June 9, 2012
Site: Des Moines, Iowa (Drake Stadium)
Event: NCAA Championships (Day 4 of 4)
U-M Team Result: 33rd Place (8 Points)
Next U-M Event: Season Complete
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Fifth-year senior Craig Forys (Howell, N.J./Colts Neck) of the University of Michigan men's track and field team placed runner-up in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8:40.66 to score eight points for the Wolverines at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Saturday (June 9) at Drake University's Drake Stadium.
Forys earned a spot on the All-America first team for his performance. He is now a two-time outdoor All-American after garnering second-team accolades in 2011 for his ninth-place finish.
The race went out slow and Forys settled in sixth place for the first two laps. As the pace picked up, Forys remained in the lead pack and by the bell lap he had moved up to the fourth position. He remained in fourth as he bounded the final water jump. On the final straight away, Texas A&M's Henry Lelei fell going over the last hurdle and Forys was also able to edge Ohio State's Corey Leslie (8:40.98) to secure the second-place finish in 8:40.66. Princeton's Donn Cabral led the majority of the race and won the national title in a time of 8:35.44.
Forys, the 2012 Big Ten steeplechase champion, is the first All-America first team member in the steeplechase since 1998 when former Wolverine John Mortimer recorded a second-place finish.
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 4)
3,000m Steeplechase (Finals) 1. Donn Cabral, Princeton 8:35.44 2. Craig Forys, U-M 8:40.66
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