Oct. 4, 2013
Site: South Bend, Ind. (Notre Dame Golf Course)
Meet: Notre Dame Blue and Golf Invitational (8,000 Meters)
U-M Team Finish: 25th Place of 27 Teams (650 points)
Top U-M Individual: Nick Posada, 104th (25:49.6)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Oct. 19 -- at Wisconsin adidas Invitational (Madison, Wis.), 12:40 p.m. CDT
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The 29th-ranked University of Michigan men's cross country team was led by junior/sophomore Nick Posada (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park), as the Wolverines finished 25th overall at the 8,000-meter Notre Dame Blue and Golf Invitational on Friday (Oct. 4) at the Notre Dame Golf Course.
Columbia, who is ranked No. 30 nationally, won the team title with 113 points, while UTEP's Anthony Rotich took home the individual title in a time of 24:18.6.
Posada competed in his second 8,000-meter race in just six days, as he also raced at the Cowboy Jamboree on Saturday, Sept. 28. He was Michigan's top runner for the first time in his career, crossing the finish line in a time of 25:49.6, which was good enough for 104th place.
Senior Nathan Karr (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) occupied the Wolverines' second spot, placing 123rd in a time of 26:04.5. Junior/sophomore Scotty Albaugh (Waterford, Mich./Waterford Mott) also made the tough turnaround after competing at the Cowboy Jamboree, to finish 128th in 26:07.4.
Junior/sophomore Jeff Sattler (Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center) stopped the watch at 26:23.3 to finish 152nd as U-M's fourth man. Sophomore/freshman George Kelly (Lincroft, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy),who is Michigan's third harrier that also competed at Oklahoma State six days ago, secured its fifth scoring position today, placing 163rd in a time of 26:29.6.
Sophomore Alex Moran (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) (26:48.3) and sophomore/freshman Jarred Bratley (Andover, Mich./Andover) (27:17.2) rounded out the Maize and Blue's seven-man contingent at Notre Dame, securing 173rd and 194th place, respectively.
The Wolverines will conclude the regular-season at the adidas Wisconsin Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Zimmer Championship Course, which will also be the site of the NCAA Great Lakes Regional when Wisconsin hosts the event on Friday, Nov. 15.
1. Columbia 113 2. Tulsa 124 3. Princeton 147 4. Minnesota 155 5. Colorado State 189 6. New Mexico 202 7. Notre Dame 236 8. Virginia 279 9. Southern Utah 283 10. Florida State 309 ----------------------------- 25. MICHIGAN 650
Top 10 Finishers
1. Anthony Rotich, UTEP 24:18.6 2. Luke Caldwell, New Mexico 24:22.3 3. Matt McClintock, Purdue 24:26.5 4. John Simons, Minnesota 24:31.7 5. Jeremy Rae, Notre Dame 24:33.9 6. Jannis Topfer, Illinois 24:36.1 7. Marc Scott, Tulsa 24:38.1 8. Chris O'Hare, Tulsa 24:38.7 9. Tyler Udland, Princeton 24:39.2 10. Cosmas Boit, UTEP 24:40.0
104. Nick Posada, U-M 25:49.6 123. Nathan Karr, U-M 26:04.5 128. Scotty Albaugh, U-M 26:07.4 152. Jeff Sattler, U-M 26:23.3 163. George Kelly, U-M 26:29.6 173. Alex Moran, U-M 26:48.3 194. Jarred Bratley, U-M 27:17.2
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Alex Gibby
On his race plan and the team's execution ... "The three guys we brought back from Oklahoma State, we brought back because they weren't aggressive there -- they tried to sit back and wait on things. Our intent with the group we brought down here was to be aggressive for two miles, define the edge, and follow through all the way to the finish. We wanted to run a more complete race, but be more aggressive early, which certainly changes the dynamic and puts them in an uncomfortable position, and that was the step we were looking to take from a decision making standpoint. We hit that in a mixed manner. As a whole, I thought we did some things really well, but we also had gaps. There were momentary flashes of brilliance, but they were followed up by three or four minutes of passiveness. It was a mixed results, and I think there are certainly things we can learn from it. With this group, if we don't go forward to Wisconsin and be more aggressive over the entirety of the race, they're going to run out of opportunities to prove their level of fitness."
On racing while maintaining high-mileage training ... "We have not tapered back at all. With a Friday race, we only ran once on Tuesday, but our volumes are still up, and they will be for a few more weeks. We're still a little unresponsive from a relative standpoint to a lot of other teams in this meet. But what we were judging ourselves by is how we do within ourselves and how we're able to maximize where we are. That's why I come away mixed -- we did have things go well, but I still think there is much more to be extracted from this group."
On Nick Posada's development ... "He's definitely running far better than he was at this point last year. He's making assertive decisions; now he just has to be more confident in the first seven or eight minutes of the race. If he's fast, then he's going to be a lot closer to contributing."
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423