Sept. 25, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore Mason Ferlic (St. Paul, Minn./Mounds Park Academy) of the 26th-ranked University of Michigan men's cross country team was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday (Sept. 25).
In his season debut, Ferlic led all Wolverine harriers across the finish line at the Virginia/Panorama Farms invitational on Sept. 22, finishing sixth overall. Ferlic and U-M's other four scorers each finished within the top 25, tallying 75 points to push U-M to fourth in a 10-team field.
As the only underclassmen to finish in the top 10, he clocked a career-best 8,000-meter time of 24:28.5, topping his previous-best time by 1:07.55. Ferlic also finished ahead of four of fourth-ranked Oklahoma's scorers.
This marks the first weekly honor of Ferlic's career and the first for the Wolverines since Oct. 13, 2009, when Peter Christmas earned the distinction.
Michigan will be back in action on Sept. 28 when it travels to South Bend, Ind., for the Notre Dame Invitational. The men's 8,000-meter event is slated for a 5 p.m. start time.
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