U of M Men - Wolverines Earn Runner-Up at Sycamore Invitational

U of M Men - Wolverines Earn Runner-Up at Sycamore Invitational

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What You Need to Know

» This week's trip to Terre Haute, Indiana, marks the first of three ventures to the site of the NCAA Championships this season.

» For the first time in his early U-M career, graduate student transfer Connor Herr (3rd) led the way for the Wolverines.

» Under head coach Kevin Sullivan, U-M has recorded six top-three team finishes during the last seven regular-season scored meets.

» Experience was the name of the game during today's race, as each of Michigan's seven competing athletes ran on the site of this year's NCAA Championships in November for the first time in their careers.

• Complete Results PDF

Site: Terre Haute, Ind. (Lavern Gibson Championship Course)

Meet: Sycamore Invitational (8,000 meters)

U-M Team Finish: 2nd Place of 4 Teams (37 points)

Top U-M Individual: Connor Herr, 3rd place (25:15.0)

Next U-M Event: Saturday, Sept. 24 -- at Roy Griak Invitational (Minneapolis, Minn.), 12:20 p.m. CDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The 18th-ranked University of Michigan men's cross country team gained valuable experience and poise during the 8,000-meter Sycamore Invitational on Saturday (Sept. 10), running to a second-place finish at the Lavern Gibson Championship course, aided by all five scorers finishing in the top 10.

The Wolverines totaled 37 points with one runner finishing in the top five (graduate student Connor Herr, third). Herr timed a race of 25:15.0 in rainy and sloppy conditions, which delayed the start of the race, coming in behind a pair of Northern Arizona Lumberjacks in Cory Glines (second) and winner Matthew Baxter (25:01.3).

The Maize and Blue traveled seven athletes to Terre Haute, and each of them stepped foot on the NCAA Championships course for the first time when they ran in today's meet.

U-M showed its pack running tactics with all five athletes finishing in the top 10, including a 14-second split from finishers seven through 11, all of whom wore Maize and Blue. Beyond Herr, senior/junior Austin Benoit (seventh), senior/junior Billy Bund (eighth), sophomore/freshman Jordy Hewitt (ninth) and junior/sophomore Kyle Kroon (10th) recorded top-10 showings, and that quartet rounded out the team's scoring efforts.

Graduate student Ned Willig (25:51.1) placed 11th, narrowly missing out on a scoring opportunity, but the lack of a major gap between he and the scoring five showed just how close U-M's entries ran in today's meet. They employed a valuable strategy and, with this as the first race of the year at 8,000 meters, the experience gained during this weekend's trip to 'Cross Country Town, U.S.A.' can only pay off down the line for the Wolverines.

U-M is off next weekend before returning to action in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the University of Minnesota's Roy Griak Invitational. The meet will be held on the Les Bolstad golf course and will be an opportunity for the Wolverines to put their spikes down on the site of November's Big Ten Championships. Race time is set for 12:20 p.m. CDT.

Team Standings

1. Northern Arizona (18 points)

2. MICHIGAN (37)

3. Duke (76)

4. Indiana State (95)

Top 10 Individual Finishers

1. Matthew Baxter, Northern Arizona (25:01.3)

2. Cory Glines, Northern Arizona (25:06.5)

3. Connor Herr, U-M (25:15.0)

4. Peter Lomong, Northern Arizona (25:22.4)

5. Andy Trouard, Northern Arizona (25:27.7)

6. Geordie Beamish, Northern Arizona (25:33.0)

7. Austin Benoit, U-M (25:37.3)

8. Billy Bund, U-M (25:44.7)

9. Jordan Hewitt, MICHIGAN (25:46.9)

10. Kyle Kroon, U-M (25:20.2)

Other U-M Finishers

11. Ned Willig (25:51.1)

26. Matthew Plowman (27:28.0)

Communications Contact: Chad Shepard