Michigan Lands Six on USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
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July 25, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Six members of the University of Michigan men's track and field team received All-Academic honors for the 2013 season, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced on Wednesday (July 25).

Fifth-year senior Bobby Aprill (Dexter, Mich./Dexter), junior Ali Arastu (Northville, Mich./Northville), sophomore/freshman Mason Ferlic (St. Paul, Minn./Mounds Park Academy), senior Jack Greenlee (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier), fifth-year senior Dan Lowry (Philadelphia, Pa./La Salle College) and senior Aaron Taylor (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams)each 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).

Aprill, Arastu and Greenlee each represented Michigan as team captains during the 2013 season.

During the indoor season, Aprill clocked the second-fastest 5,000-meter time in program history at 13:44.23. He finished fourth in both the 3,000- and 5,000-meter run at the Big Ten Indoor Championships and advanced to the NCAA Indoor Championships, where he took 14th to earn All-America second team honors. The championship portion of his final outdoor season in Maize and Blue was cut short due to injury.

Arastu took sixth in the 400-meter dash at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, but the bulk of his success came during the outdoor campaign. He placed second in the 400-meter hurdles at the outdoor conference meet to garner All-Big Ten second team honors for the second straight season. He finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA East Preliminaries before taking fourth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to earn All-America first team accolades.

Ferlic also came on strong during the outdoor season, clocking the second-fastest time in the Big Ten of 8:51.55 in his first collegiate 3,000-meter steeplechase race, just one week before the conference meet. At the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, he took fourth in the steeple. A 10-second personal best at the NCAA East Preliminaries of 8:41.83, propelled him to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, where he just missed qualifying for the 3,000-meter steeplechase finals, finishing 13th overall. Following the season, he was named Michigan's Most Outstanding Freshman.

Greenlee, the 2012 Big Ten outdoor pole vault champion, finished fourth at the indoor conference meet. Following the season, he earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar recognition and was named the Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient.

Lowry made the most of his final collegiate indoor season, setting a new school record of 13:42.48 in the 5,000-meter run. He took fifth in the 3,000-meter run at the Big Ten Indoor Championships and advanced to the NCAA Indoor Championships, where he finished 10th to earn All-America second team honors.

Taylor was a mainstay on both the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays throughout the season. He helped the 4x100-meter relay clocked the third-fastest time in program history at 40.25. At the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, the 4x1 relay took fifth place. Taylor and the relay advanced to the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds, where they finished 21st overall.

Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423