U of M Men - Wolverines Set to Compete on International and National Stages
Provided by U of M
March 3, 2017
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Though it is an off weekend on the University of Michigan men's track and field schedule ahead of the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 10-11, a trio of Wolverines will still be representing the program at the international and national levels this Saturday (March 4).
Jacob Branch and Isaac Harding will be donning the red, white and blue for Team USA at the NACAC Junior Cross Country Championships in Boca Raton, Florida, Saturday morning, while former U-M standout and current volunteer assistant Mason Ferlic takes on some of the nation's best in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the USATF Indoor Championships later that evening.
The NACAC Championships will include teams from as many as 30 countries from North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
Harding and Branch earned berths onto the six-man Team USA roster for Saturday's race, which begins at 9:40 a.m., by virtue of their respective runner-up and sixth-place finishes at last month's USATF Championships in Bend, Oregon.
The two are joined by Jericho Cleveland, Justin Janke, Aidan Reed and Nicholas Rink on the American roster. Unlike NCAA cross country competition in which five runners contribute to the team score, only the top four finishers for each squad will be counted in team tallies.
Harding will also be using this meet as a tune-up for the IAAF World Junior Cross Country Championships on Sunday, March 26, in Kampala, Uganda.
USATF Indoor Championships
Ferlic, a national champion in the steeplechase and a multiple-time All-America on both the track and trails for U-M, bypassed the opportunity for an extended cross country season in favor of the USATF Indoor Championships.
After finishing seventh at USATF Cross Country, he now turns his attention to a quick performance in the two-mile final in Albuquerque Saturday night at 7:44 p.m. MST (9:44 p.m. EST).
Fans can watch live with a Runnerspace+ subscription or tune in for the television replay on NBC Sports Network starting at 10:30 p.m.
Among those he will face are Rio 5,000-meter silver medalist Paul Chelimo, meet record-holder Ryan Hill and Olympic steeplechaser Hillary Bor.
While Ferlic has not raced indoors over the two-mile distance, he has run 7:55.03 in the 3,000-meter metric equivalent. That converts to an approximate two-mile time of 8:33, just seven seconds off Hill's meet record.
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