Wolverines Finish Fourth in 4x400 Relay at NCAAs
June 14, 2008
Site: Des Moines, Iowa (Drake Stadium)
Event: NCAA Outdoor Championships (Day 4)
U-M Team Finish: Tie-42nd Place (5 Points)
Next U-M Event: Season Completed
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The University of Michigan finished fourth in the men's 4x400-meter relay with a school-record time Saturday (June 14) on the final day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium on Jim Duncan Track.
Junior Andre Barnes (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield HS), senior co-captain Andrew Wechter (Shelby, Ohio/Shelby HS), senior/junior Dan Harmsen (Rockford, Mich./Rockford HS) and fifth-year senior Stann Waithe (Towson, Md./Loch Raven HS) posted a time of 3:04.64 to earn five team points, putting the Wolverines in a eight-way tie for 42nd place in the final team standings.
After a good opening leg by Barnes, Wechter received a clean exchange and maintained third place with the lead pack until the final 50 meters. Harmsen received the second exchange of the race and held off an early surge by Texas to maintain fourth place.
Waithe closed in on the lead group around the final bend and held off a late surge by Northern Iowa (3:04.97) to secure fourth place, U-M's best finish in the 4x400m relay since 1972. The Wolverines shattered the old school record (3:05.73) by more than a second.