two such marks in the same meet for the first time.

The jump rank Stephens top-30 nationally.

Combined with third-place Butael's mark of 15.42m (50-7.25), the pair built on their standing as the best-ever triple jump duo in Michigan history. This was the first time two Wolverine teammates topped 50 feet in the same competition.

After opening at 15.07m (49-5.5), Stephens posted his best mark of the day in round three before a strong closer at 15.23m (49-11.75). Butael added two 15-meter jumps of his own, also chipping in a 15.30m (50-2.5).

While Stephens' and Butael's combined performance made the most history on the day, by no means was it the only history made on the day.

Hendrix-Williams ran a pair of career-bests in the 60-meter hurdles en route to becoming just the eighth man in school history to go sub-8.00 in the event. After running a then-PR 8.05 in the prelims, the redshirt freshman broke the eight-second barrier with a 7.99 for the win.

The run was a dramatic improvement from his previous best of 8.15, and moved him to No. 8 in school history. He joined teammates Roland Amarteifio (third today) and Drake Johnson as active top-10 members.

Also running a career-best on the sprints straightaway was Desmond Nicholas, who clocked 6.84 for second to improve his PR by .04.

Joining Nicholas as runners-up who established new collegiate PRs were Vail Hartman at 400 meters (48.25) and Alex Klemm in the high jump (2.06m / 6-9), the latter of whom achieved that mark on his first try at it.

Full results on the day can be found at the conclusion of today's recap.

Site: Ames, Iowa (Lied Recreation Center)

Event: Iowa State Classic

U-M Team Result: No team scoring

Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 16 -- Michigan Silverston Invitational (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

Chase Barnett etched his name among the fastest milers in the history of Michigan as the Wolverines closed out competition Saturday (Feb. 10) at the Iowa State Classic.

Barnett ran to a career-best 4:02.75 mile -- more than a second faster than his previous personal record -- to take sixth overall in the non-invitational competition in Ames, and led a group of Wolverines who combined for four career-best performances.

The effort moved Barnett up six spots to No. 15 on the Michigan all-time performers list in the event, bypassing such Wolverines legends as Bill Donakowski and John Mortimer along the way.

Connor Mora was 13th overall and sixth in his section in a season-best 4:05.82, avoiding disaster as he was nearly caught in a pileup in the late stages of the race. He finished just ahead of Anthony Berry, who ran a career-best 4:06.77 for eighth in the same section as Mora and 15th overall.

Andrew Lorant raced to a career-best 4:08.26, with Luke Wallace also posting a PR 4:12.57.

New U-M Collegiate Career Bests on Saturday

Chase Barnett -- 4:02.75 / Mile

Anthony Berry -- 4:06.77 / Mile

Josiah Carpenter -- 7.17 / 60m

Josiah Carpenter -- 22.2 / 200m

Grant Cartwright -- 19.20m (63-0) / Shot Put

Vail Hartman -- 48.25 / 400m

Sierra Hendrix-Williams -- 7.99 / 60m Hurdles

Alex Klemm -- 2.06m (6-9) / High Jump

Andrew Lorant -- 4:08.26 / Mile

Desmond Nicholas -- 6.84 / 60m

Kevin Stephens, Jr. -- 15.57m (51-1) / Triple Jump

Luke Wallace -- 4:12.57 / Mile

Blake Washington -- 48.4 / 400m

60 Meters (at Kent State)

2. Desmond Nicholas / 6.84 (final)

2. Desmond Nicholas / 6.90Q (prelims)

9. Josiah Carpenter / 7.17 (prelims)

200 Meters (at Kent State)

7. Josiah Carpenter / 22.20

400 Meters (at Kent State)

2. Vail Hartman / 48.25

4. Blake Washington / 48.4

6. Desmond Melson / 48.44

Mile (at Iowa State)

6. Chase Barnett / 4:02.75

13. Connor Mora / 4:05.82

15. Anthony Berry / 4:06.77

19. Andrew Lorant / 4:08.26

36. Luke Wallace / 4:12.57

38. Jordy Hewitt / 4:13.21

60-Meter Hurdles

1. Sierra Hendrix-Williams / 7.99 (final)

3. Roland Amarteifio / 8.25 (final)

1. Sierra Hendrix-Williams / 8.05Q (prelims)

2. Roland Amarteifio / 8.14Q (prelims)

13. Drake Johnson / 8.49 (prelims)

4x400 Relay (at Kent State)

2. Melson, Washington, Amarteifio, Hartman / 3:13.51

High Jump (at Kent State)

2. Alex Klemm / 2.06m (6-9)

3. Brandon Piwinski / 2.06m (6-9)

7. Max Wagner / 1.96m (6-5)

Pole Vault (at Kent State)

4. Kevin Haughn / 4.75m (15-7)

Triple Jump (at Kent State)

2. Kevin Stephens / 15.57m (51-1)

3. Daniel Butael / 15.42m (50-7.25)

Shot Put (at Vanderbilt)

3. Grant Cartwright / 19.20m (63-0)

-- Andrew Liskowitz / NM

Q = Qualified for final from prelims