All-American Ferlic Paces Wolverine Men to 21st at NCAAs
Provided by U of M
Site: Terre Haute, Ind. (LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course)
Meet: NCAA Championships (10,000 Meters)
U-M Finish: 21st Place of 31 Teams (433 points)
Top U-M Individual: Mason Ferlic, 22nd (30:32.8)
Next U-M Event: Season Complete
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The 13th-ranked University of Michigan men's cross country team was led by junior Mason Ferlic's (St. Paul, Minn./Mounds Park Academy) All-American performance, as the Wolverines finished 21st at the NCAA Championships with 433 points on Saturday (Nov. 23) at Indiana State's LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course.
Ferlic finished 22nd overall in a time of 30:32.8 to become Michigan's first All-American since Nate Brannen in 2004.
Colorado claimed the men's team title with 149 points, while Oregon freshman Edward Cheserek won the individual crown.
Ferlic got out well from the gun and began navigating his way through the crowded field early on. Between the 3K and 5K mark he advanced 31 places into the 28th spot.
Senior Mark Beams (Vicksburg, Mich./Vicksburg) and freshman Ben Flanagan (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada/St. Mary's) remained close for the majority of the race. By the midway point, Flanagan moved his way through the field to within six spots of Beams, keeping his Maize and Blue teammate within his line of sight. With 2,000 meters to go, Beams and Flanagan were right together in the 90th and 93rd spots, respectively.
Ferlic got things going for the Wolverines, crossing the line in 30:32.8 to finish 22nd. Beams (31:13.2) and Flanagan (31:18.8) eventually finished the 10K race separated by just five seconds in 86th and 99th place, respectively, giving Michigan three top-100 finishers.
Senior Morsi Rayyan (Dewitt, Mich./St. Johns), who had trouble navigating through the congested field to find his teammates early in the race, was able to bypass 13 runners in the final 2,000 meters to finish 154th overall in a time of 31:49.2.
In his season debut at 10,000 meters, sophomore Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D./Rapid City Central) was Michigan's fifth scorer, stopping the clock at 31:59.8, to place 172nd overall.
Freshman Cory Glines (Canton, Ohio/St. Thomas Aquinas) (32:15.3) and junior/sophomore August Pappas (Chelsea, Mich./Chelsea) (32:32.3) rounded out U-M's seven-man squad, placing 197th and 217th, respectively.
In addition to Michigan's 21st-place finish at the national championships, the Wolverines wrapped up the 2013 postseason with its first NCAA Great Lakes Regional title since 2007 and their second straight runner-up performance at the Big Ten Championships.
1. Colorado 149
2. Northern Arizona 169
3. Oklahoma State 230
4. BYU 267
5. Oregon 274
6. Iona 284
7. Portland 293
8. Indiana 306
9. Wisconsin 326
10. Syracuse 329
21. MICHIGAN 433
Top 10 Finishers
1. Edward Cheserek, Oregon 29:41.1
2. Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech 29:59.1
3. Maksim Korolev, Harvard 29:59.5
4. Futsum Zienasellassie, Northern Arizona 30:05.7
5. Jim Rosa, Stanford 30:08.9
6. Stanley Kebenei, Arkansas 30:10.1
7. Andrew Colley, N.C. State 30:12.5
8. Ben Saarel, Colorado 30:14.1
9. Patrick Tiernan, Villanova 30:15.7
10. Luke Caldwell, New Mexico 30:17.2
22. Mason Ferlic, U-M 30:32.8
86. Mark Beams, U-M 31:13.2
99. Ben Flanagan, U-M 31:18.8
154. Morsi Rayyan, U-M 31:49.2
172. Tony Smoragiewicz, U-M 31:59.8
197. Cory Glines, U-M 32:15.3
217. August Pappas, U-M 32:32.3
N O T E S
• Due to the extremely muddy and wet conditions of the course, the start line was moved up 110 meters. Therefore no times could be counted as course or NCAA records.
• Michigan made its third straight appearance at the NCAA Championships as a team (2011, '12, '13).
• Mason Ferlic became the first All-American at Michigan since Nate Brannen in 2004, for his top-40 performance.
• Just 30 points separated the 17th-21st place teams -- 17 North Carolina (403), 18 Villanova (415), 19 Stanford (417), 20 Air Force (419), 21 Michigan (433).
• Ben Flanagan and Cory Glines each made their NCAA Championship debut today. August Pappas completed his first race at the national meet, as he was unable to finish last year's race due to injury.
• It marked the collegiate finale for seniors Mark Beams and Morsi Rayyan.
• Mason Ferlic has been Michigan's top finisher in each of the five races that the varsity squad has competed in this season.
Contact: Whitney Dixon