U of M Male Wolverines Take 13th at adidas Invite

U of M Male Wolverines Take 13th at adidas Invite

Provided by U of M

Oct. 14, 2011



Site: Madison, Wis. (Thomas Zimmer Championship Course)
Meet: adidas Wisconsin Invitational (8,000 Meters)
U-M Finish: 13th of 39 Teams (414 points)
Top U-M Individual: Bobby Aprill, 25th (24:14.7)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Oct. 30 -- at Big Ten Championships (Champaign, Ill.), 10:45 a.m. CDT

MADISON, Wis. -- The No. 26-ranked University of Michigan men's cross country team, which was led by senior Bobby Aprill's (Dexter, Mich./Dexter HS) 25th-place run, finished 13th in a challenging 39-team field at the adidas Wisconsin Invitational on Friday (Oct. 14) at Thomas Zimmer Championship Course.

Aprill paced the Wolverines to the finish line with a time of 24:14.7 to secure the 25th spot overall. The Wolverines finished with 414 points as a team -- a mark that topped five teams that were seeded higher than U-M in the most-recent NCAA Division I poll (No. 10 Oregon, No. 16 Georgetown, No. 21 Syracuse, No. 23 Arizona State and No. 25 New Mexico).

Fifth-year senior Craig Forys (Howell, N.J./Colts Neck) finished second for the Maize and Blue and 45th overall in a time of 24:27.0. Junior/sophomore Brendon Blacklaws (Wellington, New Zealand/Wellington College) used a personal-best 8,000-meter time of 24:30.9 to claim 50th place.

Rounding out Michigan's top five were junior Zach Ornelas (Cedar Park, Texas/Vista Ridge HS) (24:44.4, 122nd) and sophomore Morsi Rayyan (Dewitt, Mich./St. Johns) (25:17.4, 172nd).

Also recording a person-best time was sophomore Mark Beams (Vicksburg, Mich./Vicksburg), who crossed the finish line in 25:18.2 to finish 173rd overall. In just his second career race, freshman Mason Ferlic (St. Paul, Minn./Mounds Park Academy) placed 260th in a time of 26:57.8.

The Wolverines also had two runners in the 8,000-meter open race. In his collegiate debut, freshman Alex Standiford(Kalamazoo, Mich./Mattawan) placed 64th with a time of 26:28.9, while senior/junior Derek Henning (Alanson, Mich./Petoskey HS) finished 71st in 26:57.7.

Michigan will have two weeks to prepare for the Big Ten Championships, to be hosted by the University of Illinois on Sunday, Oct. 30. The 8,000-meter race is slated to start at 10:45 a.m. CDT at UI's Arboretum in Champaign, Ill.



Final Team Standings

 1. Wisconsin                66
2. VYU 120
3. Stanford 125
4. Princeton 227
5. Indiana 271
6. Texas 300
7. Minnesota 309
8. Northern Arizona 332
9. Providence 343
10. Villanova 367
13. MICHIGAN 414

Top 10 Individuals

 1. Lawi Lalang, Arizona              23:10.8
2. Ryan Hill, NC State 23:25.9
3. Diego Estrada, Northern Arizona 23:26.1
4. Donn Cabral, Princeton 23:30.1
5. Hassan Mead, Minnesota 23:30.6
6. Chris Derrick, Stanford 23:32.1
7. Miles Batty, BYU 23:35.1
8. Jake Riley, Stanford 23:38.6
9. Luke Puskedra, Oregon 23:42.8
10. Rex Shields, BYU 23:44.3

Michigan Finishers (Collegiate Race)

 25. Bobby Aprill, U-M                24:14.7
45. Craig Forys, U-M 24:27.0
50. Brendon Blacklaws, U-M 24:30.9
122. Zach Ornelas, U-M 24:55.4
172. Morsi Rayyan, U-M 25:17.4
173. Mark Beams, U-M 25:18.2
260. Mason Ferlic, U-M 26:57.8

Michigan Finishers (Open Race)

64. Alex Standiford, U-M              26:28.9
71. Derek Henning, U-M 26:57.7




Michigan Head Coach Alex Gibby
On his overall thoughts of Michigan's performance ... "I felt we did a fairly good job. Brendon (Blacklaws) took a big step forward for us. We've been fighting sickness a little big in a couple positions, Craig (Forys) in particular and Morsi (Rayyan). Between Brendon, Bobby (Aprill) and Craig I was pretty pleased with their efforts. I thought Zach Ornelas was also someone who did a very good job. We were a little off at the fifth position with Mason Ferlic. He and Morsi aren't quite where they should be and that's something that we have to tie down in the next couple of weeks before Big Tens so we can be where we want to be. I was a little bit surprised that we ended up 13th. I thought it was a very good effort, but I think there a quite a few things that we still need to work on in terms of our race plan and execution. Overall, I was pleased with the effort. Moving forward to the Big Ten Championships, Wisconsin is arguably the best team in the country, Indiana is a top-five team and Minnesota is probably a top-10 or 12 team."

On the team's performance providing confidence moving forward ... "It wasn't necessarily who we beat, it's how we raced that we can draw our confidence from. If we worry about ourselves and take care of ourselves, the final product is more insured. We can't focus on what everyone else is doing. I would say that it was a nice confidence boost. It was a very difficult environment and a lot of teams struggled in their execution. With the exception of our fifth position, we pretty much did what we were supposed to do today."

U-M Senior Bobby Aprill
On how the team performed today ... "It was a pretty good day for us, but I think it just made us realize how much more we are capable of achieving this season. We beat some solid ranked teams and 13th is a good finish for us at this point in a field this strong."

On his individual performance ... "Individually, I am happy with how today went. I'm not quite where I want to be when I race at Big Tens. I got out pretty conservatively through 5k and was moving up the whole time. I started to make big moves to pass people the last mile."