Michigan Takes 23rd at NCAA Pre-Nationals

Oct. 16, 2010

Site: Terre Haute, Ind. (LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country)
Meet: NCAA Pre-Nationals (8,000 meters)
U-M Finish: 23rd of 35 Teams (595 points)
Top U-M Individual: Bobby Aprill, 41st (24:22.3)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Oct. 23 -- at EMU Fall Classic (Dexter, Mich.), 10 a.m.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Running a combined team for the first time this season, the University of Michigan men's cross country team claimed 23rd place (595 points) in the blue race at the NCAA Pre-Nationals on Saturday (Oct. 16) at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center.

Junior Bobby Aprill (Dexter, Mich./Dexter HS) paced the Wolverines for the first time this season -- and fourth time in his career -- with a 41st-place finish and career-best time of 24:22.3. Aprill's effort shaved eight seconds from his previous best time, which he registered two seasons ago at the Notre Dame Invitational.

Senior/junior Craig Forys (Howell, N.J./Colts Neck HS) finished several steps behind Aprill as Michigan's second runner across the line, posting a time of 24:31.9 in 58th place. A trio of underclassmen rounded out the Wolverines' scoring five; sophomore Zach Ornelas (Cedar Park, Texas/Vista Ridge HS), freshman Sean Bone (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion HS) and Adam Kern (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) placed 139rd, 178th and 179th, respectively. Bone and Kern posted career days as the pair crossed the finish line just one second apart; Bone registered a time of 25:48.2 to trim 29 from his previous personal best, while Kern shaved 26 seconds from his best with a time of 25:49.1. Ornelas recorded a time of 25:19.3, missing his personal best by just eight seconds.

The Wolverines will wrap up the regular-season portion of their 2010 schedule at the annual EMU Fall Classic on Saturday (Oct. 23) in Dexter, Mich. The 8,000-meter race is slated for a 10 a.m. start at Hudson Mills Metropark.

Top 10 Teams (Blue Race)

 1. Stanford            43
 2. Iona               127
 3. Florida State      154
 4. Northern Arizona   192
 5. Princeton          196
 6. William and Mary   204
 7. California         233
 8. North Carolina     336
 9. Florida            350
10. Louisville         354
23. MICHIGAN           595

Top 10 Individuals

 1. Chris Derrick, Stanford           23:16.9
 2. Elliott Heath, Stanford           23:16.9
 3. Jake Riley, Stanford              23:17.1
 4. Barnabas Kirui, Mississippi       23:29.3
 5. Diego Estrada, Northern Arizona   23:33.9
 6. Donn Cabral, Princeton            23:36.1
 7. Michael Coe, California           23:37.1
 8. Chas Gillespie, William and Mary  23:43.2
 9. Leonard Korir, Iona               23:49.1
10. Ciaran O'Lionaird, Florida State  23:52.5

Other Michigan Individuals

 41. Bobby Aprill, U-M    24:22.3
 58. Craig Forys, U-M     24:31.9
139. Zach Ornelas, U-M    25:19.3
178. Sean Bone, U-M       25:48.2
179. Adam Kern, U-M       25:49.1
187. Derek Henning, U-M   25:56.7
195. Morsi Rayyan, U-M    26:02.7

Other Michigan Individuals (Open Race)

 31. Mark Beams, U-M        25:53.9
101. Matt Popielarz, U-M    27:22.1
105. Nick Kern, U-M         27:33.0

Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423