U of M - Ferlic Brings Home Steeple Crown at Big Tens
Provided by U of M
Site: East Lansing, Mich. (Ralph Young Track and Field)
Event: Big Ten Outdoor Championships (Day 2)
U-M Team Result: 8th Place of 12 teams (14 points) after Day 2
Next U-M Event: Sunday, May 16 -- at Big Ten Championships - Day 3 (East Lansing, Mich.), 11 a.m.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team earned its first title of the weekend courtesy of senior/junior co-captain Mason Ferlic this evening (Saturday, May 16) at Ralph Young Track and Field. Ferlic won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8:43.30, giving him his first career outdoor conference crown and just the second steeple win by any Wolverine since 1998.
The favorite heading into the race, Ferlic did not disappoint, stretching a significant lead of about six minutes into the race and turning it into victory. He ran a clean race without a stumble but was pushed down the stretch by Illinois' Dylan Lafond and Ohio State's Jackson Neff, who each finished within four seconds of the St. Paul, Minnesota, native in Maize and Blue. He had to work for it, but Ferlic still pulled out a victory of more than three full seconds to pace a Wolverine trio in the event.
Sophomore/freshman Connor Mora also scored in the event, crossing seventh at 9:01.50, while his classmate Austin Benoit ran 9:07.53 for 11th place overall.
In the long throws across the street from the Ralph Young Track, fifth-year senior Cody Riffle led a Wolverine foursome competing in the discus by earning an eighth-place finish. Riffle threw 53.65 on third attempt in the section flight to advance to the final, a season best by any Wolverine, and scored the second point of the weekend for the Maize and Blue.
Senior/junior Derek Sievers also threw in the second flight, setting a personal best at 175-2 ft. (53.39m), but the mark came up just short of pushing Sievers to the final. Fifth-year senior Justin Gaumer threw a season-best 166-6.75 ft. (50.77m) on his third attempt to close out his discus career as a Wolverine, while sophomore/freshman Grant Cartwright's best mark came at 165-8.25 ft. (50.50m), also in his final throw. All four Wolverine throwers will compete in tomorrow's (Sunday, May 17) shot put slated for 11 a.m.
Senior/junior Codie Nolan won the second heat of the 100m dash, clocking 10.69 for the victory and earning him an automatic spot in tomorrow's final. Though junior/sophomore Chris Maye and sophomore/freshman Khoury Crenshaw ran 10.66 and 10.67 in heats one and three, respectively, it was not enough to qualify. Nolan will toe the line at 1:55 p.m. tomorrow for a shot at the conference title.
True freshman Brennan Munley crossed third in the first heat of the 800m prelims, running 1:50.17 to set a new PR and qualify for tomorrow's final. Senior/sophomore Scott Dvorak also competed, running 1:53.13.
Multi-events action closed out this afternoon as well, with freshman Charlie DeJonge adding PRs in the discus, javelin, pole vault and 1,500m run -- including nearly a four-foot improvement in the vault -- for a weekend total of eight new personal bests (or ties) across 10 events. DeJonge finished his stellar weekend with 6,316 points, earning 16th place among 20 athletes and establishing the highest score by any Wolverine in the Dec this season. Fellow freshman Ben Hester was unable to resume events this morning, and therefore he did not finish the 10-event competition.
Sophomore Louis Lamberti and freshman Stephen Sykes matched their personal bests in the high jump, clearing the bar at 6-7.75 ft. (2.03m) but failed to score. Fifth-year senior co-captain Patrick Cochran did not record a height.
The Maize and Blue will wrap up competition at the conference meet on Sunday, beginning with the shot put trials and finals at 11 a.m. Fifth-year senior Wolverines Gaumer and Riffle will compete alongside Sievers and Cartwright in what is considered to be the deepest event in the men's field competition.
N O T E S
• With his win in the 3,000m steeplechase, Mason Ferlic becomes the first Wolverine with a title in the steeple since Craig Forys in 2012 and just the second since 1998. He is the seventh Wolverine to win the event in program history, giving U-M nine steeplechase titles in all.
• Mason Ferlic now owns two career Big Ten Titles (5,000m; 2015 Indoors).
• U-M added seven PRs Saturday (May 16), bringing its weekend total to 11 by three different athletes across 11 events.
• Competing in his second decathlon in the last three weekends, freshman Charlie DeJonge totaled 6,316 points for 16th place while setting eight personal bests out of 10 events, in addition to a new career-high point total.
Charlie DeJonge * -- Discus (109-0.25 ft.; 32.33m); Pole Vault (12-3.50 ft.; 3.75m); Javelin (153-8.75 ft.; 46.85m); 1,500m run (4:43.28); Decathlon (6,316 points)
Derek Sievers -- Discus (175-2 ft.; 53.39m)
Chris Maye -- 100m dash (10.66)
* = Competed in the Decathlon
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