Blacklaws Returns to Highlight Wolverine Outing at Notre Dame
Brendon Blacklaws

Sept. 28, 2012

Site: South Bend, Ind. (Notre Dame Golf Course)
Event: Notre Dame Invitational (8,000 Meters)
U-M Team Finish: 19th of 20 Teams (500 points)
Top U-M Individual: Brendon Blacklaws, 45th (24:29)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Oct. 12 -- at Wisconsin adidas Invitational (Madison, Wis.), 12:45 p.m. CDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The 26th-ranked University of Michigan men's cross country team competed in the 8,000 meter Notre Dame Invitational on Friday (Sept. 28) at the Notre Dame Golf Course.

In his season debut, senior/junior Brendon Blacklaws (Wellington, New Zealand/Wellington College), the only member of U-M's 'A' team in action, placed 45th in a time of 24:29 -- just three seconds shy of his personal best at 8,000 meters.

Junior/sophomore James Yau (Troy, Mich./Troy) was Michigan's second finisher, clocking a personal-best 8K time of 25:05. Freshman Alex Moran (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) and sophomore/freshman Jeff Sattler (Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center) also recorded career-best times. Moran sliced 1:40 off his career-debut time from last weekend at Virginia to finish 112th, while Sattler ran 25:29 to place 129th.

Senior/junior Dallas North (Hastings, New Zealand/Nelson College) was Michigan's fifth scorer, stopping the clock at 25:36 to finish 134th.

Junior Matt Popielarz (Saginaw, Mich./Heritage) (25:53) and sophomore/freshman Trevor Denton (Henderson, Mich./Chesaning) (26:11) rounded out the Wolverines' top seven, taking 143rd and 150th, respectively.

Michigan's five scorers tallied 500 points to place the Wolverines 19th as a team. Nine of the top 10 teams in today's event are currently ranked in the top 30 nationally, including No. 20 Tulsa, which won the race with 104 points.

The Wolverines will take a week off from competition before returning to action at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Friday, Oct. 12, at 12:45 p.m. CDT. The race will be held at Wisconsin's Zimmer Championship Course, which will also be the site of the 2012 NCAA Great Lakes Regional.

Team Standings

 1. Tulsa                   104
 2. Princeton               139
 3. Notre Dame              143
 4. Florida State           152
 5. Eastern Kentucky        167
 6. New Mexico              200
 7. Texas A&M               201
 8. Washington State        230
 9. McNeese State           231
10. North Carolina State    237
19. MICHIGAN                500

Top 10 Finishers

 1. Chris O'Hare, Tulsa                     23:33
 2. Henry Lelei, TEXAS A&M                  23:36
 3. Terefe Ejigu, Eastern Michigan          23:39
 4. Jakub Zivec, Florida State              23:40
 5. David Rooney, McNeese State             23:41
 6. Jeremy Rae, Notre Dame                  23:46
 7. Soufiane Bouchikhi, Eastern Kentucky    23:53
 8. Paulo Pinheiro, Tulsa                   23:55
 9. Breandan O'Neill, Florida State         23:56
10. Alejandro Arroyo Yamin, Princeton       23:57

Michigan Finishers

 45. Brendon Blacklaws, U-M                 24:29
103. James Yau, U-M                         25:05
112. Alex Moran, U-M                        25:14
129. Jeff Sattler, U-M                      25:29
134. Dallas North, U-M                      25:36
143. Matt Popielarz, U-M                    25:53
150. Trevor Denton, U-M                     26:11
155. Justin Krauss, U-M                     26:28
160. Scott Dvorak, U-M                      26:55


Michigan Head Coach Alex Gibby
On Brendon Blacklaws returning to competition ... "I was pleased with Brendon's (Blacklaws) race finish in his first race in almost a year in cross country. He's a little rusty and, while I don't think he's in our top five or six guys yet, he's shown himself to be in the position in a month to affect our position at the Big Ten Championships. On top of that, he was certainly a factor in many good teams' varsity today. I think that bodes well for where our varsity will be once we put them back together in Wisconsin on Oct. 12."

On the 'B' team gaining more experience ... "With our younger guys, across the board from a PR prospective, we had a ton of PRs out there -- James Yau, Alex Moran, Jeff Sattler all ran career bests. Alex Moran in particular bounced back from a very difficult experience at the University of Virginia last week and performed pretty well, which is a difficult step for a freshman. It's tough to run back-to-back 8Ks in six days, so he ran well. They are a middle distance oriented group and as we mature, results should follow accordingly."

Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423