July 11, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's track and field head coach Fred LaPlante announced the recipients of four team awards for the 2012 season on Thursday (July 12). Fifth-year senior Craig Forys (Howell, N.J./Colts Neck) was named Most Outstanding Athlete, junior/sophomore Ethan Dennis (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grandville) earned Most Improved honors, freshman Philip Washington (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) was selected as Most Outstanding Freshman and junior Jack Greenlee (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) received the Spencer Dowdall Outstanding Scholar Award.
Forys, a second-year tri-captain, finished runner-up in the 5,000-meter run at the Big Ten Indoor Championships and appeared on the podium twice at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, winning his first conference title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and finishing third in the 5,000. He clocked a career-best steeple time of 8:28.90, which met the U.S. Olympic Trials 'A' standard and set a new Big Ten meet record. He went on to take third at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in the steeplechase and finished runner-up at the NCAA Championships, earning All-America first team honors. Forys became the first U-M All-America steepler since 1998. Following the conclusion of his Michigan career, he competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials, where he finished 13th in the steeplechase finals.
Dennis finished ninth in the weight throw at the Big Ten Indoor Championships -- a nine-spot improvement from the year before. He went on to qualify for the NCAA Championships, where he placed 14th to earn All-America second team honors. At the outdoor conference meet, Dennis improved five spots, finishing runner-up in the hammer throw to land on the All-Big Ten second team list.
Washington was a consistent member of the 4x400-meter relay team during his freshman campaign. During indoor season, he helped the relay finish fourth at the Big Ten Championships and was an alternate at the NCAA Championships. At the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, Washington was a member of the relay that finished fifth and he advanced to the finals of the 400-meter dash, taking seventh. He helped a Michigan 4x400-meter relay qualify for the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2008 and anchored the squad that placed 19th, earning All-America honorable mention.
Greenlee is enrolled in Michigan's prestigious Stephen M. Ross School of Business, where he holds better than a 3.7 grade-point average. He was named a 2012 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar for his academic achievements. He also found success on the track this season, winning the Big Ten outdoor pole vault title to earn All-Big Ten first team honors.
Dennis, Washington and Greenlee will each return next year to spearhead the Wolverines' 2013 campaign.
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423