Feb. 8, 2014
NEW YORK – Michael Lihrman has a nice habit of breaking records. His own records, that is.
On the final day of the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City, the junior unleashed a massive heave of 75 feet, 4 inches to win the weight throw and shatter his previous personal and school-record throw of 74-7 3/4, set at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational on Jan. 24. Lihrman’s heave ranks second among all collegiate athletes this season, behind Purdue sophomore Chukwuebuka Enekwechi’s throw of 77-6.
The other notable performance of the day came from Mohammed Ahmed. The senior, competing for the Badgers for the first time in 2014, looked to be in midseason form, winning the championship section of the 3000 meters in 7 minutes, 55.45 seconds. The mark ranks as the sixth-fastest time in the NCAA this year and Ahmed fell just short of his personal record of 7:55.13 set last February.
Ahmed and Lihrman’s efforts were key to propelling the No. 5-ranked Wisconsin men’s track and field team to the team title by amassing 63 points against an impressive field of ranked competitors.
Teammates Malachy Schrobilgen and Jacob Erschen also competed in the 3000 meters. Schrobilgen placed third in 8:01.25 to break his previous-best time by over nine seconds, while Erschen crossed the line ninth (8:19.07).
Scott Erickson, Andrew Brekke and Andrew Bartsch joined Lihrman in the weight throw. Erickson finished sixth (63-11), Brekke placed 22nd (56-8 1/2) and Bartsch was 27th (53-5 3/4).
In a pair of college events, Jesse Johnson finished 12th in the pole vault with a clearance of 15-5, while Charlie Foss placed 15th in the high jump with a leap of 6-3 1/4.
In the 800 meters, All-American Austin Mudd competed in an individual event for the first time this season, completing the four-lap race in 1:52.54, good for 11th place. Reed Connor made his individual debut in the mile, earning a ninth-place finish in 4:13.14, while freshman teammate Carl Hirsch completed the event three places later in 12th (4:18.18).
Meanwhile, a couple of sprinters competed in the preliminary round of the 200-meter championships. Babatunde Awosika crossed the line sixth in 21.65 and Garret Payne was 27th in 22.31.
The Wisconsin 4x400 relay team ran the final event of the weekend, winning its heat but finishing fourth overall with a time of 3:11.92.
The Badgers return to the track next weekend, Feb. 14-15, for the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.