Oct. 2, 2010
Site: Madison, Wis. (Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course)
Meet: Wisconsin adidas Invitational (8,000 meters)
U-M Finish: 20th of 21 Teams (622 points)
Top U-M Individual: Morsi Rayyan, 103rd (24:55.4)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Oct. 16 -- at NCAA Pre Nationals (Terre Haute, Ind.), 12:10 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. -- Five members of the University of Michigan men's cross country team made their collegiate debut at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Saturday (Oct. 2), contributing to the Wolverines' 20th-place finish (622 points) at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course. Among U-M's first-time competitors, freshman Morsi Rayyan (Dewitt, Mich./St. Johns HS) led his team to the finish line, claiming 103rd place with a time of 24:55.4.
The Wolverines' scoring five posted an 80-second spread between its first and fifth runners across the line. Junior Nick Thomas (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice HS) and freshman Mark Beams (Vicksburg, Mich./Vicksburg HS) crossed the line together in 158th and 159th place, respectively, while freshmen Matt Popielarz (Saginaw, Mich./Heritage HS) and Adam Kern (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) came across back-to-back in 174th and 195th place. All five members of Michigan's scoring contingent are rookies to the 2010 U-M squad.
The Wolverines will take a two-week break before returning to action on Saturday, Oct. 16, at the NCAA Pre Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind. Hosted by the Indiana State University, the men's 8,000-meter race is scheduled for a 12:10 a.m. start at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center.
Team Standings (Top 10)
1. Indiana 43 2. Wisconsin 75 3. Princeton 112 4. Syracuse 131 5. Oklahoma 132 6. Michigan State 191 7. Florida 217 8. North Carolina 225 9. Ohio State 256 10. Illinois 280 ---- 20. MICHIGAN 622
Top 10 Individuals
1. Donn Cabral, Princeton 23:29.0 2. Andrew Bayer, Indiana 23:29.4 3. Andrew Poore, Indiana 23:30.7 4. Elliot Krause, Wisconsin 23:32.6 5. Landon Peacock, Wisconsin 23:35.2 6. Mohammed Ahmed, Wisconsin 23:44.2 7. Dumisani Hlaselo, Florida 23:45.6 8. Desean Turner, Indiana 23:46.6 9. David Adams, Nebraska 23:50.3 10. Zachary Mayhew, Indiana 23:51.4
Other Michigan Individuals
103. Morsi Rayyan, U-M 24:55.4 158. Nick Thomas, U-M 25:47.8 159. Mark Beams, U-M 25:48.6 174. Matt Popielarz, U-M 26:13.5 175. Adam Kern, U-M 26:15.2 177. Geoff Burns, U-M 26:18.0 178. Dan Tyler, U-M 26:23.3 191. Garrett Cullen, U-M 27:00.0
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