U o f M - Ellis's School-Record Weight Throw Title Headlines Men's Final Day at Big Tens

U o f M - Ellis's School-Record Weight Throw Title Headlines Men's Final Day at Big Tens

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// Kyle Terwillegar

» Joe Ellis broke teammate Grant Cartwright's school record in the weight throw with a mark of 23.64m (77 feet, 6.75 inches) as he and Cartwright went 1-3 in the event.

» Taylor McLaughlin ran a season-best 46.83 to claim the bronze medal in the 400 meters, extending his scoring streak in the event to three years.

» Michigan logged three more top five finishes -- fourth-place finishes from Kevin Stephens Jr. (triple jump) and Micah Beller (5,000 meters), and fifth for Anthony Berry (mile) -- and three more scoring performances as the team took sixth with 57 points.

Site: Geneva, Ohio (SPIRE Institute)

Event: Big Ten Indoor Championships (Day 2 of 2)

U-M Team Result: 6th of 12 teams (57 points)

Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., March 9-10 -- NCAA Indoor Championships (College Station, Texas)

GENEVA, Ohio -- An historic performance by University of Michigan men's track and field weight throwers Joe Ellis and Grant Cartwright headlined a final day of the Big Ten Indoor Championships on Saturday (Feb. 24) that saw the Wolverines earn three medals and post nine total scoring performances.

Ellis and Cartwright took the win and third-place, respectively, in the weight throw for 16 points in one of the greatest showings by a pair of teammates in collegiate history. The duo led a scoring contingent to 57 points and a sixth-place finish and included a bronze medalist, 400-meter sprinter Taylor McLaughlin.

Also scoring for the Wolverines were the duo of Micah Beller (fourth) and Ben Flanagan (sixth) at 5,000 meters; fourth-place Kevin Stephens Jr. in the triple jump; fifth-place miler Anthony Berry; the seventh-place 4x400 relay of Desmond Melson, McLaughlin, Vail Hartman and Blake Washington; and eighth-place Khoury Crenshaw in the 60 meters final.

In the weight throw, Ellis twice broke the Michigan school record of 23.31m (76 feet, 5.5 inches) set at this meet last year by Cartwright. He went 23.36m (76-7.75) on his second attempt and followed that up with his winning heave of 23.64m (77-6.75).

Ellis now ranks second nationally in 2018 and tied for 13th in all of collegiate history with SMU's Robert Weir (1983).

Cartwright had his best meet of the season, tossing a 22.87m (75-0.5) mark on his first attempt to take third. He was surpassed by David Lucas of Penn State in the third round, but posted four marks superior to Lucas' second-best heave of the day.

Combined, Ellis and Cartwright measured out to 46.51m, a single-meet, two-teammate total surpassed in collegiate history by only Spyridon Jullien and Mohsen Anani of Virginia Tech (46.55m) from the 2006 NCAA Championships. No pair of teammates has ever combined to throw farther in a non-NCAA Championships setting.

McLaughlin delivered the Wolverines their best performance of the day on the track, taking third overall in 46.83 as the winner of section one of the two-section final for six points. After yesterday advancing to the final by .007 of a second, he had an even closer shave on Saturday as he won his section by .002 over Minnesota's Jack Wellenstein.

McLaughlin was back on the track to close out the weekend for the Wolverines along with teammates Melson, Hartman and Washington with a 3:10.72 for seventh place and two points.

The distance events proved fruitful for the Wolverines' scoring output as Michigan got a combined three scorers out of the 5,000-meter and mile finals.

Beller turned in his best Big Ten track championships performance, running to fourth at 5,000 meters in 14:10.98, while Flanagan was just two spots back in sixth in 14:14.14. Those two efforts resulted in eight more points for the Wolverines.

Competing in his first Big Ten final, Berry performed admirably in a fifth-place finish in 4:14.89. Running second at the bell for the last lap, trailing only eventual winner Kyle Mau of Indiana, Berry could not quite hold off a surge of opposition down the homestretch but held on for four points in the Michigan column.

Headlining the weekend for the Michigan jumpers was the triple jumper Stephens, who -- as has become his tradition -- stepped up for his biggest performance of the season in a fourth-place finish. His best mark of 15.75m (51-8.25) was a career-best performance and was good for second place through five of the six rounds. It also put him just a centimeter from No. 3 in all-time Michigan indoors history, though he remained No. 4 on that list.

Rounding out the scoring for Michigan was Crenshaw in the 60 meters, as he clocked 6.81 to secure a point for Michigan by only .01 over ninth-place.

Only the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 9-10 in College Station, Texas, remain for the Wolverines. At present, Ellis and Cartwright (weight throw) and Andrew Liskowitz (shot put) are in position to potentially qualify, pending the results of conference championship action around the country the remainder of this weekend.

New U-M Collegiate Career Bests on Friday

Joe Ellis -- 23.64m (77-6.75) / Weight Throw

Manning Plater -- 18.57m (60-11.25) / Weight Throw

Kevin Stephens Jr. -- 15.75m (51-8.25) / Triple Jump


60 Meters Final

8. Khoury Crenshaw / 6.81

400 Meters Final

3. Taylor McLaughlin / 46.83

Mile Final

5. Anthony Berry / 4:14.89

5,000 Meters Final

4. Micah Beller / 14:10.98

6. Benjamin Flanagan / 14:14.14

11. Aaron Baumgarten / 14:22.23

24. Jacob Lee / 14:41.63

4x400 Relay Final

7. Melson, McLaughlin, Hartman, Washington / 3:10.72

High Jump Final

13. Brandon Piwinski / 2.03m (6-9)

14. Alex Klemm / 2.03m (6-9)

Triple Jump Final

4. Kevin Stephens / 15.75m (51-8.25)

11. Daniel Butael / 14.75m (48-4.75)

Weight Throw Final

1. Joe Ellis / 23.64m (77-6.75)

3. Grant Cartwright / 22.87m (75-0.5)

20. Manning Plater / 18.57m (60-11.25)