FERRIS' JARED KELSH HONORED AS GLIAC RUNNER OF THE WEEK
Local Product Earns League Weekly Award For Second Time This Year
For the second time this season, Ferris State University junior runner Jared Kelsh (Chippewa Lake/Chippewa Hills) has been recognized as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week. The announcement was made by the league office on Thursday (Sept. 27).
Kelsh helped the Bulldog men's cross country squad to a runner-up effort in the 32nd-straight running of the Bulldog Invitational last Friday (Sept. 21) at FSU's Katke Golf Course in Big Rapids, Mich. He earned runner-up honors individually by clocking 26:08.55 on the 8K course, which included a field of 93 participants. He finished only six seconds behind men's winner Rex Kiptuli of Lansing CC, who completed the course in 26:02.44 overall.
Earlier this year, Kelsh earned the league weekly award after leading the Bulldogs in the season-opening Central Michigan Jeff Drenth Invitational (Aug. 31) held at University Park in Mount Pleasant, Mich. He earned runner-up honors in the field of 45 runners at the CMU meet with a time of 15:18 on a 5K course. Kelsh finished only two seconds behind Michigan State's Max Goldak (15:16) in the non-scoring field at the squad's first meet of the year.
Kelsh claimed the men's individual title in FSU's second competition this campaign at the Northwood Open (Sept. 7) in Midland, Mich., where he completed the 8K course in a time of 26:10.38 to win the non-scoring event featuring 66 runners. Presently, he's finished among the top two runners at each of Ferris' three meets this campaign.
Last season (2006), Kelsh received the cross country program's Most Valuable Runner Award honor after finishing as the Bulldogs' highest place winner in four of the six meets he competed. Kelsh turned in a ninth-place effort (26:49) in last year's 8K Bulldog Invitational hosted by Ferris State at Katke Golf Course. He was 38th overall (26:08.4) in the 8K race at the 2006 GLIAC Championships in Findlay, Ohio.
In 2005-06, Kelsh earned Most Valuable Athlete Award laurels for the men's track middle and long distance events. He received the FSU track squad's Most Outstanding Performer Award for the distance area in 2004-05.
Kelsh also claimed All-GLIAC kudos with a runner-up finish in the mile run (4:15.03) at last season's (2006-07) GLIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships (Feb. 23-24) in University Center, Mich. He then took third place in both the 800 meters (1:54.18) and the 1,500 meters (3:52.79) at the GLIAC Outdoor Championships (May 4) in Midland, Mich. He surpassed national provisional qualifying standards in both the indoor and outdoor campaigns last year.
The Bulldogs will next compete in the annual Loyola Lakefront Invitational Saturday, Sept. 29, starting at 10 a.m. (EDT) in Chicago, Ill.