U of M Men - Wolverines Kick Off 2014 Season at Michigan Open

U of M Men - Wolverines Kick Off 2014 Season at Michigan Open

Provided by U of M 

Site: Dexter, Mich. (Hudson Mills Metropark)

Meet: Michigan Open (5,000 Meters)

U-M Team Finish: Non-scoring

Top U-M Individual: Mason Ferlic, 2nd (15:20.6)

Next U-M Event: Saturday, Sept. 13 -- at Kentucky Invitational (Lexington, Ky.)

DEXTER, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's cross country team began the 2014 season with the Michigan Open on Friday (Aug. 29) at Hudson Mills Metropark, officially beginning the Kevin Sullivan coaching era in Ann Arbor.

Senior/junior Mason Ferlic (St. Paul, Minn./Mounds Park Academy) was the top-finishing runner for the Wolverines in this year's non-scoring 5K event, ending with a time of 15:20.6 to take the top spot for the Maize and Blue. The next group of Wolverines to cross the finish line included sophomore/freshman Aaron Baumgarten (Williamston, Mich./Williamston) and senior/junior August Pappas (Chelsea, Mich./Chelsea), who finished with times of 15:24.6 and 15:26.2 to take fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Right on their heels were sophomore/freshman Austin Benoit (Rockford, Mich./Rockford) and senior/junior Scotty Albaugh (Waterford, Mich./Waterford Mott), who took sixth and seventh, respectively, behind a shared time of 15:27.5. Senior/junior Nick Posada (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) rounded out the top 10, finishing in 15:30.9.

The Wolverines kept tight packs early in the race, with the group led by Ferlic beginning to pull away just past the first mile marker. After a short period of spacing, the race became tight once more, and the event ended with just a seven-second split between finishers one through five.

The Wolverines will take one week off from competition before traveling to Lexington, Ky., for the Kentucky Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 13.

Complete Results (5,000 meters)

1. Tony Smoragiewicz, Unattached-Michigan 15:19.8

2. Mason Ferlic, U-M 15:20.6

3. Ben Flanagan, Unattached-Michigan 15:21.8

4. Aaron Baumgarten, U-M 15:24.6

5. August Pappas, U-M 15:26.2

6. Austin Benoit, U-M 15:27.5

7. Scotty Albaugh, U-M 15:27.5

8. Connor Mora, Unattached-Michigan 15:29.9

9. George Kelly, Unattached-Michigan 15:30.4

10. Nicholas Posada, U-M 15:30.8

11. Cody Snavely, U-M 15:30.9

12. Micah Beller, U-M 15:31.4

13. Mark Beams, Unattached-Michigan 15:31.5

14. Will Burke, U-M 15:34.7

15. Colin Martin, Unattached-Michigan 15:34.9

16. Billy Bund, U-M 15:40.5

17. Jarred Bratley, U-M 15:45.0

18. Nick Renberg, U-M 15:45.1

19. Kyle Kroon, Unattached-Michigan 15:47.9

20. Eddie Cunningham, U-M 15:50.0

21. Ethan Martin, Unattached-Michigan 15:54.3

22. Costa Willets, Unattached-Michigan 16:11.0

23. Chase Barnett, Unattached-Michigan 16:16.3

24. Alex Moran, Unattached-Michigan 16:19.3

25. Max Bradley, Unattached-Michigan 16:20.7

26. Garrett Cullen, Unattached 16:22.8

27. Jeffrey Sattler, U-M 16:25.9

28. Jordan Eccleston, Unattached-Michigan 16:26.5

29. Justin Waraniak, Unattached 16:32.9

30. Scott Dvorak, Unattached-Michigan 16:35.4

31. Ben Reed, Unattached-Michigan 16:36.8

32. Brennan Munley, Unattached-Michigan 16:39.9

33. Josh Partridge, Unattached 16:40.1

34. John Holmes, Unattached 16:40.7

35. Ryan Wilkie, Unattached-Michigan 16:45.8

36. David Berkland, Unattached 16:55.8

37. Harrison Clark, Unattached 16:58.1

38. Patrick Miller, Unattached 17:11.7

39. Sam Junge, Unattached-Michigan 17:17.4

40. Zac Miklja, Unattached-Michigan 17:22.0

41. Nate Chapman, Unattached-Michigan 17:33.8


Michigan Head Coach Kevin Sullivan

On his goals for today and whether or not the team met them ... "We wanted to run tempo-type effort for the 5K and we had certain set groups we wanted to have work together. Our goal was to get through the race as comfortable as possible and then get some work in afterwards, so we finished the race, took about five minutes and then got into the training session. We were able to get a lot accomplished today. In addition to getting out there in jerseys and letting our fans see us here at a home meet, we were able to get some extra work in that I think will help us down the road."

On growing comfort levels, especially for incoming freshmen ... "Even though we kept the competitive aspect of the event fairly low-key, we still lined up on the start line with chips and numbers on so it's good for the young guys to have that experience, and it's especially nice to do that at home. We don't get that many opportunities to compete in the Ann Arbor area so it's an opportunity that we have to take advantage of and it's good for us to be visible in the community here."

U-M Senior/Junior Mason Ferlic

On today ... "The whole purpose of today was to get a quality workout session, really. We approached it with a bit of race mentality, but certainly kept things at a workout effort-level. Just to run as a group and run together was the main goal, and it worked out well. Coach Sullivan was very happy with the workout we had today. We had some hard stuff after the race and it went well. The whole group is shaping up and this is a great measurement at the beginning of the season."

On the importance of getting back into the competitive mindset ... "Every time you get the opportunity to lace up and put that jersey on is huge, even if this race isn't quite as important. Even just getting in that mentality; you go through the whole routine. You wake up in the morning, eat, hydrate and do your warmup and to have that practice before our first real race is always good, especially for the guys who are running in uniform for the first time. It helps get some of those jitters out of the way."

U-M Senior/Junior August Pappas

On the event as a whole and meeting team goals ... "Coach had given us pretty specific instructions for this race. We were shooting to run between 5:00-flat and 5:05 for each of the miles and I think we got out in about 4:55, so we were a little bit excited. We really got moving out there. In general, it felt to get out in uniform this early in the season. We're used to our first meet being a big event that we fly out to and have more pressure for, so for us to be able to feel out our team dynamic in a situation with less pressure is going to be huge for us moving forward."

On how the freshmen class has handled adjusting so far ... "I remember my freshman year and it was like a whole new world, but I've been extremely impressed with our freshmen. They're level-headed and they are all doing great work in the workouts, staying focused and keeping a level head on their shoulders."

Contact: Chad Shepard