Men's Track

2001-02 News – Outdoor Season

May 31

Five Athletes Earn GLIAC All-Academic Honors

Five Ferris State University men's outdoor track and field athletes have been named to the 2002 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Men's Outdoor Track & Field All-Academic Team. For a complete listing, click here:

2002 GLIAC Men's Outdoor Track & Field All-Academic Team PDF


May 11

FSU Records Two Top Five Finishes At Final Regular Season Meet

The Ferris State University menís and womenís outdoor track and field teams registered two top five finishes at the University of Michiganís Len Paddock Invitational held this past weekend (May 10-11) at Ferry Field in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Junior Jennifer Brogger placed fourth overall (128-1) in the women's javelin to lead FSU, which had only six athletes compete in the outdoor seasonís final regular season meet. Junior Adrianne Desenzio tied for 12th place in the pole vault (11-0), senior Katie Chapman placed 12th in the 400-meter dash (58.07) and senior Tianna Kirkland finished 15th overall in the hammer throw (137-1) for the Bulldog women.

In the menís competition, senior Eric Hincka was fifth in the javelin (152-0) and senior Jason Thompson placed eighth in the long jump (22-6).

Five Bulldog athletes have reached provisional qualification marks for the 2002 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held May 23-25 at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. The list includes sophomore Jennifer Delamater in the 200-meter dash, Chapman in both the 800 and 1,500-meter runs and senior Morgan Buckner in the 100-meter hurdles. Brogger has reached the provisional javelin mark while Kirkland has provisionally qualified in the shot put, discus and hammer throws. The final meet participation list will be released this Tuesday (May 14) by the NCAA.


May 5

Ferris Finishes Seventh At GLIAC Outdoor Championships

The Ferris State University menís outdoor track and field team registered nine top eight finishes at the 2002 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships held this past weekend (May 3-4) at Northwood Universityís Fisher Track in Midland, Mich.

In the menís division, Ashland finished first (202 points) and Grand Valley State took second (170 points) while the Bulldogs totaled 38 points to finish seventh.

Ferris State had two athletes place among the top three to earn All-GLIAC honors. Senior Eric Hincka placed second in the javelin (160-2) to lead the Bulldog men. He also tied for ninth place in the high jump (6-2).

Senior Jason Thompson was third overall in the triple jump (44-2) and placed sixth in the long jump (22-11.50). Sophomore Jay Dixon was fourth in both the hammer throw (164-1) and the discus (145-5) while freshman Joe Swendrowski finished fifth in the 5,000-meter run (15:06.12).

Sophomore Kurt Peterson tied for fourth place in the pole vault (14-3) while freshman Shane Ballard placed seventh in the triple jump (40-4.25) and was ninth in the high jump (6-2). The Bulldogs also placed eighth in the menís 4x400-meter relay (3:40.77).

Ferris State will take part in the University of Michiganís Len Paddock Invitational next weekend (May 10-11) in Ann Arbor, Mich.


April 28

Bulldog Men Place Second At USTCA Quadrangular

The Ferris State University menís outdoor track and field team recorded four first-place finishes and had eight runner-up performances at the United States Track Coaches Association (USTCA) Quadrangular held Saturday at FSUís Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Mich.

Saginaw Valley State captured the team title with 219 points, Ferris was second (163 points) and Aquinas took third (97 points).

Freshman Shane Ballard took the triple jump title (40-7), senior Bryan Green won the pole vault (12-10) and senior Josh Wittenbach captured the 5,000-meter run (16:12.85).

Sophomore Jay Dixon placed first in the discus (146-10) and was second overall in both the shot put (47-2) and the hammer throw (161-2). Sophomore Greg Owen earned runner-up honors in the 110-meter hurdles (17.10), sophomore Kurt Peterson was second in the pole vault (12-4) and senior Jason Wells finished second in the 100-meter dash (12.06). Senior Jason Thompson placed second in both the long jump (23-2.25) and the triple jump (40-4) while the Bulldogs were second in the menís 4x400-meter relay (3:46.34).

Ferris State will take part in the 2002 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships next weekend (May 3-4) at Northwood University in Midland, Mich.


April 22

Dixon Records Fourth-Best All-Time Mark At Eastern Michigan Meet

Sophomore Jay Dixon recorded Ferris State's fourth-best all-time outdoor discus mark to lead the Bulldog men's outdoor track and field team at the Eastern Michigan Twilight Meet, which was held last Friday (April 19) at EMU's Olds-Marshall Track in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Dixon finished eighth overall in the discus with a toss of 150-3. He placed fifth overall in the shot put (45-5) behind teammate Thomas Swartwood, who finished fourth (46-8).

FSU had nine top six finishes. Senior Jason Thompson was second in the triple jump (43-10.75) and fifth in the long jump (23-3.25) while freshman Shane Ballard finished fourth in the triple jump (41-5.25).

Freshman Joe Swendrowski placed fifth in the 5,000-meter run (15:20.62), junior Steve Picucci was sixth in the 5,000-meter run (15:32.07) and sophomore Kurt Peterson tied for fourth place in the pole vault (14-1.25). The Bulldog 4x400-meter relay team also finished fourth in a time of 3:43.12.

