U of M Men - Distance Runs to Top-Five Finishes at Penn Relays

U of M Men - Distance Runs to Top-Five Finishes at Penn Relays

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What You Need to Know

» The Wolverines had athletes in two races at historic Penn Relays on Thursday -- the 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs -- and had top-five finishes in both sections of their respective events.

» Billy Bund placed third and Jonny Phillips took fourth in the second section of the 5K and August Pappas placed fourth in the 10K.

» Michigan has a rich history at Penn Relays, where 59 individual championships have been won by Wolverines.

» Today's races mark the end of U-M's week at Penn Relays, but the Wolverines also compete at Hillsdale Gina Relays, Texas State's Bobcat Classic and Stanford's Payton Jordan Invite this weekend.

Site: Philadelphia, Pa. (Franklin Field)

Event: Penn Relays

U-M Team Result: No Team Scoring

Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., April 29-30 -- at Bobcat Classic (San Marco, Texas), Noon/9 a.m. CDT; at Hillsdale Gina Relays (Hillsdale, Mich.), 1 p.m./10 a.m.; Sunday, May 1 -- at Payton Jordan Invitational (Palo Alto, Calif.), 11 a.m. PDT

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The University of Michigan men's track and field began competition at the Penn Relays on Thursday (April 28), with athletes running to top-five finishes in the second section of the 5,000-meter race and another placing fourth in the 10,000-meter race at Franklin Field.

The 5K effort featured three Wolverines and the top finisher was junior/sophomore Billy Bund, who ran 14:24.53 to place third, and fifth-year senior Jonny Phillips 14:26.24 finished fourth. The Maize and Blue trio pulled its share, leading for much of the race, which started at an honest pace.

The pace lagged through the middle part of the race, and picked back up over the last mile. Thought regional times weren't to be had this evening, it was a competitive field at one of the nation's most historically important meets, where U-M greats have had much success in the past.

"Jonny, (Nick) Posada and I wanted to be as competitive as possible with the goal of winning," said Bund, "but we were happy with putting in a competitive effort against the other guys in the race."

Bund's time was good for 21st overall, while Phillips placed 22nd among the 68 athletes in the collegiate open championship.

Fifth-year senior Nick Posada ran 14:37.81 for 14th, also in the second section.

Fifth-year senior August Pappas also earned a top-five finish, placing fourth in the 10,000-meter run at 29:48.61.

Tonight's races were Michigan's only two at Penn Relays this weekend. A number of throwers and field athletes are competing in San Marco, Texas, this weekend (April 29-30) at Texas State's Bobcat Classic, where events are set to begin at noon CDT on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday. U-M also has athletes at Stanford's Payton Jordan Invite and Hillsdale Gina Relays.

Communications Contact: Chad Shepard