U of M Men - Flanagan Makes Strong Outdoor Debut at Stanford
Provided by U of M
4/21/2018 11:50:00 PM
// Kyle Terwillegar
Site: Palo Alto, Calif. (Cobb Track and Angell Field)
Event: Stanford Cardinal Classic (Day 2)
U-M Team Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., April 27-28 -- National Relay Championships (Fayetteville, Ark.) and Penn Relays (Philadelphia, Pa.)
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Returning for the first time since the fall to the 10,000-meter distance that treated him so well during the cross country season, Ben Flanagan turned in a superb 2018 outdoor debut to headline the University of Michigan men's track and field team's final day of competition at the Stanford Cardinal Classic on Saturday (April 21).
Flanagan took the win at 10,000 meters in a 29:33.07 performance that was the second-fastest of his career, crossing the line in the 25-lap race more than six seconds clear of runner-up Bryce Millar of Indiana.
His spring debut was the latest in what has become a long line of top-notch performances for Flanagan in his final year of eligibility, ranging from his Great Lakes Regional title and All-America honors during the cross country season -- both at this same 10,000-meter distance, albeit on the trails -- and a career-best indoor 5,000 meters in February.
His next 10,000-meter race will likely come at the Big Ten Championships as he looks to reclaim the title he won back in 2016. The time on Saturday is also almost certain to advance him to the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds next month as he also aims to return to the All-American status he achieved in the event in 2016.
Potentially joining him at the Prelims by virtue of performances in Saturday's 3,000-meter steeplechase are Connor Mora and Austin Benoit. Mora clocked 8:59.99 for third in his opening salvo toward qualifying to the East Prelims for a fourth time in his career, while Benoit came through fourth in 9:05.34.
Dating back to 2010 when the NCAA Prelims system was adopted (top-48 per event in the East and West regions advance to their respective prelims), Mora's time would have been good enough to make the Prelims in all but two years, with Benoit's performance lower than last year's 9:06.44 cutoff.
With final exams out of the way next weekend, the Wolverines will field a mostly full squad as they next head to the National Relay Championships at Arkansas next Friday and Saturday, with select Wolverines heading to the Penn Relays.
FULL MICHIGAN RESULTS BY EVENT
w = wind-aided (greater than 2.0 meter-per-second [m/s] wind; marks with wind up to 4.0m/s are allowable for NCAA Preliminaries qualifying purposes)
9. Ryan Wilkie / 3:53.57 (section two)
5,000 Meters (Friday)
15. Micah Beller / 14:07.20
1. Ben Flanagan / 29:33.07
400-Meter Hurdles (Friday)
1. Taylor McLaughlin / 50.95
3. Connor Mora / 8:59.99
4. Austin Benoit / 9:05.34