U of M - Yau Takes First at Season-Opening Michigan Open

U of M - Yau Takes First at Season-Opening Michigan Open

Provided by U of M

Site: Dexter, Mich. (Hudson Mills Metropark)

Meet: Michigan Open (5,000 Meters)

U-M Finish: Non-scoring

Top U-M Individual: James Yau, 1st (15:52.15)

Next U-M Event: Friday, Sept. 13 -- at Purdue Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.), 6:30 p.m.

DEXTER, Mich. -- Senior/junior James Yau (Troy, Mich./Troy) of the University of Michigan men's cross country team took top honors at the annual Michigan Open on Friday (Aug. 30) at Hudson Mills Metropark. Yau was one of six Wolverine runners in uniform at the 5K, non-scoring event, which also featured the Purdue Boilermakers.

Yau commanded the race from the gun and remained in the front pack with a group of Boilermakers for the majority of the event. He pulled away over the last 200 meters and crossed the finish line in a winning time of 15:52.15. Yau improved upon his second -place finish and cut 10 seconds off his time from this event a year ago.

Following Yau, Purdue secured the second through fifth places, before sophomore/freshman George Kelly (Lincroft, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) and senior Nathan Karr (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in times of 16:07.95 and 16:11.64.

Junior/sophomore Nick Posada (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) (16:29.35), junior/sophomore Jeff Sattler (Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center) (16:29.96) and sophomore Alex Moran (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) (16:48.74) rounded out Michigan's competitors, finishing 14th, 17th and 21st, respectively.

The Wolverines will take a week off from competition before traveling to West Lafayette, Ind., for the Purdue Invitational on Friday, Sept. 13. The 8K event is set to start at 6:30 p.m. and will serve as a preview of the Big Ten Championship course, which will be hosted by the Boilermakers on Sunday, Nov. 3.

Complete Results (5,000 meters)

1. James Yau, U-M 15:52.15

2. Brett Klosterhoff, Purdue 15:57.81

3. Caleb Kerr, Purdue 15:57.98

4. Stephen Stoot, Purdue 15:59.01

5. Tyler Wynn, Purdue 16:00.70

6. George Kelly, U-M 16:07.95

7. Nathan Karr, U-M 16:11.54

8. Danny Williams, Purdue 16:12.26

9. Rocky Pollack, Purdue 16:13.35

10. Andrew Cartwright, Purdue 16:13.94

11. Alan Attiah, Purdue 16:21.77

12. Josh Haase, Purdue 16:22.94

13. Dan Porter, Purdue 16:26.80

14. Nick Posada, U-M 16:29.35

15. Dillon Hinen, Purdue 16:29.51

16. Sam Hoffman, Purdue 16:29.78

17. Jeff Sattler, U-M 16:29.96

18. Buddy Herkenham, Michigan Running Club 16:40.49

19. Josh Partridge, Michigan Running Club 16:41.68

20. David Burkland, Michigan Running Club 16:44.89

21. Alex Moran, U-M 16:48.74

22. Casey Amen, Unattached 16:55.95

23. Steve Scholz, Purdue 17:06.95

24. Eli Jenkinson, Unattached-Michigan 17:37.53

25. Alex Fower, Unattached 17:47.29


Michigan Head Coach Alex Gibby

On how preseason camp helped with training and team bonding ... "It was outstanding. I will compliment the freshmen -- they've done a great job of fitting in to what we're trying to do as a group right off the bat. They've been a very complementary piece, instead of a little bit more of an educational piece. Every year that I've been at Michigan, our preparation over the summer is better and a little bit more particular in terms of what we're trying to do philosophically. It's not just doing the work, it's understanding where the work places so that you're a little more accurate in your execution and your setup because the periodization of our training is important to when we arrive in terms of full fitness. I was pleased with camp in a multitude of facets -- it was a chance to impart a message, get into a training routine and of course blend a big group of freshmen into an accomplished group of upperclassmen."

On how the guys in uniform executed the race plan today ... "We've obviously just come through a really hard training phase, and we wanted to go out conservatively and really just identify the last mile and look to be aggressive. I thought James Yau did a good job, Nate (Karr) did a good job, but we were a little sloppy on the back end. Purdue, in a relative sense, ran a much more even-paced race plan, which you'll see at this point of the year. We're not so concerned with wins or losses, as how we are setting up for the championship portion of the season and building toward those meets that are truly meaningful."

On how their training will process in coming weeks ... "Through Oklahoma State, we're going to keep the same patterns that we've been building on throughout the summer. There will be a very aerobic emphasis on the general nature of our training. We will go to Purdue (Sept. 13) with a young group. The purpose of that meet will be two-fold; one, I'd like to see the course and see how we work on the course, but two, we're going get some younger guys some experience on a championship course at a quality invitational. Our training in general is really not varying much from the last three or four weeks of the summer, nor what we did over camp. With repetition, over time there will be an increase in quality and intensity as we go."

U-M Senior Mark Beams

On preseason camp and helping the freshmen get acclimated ... "Camp went great. We have a whole group of guys who have only been coached by Coach Gibby, largely only recruited by Coach Gibby. That is phenomenal because we're all on the same page, and we're all going in the same direction. Solidarity is something we talked a lot about at camp, and that's going to be huge throughout the year."

On some of the younger guys getting a chance to race and having the team there to support them ... "It was a good experience for some of the guys who redshirted last year or are newer to the racing game. It was fun to come out here and have a good workout this morning and then support the guys who were racing."

On the team's focus moving forward ... "We're definitely a process-oriented team, but we definitely have our eyes on the Big Ten team championships. We obviously want to do well at regionals to get to nationals as well, but the Big Ten team title is going to be one of the major goals this year."

U-M Senior/Junior James Yau

On preseason camp and helping the freshmen get acclimated ... "We got up to Glen Arbor about a week ago, which is a really beautiful area. Workouts were great. There is a big difference in this group this year. We have 12 freshmen coming in, and a lot of them are very talented, which creates a great workout atmosphere. We're all working together and pushing each other. There are a ton of great personalities on the team, and I think that will really help this team connect and push forward through the championship season."

On the healthy competition among the team ... "We have almost everyone returning from last season. We have four seniors, five juniors and a lot of talented sophomore and freshmen. That's going to give everyone the opportunity to work with each other and fight for those top seven spots. That's a good thing to have, when you have so many guys who have the potential to make varsity. It's just going to push Michigan forward -- hopefully to a Big Ten title."

Contact: Whitney Dixon