March 1, 2014
Site: SPIRE Institute (Geneva, Ohio)
Event: Big Ten Indoor Championships (Day 2)
U-M Team Result: 11th Place of 11 Teams (23.5 points)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., March 14-15 -- at NCAA Indoor Championships (Albuquerque, N.M.), 10 a.m./11 a.m. MST
GENEVA, Ohio -- The University of Michigan men's track and field team received points from five student-athletes in three different events on the second and final day of the Big Ten Indoor Championships on Saturday (March 1) at the SPIRE Institute. The Wolverines tallied 23.5 points throughout the two-day meet to finish in 11th place, while Wisconsin captured the team title with 122.5 total points.
Seniors Erick Gavin (Chicago Heights, Ill./Marian Catholic) and Herman Washington (Blacklick, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln) combined for seven points and each recorded new personal-best times in the 60-meter hurdles to lead the way for the Wolverines. Gavin took fifth place with a time of 7.91 seconds, while Washington finished on his heels in sixth, stopping the clock at 7.92.
Junior/sophomore Mason Ferlic (St. Paul, Minn./Mounds Park Academy) and senior/junior Morsi Rayyan (Dewitt, Mich./St. Johns), who went 5-6 in the 3,000-meter run on the opening day, teamed up in the 5,000-meter run to score a combined three points. Ferlic used a personal-best time of 14:00.68 to place seventh, and Rayyan followed closely behind at 14:01.71 to secure the final scoring position.
In the high jump, fifth-year senior Bradley James (East Lansing, Mich./Haslett) earned two-and-a-half points in a tie for sixth place, clearing a height of 2.05 meters (6-8.75).
Up next, select Wolverines will move on to the NCAA Indoor Championships, which will be hosted by the University of New Mexico on Friday and Saturday, March 14-15, in Albuquerque, N.M.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Jerry Clayton
On his thoughts on the Big Ten meet ... "When you're in this situation, what I told the team is that you can only look at the things you have control over. What they had control over is attitude, effort and focus. From an individual standpoint, we had the goal of trying to set personal bests or season bests, and the second thing was for everyone to try to finish ranked higher than they were coming into the meet. Also, the 21 people that we took to that meet earned that spot to go on that trip -- it wasn't just given to them. The maximum you can take is 32 and we had stipulations that you had to be ranked in the top 18 to be able to travel. We had a lot of personal bests. We had a lot of people finish higher than they were ranked coming in. On paper coming into the meet, we were at 13 points, so we scored almost double that -- those are the things we have to build on. There's no question that the events fit us better outdoors, the way we're set up as a team, and we look forward to that."
On highlights of the meet ... "I was really impressed with the two hurdlers (Erick Gavin and Herman Washington). I was impressed with the two guys in the 60 dash (Codie Nolan and Chris Maye) -- they didn't make finals, but they were 10th and 11th as a freshman and sophomore. When you look at what Herm (Washington) and Erick (Gavin) did -- Herm had fallen down two races in the two prior meets -- to go in there and perform the way he did, that's someone who is stepping it up as a senior. Brad (James) coming through the way he did in the high jump, when he went in ranked 10th -- those are the things that we look at."
On seniors stepping up ... "What Herm (Washington) and Erick (Gavin) and Brad (James) did was great. Because what I tell them is that this is the beginning of the journey to change this thing and they're part of that. They may not leave here with the team accomplishments that they wanted, but they can at least leave on a high note as an individual in their events and they can always talk about that they were part of things that started to change the culture and tradition of Michigan men's track and field."
U-M Senior Erick Gavin
On scoring in the hurdle finals with Herman Washington ... "I think I have to put it back into perspective that the team is still in the rebuild phase and one of the things I can do as a senior is show everybody that in any given situation that you can step up and do what you need to do so that you can support your team the best way you can. I think Herm (Washington) and I did that together and the team really helped out. I'm happy that I came up with a higher ranking that I came in at, but it would have been really nice to be on that podium."
On using his performance as motivation for outdoor season ... "I'm definitely going to use this as a motivational piece. I feel a little more comfortable going into outdoors anyways. Being able to come into indoor and do more than I really expected really puts a little fire under me and gives me more drive to push forward throughout the outdoor season."
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