Kelly Gives U-M Consecutive Big Ten Athletes of the Week

Kelly Gives U-M Consecutive Big Ten Athletes of the Week

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior/sophomore George Kelly of the 14th-ranked University of Michigan men's cross country team was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week on Tuesday (Oct. 28).

Kelly earned the honor after a runner-up finish at the EMU Fall Classic last Friday (Oct. 24). The non-scoring, 5K race featured a field of 104 runners, and Kelly's time of 15:03.2 paced the Wolverines in the event.

Kelly's time was a collegiate-best at the 5,000-meter distance, and also improved on his time from the Michigan Open (Aug. 29) -- U-M's host event run at the same course in nearby Dexter, Michigan -- by nearly 30 seconds (15:30.4). This event marks Kelly's first time leading the Maize and Blue in competition.

This week's recognition gives U-M back-to-back Big Ten Athletes of the Week and marks the fourth time this season that the Wolverines have earned the honor. All previous honors were won by Mason Ferlic (Sept. 23; Oct. 7; Oct. 21).

U-M will begin its championship season this weekend with the Big Ten Championships in Iowa City, Iowa. The event is slated for 10:45 a.m. CST on Sunday, Nov. 2, at Iowa's Ashton Cross Country Course.