Ferris State will host the United States Track Coaches Association Quadrangular this Saturday (April 27) at Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Mich. The meet is slated to begin at 11 a.m. (EDT).


April 13

FSU Records Two Runner-Up Finishes At SVSU Invitational

The Ferris State University menís outdoor track and field team recorded two runner-up finishes this past Saturday (April 13) at the Saginaw Valley State Collegiate Invitational held at SVSUís Morley Field in University Center, Mich.

The Bulldog men had 13 top-eight placings in the non-scoring meet. Senior Jason Thompson was second in the long jump (22-7.75) while freshman Shane Ballard earned runner-up honors in the triple jump (41-4). Thompson added a sixth-place triple jump finish (40-3.5) and Ballard was seventh overall in the high jump (6-0).

Sophomore Jay Dixon placed among the top eight in three events. He was fourth in the discus (147-2), fifth in the shot put (44-8) and fifth in the hammer throw (160-3). Senior Eric Hincka took fourth in the javelin (149-0) while sophomore Kurt Peterson finished third in the pole vault (13-0).

The Ferris State menís team will take part in the Eastern Michigan University Twilight next Friday (April 19) at 5 p.m. (EDT) in Ypsilanti, Mich.


April 7

Thompson Leads Ferris With Two Individual Titles at Bulldog Invite

The Ferris State University men's outdoor track and field team recorded two first-place finishes and set one meet record at the annual Bulldog Invitational held this past Saturday (April 6) at Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Mich.

Senior Jason Thompson paced the FSU men by winning both the long jump (22-8) and triple jump (45-4) titles. He also broke the men's triple jump meet record (44-0 - 1999) previously held by Lake Superior State's Derek Sandahl.

Freshman Joe Swendrowski placed second in the 5,000-meter run (15:31.77) and sophomore Jay Dixon was third overall in both the shot put (46-10) and discus (138-4). Senior Eric Hincka finished fourth overall in the high jump (6-0) while Thompson took fourth in both the 100-meter dash (11.50) and the 200-meter dash (23.18). Dixon added a fourth-place hammer throw (155-7) finish.

Ferris State will take part in the Saginaw Valley State Invitational next Saturday (April 13) at 11 a.m. (EDT) in University Center, Mich. Selected members will also compete in the University of Tennesseeís prestigious Sea Ray Relays beginning this Thursday (April 11) in Knoxville, Tenn.


April 1

FSU Opens Outdoor Season With Three Top-Five Finishes

The Ferris State University men's outdoor track and field team finished 10th overall (22 points) this past Saturday (March 30) at the Gerald England Track and Field Invitational at Key Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.

FSU had three top-five finishes in its first outdoor meet of the year. Senior Jason Thompson claimed runner-up triple jump (43-4) honors, freshman Joe Swendrowski placed third in the 5,000-meter run (15:16.92) and sophomore Jay Dixon finished fifth in the hammer throw (151-7). Freshman Shane Ballard added a sixth-place high jump finish (6-0) while senior Eric Hincka was eighth in the high jump (5-10).

Ferris State will host the annual Bulldog Invitational this Saturday (April 6) at FSU's Top Taggart Field. The meet is slated to start at 10 a.m. (EST).


2001-02 News – Indoor Season

March 27

Three Athletes Earn GLIAC All-Academic Honors

Seniors Eric Hincka and Josh Wittenbach and sophomore Joe Klein have been named to the 2002 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Men's Indoor Track & Field All-Academic Team. For a complete listing, click here:

2002 GLIAC Men's Indoor Track & Field All-Academic Team PDF


February 24

Thompson Reaches Provisional Mark At GLIAC Championships

Senior Jason Thompson led the Ferris State men's indoor track and field team to a seventh place overall finish (24.5 points) at the 2002 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships, which were held this past weekend (Feb. 22-23) at Hillsdale College's Jessie Phillips Arena in Hillsdale, Mich.

Thompson broke the school's indoor long jump mark (23-7) and met the national provisional distance while recording a third-place finish. He also attained runner-up triple jump honors with a leap of 45-10.

Senior Bryan Green finished fifth in the pole vault (12-11.50), sophomore Jay Dixon was sixth in the weight throw (50-11) and freshman Joe Swendrowski placed eighth in the 5,000-meter run (15:35.29). Sophomore Kurt Peterson added an eighth-place pole vault finish (11-11.75) while freshman Shane Ballard tied for seventh place in the high jump (6-2.25).

Grand Valley State claimed the men's title (184 points) while Ashland finished second (158.5 points) and Northwood placed third (63 points).

Thompson is the only FSU men's track and field athlete to reach a provisional qualification mark for the NCAA Division II National Indoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held March 8-9 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass.


