The Michigan men’s cross country squad had five runners post
personal-best times on Saturday, resulting in a third-place finish
at the NCAA Pre-Nationals race in Waterloo, Iowa.

The race featured 24 of the top 30 teams in the country. Teams
were divided into two races, purple and gold, with No. 13-ranked
Michigan competing in the purple race. Among Michigan’s opponents
were four teams ranked in the top 10. The Wolverines fell behind
first- and second-place finishers No. 1 Stanford and No. 10
Iona.

Sophomore Nick Willis earned his third top-10 finish of the
season with a team-high seventh-place finish and a career-best time
of 23:37.

Seniors Tom Greenless (16th overall, 23:54.9), captain Nick
Stanko (45th, 24:21.4), and Alex L’Heureux (60th, 24:32.8) also
enjoyed career-best times, along with junior Nate Brannen (20th,
23.58.2).

Meanwhile, the B team competed in a men’s open race at the same
course, in which sophomore Andrew Ellerton and juniors Sean Moore
and Rondell Ruff propelled Michigan to a win.

“All in all, this was a great weekend,” coach Ron Warhurst said.
“The team did real well, we moved through really good and there was
no problem with the course.”

The team will be headed to the Big Ten Championships in two
weeks. “Ohio State and Wisconsin (ranked No. 11 and No. 2,
respectively) pose a challenge in the Big Ten,” coach Warhurst
stated. “The Big Ten is very well-represented. We will have to
battle Ohio State for second place.”

After the Big Ten Championships, Michigan still needs to qualify
in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional to earn a return to trip to
Waterloo.

“It will be tough to get back to this course for Nationals,”
Warhurst said.

The Wolverines last race of the regular season is the Eastern
Michigan Open on Friday at 4 p.m., in Ypsilanti.

 

 

 

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