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April 2013

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  big ten/NCAA championships: Men's track Michigan Rebounds At National Meet Michigan concluded an arduous indoor season with a quartet of strong individual performances at the 2013 NCAA Championships March 8-9. All four Maize and Blue representatives earned second-team All-America honors, the most for the program since 1991, but Michigan did not register a team score. "It is such is a good meet that being there is an accomplishment itself, but you obviously want to have a good performance," fifth-year senior distance runner Bobby Aprill said. "I thought some things went well, a couple of us might have had more in us, but I think we did well." Redshirt junior Ethan Dennis was the Wolverines' top performer, finishing ninth in the weight throw to earn All-America accolades in the event for a second consecutive season — but it was not without con- Fifth-year senior Dan Lowry notched a 10thtroversy. place finish in the 5,000-meter run at the "My first two throws in preliminar- national meet with a time of 13:54.41. ies were not very good," Dennis said. photo courtesy michigan athletic media relations "I was happy with my third throw, but it was ruled a foul. The call was reviewed and eventually reversed, and I ended up qualifying for the finals on that throw." Dennis, who entered the meet ranked 11th in the nation, recorded his best effort of 20.53 meters on the aforementioned toss and, although he could not replicate a similar distance in the finals, was able to secure the No. 9 spot. "Ethan has really been a student of the game," head coach Fred LaPlante said. "He went to Europe last summer to meet with different hammer coaches and he has really tried to learn as much as possible. "He was in this meet last year and was more prepared this time around, but I still think he comes away thinking, 'I had more in me and could have had a better throw.'" Redshirt sophomore Cody Riffle was Michigan's second stellar thrower. He finished 12th in the shot put with an 18.09-meter heave.

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