U of M Men - Ferlic Adds to Big Ten Haul
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ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Fifth-year senior co-captain Mason Ferlic of the University of Michigan men's track and field team was recognized as the Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year and Track Athlete of the Championships, the conference announced on Tuesday (May 17).
Ferlic is just the third Wolverine in program history to earn the Big Ten Athlete of the Year distinction, joining the most-recent honoree, Adam Harris (2008), and current assistant coach Kevin Sullivan (1995, '98), who has coached Ferlic to five conference titles since joining the U-M staff in the summer of 2014.
In all, he is the fifth Athlete of the Championships honoree for the Maize and Blue. This year's honor comes after Ferlic became the first Big Ten athlete to sweep the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 5,000-meter events since Wisconsin's Isaiah Festa in 2002. His 20 points made up the largest individual contribution by any U-M athlete on the way to 90.5 points of total team scoring, the most for the Wolverines since 2009, and a runner-up finish, which stands as the program's best since 2008.
In Saturday's (May 16) steeplechase event, Ferlic broke the field early, opening up a lead of more than 100 meters through the mile mark, and went on to break a 26-year-old Ed Weir Stadium record with his time of 8:37.67. In successfully defending his 2015 title, he led the Wolverines to a 1-2 finish with teammate Connor Mora.
The native of St. Paul, Minnesota, came back less than 24 hours later to win the 5,000-meter race with a time of 14:06.74, collecting his fifth career Big Ten title, each of which has come in the past two seasons since his first conference crown during the 2015 indoor championships (5,000 meters).
Ferlic has led the Wolverines to the program's best season in nearly a decade. This spring alone, he has collected three Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week awards (April 6, 20; May 4, 2016). He was a perfect 3-0 in steeplechase events during the outdoor season, and his highlight came at Stanford's Payton Jordan Invitational (May 1), when his personal-best performance of 8:28.77 came in under the Olympic standard (8:30), ensuring that top-three finish in June's U.S. Olympic Trials (July 1-10) will earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.
A two-year co-captain as voted by his teammates, Ferlic's honors have extended off the track as well. He was named Michigan's male Big Ten Medal of Honor Recipient last month and also earned the conference's Postgraduate Scholarship. Ferlic is an aerospace engineering major with his degree in hand, now pursuing a master's, and is in line for his fourth career Academic All-Big Ten honor.
Junior/sophomore co-captain Grant Cartwright, who scored for U-M in both the discus and shot put, was honored by the conference as Michigan's Sportsmanship Honoree.
Qualified Michigan athletes will compete at the NCAA East Region Preliminary Rounds next week (May 26-28) at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida, while the NCAA Outdoor Championships loom the horizon (June 9, 11).
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