U of M - Rayyan Punches Ticket to Eugene

U of M - Rayyan Punches Ticket to Eugene

Provided by U of M

Site: Jacksonville, Fla. (Hodges Stadium)

Event: NCAA East Preliminary Rounds (Day 1)

U-M Team Result: Non-Scoring

Next U-M Event: Friday, May 29 -- at NCAA East Preliminary Rounds - Day 2 (Jacksonville, Fla.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team opened up its three-day weekend today (Thursday, May 28) at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds by punching its first ticket to next month's (June 10-13) NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Fifth-year senior Morsi Rayyan advanced in the 10K during this evening's semifinal event, hosted by the University of North Florida at Hodges Stadium.

In the final event of the evening and the lone semifinal with a Michigan athlete competing, Rayyan clocked 30:08.83 to finish in 10th place, solidifying his bid to compete at the University of Oregon next month.

With seeds 9-12 finishing within 1.85 seconds of each other, the competition for the final spots among the top 12 was fierce. Purdue's Matt McClintock, the Big Ten Champion in the event, won the semifinal heat in 29:47.98 after a big kick on the bell lap. Rayyan and his classmate Mark Beams sat among the field's top 18 or so halfway through the race, and as the pack thinned out, Rayyan looked stronger.

With a lasting kick, Rayyan made his move up to the top 12 and stayed there, pushing down the stretch to secure his 10th-place finish. Beams followed in 30:41.27 to close out his Wolverine career with a 20th-place finish.

With a trio of Wolverines in the 100m dash field, -- the highest number in the East Region -- U-M sent sophomore/freshman Khoury Crenshaw to Friday's (May 29) 6:45 p.m. final. Crenshaw tied his personal-best of 10.53 seconds to advance, finishing fourth in the first heat to advance on time.

Graduate student John Spooney ran 10.66 and senior/junior Codie Nolan clocked 10.756 in heats six and five, respectively.

Competition in Jacksonville resumes Friday (May 29) at 12 noon, EST. For the Maize and Blue, action will pick up at 4 p.m. with Derek Sievers competing in the discus event, his first throw of the weekend. Sievers and Cody Riffle will both throw the shot put on Sunday, with the first flight beginning at 5 p.m.


• U-M's three 100m dash qualifiers (John Spooney, Codie Nolan, Khoury Crenshaw) are the most of any team in the NCAA East Region. Only the University of Southern California in the west had as many regional qualifiers competing in the event (west region). Crenshaw advanced, matching his lifetime-best, and will run in Saturday's (May 30) 6:45 p.m. final.

• Under sprints coach Steve Rajewsky, each member of the Wolverine trio joined the U-M Performance List for the 60m dash during the indoor season, and Spooney and Crenshaw have both cracked the all-time top 10 in the 100m dash during the outdoor campaign.

• Morsi Rayyan advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon, with a 10th-place finish in the 10,000m run. Rayyan also qualified for the event in 2014, giving U-M back-to-back qualifiers in the 10K for the first time since John Scherer achieved the feat in three consecutive seasons (1987-89). Prior to Rayyan, Mike Wisniewski (2002) was Michigan's most recent qualifier.

• Morsi Rayyan becomes the first national qualifier under assistant coach Kevin Sullivan. Sullivan's distance runners will look to add a few more qualifiers to that list with three entries in the 3,000m steeplechase, including conference champion Mason Ferlic, the region's fourth seed.

Personal Records

Khoury Crenshaw -- 100m dash (10.53)*

* = ties PR

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