July 24, 2012
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Five members of the University of Michigan men's track and field team received All-Academic honors for the 2012 season, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced on Tuesday (July 24).
Recent U-M graduates Craig Forys (Howell, N.J./Colts Neck) and Nick Neuman (Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way East), as well as sophomore Ali Arastu (Northville, Mich./Northville), junior Jack Greenlee (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) and junior Aaron Taylor (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams), earned the recognition.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).
Forys won the 3,000-meter steeplechase title at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships and also finished third in the 5,000. He clocked a career-best time of 8:28.90 in the steeple, which met the U.S. Olympic Trials 'A' standard and set a new Big Ten meet record. He went on to finish 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. Forys also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the third consecutive year.
Neuman and Taylor were both members of the first U-M 4x400-meter relay team to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships since 2008. The relay finished 19th to earn All-America honorable mention. During the indoor season, Neuman, Taylor and Arastu led the 4x400-meter relay to the NCAA Championships, where it finished 10th to land all four members on the All-America second team list. Neuman was named Michigan's Big Ten Outdoor Sportsmanship honoree and earned Big Ten All-Academic honors for the third straight year, while Taylor earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar recognition for the second consecutive year.
Arastu capped the 2012 outdoor season with a ninth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships to earn All-America second team honors. At the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, he finished runner-up in a career-best time of 49.43, meeting the U.S. Olympic Trials automatic 'A' standard. He earned All-Big Ten second team accolades for his performance at the conference meet.
Following the outdoor season, he also competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials and the NACAC U-23 Championships for Team USA in the 400-meter hurdles.
Greenlee won the Big Ten outdoor pole vault title to earn All-Big Ten first team honors and was also named a 2012 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.
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