Nov. 9, 2016
Friday, Nov. 11 -- at NCAA Great Lakes Regional (Madison, Wis.), 1 p.m. CST
The 14th-ranked University of Michigan men's cross country team will move forward in the postseason with its eyes on the NCAA Great Lakes Regional crown, which it hopes to win this weekend at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course in Madison, Wisconsin. There, U-M will run a 10,000-meter race against 30 other teams from the Great Lakes Region.
Michigan seeks its fifth regional crown, and the second under third-year head coach Kevin Sullivan. Overall, U-M has run at the meet each year since 1993.
This is Michigan's first trip to Madison this season, but the Wolverines are competing at the regional meet there for the fifth consecutive year.
This year's meet will feature 31 teams in total from the Great Lakes Region, and the men's race is set for a 1 p.m. gun, immediately following the women's race at noon local time.
Michigan's lineup consists of: Aaron Baumgarten, Micah Beller, Austin Benoit, Billy Bund, Connor Herr, Jordy Hewitt, Kyle Kroon, Connor Mora and Ned Willig. The Wolverines will run out of box 24 on Friday.
Michigan's Top Career Times at 10,000 meters
THINGS TO KNOW
Michigan seeks its second regional crown under Coach Sullivan, and the fifth in program history. If U-M repeats its title, it would be mark program's first-ever back-to-back regional wins.
U-M posted a 69-11 record this fall prior to the Big Ten Championships, including a 13-3 mark against other teams within the Great Lakes Region.
Benoit, Herr, Hewitt, Kroon and Willig each made his postseason debut for U-M at the Big Ten Championships last month. Baumgarten is the lone returner from last year's regional squad.
Under Sullivan, U-M has finished third and first in two Great Lakes Regional meets.
The Wolverines enter the championship phase of the season ranked No. 14 in the USTFCCCA Coaches Poll and No. 2 in the Great Lakes Region.
Michigan enters the final stretch of the season coming off a fifth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships. The Wolverines had aimed higher than just a top-five finish and hope to restore positive momentum this weekend.
Baumgarten has led the Maize and Blue in all four meets he has competed in this fall, including the Big Ten Championships. There, he earned first team all-conference honors with a sixth-place finish.
A LOOK AHEAD
Saturday, Nov. 19 -- at NCAA Championships (Terre Haute, Ind.), Noon
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