Liskowitz Reasserts Himself as NCAA Title Contender on Final Day of OSU Invite –
On the final day of a split-squad weekend between Ohio State and Indiana on Saturday (May 1), the University of Michigan men’s track and field team was led at Ohio State by the re-emergence of Andrew Liskowitz as an NCAA title contender and at Indiana by tremendous mid-distance depth.
Michigan concludes its regular season with its lone home meet of the outdoor season on Saturday (May 8) before heading to Illinois for the Big Ten Outdoor Championships on May 12-14.
Liskowitz, Amene, Zeller Shine at Ohio State
Site: Columbus, Ohio (Jesse Owens Stadium)
Event: B1G Jesse Owens Classic
U-M Result: No team scoring
Next U-M Event: Saturday, May 8 — host B1G Len Paddock Open (U-M Track and Field Stadium), TBA
• Complete Results (PDF)
COLUMBUS, Ohio — University of Michigan graduate student Andrew Liskowitz reminded the collegiate shot put scene that he is still a force to be reckoned with as he launched one of the nation’s best marks on Saturday (May 1) to headline the Wolverines’ final day of competition at the Jesse Owens Classic.
Liskowitz had just one legal throw, but he made it count with a 20.70m (67 feet, 11 inch) heave in the third round to both stave off elimination and secure his spot as the top collegian in the invitational section of the competition behind Olympic medalist and world champion Joe Kovacs.
Though the mark measured shy of his school-record 21.15m (69-4.75) from the summer of 2019, it was the best throw ever launched by a Wolverine during the collegiate season (through the NCAA Outdoor Championships). Nationally, it propelled him all the way to No. 2 on the NCAA Division I descending order list for the 2021 outdoor season, reaffirming his status as an NCAA title contender.
Teammate John Meyer also had a career-best-type day, throwing a trio of 19-meter-plus marks, headlined by an outdoor-best 19.19m (62-11.5) for third place.
Sprinter Dubem Amene continued his breakthrough outdoor campaign with another career-best performance at 400 meters, this time in 46.40 seconds to take third in a showdown of three of the four fastest men in the conference.
He climbed a spot to No. 6 in outdoor school history for the distance, and surpassed the indoor school record of 46.42 set by multiple-time All-American hurdler Taylor McLaughlin during his freshman campaign in 2016.
Only five NCAA Division I freshmen have run faster over 400 meters this spring.
Individually, Owens excelled in the 110-meter hurdles along with event winner Josh Zeller. Zeller led the way in the prelims at 13.81 seconds with Owens not far behind at 13.88 — both wind-aided with a +2.9m/s tailwind — before Zeller took the win in the final at 13.73 (+3.2m/s). Owens moved to No. 8 in school history, while Zeller was just .01 off his overall best.
Full Michigan Results by Event
Q = automatic qualifier to final; q = at-large qualifier to final
100 meter dash
5. Noah Stallworth / 10.65 (+2.6m/s)
200 meter dash
10. Noah Stallworth / 21.79 (+4.5m/s) [New PR]
110 meter hurdles
1. Josh Zeller / 13.73 (+3.2m/s)
7. Mason Mahacek / 41.44m (135-11) [New PR]
Mid-Distance Shows its Depth at Indiana