U of M Men - Ferlic, Munley Advance to Steeplechase, 800-Meter Finals at USA Outdoors

U of M Men - Ferlic, Munley Advance to Steeplechase, 800-Meter Finals at USA Outdoors

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EUGENE, Ore. -- Senior/junior co-captain Mason Ferlic and freshman Brennan Munley from the University of Michigan men's track and field team advanced to the finals in the senior 3,000m steeplechase and junior 800m race, respectively, during Friday's (June 26) qualifying action at the USA Championships at the University of Oregon's Historic Hayward Field.

Ferlic was the last time to qualify for the steeplechase final, finishing seventh in the second of two heats in the senior competition. The St. Paul, Minnesota, native was towards the back early, but wasted little time before making his first move about four minutes into the race. Ferlic moved up into the top eight, and then went with a group of seven that separated about five laps in. With just two laps to go, five athletes broke Ferlic and unattached competitor Austin Bussing, but Ferlic kept an honest pace despite being isolated in the field. It paid off, and he was one of just two collegians to advance into the finals field, crossing at 8:50.33.

Munley clocked 1:51.71 in the first of three heats of the 800m run, and ultimately the fastest. He was among the athletes to push the pace early, settling in behind the University of Southern California's Robert Ford. With about 80 meters to go, unattached competitor Shane Streich began to run the duo down, and overtook Frost. Munley finished fourth, and advanced on time to Saturday's final.

For these Wolverines, this meet serves as the Team USA qualifier for the Pan Am Games, which are July 10-26 in Toronto, Canada.

The true freshman from Clarkston, Michigan, will run tomorrow (June 27) at 4:23 p.m. PDT, while Ferlic will compete in the steeplechase final on Sunday (June 28) at 2:06 p.m. PDT.

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