U of M Men - Wolverines Score in Three Events on Day One of Big Ten Indoors

U of M Men - Wolverines Score in Three Events on Day One of Big Ten Indoors

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Wolverines Score in Three Events on Day One of Big Ten Indoors

2/23/2018 9:38:00 PM

// Kyle Terwillegar

» The duo of Andrew Liskowitz and Grant Cartwright took fourth and fifth, respectively, in the shot put for a combined nine points towards Michigan's team score.

» The pair of Billy Bund and Aaron Baumgarten took seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 3,000-meter final for three points for Michigan.

» Michigan's distance medley relay of Ryan Wilkie, Desmond Melson, Matt Plowman and Andrew Lorant took sixth in the distance medley relay.

» Three Wolverines advanced from Friday's prelims into Saturday finals -- Anthony Berry (mile), Taylor McLaughlin (400 meters) and Khoury Crenshaw (60 meters).

Site: Geneva, Ohio (SPIRE Institute)

Event: Big Ten Indoor Championships

U-M Team Result: 7th of 12 teams (15 points)

Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 24 -- Day Two of Big Ten Indoor Championships (Geneva, Ohio)

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GENEVA, Ohio -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team posted five scoring performances in three different events to kick off Day One of the Big Ten Indoor Championships at the SPIRE Institute on Friday (Feb. 23).

Andrew Liskowitz and Grant Cartwright exceeded their shot-put performances at the 2017 edition of these championships to take fourth and fifth, respectively, while the duo of Billy Bund and Aaron Baumgarten claimed seventh and eighth in the 3,000-meter final.

The quartet of Ryan Wilkie, Desmond Melson, Matt Plowman and Andrew Lorant combined to take sixth in a distance medley relay race that came down to the final lap.

Between all five scorers, the Wolverines closed out day one with 15 points, good for seventh in the team standings and within striking distance of several other teams. Ohio State led the way with 39.5 points, but the pack ahead of Michigan -- Indiana (29 points), Wisconsin (25), Nebraska (22.5), Illinois (20) and Iowa (18) -- are all much closer.

When day-two action resumes Saturday morning at 11 a.m., the Wolverines will be in good position to make a run toward the top of the team standings. Michigan advanced three men from Friday's prelims into Saturday's finals -- Anthony Berry in the mile, Taylor McLaughlin in the 400 meter and Khoury Crenshaw in the 60 meter -- to join weight-throw favorites Joe Ellis and Cartwright, potential triple-jump scorers Kevin Stephens Jr. and Daniel Butael, and the duo of Ben Flanagan and Baumgarten at 5,000 meters.

The pair of Liskowitz and Cartwright were in strong position after their first round of three throws, sitting second at 18.99m (62 feet, 3.75 inches) and 18.95m (62-2.25), respectively. Neither was able to improve on those marks in their final three throws, and they dropped to third and fourth after the fourth set of throws and to fourth and fifth after round five.

While the performance did not quite match their previous marks from this year, it was a significant improvement from 2017. Cartwright was 10th a year ago at 17.42m (57-2), with Liskowitz back in 17th at 16.07m (52-8.75).

For the time being Liskowitz remains in position to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the event at No. 13 -- the top 16 will go to NCAAs -- but Cartwright is now ranked 18th nationally and likely will advance only in the weight throw.

Bund and Baumgarten employed different tactics to finish within a second of one another in the 3,000-meter final in 8:16.91 and 8:17.51, respectively. Bund ran with the front group for the majority of the race and was among the six-man lead pack as it took the bell for the final lap. Baumgarten worked his way up through the pack throughout the race as became his signature style during the cross country season. With that kick he was able to reel in Bund over the final 300 meters after taking the bell a second or two after Bund.

The Michigan pair finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the seeded section of the race but were bumped down a spot each in the overall standings by the winner of the unseeded section from earlier in the day.

This marks the third year in a row Baumgarten has scored in this event, taking third a year ago and fifth in 2016, while it was Bund's first scoring performance at a Big Ten track championship.

In the distance medley relay, Lorant was able to reconnect with the lead pack during the anchor 1,600-meter leg to put himself in position for valuable points. A bunched-up pack for a majority of the final leg gave way to a sprint finish in the final 200 meters of the race, with Lorant ultimately bringing the Wolverines home in 9:50.08.

Earlier in the day, Michigan had several close brushes with multiple-time Big Ten scorers nearly not making their respective finals. At 400 meters, McLaughlin advanced almost literally by the width of a brush hair -- .007 of a second -- to claim the eighth and final spot in 47.34, while Crenshaw was the eighth of nine men to advance to the 60 meters final in 6.76.

The Wolverines also will have Berry in the final of the mile as he tagged along with reigning Big Ten mile champion Kyle Mau of Indiana to propel himself into Saturday on an automatic bid with a time of 4:16.31.

Action resumes at the SPIRE Institute on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. with field events and at 1:30 p.m. with the first track final.

New U-M Collegiate Career Bests on Friday

Daniel Butael -- 6.93m (22-9) / Long Jump

Noah Caudy -- 8.16 / 60m Hurdles

Vail Hartman -- 48.18 / 400m

Desmond Nicholas -- 6.83 / 60m

Blake Washington -- 48.31 / 400m


Q = Automatic qualifier to final

q= Additional qualifier to final based on time

60 Meters Prelims

8. Khoury Crenshaw / 6.76q

14. Desmond Nicholas / 6.83

400 Meters Prelims

8. Taylor McLaughlin / 47.34q

18. Desmond Melson / 47.98

20. Vail Hartman / 48.18

22. Blake Washington / 48.31

Mile Prelims

6. Anthony Berry / 4:16.31Q

15. Connor Mora / 4:16.59

20. Chase Barnett / 4:18.31

3,000 Meters Final

7. Billy Bund / 8:16.91

8. Aaron Baumgarten / 8:17.51

22. Jack Aho / 8:28.01

60-Meter Hurdles Prelims

11. Sierra Hendrix-Williams / 8.00

17. Roland Amarteifio / 8.09

20. Noah Caudy / 8.16

Distance Medley Relay Final

6. Wilkie, Melson, Plowman, Lorant / 9:50.08

Long Jump Final

14. Daniel Butael / 6.93m (22-9)

Shot Put Final

4. Andrew Liskowitz / 18.99m (62-3.75)

5. Grant Cartwright / 18.95m (62-2.25)