U of M Men - McLaughlin, Beller Strong on Day One at Stanford

U of M Men - McLaughlin, Beller Strong on Day One at Stanford

Provided by U of M

4/21/2018 12:26:00 AM

// Kyle Terwillegar

Site: Palo Alto, Calif. (Cobb Track and Angell Field)

Event: Stanford Cardinal Classic

U-M Team Result: No Team Scoring

Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 21 -- Stanford Cardinal Classic - Day Two (Palo Alto, Calif.)

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Taylor McLaughlin and Micah Beller posted strong performances for the University of Michigan men's track and field team on its first day of action at the Stanford Cardinal Classic on Friday (April 20).

McLaughlin maintained his strong start to the season in his signature 400-meter hurdles event -- in which he is a two-time All-American -- with a victory in 50.95. Just off of his 50.86 two weeks ago at Duke, the performance was still enough for McLaughlin to notch the victory by nearly half a second over the nearest competitor.

Combined with his effort from Duke, this marks the first time in his career at Michigan that McLaughlin has dipped below 51 seconds twice in the month of April.

Beller closed out the day for the Wolverines with a solid 14:07.20 effort for 15th place in a quick race that saw 13 men run faster that 14 minutes.

Only twice has Beller clocked a faster time at 5,000 meters in an outdoor setting, both times at the Mt. SAC Relays more than five hours down the road in southern California: a career-best 13:56.31 in 2016 and a 14:05.97 a year ago.

A select group of Wolverines are back in action on Saturday, including distance standouts Connor Mora in the steeplechase and Ben Flanagan making his 2018 outdoor debut in the 10,000 meters.


w = wind-aided (greater than 2.0 meter-per-second [m/s] wind; marks with wind up to 4.0m/s are allowable for NCAA Preliminaries qualifying purposes)

1,500 Meters

To be contested Saturday

5,000 Meters

15. Micah Beller / 14:07.20

10,000 Meters

To be contested Saturday

400-Meter Hurdles

1. Taylor McLaughlin / 50.95