U of M Men - Ferlic Tabbed Big Ten Athlete of the Week

U of M Men - Ferlic Tabbed Big Ten Athlete of the Week

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Fifth-year senior co-captain Mason Ferlic of the eighth-ranked University of Michigan men's cross country team was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week on Wednesday (Oct. 7).

On the heels of being named the program's first-ever USTFCCCA Division 1 NCAA Male Athlete of the Week, Ferlic also earns the conference's athlete of the week honor after winning the Greater Louisville Classic last Saturday (Oct. 3) with a time of 23:51.52. He was one of just six athletes in the loaded field to finish the 8,000-meter race in under 24 minutes.

The meet featured the largest collection of nationally ranked teams in the country last weekend and more than a dozen top-100 finishers from last year's NCAA Championships were among the 213 athletes competing. Ferlic helped the team to a runner-up finish, as it defeated No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 13 Mississippi and No. 28 Eastern Kentucky, plus three other programs that received votes in last week's USTFCCCA Coaches' Poll.

A successful weekend in Louisville led by Ferlic helped U-M jump to No. 8 in the latest USTFCCCA Coaches' Poll, the program's best ranking since 2008.

It was Ferlic's first win since he took the individual title at the 2014 Notre Dame Blue and Gold Invitational, and he is the second Wolverine to win the award so far this year, following junior/sophomore Aaron Baumgarten, who earned the recognition last month (Sept. 16).

Overall, this is Ferlic's sixth career conference athlete of the week award and his first since taking 12th place at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational in the 2014 season.

Junior Erin Finn of the fifth-ranked women's team was also recognized by the Big Ten this week. This marks the second time in the last two seasons that Ferlic and Finn have swept the conference awards (Sept. 23, 2014), and they are also the most recent pairing in conference history to do so.

After a weekend off, U-M will return to action on Friday, Oct. 16, with the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, hosted by the University of Wisconsin Badgers in Madison. The race begins at 11 a.m. CDT.

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