U of M - Top-10s by Ferlic, Flanagan Help U-M Men Take Third at NCAA Regional

U of M - Top-10s by Ferlic, Flanagan Help U-M Men Take Third at NCAA Regional

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Site: Madison, Wis. (Zimmer Championship Course)

Meet: NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships (10,000 Meters)

U-M Team Finish: 3rd Place of 30 Teams (94 points)

Top U-M Individual: Mason Ferlic, 7th (30:25)

Next U-M Event: Saturday, Nov. 22 -- at NCAA Championships (Terre Haute, Ind.), 1 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. -- The 12th-ranked University of Michigan men's cross country team earned a third-place finish today (Friday, Nov. 14) at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. The Wolverines were led by All-Great Lakes Region finishes from senior/junior Mason Ferlic, sophomore Ben Flanagan and senior/junior August Pappas. The 10,000-meter event was hosted by the University of Wisconsin at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course.

In a field of 207 athletes, Ferlic, who has paced the Wolverines in each meet this season in which the varsity team has competed, led the charge once again with a seventh-place finish, crossing at 30:25 despite falling around the 6K mark. Ferlic was behind about 60 harriers with a little more than 3K remaining and used a late surge to recover from his fall and push himself into a top-10 finish.

The race was tightly packed through the halfway point before a group pulled forward, led by Indiana State's John Mascari, Wisconsin's Malachy Schrobilgen and others. Mascari ultimately defended his title from last season with a time of 30:07, while Schrobilgen, the individual Big Ten champion, finished runner-up by crossing three seconds later.

Flanagan and Pappas, who both bested 10,000-meter personal bests, also picked up all-region honors by finishing 10th and 18th, respectively. Flanagan crossed the line at 30:31, with Pappas finishing just seven seconds later.

The fourth scorer for the Maize and Blue was junior/sophomore George Kelly, who earned 27th place with his time of 30:46. Sophomore/freshman Aaron Baumgarten ran to a 32nd-place finish, crossing eight seconds behind Kelly to round out U-M's scoring five. Overall, U-M created an impressive 29-second split between its first and fifth scorers.

Senior/junior Tony Smoragiewicz, who has battled illness all week, finished 49th overall at 31:19, while classmate Nick Posada crossed the line at 32 minutes flat as U-M's final runner. Like Ferlic, Posada also fell around the 6K mark and regained standing through the final stretch of the race.

The 2014 season will conclude with the NCAA Championships next Saturday (Nov. 22) at Indiana State University's LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind. The Wolverines will learn their fate tomorrow afternoon (Saturday, Nov. 15), as the team must receive an at-large bid to advance to the national meet.

Team Results (Top 10)

1. Wisconsin 61

2. Michigan State 82


4. Indiana 126

5. Eastern Michigan 164

6. Notre Dame 205

7. Indiana State 241

8. Butler 252

9. IUPUI 253

10. Ohio State 277

Top 10 Individual Finishers

1. John Mascari, Indiana State 30:07

2. Malachy Schrobilgen, Wisconsin 30:10

3. Matt McClintock, Purdue 30:17

4. Caleb Rhynard, Michigan State 30:17

5. Erik Peterson, Butler 30:22

6. Michael Clevenger, Notre Dame 30:22

7. MASON FERLIC, U-M 30:25

8. Joseph Stewart, Miami (Ohio) 30:29

9. Evan Esselink, Indiana 30:29

10. BEN FLANAGAN, U-M 30:31

Other Michigan Finishers

18. August Pappas 30:38

27. George Kelly 30:46

32. Aaron Baumgarten 30:54

49. Tony Smoragiewicz 31:19

83. Nick Posada 32:00


• The top two teams at each of the nine regionals around the country earned automatic bids to the NCAA Championships (Nov. 22). Based on today's results, Wisconsin and Michigan State earned those bids in the Great Lakes Regional.

• The Wolverines will hope to be one of 13 schools that will receive at-large bids based on their regular-season and postseason performances. The NCAA Championships field will be announced tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 15).Four individual competitors (whose teams are not already qualified for the NCAA Championships) will also receive at-large bids to Terre Haute, Indiana.

• Today's NCAA Great Lakes Regional was Michigan's first competition this year on a 10,000-meter course. U-M returned to the Zimmer Championship Course today after making a prior appearance this year for the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational (Oct. 17).

• An at-large bid tomorrow would give Michigan its fifth straight team appearance at the NCAA Championships.

• With today's third-place team finish, U-M has now finished third or better in four consecutive seasons at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional (2011, 3rd; 2012, 2nd; 2013, 1st) and in six of the last eight seasons.

• Mason Ferlic has been Michigan's top finisher in each race in which its varsity squad has competed this season. His seventh-place finish today paced the Wolverines again, and he was rewarded with All-Great Lakes Region honors for his efforts. Ferlic has now been awarded all-region recognition in back-to-back seasons after a third-place showing in 2013.

• August Pappas, who finished 23rd in 2013, also picked up back-to-back All-Great Lakes Region recognition with his 18th-place finish today.

• Ben Flanagan earned his first All-Great Lakes Region honors with his 10th-place finish.

• For Aaron Baumgarten, George Kelly and Nick Posada, today's race marked their first experience competing at the 10,000-meter distance.

• Ben Flanagan set a 10,000-meter PR with his time of 30:31. August Pappas (30:38) also set a PR mark at the 10K distance.

Communications Contact: Chad Shepard