Penn State road trip awaits Michigan men
9/8/2021 11:26:00 AM
// Kyle Terwillegar
Friday September 10 – at Penn State Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational (State College, PA), 10:45 a.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The No.26-ranked University of Michigan men’s cross-country team will seriously open the competitive portion of their fall 2021 schedule this Friday (September 10) as they travel to Penn State for his first race against an outdoor competition and his first look at the course that will host the Big Ten Championship meeting in October.
A week after a controlled intra-team run during the team’s debut at the Michigan Open, a contingent of 12 Wolverines will face off against some of the best from the Big Ten and the surrounding region at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational. The men will travel 5.2 miles – about a quarter of a mile longer than a standard eight kilometer (4.97 mile) competition – on the Penn State Blue and White Golf Course at 10:45 am.
A women’s race precedes the men’s competition at 10 a.m.
Also in the competition – which will serve as a preview for the conference championships being held there on Friday, October 29 – will be hosts of Penn State, Minnesota and Ohio State, as well as non-conference enemies Georgetown. and Syracuse.
Many of Wolverine’s top finishers from the Michigan Open will be in action again, including the winner’s uniform debut Nick foster and finalist Oli Raimond. Joining them will be twice cross country All-American Devin Meyrer, All-American track Christian Hubaker, national qualifying track Joost plaetinck and Michigan Open top finisher in uniform Colton Yesney.
Are also planned James gedris, Michael hancock, Cole johnson, Joe meyers, Jack Spamer and Zach stewart.
The meeting will mark the official debut of Michigan cross-country for Raimond, Hancock and Meyers.
Fans can follow the race in real time via the live results of Primetime Timing. Updates will also be posted on the Michigan program’s official social media channels.
Things to know
• Led by the new Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Kevin sullivan, the MU men will enter 7th in the Great Lakes regional preseason rankings and 26th in the national coaches survey announced in late August by the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
• Ranked 26th nationally, the Wolverines enter the season placing in the nation’s top 30 for the 21st time in 23 years. Among the Big Ten teams, Michigan is ranked fourth behind No.14 in Wisconsin, No.16 in Michigan State and No.22 in Indiana.
• At the opening of the Michigan Open season, it was a battle between a pair of runners competing with no strings attached for the winner Nick foster and Oli Raimond, which were only separated by a single second, from 15: 08.2 to 15: 09.2. Colton Yesney, Devin Meyrer and Christian Hubaker followed closely to complete the top five in what was a controlled effort for the Wolverines.
• two-time All-American cross-country Devin Meyrer returns for one final season thanks to additional COVID-19 eligibility to lead a squad that also includes All-Americans on track Christian Hubaker, Tom brady and Tom dodd; NCAA Outdoor Championships Qualification Joost plaetinck; and several times medalist on the Big Ten track Nick foster, among others.
• The Wolverines were excluded from the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2014 last winter in a season that was largely derailed by a department-wide shutdown due to COVID-19 precautions, and will seek to return to the November national meet in Tallahassee, Florida, with just two returns – Meyrer and Plaetinck – from the historic seventh-place lineup in 2019
. • Since 2019, Meyrer has twice become a cross-country All-American, an indoor All-American in the 5,000-meter, a multiple scorer on the track and the school record holder for the 5,000-meter indoor. Plaetinck, also returning for a final season with additional NCAA eligibility, was the Big Ten bronze medalist in the outdoor steeplechase and made the national meet in the event.
• Devin Meyrer and Joost plaetinck will be supported by a pair of All-Americans from the 2021 Track and Field Campaign 2 in Tom brady and Christian Hubaker. Brady took home his national indoor honors at 3,000m and followed with a Big Ten silver medal in 10,000m, while Hubaker had a breakthrough season that culminated with a 15th place steeplechase at the championships in full swing. NCAA air.
• Tom dodd had an immediate impact on middle distances for the Wolverines in their debut season at Michigan last year, winning All-America first-team honors in the inside mile and making the national meet at the outside.
• Nick foster was perhaps the Wolverines’ most consistent player at conference level during the 2021 track season, winning a pair of medals along the way in the inside mile (bronze) and 1,500 meters outside ( silver) to accompany a seventh place at 3000 meters indoors.
• Oli Raimond will make his late cross-country debut for Michigan in 2021 after circumstances prevented him from racing on the tracks last winter. On the track, he scored in the 5,000 meters and qualified for the NCAA East prelims at 1,500 meters.
• The Wolverines will seek breakthrough seasons from a number of their less experienced long distance runners, including those under 9:00 a.m. Austin remick and Jack Spamer, former Big Ten Indoor Championships scorer Will landowne, Cole johnson and James gedris, among others.
Friday October 1 – at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational (South Bend, Indiana), at noon