June 26, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- Junior/sophomore Mason Ferlic (St. Paul, Minn./Mounds Park Academy) of the University of Michigan men's track and field team was voted to the Capital One Academic All-America third team today (Thursday, June 26) as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
After earning Capital One Academic All-District V first team honors for the first time in his career on May 29, Ferlic moved onto the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees were awarded.
After coming up just shy of the NCAA finals in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and earning All-America second team honors a year ago, Ferlic came back to place fourth at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships and secure a spot on the All-America first team. He qualified for this year's national championships by winning the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds with a career-best time of 8:38.74. At the Big Ten Conference level, Ferlic finished third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and fifth in the 5,000-meter run at the 2014 outdoor championships. At the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships, he placed sixth in the 3,000-meter run and seventh in the 5,000-meter run.
His career-best steeplechase time of 8:38.74 ranks sixth all-time at Michigan and qualified him for the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which will take place from June 26-29 in Sacramento, Calif.
On the cross country course, Ferlic represented the Maize and Blue as a team captain in 2013. He capped the season by finishing 22nd at the NCAA Championships and becoming Michigan's first All-American since 2004. At the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, he crossed the finish line in third place to garner All-Great Lakes Region honors and help the Wolverines win their first outright regional team title since 1997. He also led Michigan to its second straight runner-up finish at the Big Ten Championships after placing ninth individually to land on the All-Big Ten second team.
An aerospace engineering major in the College of Engineering, Ferlic is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
To be eligible for the Academic All-America honor, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution. A student-athlete must also have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games and have completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution and reached sophomore athletic eligibility.
Academic All-America First Team
Gabriel Aragon, New Mexico
Sam Bombaugh, Louisville
Tyler Byrnem, Louisville
Luke Caldwell, New Mexico
Joseph Caraway, LSU
Reed Connor, Wisconsin
Chris Dewitt, Incarnate Word
Levi Gipson, Nebraska
Nick Miller, Oklahoma State
Logan Renwick, Notre Dame
Dan Shafer, Wright State
Jim Spisak, Duquesne
Kyle Wait, Kansas State
Cabell Willis, Virginia Military Institute
Patrick Zacharias, New Mexico
Academic All-America second Team
Brett Bogaard, U.S. Naval Academy
Thomas Buffone, U.S. Naval Academy
Adam Chase, East Tennessee State
Jacob Devalve, Liberty
Caleb Edmonds, Liberty
Wes Gonzales, Louisiana, Lafayette
Martin Hehir, Syracuse
Evan Karakolis, Rice
Kyle McKenna, Utah State
Stephan Munz, Virginia Tech
Josh Nielsen, U.S. Air Force Academy
Andrew Pisechko, Arkansas
Cody Rush, Nebraska
Mick Viken, Eastern Illinois
Kendall Ward, U.S. Military Academy
Academic All-America third Team
Brogan Austin, Drake
Stefan Brits, Florida State
Lucas Cotter, Tennessee, Chattanooga
Andy Curtis, Drake
Ben Demaree, Santa Clara
Harry Dixon, Eastern Michigan
Timothy Faust, Ohio State
Mason Ferlic, Michigan
Trevor Halsted, California, Davis
Steven Jordan, Drake
Brandon Lasater, Georgia Tech
Brandon Lord, Georgia
Caleb Rhynard, Michigan State
Alonzo Russell, Florida State
Alfredo Santana, La Salle
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