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.

Amene doubled back to close out the day as the anchor leg of the third-place 4×400 relay team, combining with Roland Amarteifio, Ayden Owens and Austin Lin to clock a season’s best 3:09.56.

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.

Headlining the action in the jumps was the duo of Heath Baldwin and Max Wagner, who tied for second in the high jump at 2.05m (6-8.75).

Full Michigan Results by Event

Q = automatic qualifier to final; q = at-large qualifier to final

100 meter dash
Final (Saturday)
5. Noah Stallworth / 10.65 (+2.6m/s)

Prelims (Saturday)
7. Noah Stallworth / 10.63q (+4.0m/s) [New PR]
12. Bera Ajala / 10.91 (+2.1m/s) [New PR]

200 meter dash
Final (Friday)
10. Noah Stallworth / 21.79 (+4.5m/s) [New PR]

400 meter dash
Final (Saturday)
3. Dubem Amene / 46.40 [New PR]
7. Austin Lin / 48.16

110 meter hurdles
Final (Saturday)
1. Josh Zeller / 13.73 (+3.2m/s)

Prelims (Saturday)
1. Josh Zeller / 13.81Q (+2.9m/s)
3. Ayden Owens / 13.88Q (+2.9m/s)
8. Mason Mahacek / 15.82q (+1.4m/s) [New PR]
–. Heath Baldwin / DQ

4×400 Relay
Final (Saturday)
3. Roland Amarteifio, Ayden Owens, Austin Lin, Dubem Amene / 3:09.56
5. Heath Baldwin, Mason Mahacek, Vail Hartman, Leo Gabaron / 3:20.44

High Jump
Final (Saturday)
2. Heath Baldwin / 2.05m (6-8.75) [New PR]
2. Max Wagner / 2.05m (6-8.75)
5. Cassidy Henshaw / 1.95m (6-4.75)

Shot Put
Invitational (Saturday)
2. Andrew Liskowitz / 20.70m (67-11)
3. John Meyer / 19.19m (62-11.5) [New PR]

Discus
Final (Saturday)
13. Ayden Owens / 43.06m (141-3)
15. Mason Mahacek / 32.46m (106-6)

Javelin
Final (Friday)
7. Mason Mahacek / 41.44m (135-11) [New PR]

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