U-M Earns At-Large Bid to NCAA Championships
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Bobby Aprill
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Nov. 13, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The 19th-ranked University of Michigan men's cross country team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships, it was announced by the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Track and Field Committee on Sunday (Nov. 13).

A total of 31 teams from nine regions around the country will compete on the national state on Monday, Nov. 21, in Terre Haute, Ind. The top two teams in each region earned an automatic bid, while another 13 received at-large bids. The race will start at 12:08 p.m.

Under the guidance of second-year head coach Alex Gibby, Michigan will make its first team appearance at the NCAA Championships since 2008. Fifth-year senior Craig Forys (Howell, N.J./Colts Neck) earned a trip to nationals last year individually and was a member of the last two U-M teams to qualify in 2007 and 2008.

The Wolverines took third at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Saturday (Nov. 12) at the Ottawa Park Golf Course in Toledo, Ohio. Forys, senior Bobby Aprill (Dexter, Mich./Dexter HS) and junior/sophomore Brendon Blacklaws (Wellington, New Zealand/Wellington College) earned All-Great Lakes Region honors for their top-25 performances.

Junior Zach Ornelas (Cedar Park, Texas/Vista Ridge HS) and sophomore Morsi Rayyan (Dewitt, Mich./St. Johns) rounded out U-M's five scores at the regional.

Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423