Forys Advances to Steeplechase Finals at NCAA Outdoors
Craig Forys

June 7, 2012

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Site: Des Moines, Iowa (Drake Stadium)
Event: NCAA Outdoor Championships (Day 2 of 4)
U-M Team Result: No Team Score
Next U-M Event: Saturday, June 9 -- at NCAA Outdoor Championships - Day 4 (Des Moines, Iowa ), 11:52 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Fifth-year senior Craig Forys (Howell, N.J./Colts Neck) of the University of Michigan men's track and field team finished third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase semifinals on day two of the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Thursday (June 7) at Drake University's Drake Stadium.

Forys finished second in his heat and third overall with a time of 8:39.53. He automatically advanced to Saturday's (June 9) final, which is set for an 11:52 a.m. CDT start. Princeton's Donn Cabral recorded the top time at 8:38.12.

The 4x400-meter relay of senior Nick Neuman (Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way East), junior Aaron Taylor (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams), senior/junior Matthew Campbell (Rochester, Mich./Rochester) and freshman Philip Washington (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) finished 19th with a time of 3:07.03. Each member of the relay garnered All-America Honorable Mention.

Today marked the first time a Michigan 4x400-meter relay team competed at the NCAA Outdoor Championships since 2008. Former Wolverines Andre Barnes, Andrew Wechter, Dan Harmsen and Stann Waithe recorded a school-record time of 3:04.43 in the prelims and took fourth in the finals in 3:04.64 that season.

Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 2)

3,000m Steeplechase (Semifinals)
 1. Donn Cabral, Princeton             8:38.12Q
 3. Craig Forys, U-M                   8:39.53Q
4x400-meter Relay
 1. Penn State                         3:01.52Q
19. MICHIGAN                           3:07.03
   (Nick Neuman, Aaron Taylor,
    Matthew Campbell, Philip Washington)
Q - Qualified for finals

Day 1 Results

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