Michigan wins 2015 Big Ten Men's Cross Country Championships

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Michigan wins 2015 Big Ten Men's Cross Country Championships

The Michigan men’s cross country team won its 10th Big Ten Men’s Cross Country Championship, and first since 1998, on Sunday with a total of 63 points and three runners among the top nine at the Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course in Chicago.

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Purdue senior Matt McClintock finished first individually, crossing the 8K finish line in a time of 23:12.1, breaking the Big Ten Championships record of 23:18 set by Wisconsin’s Mohammed Ahmed in 2011. McClintock is the first Boilermaker to earn medalist honors since Eddie Ericsson finished first in the four-mile race in 1943. As a freshman, McClintock was the 2012 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and improved his time from 23:39 at last year’s championships to earn his first Big Ten title and first-team All-Big Ten laurels.

The Wolverines’ Mason Ferlic took second with a time of 23:19.6, while teammates Ben Flanagan and Tony Smoragiewicz crossed the line eighth and ninth, respectively, to claim All-Conference accolades.

Illinois’s Dylan Lafond raced to a third-place finish and All-Big Ten recognition with a time of 23:22.4, helping the Fighting Illini to a second-place team mark with 81 points.

Minnesota took third place in the field with Gophers’ Adam Zutz (7th place), Aaron Bartnik (12th place) and Obsa Ali (14th place) earning All-Big Ten honors.

The Big Ten Cross Country Championships will be carried on BTN via tape-delay at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 12.

The complete All-Big Ten teams can be found below:

First-Team All-Big Ten
Dylan Lafond, ILL
Jason Crist, IND
Rorey Hunter, IND
Mason Ferlic, MICH
Adam Zutz, MINN
Matt McClintock, PUR
Morgan McDonald, WIS

Second-Team All-Big Ten
Jesse Reiser, ILL
Ben Flanagan, MICH
Tony Smoragiewicz, MICH
Clark Ruiz, MSU
Obsa Ali, MINN
Aaron Bartnik, MINN
Joe Hardy, WIS

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