U of M Men - Sullivan Named NCAA Regional Assistant of the Year
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NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Assistant coach Kevin Sullivan of the University of Michigan men's track and field program was named Assistant Coach of the Year by the NCAA for the Great Lakes Region, the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Friday (March 4).
Now in his second year back and coaching in Ann Arbor, Sullivan helped coach the Wolverines to a fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Indoor Championships last weekend (Feb.26-27) for the program's best finish since the 2009 season. U-M closed the weekend with 71 points, two points shy of a runner-up finish, on the strength of 33 points from Sullivan's middle-distance and distance athletes. It marks the first national coaching award for Sullivan during the track and field season. He earned Big Ten and NCAA Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year awards during the cross country season after guiding U-M to conference and regional titles in the fall.
Last weekend at the Big Ten Championships, fifth-year senior co-captain Mason Ferlic claimed the Big Ten 5,000-meter title, his third Big Ten crown with Sullivan at the helm of the distance program, and finished fourth in the 3,000-meter race, totaling 15 points for the Maize and Blue. For the second year in a row under Sullivan's direction, U-M was the only Big Ten program to score in each of the middle-distance and distance events (800, mile, 3K, 5K, distance medley relay).
The Wolverines medaled in the 800-meter race (third place, sophomore Brennan Munley) and recorded top-10 all-time performances in both the 800- and 5,000-meter events. In all, U-M has run all-time top-10 times in six events under Sullivan (600, 800, mile, 3K, 5K, DMR) this winter.
In addition, the U-M foursome of sophomore/freshman Chase Barnett (1,200), fifth-year senior Phil Washington III (400), Munley (800) and Ferlic (1,600) broke a 12-year-old program record in the distance medley relay (DMR) at Notre Dame's Alex Wilson Invitational (Feb. 20), timing 9:27.67 to top the mark set by U-M's historic 2004 national championship squad.
Under Sullivan's coaching, Michigan's DMR will once again compete at the NCAA Championships next weekend, with the Wolverines seeded fifth.
The NCAA Indoor Championships are scheduled for Friday and Saturday (March 11-12) at the Birmingham Crossplex in Birmingham, Alabama.
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