U of M Men's Cross Country

Kevin Sullivan
Kevin Sullivan, four time Big 10 and NCAA Regional Champion
2nd place in 1997 NCAA Chanpionships,
Michigan's only four time cross country All-American


Michigan began varsity competition in cross country in 1919/20 under the guidance of track coach Stephen Farrell. A cross country club had been organized in 1901 as a means for training distance runners for the track team. Two races were held in the Fall and Spring over a 3.75 mile course beginning at Waterman Gym. The top finishers were awarded the club's "CCC" insignia. All of Michigan's great distance runners and record setting relay teams from 1905-1910 owed much to their cross country training. Michigan won its first team and individual championships in 1923 when Egbert Isbel covered the five mile course in Lafayette, Indiana in 26 minutes, 33.2 seconds. Michigan dropped cross country as a varsity sport in 1932. Occasionally a Michigan squad competed in the Big Ten cross country meet. Don McEwen took individual honors in 1949 and 1950 and in 1957 a UM team won the conference title.

Cross country regained varsity status in 1972 with track coach Dixon Farmer heading the program. Ron Warhurst became head coach in 1974 and led Michigan to the conference title his first three years. Warhurst's teams have won seven conference titles and 8 individual Big Ten championships.


Team Championships
NCAA Regional Team Championships:
1997, 2007(T)
Big Ten Championships
1922, 1954, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1993, 1997, 1998
NCAA Regional Individual Champions
Year Athlete
1993 Kevin Sullivan
1994 Kevin Sullivan
1995 Kevin Sullivan
1996 Joh Mortimer
1997 Kevin Sullivan
2004 Nate Brannen

Big Ten Individual Champions
Year Athlete
1922 E. R. Isbell
1949 Don McEwen
1950 Don McEwen
1977 Bill Donakowski
1986 Chris Brewster
1993 Kevin Sullivan
1994 Kevin Sullivan
1995 Kevin Sullivan
1996 Joh Mortimer
1997 Kevin Sullivan
2001 Alan Webb

All-Americans
1974 Mike McGuire
1974, 1975, 1976 Greg Meyer
1975, 1976,1977 Bill Donakowski
1979,1980 Dan Heikkinen
1980, 1983 Brian Diemer
1983 Gerard Donakowski
1985 Chris Brewster
1986, 1987, 1988 John Scherer
1990 Brad Barquist
1991 Tony Carna
1992 Scott MacDonald
1992 Mat Smith
1993, 1994,1995, 1997 Kevin Sullivan
1995, 1997 Joh Mortimer
1997, 1998 Todd Snyder
2000 Mark Pilja
2001 Alan Webb
1999, 2001 Mike Wisniewski
2002, 2003, 2004Nate Brannen
2002, 2003Nick Willis
2013 Mason Ferlic

Men's Cross Country Team Photos, 1919-1932, 1971-1998 (some missing).