Dec. 19, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Freshman Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D./Rapid City Central) of the University of Michigan men's cross country team was selected to represent Team USA at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country Challenge in Edinburgh, Scotland's Holyrood Park on Saturday, Jan. 5. He will be one of six members of Team USA competing in the Junior Men's 6K race. The event is set for a 5 a.m. EST start, with the men's junior race beginning at 6:55 a.m. EST (11:55 GMT). The entire event will be streamed live on BBC One TV.
Smoragiewicz was selected by the USA Track & Field Cross country council based on his performances throughout his freshman campaign at Michigan. To be considered for nomination to the junior squad, athletes must be between the ages of 16-20 and must be a USA Track & Field member in good standing.
"Any time you get the opportunity to represent your country, it is a unique and special experience," said head cross country coach Alex Gibby. "Tony's selection was based on his success in his initial season in Maize and Blue and should give him vital racing experience going forward."
Smoragiewicz was the only true freshman to travel with Michigan's varsity squad this season. After adjusting to the longer distance races at the collegiate level, he greatly contributed to the Wolverines' success in the post season. Smoragiewicz was U-M's fourth scorer at the Big Ten Championships, finishing just two spots shy of earning All-Big Ten honors, to help the team place second overall.
Smoragiewicz sat out of the Great Lakes Regional meet to rest, as he had recently returned from New Zealand, where he competed in the International Triathlon Union Junior World Championships. He rejoined the Wolverines for the NCAA Championships and finished his first collegiate 10,000-meter race as U-M's third scorer.
The Bupa Great Edinburgh Challenge is an international team challenge that includes senior and junior teams from Great Britain & N. Ireland, the USA and Europe competing in four separate races with the aim of taking the overall team challenge title. The winning team is determined by the best aggregate finishing positions over the four races.