March 29, 2014
Site: Raleigh, N.C. (Paul Derr Track)
Event: Raleigh Relays (Day 1)
U-M Team Result: No team scoring
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 29 -- at North Florida Invitational - Day 2 (Jacksonville, Fla.), 9 a.m.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- In addition to competing at the North Florida Invitational, the University of Michigan men's track and field team was also represented by a small group of distance runners at the Raleigh Relays during its outdoor season-opening weekend on Friday (March 28) at the Paul Derr Track and Field facility.
Junior/sophomore August Pappas (Chelsea, Mich./Chelsea) clocked a new personal-best time of 14:23.97 in the 5,000-meter run to finish eighth overall in Section B. In his collegiate debut in a Michigan uniform, sophomore/freshman George Kelly (Lincroft, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) also registered a top-20 finish in Section B, placing 17th in a time of 14:29.81. Senior/junior James Yau's (Troy, Mich./Troy) time of 14:40.50 was good enough to secure 22nd place.
In the invitational sections of the 1,500-meter run, junior/sophomore Jeff Sattler (Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center) finished 10th in heat three and 37th overall in a time of 3:55.97, while junior/sophomore Ben Reed (Hemlock, Mich./Midland) placed 11th in heat one and 46th overall (3:57.91) in his collegiate debut in the event.
In his 10,000-meter debut, junior/sophomore Nick Posada (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) crossed the finish line in a time of 29:57.84 to finish 20th overall. Junior/sophomore Scotty Albaugh (Waterford, Mich./Waterford Mott) was just a few ticks off Posada's pace, finishing the race in 30:00.97 to place 23rd.
Michigan will not have any athletes competing on the final day at the Raleigh Relays Saturday (March 29).
August Pappas - 5,000m (14:23.97)
Q U O T E S
Michigan Assistant Coach Alex Gibby
On the purpose of taking the distance group to Raleigh ... "We have some very good distance runners that there wasn't a lot of space for on the track indoors. They are more 5,000m/10,000m guys and/or steeplechasers and you're only allowed to compete three or four in an event at the Big Ten level. Understanding where we were coming out of indoors, we wanted to get an early opportunity for guys to measure themselves at 5,000 and 10,000 meters, primarily, so that was really the focus of the group that we brought down here. Our rate of training has been high, particularly over the last four weeks and it has remained high. I've been very pleased with our training and that has sort of led to mixed results -- the middle distance guys I think are really struggling to get back into racing after we've put the intensity down in order to prepare them for the outdoor season.
On his thoughts on individual performances ... "In general, the purpose was to get an accurate measuring point and get some experience and I think we were successful in that. August Pappas and George Kelly both ran big PRs at 5,000 meters. For George in particular, that was a good aerobic measuring stick before be shifts more toward the 3,000 meter steeple. For Pappas, it was a good measuring stick before he switches towards a 10K focus -- I think that's where he can help us. For the two 10K guys, in order to run an effective 10,000, you truly have to be fresh and we went in fairly loaded. I was really pleased with Nick Posada's big PR at 10,000 meters -- that may have been his best performance in uniform at Michigan. For Scotty Albaugh, he's about six weeks ahead of where he was last year and this is a kid who was ninth in the Big Ten. So I was encouraged. I still think there's a ton of things we can fix physically and mentally, but in terms of programmatic depth, I think this weekend demonstrated that we're headed in the right direction."
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