Toeing the Line #5: U-M to Preview Regional Course Saturday
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Oct. 15, 2013

THIS WEEK
Saturday, Oct. 19 -- at Wisconsin adidas Invitational (Madison, Wis.), 11 a.m. CDT

After a week off from competition, the University of Michigan men's cross country team will compete in the fifth annual Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Saturday (Oct. 19). The men's 8,000-meter race, which will feature 19 of the nation's top 30 programs, will begin at 11 a.m. CDT at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course.

U-M will get a preview of this year's regional course on Saturday, as Wisconsin will host the NCAA Great Lakes Regional for the second straight year on Nov. 15.

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Race Day Information: Meet Information | Zimmer Championship Course

WOLVERINES IN ACTION

Men's 8K Championship Race (11 a.m. CDT): Mark Beams, Mason Ferlic, Ben Flanagan, Cory Glines, Connor Mora, August Pappas, Morsi Rayyan, Nick Renberg, James Yau
Men's 8K "B" Race (12:45 p.m. CDT): Scotty Albaugh, Nathan Karr, George Kelly, Nick Posada, Tony Smoragiewicz

Teams in Action
Arizona, No. 30 Arizona State, Arkansas, No. 5 BYU, No. 8 Columbia, No. 27 Dartmouth, No. 16 Eastern Kentucky, No. 26 Florida, Georgia, No. 24 Georgetown, Harvard, Illinois, No. 12 Indiana, Iowa State, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, No. 22 Minnesota, Missouri, No. 25 New Mexico, No. 13 North Carolina, NC State, No. 3 Northern Arizona, No. 28 Notre Dame, No. 7 Portland, No. 17 Providence, No. 11 Syracuse, Tennessee, No. 14 Texas, Texas A&M, No. 21 UCLA, UMass, Washington, Weber State, No. 20 Wisconsin.

WOLVERINE BITES

• In just four years, the Wisconsin adidas Invitational has established itself as one of the nation's premier collegiate meets. This year's race will be the fifth annual event.

• Michigan has participated in the Wisconsin adidas Invitational each year since it began in 2009. The Wolverines recorded their best finish at the event last season when they finished seventh in a 45-team field.

• The Wolverines will be joined by 19 ranked programs at Wisconsin, as well as five other Big Ten programs on Saturday, including the host school, No. 20 Wisconsin, as well as No. 22 Minnesota, No. 12 Indiana, Michigan State and Illinois.

• Seniors Mark Beams (Vicksburg, Mich./Vicksburg) and Morsi Rayyan (Dewitt, Mich./St. Johns), junior/sophomore Nick Posada (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) and sophomore Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D./Rapid City Central) were each members of U-M's seventh-place team at last year's Wisconsin adidas Invitational and will each return for the Wolverines this Saturday.

• Nine Wolverines will compete in the men's 8K championship race at 11 a.m. CDT, while five will participate in the men's 8K open race at 12:45 p.m. CDT.

• This will mark the first race since the Cowboy Jamboree (Sept. 28) and just the second of the season for all members of Michigan's varsity squad running in the championship race.

Tony Smoragiewicz will make his season debut at Wisconsin in the open race. He competed for Team USA at the World Junior Triathlon Championships on Sept. 14 and has spent the past four weeks transitioning back to distance running full time. He finished 42nd in his third appearance at the junior world championships. Smoragiewicz was a member of U-M's squad at the Big Ten and NCAA Championships as a freshman in 2012.

• Seniors Mark Beams and Morsi Rayyan, as well as junior Mason Ferlic, were announced as Michigan's tri-captains for the 2013 season on Monday (Oct. 14). Beams and Rayyan are each serving as captains for the second straight season.

• Michigan dropped out of the USTFCCCA Coaches' Poll top 30 for the first time since the third regular-season poll of the 2011 season on Oct. 8. The Wolverines are receiving the most votes among unranked teams with 30 votes, putting them just outside the top 30. The next poll will be released on Oct. 22.

Nick Posada led the Wolverines in their last race, finishing 104th at the Notre Dame Blue and Gold Invitational.

• The 2013 roster features 14 returners from a year ago, including six that were members of the 2012 Big Ten runner-up team.

• Last season, Michigan constructed its most successful season since 2008, finishing runner-up at the Big Ten Championships and NCAA Great Lakes Regional. The Wolverines also qualified for the NCAA Championships as a team for the second consecutive year, placing 23rd. Mark Beams and Morsi Rayyan garnered All-Great Lakes Region and All-Big Ten second team accolades.

THE GIBBY FILES

• Head coach Alex Gibby is in his fourth year at the helm of the men's cross country program. In 2012, Gibby guided Michigan to its best season in four years, highlighted by runner-up finishes at the Big Ten Championships and NCAA Great Lakes Regional. He also helped Michigan qualify for the NCAA Championships as a team for the second straight year. Gibby has wasted no time taking the program to the next level as the Wolverines have improved their conference and regional finishes each year under his guidance. The 2012 season marked the first time since 2008 that the top five finishers at the regional meet all earned All-Great Lakes Region honors. At the 2012 Big Ten Championships, Gibby also produced three All-Big Ten performers for the first time since the 2008 season.

Annual Results During the Gibby Era

YearBig TenRegionalNCAA
20108th7th--
2011T3rd3rd20th
20122nd2nd23rd

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Sunday, Nov. 3 -- at Big Ten Championships (West Lafayette, Ind.), 10:45 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 8 -- at Hoosier Invitational (Bloomington, Ind.), 4 p.m.

Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423

   

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