U of M - Ferlic, Arastu Named to Academic All-District Team

U of M - Ferlic, Arastu Named to Academic All-District Team

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior/junior distance runner Mason Ferlic and fifth-year senior sprinter/hurdler Ali Arastu, both co-captains of the University of Michigan men's track and field team, were voted to the Capital One Academic All-District 5 team today (Friday, May 22) by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Arastu recently graduated with a degree in movement science and will attend Medical School at U-M beginning in the fall, while Ferlic is an aerospace engineering major. Both Wolverines now advance to the Academic All-America team ballot, which will be announced Thursday, June 25.

A Northville, Michigan, native, Arastu is in the midst of his second season as team captain for the Maize and Blue (2013). Under the tutelage of sprints/hurdles coach Steven Rajewsky, he set a new program record in the 400m race (46.53) earlier this indoor season (Feb. 7), breaking a 28-year-old school record previously held by Omar Davidson.

A four-time USTFCCCA All-American in 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay events, Arastu has twice been named Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2012-13). He is a four-time qualifier for the NCAA Championships (Outdoor - 2011, '12, '13; Indoor - 2012), and was headed for another run at nationals before injuries derailed his final season in Ann Arbor.

Ferlic became U-M's first back-to-back cross country All-American since 2002-03 with his 13th-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Cross Country Championships, where he helped Michigan to an 11th-place team finish, the program's best since finishing ninth in 2003. Ferlic finished seventh overall at the Great Lakes Regional, helping U-M to third place, and he ran to a fourth-place finish at the 2014 Big Ten Conference Championships, earning him All-Big Ten first team distinction after being a second-team all-conference honoree in 2013. Ferlic has been named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team in each of the past two seasons.

On the track, Ferlic became a two-time conference champion this season. He earned the first Big Ten title of his career during the indoor season, winning the 5,000m race in 13:58.77. The St. Paul, Minnesota, native then added an outdoor conference crown to his resume last weekend (May 16) at the Big Ten Championships, capturing the 3,000m steeplechase title in 8:43. He added another pair of top-five conference finishes with a third-place showing in the indoor 3,000m race and earning a runner-up finish in the outdoor 5,000m race one day later after his steeplechase title last weekend (May 17).

His fastest steeplechase this season 8:36.82 ranks fifth nationally and fourth all-time at U-M. In his first year under head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach Kevin Sullivan, Ferlic has set PRs in the indoor mile (4:03.24) and outdoor 3,000m (8:11.89) and 5,000m (13:46.89) races in addition to a new personal best in his marquee event, the 3,000m steeplechase (8:36.82).

Ten members of the U-M men's track and field team are competing at the NCAA East Preliminaries next week (May 28-30) in Jacksonville, Florida., across six events, including Ferlic in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 5,000-meter run.

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