U of M - Wolverine Men Claim Four Wins in Regular-Season Finale
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// Kyle Terwillegar
» The Wolverines racked up four individual victories on the day from Andrew Liskowitz (shot put), Desmond Nicholas (60 meters), Matt Plowman (600 meters) and Ryan Wilkie (800 meters)
» This was the final home meet in the new world-class U-M Indoor Track Building this season, and the last regular-season meet ahead of next week's Big Ten Championships
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Indoor Track Building)
Event: Silverston Invitational
U-M Team Result: No team scoring
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Feb. 23-24 -- Big Ten Indoor Championships (Geneva, Ohio)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 17-ranked University of Michigan men's track and field team claimed four event wins at the Silverston Invitational on Friday (Feb. 16) in what was both its 2018 home finale and regular-season finale.
Led by individual wins from Andrew Liskowitz in the shot put, Desmond Nicholas in the 60 meters, Matt Plowman in the 600 meters and Ryan Wilkie in the 800 meters, a limited Wolverines squad wrapped up the last of four home meets in the new world-class U-M Indoor Track Building's inaugural season and are now looking squarely ahead to the Big Ten Championships in Geneva, Ohio, next Friday and Saturday (Feb. 23-24).
Many of the Wolverines' top competitors, especially in the distance events and throws, rested in preparation for a grueling conference meet in a week's time.
Competing against the likes of regional NCAA Division I opponents Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Detroit Mercy, Eastern Michigan, Kent State and Oakland, as well as other teams from the D-II, D-III and NAIA levels, Michigan turned in a strong showing in its final tune-up ahead of the conference meet. The Wolverines combined for 10 career-best marks and 17 top-five finishes.
After fouling out of the shot put at Vanderbilt a week ago, Liskowitz course-corrected on Friday with a win in the shot put at 18.73m (61 feet, 5.5 inches) to win by nearly four feet. He remains just 14 centimeters shy of the school record.
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En route to claiming the title at 60 meters, Nicholas tied the career-best 6.84 that he clocked a week ago at Kent State. His winning effort in the final came after a near-personal record 6.86 in the prelims.
Plowman had the most dramatic win of the day for Michigan with his victorious run at 600 meters. After surrendering the lead partway through the final lap, Plowman rallied over the final 100 meters, pulled side-by-side with Eastern Michigan's Derek Jones and out-leaned him at the line by .04 of a second.
Wilkie's win at 800 meters was much clearer cut, topping Eastern Michigan's Tom Jozwiak by more than a second-and-a-quarter in 1:52.75.
Full Michigan results and a listing of new collegiate career bests can be found below.
New U-M Collegiate Career Bests on Saturday
Stephen Hagen -- 6.99 / 60m (I)
Vail Hartman -- 22.57 / 200m (I)
Christian Hubaker -- 8:33.17 / 3000m (I)
Desmond Melson -- 22.17 / 200m (I)
Desmond Nicholas -- 6.84 / 60m (I)
Matthew Plowman -- 1:21.35 / 600m (I)
Isaac Skinner -- 4.45m (14-07.25) / Pole Vault (I)
Lewis Tate -- 8:37.93 / 3000m (I)
Max Wagner -- 2.00m (6-6.75) / High Jump (I)
Blake Washington -- 22.45 / 200m (I)
1. Desmond Nicholas / 6.84 (final)
5. Stephen Hagen / 7.02 (final)
1. Desmond Nicholas / 6.86Q (prelims)
5. Stephen Hagen / 6.99q (prelims)
6. Desmond Melson / 22.17
7. Josiah Carpenter / 22.22
10. Blake Washington / 22.45
12. Vail Hartman / 22.57
2. Taylor McLaughlin / 47.26
1. Matt Plowman / 1:21.35
1. Ryan Wilkie / 1:52.75
3. Jordy Hewitt / 1:54.38
12. Garrett McPeek / 1:58.50
3. Ben Hill / 4:14.65
4. Luke Wallace / 4:16.09
5. Jared Hill / 4:16.43
2. Austin Benoit / 8:27.17
3. Christian Hubaker / 8:33.17
4. Lewis Tate / 8:37.93
5. Joost Plaetinck / 8:39.09
2. Roland Amarteifio / 8.08 (final)
7. Sierra Hendrix-Williams / 8.25 (final)
8. Drake Johnson / 8.41 (final)
2. Roland Amarteifio / 8.13Q (prelims)
4. Sierra Hendrix-Williams / 8.21Q (prelims)
7. Drake Johnson / 8.31q (prelims)
11. Noah Caudy / 8.45 (prelims)
3. Max Wagner / 2.00m (6-6.75)
8. Isaac Skinner / 4.45m (14-7.25)
1. Andrew Liskowitz / 18.73m (61-5.5)
8. Manning Plater / 15.31m (50-2.75)
2. Manning Plater / 18.44m (60-6)