Michigan Men Win Big at Simmons-Harvey Invitational
1/21/2023 9:28:00 PM
// Gabrielle Healy
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Indoor Track Building)
Event: Simmons-Harvey Invitational
U-M Result: 1st of 4 teams (153 points)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Jan. 27-28 — at PNC Lenny Lyles Invitational (Louisville, Ky.), TBD
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan men’s track and field team came to win, setting multiple Big Ten-leading performances and meet records Saturday (Jan. 21) to take the Simmons-Harvey Invitational team title. The meet, hosted at the U-M Indoor Track Building, ends a three-weekend homestand for the Wolverines.
Nick Foster and Joshua Zeller stole the show, dominating the 3,000 meters and 60 meter hurdles, respectively. Foster, who has already set multiple career bests and meet records this season, won the 3,000 meters with a time of 7:53.94. The win — which set a new facility record, meet record, career best and tops the Big Ten, was in a race honoring Michigan alumni Kris Eggle. Zeller won the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 7.69 seconds. Setting a meet and facility record, Zeller sits atop the conference for the event, making his mark only two meets into the indoor season.
Foster led the Wolverines’ domination of the 3,000-meter race, clinching the top four places. Tom Brady (8:05.51) finished second, Oli Raimond was third (8:06.95) and Zach Stewart fourth (8:15.89), with Maize and Blue leading the pack for the majority of the race. Michigan’s distance crew saw additional success in the mile, where Ian Hill took his first collegiate win in 4:12.80, followed by Michael Hancock with a time of 4:12.96.
In the field events, Berachiah Ajala won the triple jump with a leap of 15.51 meters (50 feet, 10.75 inches) and finished second in the long jump with a distance of 7.18 meters (23 feet, 6.75 inches). Jake Wall took fourth in the long jump (6.99m; 22 feet, 11.25 inches) in his Michigan debut.
Michigan’s throwers continue to make an impact, with Eli Winter (second, 19.78m; 64 feet, 10.75 inches) and Zane Forist (third, 18.30m; 60 feet, 0.5 inches) taking two of the top three spots in the weight throw. Aiden Felty and Cade Moran took fourth and fifth in the shot put, throwing for 16.94 meters (55…