Weekly #15: Ferlic, Rayyan, Sievers Set for NCAA Outdoors
Mason Ferlic (L) and Morsi Rayyan

June 9, 2014

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Wed-Sat., June 11-14 -- at NCAA Outdoor Championships (Eugene, Ore.)

Wednesday (11:30 a.m.): Live Results | ESPN3.com
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Saturday (12:30 p.m.): Live Results | TV: ESPNU
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The University of Michigan men's track and field team will represented by junior/sophomore Mason Ferlic (St. Paul, Minn./Mounds Park Academy) in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, senior/junior Morsi Rayyan (Dewitt, Mich./St. Johns) in the 10,000-meter run and junior/sophomore Derek Sievers (Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center) in the shot put at the NCAA Outdoor Championships from June 11-14 at the University of Oregon's historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

It marks the second straight trip to the national outdoor championships for Ferlic and the career debut for Rayyan and Sievers.

Twelve competitors from the east and west regions in each individual event and 12 teams from each relay event advanced from the preliminary championship competitions to the NCAA Championships.

Michigan Qualifiers
Mason Ferlic -- 3,000m Steeplechase (1st, 8:38.74)
Semifinals (Thursday, June 12, at 5:35 p.m. PDT); Finals (Saturday, June 14, at 2:57 p.m. PDT)

Morsi Rayyan -- 10,000m (24, 30:05.24)
Final (Wednesday, June 11, at 7:15 p.m. PDT)

Derek Sievers -- Shot Put (18, 18.85m)
Trials/Final (Wednesday, June 11, at 5:30 p.m. PDT)


Mason FerlicJunior/Sophomore 3,000m Steeplechase St. Paul, Minn./Mounds Park
Ferlic, who is making his second straight trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, is a returning Second Team All-American in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, as he finished 13th at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships. His time of 8:38.74 at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds was a career best and the top time clocked at both regionals, giving him the top seed at the NCAA Championships. The time also ranks sixth on U-M's all-time performance list.

Morsi Rayyan • Senior/Junior • 10,000m • Dewitt, Mich./St. Johns
Rayyan advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the first time in his career in the 10,000-meter run after redshirting the 2013 outdoor season. He secured the 12th qualifying spot from the east region, running 30:05.24 to finish 12th at the preliminary rounds. At the 2012 NCAA East Preliminary Rounds, he finished 14th in the 10,000-meter run, just missing the cutoff for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. At this year's Big Ten Outdoor Championships, Rayyan ran a career-best 10,000m time of 29:12.94 to finish seventh and move into 10th on U-M's all-time performance list.

Derek SieversJunior/Sophomore Shot Put Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center
Sievers has made big strides for the Wolverines during the 2014 season, improving more than two meters on his season-best shot put mark from 2013. A highlight of his career came at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds, where he threw more than a two-foot personal record of 18.85 meters (61-10) to set a new school record and secure the 12th and final qualifying spot to the national meet. At the conference level, he finished seventh in the shot put at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships and eighth at the indoor conference meet.

Jerry Clayton is in his first year as Michigan's head coach, working primarily with U-M's field event athletes. At the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Championships, he led Bradley James to the program's first high jump title since 1996. In his first outdoor season, he has guided eight Wolverine field athletes to the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds, as well as shot putter Derek Sievers to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Prior to moving to Ann Arbor, Clayton spent 15 seasons as an assistant head coach at Auburn. He has strong Big Ten ties, as he competed for Illinois and was two-time NCAA qualifier in the shot put, and returned to Illinois as an assistant coach from 1980-89. Clayton has produced several high-level national and international athletes, including 16 NCAA individual champions, 85 NCAA All-Americans, 39 international team competitors, 24 qualifiers for the U.S. Olympic Trials and 33 participants in Olympic Games and World Championship competition.

• Assistant coach Steven Rajewsky is in his first year as a member of U-M's coaching staff, working primarily with U-M's sprinters and hurdles. Prior to coming to Michigan, Rajewsky spent six years as an assistant coach at Kent State.

• Assistant coach Alex Gibby is in his fourth season as U-M's distance coach. To date, he has guided 14 student-athletes to the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds, two to the NCAA Indoor Championships and three to NCAA Outdoor Championship appearances. As the Wolverines' cross country head coach, he led his 2013 squad to the NCAA Great Lakes Region title and a runner-up finish at the Big Ten Championships.

Contact: Whitney Dixon (whitdix@umich.edu)