Matt Mc Clintock of Purdue out-sprinted Ferlic to the line for the individual title, breaking the tape in .1 for a seven-second win.
The two found themselves chasing two-time individual Big Ten champ Malachy Schrobilgen of Wisconsin early in the race, but the Badger came back to the pack by 5000 meters and had completely dropped out by the 6000-meter mark.
Gerlach, Barrett, Hunsberger and Chickotas were all top-six through 2K as Penn State took an early 39-55 lead over Michigan.
It had shrunk to 47-51 by the halfway point, and Michigan reclaimed the lead at 4000, 49-53.
Penn State put in another surge with 5000 meters down to lead 49-60 – Chikotas had moved from 10th back to fifth – and they would hold roughly that advantage for the rest of the race.
Vote-receiving Wisconsin finished fifth overall with 139 points, edging No. Individually, Finn had opened up a significant 12-second lead over Wiersma with just 1000 meters to go, but the Spartan ultimately shaved off more than half that margin by the finish line.
Penn State was sixth with 169 points and Purdue was seventh with 173 points, and the tailspinning No.
27 Wisconsin men came through eighth with 199 points.
At the 3K mark, it was a two-woman race between Collins and Georgetown’s Kennedy Weisner.It’s NCAA Division I Conference Championships Weekend! Tori Gerlach was fourth overall, followed by Elizabeth Chikotas in sixth, Jillian Hunsberger in ninth and Tessa Barrett in 12th.If you missed the action as it unfolded on the USTFCCCA National Results Wall, we’ve got recaps of many of the country’s top league meets here for you. 2 Michigan to win its first conference title since 2009, 53-58. After nearly slipping out of the top-30 midway through the race, Julie Kocjancic rallied from 28th to 22nd over the final two kilometers to seal the victory.The Wildcats had won three of past four conference meets and were looking to go back to back.For Villanova to do that, it needed its fourth and fifth runners to hold off a strong charge by the Hoyas.