U of M Men - Distance, Middle-Distance Strength Shows at ISU Classic

U of M Men - Distance, Middle-Distance Strength Shows at ISU Classic

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Site: Ames, Iowa (Lied Recreation Center)

Event: Iowa State Classic (Day 2)

U-M Team Result: No team scoring

Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 21 -- host Silverston Invitational (U-M Indoor Track Building), 10:30 a.m.; at Alex Wilson Invitational (South Bend, Ind.), 11 a.m.

AMES, Iowa -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team completed day two of the Iowa State Classic today (Saturday, Feb. 14) in the Lied Recreation Center. A group of 28 Wolverines made the trip to Ames, where five Wolverines set new personal-best marks on the weekend. U-M recorded seven top-10 finishes on the second day of action, setting PRs in three different events overall.

U-M set out to Iowa State's event in preparation of the Big Ten Championships at the end of the month (Feb. 27-28) at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Iowa State attracted some of the nation's top teams to its campus this weekend. Athletes from No. 2 Florida, No. 6 LSU and No. 12 Virginia Tech, as well as from Big Ten opponents No. 7 Nebraska, No. 18 Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and other schools competed in Ames at the Lied Recreation Center yesterday (Friday, Feb. 13) and today, with some of the top collegians in the nation taking part in the action.

The Cyclones also hosted some of the nation's best middle-distance competition this weekend, and at last year's Iowa State Classic, athletes in the middle-distance and distance races accounted for 22 percent of the NCAA fields in those events.

In the 3,000-meter race, four U-M athletes competed, and a pair finished in the top 10. Senior/junior Mason Ferlic claimed sixth at 7:59.14, and fifth-year senior Morsi Rayyan was eighth at 8:01.96. Ferlic was forced into the lead after a slow pace toward the front of the race but was tracked down over the last 300m. His time is 17th best in the NCAA so far this season, not including nationwide results from today's events.

Four athletes also ran the 800m race, led by a 22nd-place finish from freshman Brennan Munley (1:52.49).

Fifth-year senior Ali Arastu ran 46.86 in the 400m race to finish third, while senior/junior Codie Nolan was the runner-up in the 60m dash (6.85).

Among the field events, the Wolverines placed two competitors in the top five of the shot put, with fifth-year senior Cody Riffle finishing runner-up after his throw of 18.60m (61-0.25 ft.), a mark that would rank in the top 30 nationally. Senior/junior Derek Sievers finished fifth by throwing 18.29m (60-0.25 ft.).

The Maize and Blue will wrap up the indoor regular season next weekend (Saturday, Feb. 21), hosting the annual Silverston Invitational at the U-M Indoor Track Building. A group of competitors will also travel to Notre Dame's Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Indiana, in preparation of the Big Ten Championships at the SPIRE Institute the following weekend (Feb. 27-28).

• Day 1 Results


• The Maize and Blue traveled 28 athletes to Ames this weekend in preparation of the Big Ten Championships in two weekends (Feb. 27-28).

• Four Wolverines set PRs in two events on the Iowa State Classic's first day of action, and another was added today, bringing the weekend total to five.

• Mason Ferlic's time in the 3,000m run (7:59.14) is 17th best in the nation, not including today's competition (Feb. 14, 2015) from around the NCAA.

• U-M will close its regular season next weekend by hosting the Silverston Invitational (Feb. 21) at the U-M Indoor Track Building. The Maize and Blue will also travel a group of athletes to the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Indiana.

Personal Records

Billy Bund -- 3,000m (8:20.57)


Michigan Head Coach Jerry Clayton

On competing against some of the nation's best programs this weekend ... "The primary objective was to get to a meet with the whole team that would give everybody the type of competition that would start to give us the feel of what it's like for a conference championship and we had really good caliber competition, especially in the event areas where we are strong and that is what we wanted. We had some good performances and we had some where we will need to do some analysis and make adjustments from there. We were also able to give the athletes the opportunity to get the feeling of what it's like to go up against some of the top people in the country."

On the shot put performances, especially for fifth-year senior co-captain Cody Riffle ... "Right now the shot put is probably one of the tougher events -- both in the Big Ten and at nationals in terms of depth -- so he will have to throw a little bit farther to make it to nationals but it definitely was a step forward and what we want heading into the Big Ten Championships. I think he is on course to hit a big throw here. He feels really good and continues to improve, and those are the things we are looking at."

On what he and his staff will look to shore up heading into next weekend's regular-season finale ... "We will sit down early next week and assess what we are going to do moving forward into this weekend, and we'll discuss that a little bit tomorrow while we are traveling back. We need to assess who we might compete next weekend and whether we would take anyone to the Notre Dame meet or not. Each individual coach will evaluate their athletes and determine what they need to prepare them to be at their best for the championship. We may run a shorter race here or there, or try and get some speed touches before the conference meet, but those decisions will be made next week."

U-M Senior/junior Distance Runner Mason Ferlic

On his 3,000m performance today, where he finished sixth, and the meet overall for his distance group ... "The Iowa State Classic was a good meet with a lot of the top collegians for every event there competing. In the distance area, some things went well and others need to be worked on. It was a good, competitive effort from the 5K group and the guys who got PR's. We are hungry for more. Morsi (Rayyan) and I are disappointed in the 3K race; we were trying to run a nationals qualifier time around 7:50 low. The rabbit was slow and I was forced to take the lead. I felt good, but just got ran down over the last 300m, which was hard. We were ready to bust a good one today and it didn't happen, so it wasn't the race I was hoping to run. It's time to prepare for Big Tens now."

On the Big Ten Championships around the corner and how the team feels at this juncture of the season ... "Preparation is just as much physical as it is mental. The meat of the season is over and now all that is left is the small final touches. Physically, we will all be sharper and mentally this (timing) is the most climactic point of the year. When the roster is decided I am confident that the guys we bring to the meet will be prepared and excited. The team feels like we have a lot to prove and we are all ready to compete. The conference meet is simple because all you have to do is race/compete against the other guys. Times, marks and distances are irrelevant. All you have to do is focus on performing your best against those around you and we feel we will be ready to do that."

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