U of M - Ferlic Paces U-M to Third at Wisconsin's Adidas Invite

U of M - Ferlic Paces U-M to Third at Wisconsin's Adidas Invite

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What You Need to Know

» U-M defeated 15 ranked teams, including No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 Iona, No. 7 Virginia and all four Big Ten opponents.

» The team's third-place finish is the best in program history at the meet (since 2009).

» The Maize and Blue posted a split of just 29.2 seconds between runners 1-6.

• Complete Results: Championship PDF | Open Race PDF

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Site: Tom Zimmer Championship Course (Madison, Wis.)

Meet: Wisconsin Adidas Invitational

U-M Team Finish: 3rd Place of 36 Teams (218 points)

Top U-M Individual: Mason Ferlic, 13th place (23:49.00)

Next U-M Event: Friday, Oct. 23 -- at EMU Classic (Dexter, Mich.), 4 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. -- The eighth-ranked University of Michigan men's cross country team earned a third-place finish at the 8,000-meter Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Friday (Oct. 16), placing a pair of runners in the top 30 to knock off all four Big Ten opponents in the race, including the No. 11-ranked and host Badgers. It marks the program's best-ever finish since it began competing at the meet in 2009, when the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course opened. The course will be the site of the 2015 NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Nov. 13.

The meet featured 17 ranked programs, including eight of the nation's top 15, making it the most competitive regular-season meet so far this season. U-M seized its opportunity for a strong performance against nationally ranked teams, paced by fifth-year senior Mason Ferlic, as has been the case in the last 15 consecutive races in which he has competed.

Ferlic led the way for the Maize and Blue, working his way to a 13th-place finish overall. In a race that featured 244 athletes from 36 different schools, Ferlic got off to a quick start and was among the tightly packed lead bunch early into the race.

At a 4:50 pace through the first mile, the two-time All-American seized the individual lead for a short stretch around the 2K mark, and he settled in with the front group, where more than a dozen runners continued to jockey for position well into the second lap of the 8,000-meter race.

Eventually, Syracuse's Justin Knight took over the lead, and Tulsa's Marc Scott was the eventual winner at 23:35.0. Knight's runner-up showing helped his team to a victory with 102 points; however, U-M bested the No. 2-ranked Orange at last month's Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational (Sept. 11).

"Our third-place team finish is probably the biggest indication overall of how well this program is coming along," said Ferlic, "We were the first Big Ten team, and that creates good momentum headed into Big Tens. This was a chance to see everyone's 'A' squad, and we came out on top."

"I talked to the guys after the race," he went on, "and no one was satisfied with their performance -- myself included. To finish where we did, while having guys not race as well as they would have wanted to is a very good sign. Even though we weren't able to execute 100 percent, our 90 percent was good enough to beat a majority of the top teams in the country."

Junior co-captain Ben Flanagan took 29th place in 24:00.4 to become U-M's second top-30 finisher of the afternoon.

A pair of Wolverines set new collegiate-best times at 8,000-meters: junior Connor Mora crossed 52nd overall for the Maize and Blue, finishing in 24:10.6, while fifth-year senior August Pappas claimed 64th by shaving two seconds off his previous PR to clock 24:15.7 and round out the scoring for the Wolverines.

"It's always nice to run a new personal best," said Mora, "but you can never be satisfied with it. It's a sign of progress and a mark that you want to continually exceed. I hope to use this as a stepping stone to keep moving forward."

After Mora, junior/sophomore Aaron Baumgarten finished 63rd at 24:15.2, just a half-second ahead of Pappas.

Claiming sixth in the Michigan lineup, and 74th overall, was senior Tony Smoragiewicz (24:18.2), and fifth-year senior Nick Posada (24:47.5) rounded out the U-M lineup with a 157th-place finish.

In the open race, the Maize and Blue enjoyed a team victory with 31 points, placing three Wolverines in the top eight. U-M was led by senior/junior Nick Renberg, who took the individual title in 24:15.5. Renberg led from the gun, cruising through a 77-man field to take the title with a four-plus-second cushion.

Renberg crossed ahead of junior/sophomore Micah Beller, who ran 24:35.0 for fifth, and sophomore/freshman Kyle Kroon, who clocked 24:39.4 for eighth place. The final U-M athlete to crack the top 20 was senior/junior Jarred Bratley, who ran 24:54.2 for 17th overall.

U-M gets right back on the course next Friday (Oct. 23) with the EMU Classic at the nearby Dexter Mills Metropark in Dexter, Michigan. The race will begin at 4 p.m.

Top 10 Individual Finishers

1. Marc Scott, Tulsa 23:35.0

2. Justyn Knight, Syracuse 23:35.8

3. Sean McGorty, Stanford 23:36.2

4. Martin Hehir, Syracuse 23:36.9

5. Malachy Schrobilgen, Wisconsin 23:37.2

6. Colin Bennie, Syracuse 23:38.5

7. Izaic Yorks, Washington 23:39.8

8. Chartt Miller, Iona 23:44.7

9. Henry Wynne, Virginia 23:44.7

10. Morgan McDonald, Wisconsin 23:46.6

Top U-M Finishers

13. Mason Ferlic 23:49.0

29. Ben Flanagan 24:00.4

52. Connor Mora 24:10.6

63. Aaron Baumgarten 24:15.2

64. August Pappas 24:15.7

74. Tony Smoragiewicz 24:18.2

157. Nick Posada 24:47.5

Top 10 Team Finishes

1. Syracuse 102 points

2. BYU 187


4. Virginia 240

5. Iona 270

6. N.C. State 313

7. Furman 313

8. Tulsa 329

9. UCLA 338

10. Columbia 363

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