February 15

Bulldog Men Record Four Top Six Finishes at Jack Skoog Open

Senior Jason Thompson posted Ferris State's fifth-best all-time indoor men's long jump performance (23-1.75) while finishing third at Central Michigan University's Jack Skoog Open, which was held this past Friday (Feb. 15) night in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

The Bulldog men's team had four top six finishes in the nine-team meet. Sophomore Jay Dixon finished fourth in the shot put (48-0) and was seventh overall in the 35-pound weight throw (48-0.50). Senior Bryan Green was sixth in the pole vault (13-11.75), freshman Shane Ballard took fifth in the triple jump (40-0.50) and sophomore Kurt Peterson placed seventh in the pole vault (13-11.75).

Freshman Joe Swendrowski clocked 4:31.02 to finish eighth in the mile run while freshman Jon Weiring and senior Eric Hincka tied for seventh place in the men's high jump (5-9.75).

The Ferris State University men's indoor track and field team will take part in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships next weekend (Feb. 22-23) at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich.


February 9

Thompson Leads Bulldog Men at Cannon IV Classic

Senior Jason Thompson led the Ferris State men's indoor track and field team as he placed eighth in the long jump (22-8) at the Cannon IV Classic, which was held Feb. 8-9 at the National Institute for Fitness and Sport (NIFS) in Indianapolis, Ind.

Sophomore Jay Dixon finished 11th in the 35-pound weight throw (49-9) and 13th in the shot put (44-7). Freshman Joe Swendrowski was 74th overall in the 5,000-meter run as he clocked 16:04.77.

Ferris State also had athletes compete at the Mike Lints Laker Challenge held Feb. 8 at the Grand Valley State University Fieldhouse in Allendale, Mich. Senior Eric Hincka led the Bulldog men as he took eighth place in the triple jump (34-8.50). Senior Josh Wittenbach finished 12th overall in the men's 3,000-meter run field (9:17.60).

The Bulldogs will return to action next Friday (Feb. 15) at Central Michigan University's Jack Skoog Open in Mount Pleasant, Mich. The meet is slated to begin at 5 p.m. (EST).


February 1

Thompson Leads FSU Men's Indoor Track and Field Team

The Ferris State University men's indoor track and field team had one individual champion at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)/Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Division II Challenge held Feb. 1 at the University of Findlay's Malcolm Athletic Center in Findlay, Ohio.

Senior Jason Thompson led FSU as he leaped 44-7 Ĺ in winning the triple jump. He also placed fifth in the long jump (22-3).

Sophomore Jay Dixon placed sixth overall in the 35-pound weight throw (49-10) and was seventh in the shot put (46-0). Freshman Joe Swendrowski was sixth in the 3,000-meter race (8:56.24) while senior Josh Wittenbach took fifth place in the 5,000-meter run (16:03.46).

Sophomore Kurt Peterson and freshman Shane Ballard also finished among the top eight competitors in their respective events as Peterson was fifth in the pole vault (13-0) and Ballard placed eighth in the high jump (6-2 ľ).

FSU will return to action this weekend (Feb. 8-9) at the Cannon IV Classic in Indianapolis, Ind.


January 18

Thompson, Dixon Earn Individual Championships at SVSU Collegiate Open

The Ferris State University men's indoor track and field squad had two individual champions at the Saginaw Valley State University Collegiate Open held Friday (Jan. 18) evening at SVSU's Ryder Center in University Center, Mich.

Senior Jason Thompson leaped 44-5 ľ in winning the triple jump while sophomore Jay Dixon claimed the shot put title with a toss of 48-10 Ĺ. Thompson also finished third in the long jump (22-10 Ĺ) while Dixon was fourth in the 35-pound weight throw (51-8).

The only other Bulldog men's competitor to finish among the top six was freshman Joe Swendrowski, who placed fifth in the 5,000-meter race (15:38.93).

Sophomore Pat Hayes placed eighth in the 60-meter hurdles (9.11), senior Eric Hincka took eighth in the triple jump (35-10) and senior Braden Bush clocked 52.68 in an eighth-place 400-meter dash finish. Sophomore Kurt Peterson finished eighth in the pole vault (13-6).

The FSU men's indoor track and field teams will return to action Friday, Feb. 1, as the Bulldogs take part in the Great Lakes Invitational at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio.


January 11

Bulldogs Record Three First-Place Finishes at Grand Valley

The Ferris State University men's indoor track and field squad had three individual champions in a dual meet loss Friday (Jan. 11) evening at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich.

The host Lakers won won 13 of 16 men's events while posting a 104-30 win against the Bulldogs at the GVSU Fieldhouse.

Two FSU athletes won individual championships. Senior Jason Thompson leaped 22-6 Ĺ in winning the long jump and 44-3 Ĺ in claiming the triple jump title. Newcomer Shane Ballard won the high jump (6-4) and was third in the triple jump (37-8).

FSU also had two men's runner-up finishes. Sophomore Jay Dixon was second overall in the 35-pound weight throw (50-7) and senior Josh Wittenbach placed second in the 5,000-meter run (16:37.70).

Ferris State will return to action next Friday (Jan. 18) in the Saginaw Valley State Indoor Invitational at SVSU's Ryder Center. The meet is slated to begin at 5 p.m. (EST).


December 7

The Ferris State University men's indoor track and field team recorded two first-place finishes in the 2001-02 season-opening Saginaw Valley State University Holiday Open held Friday (Dec. 7) evening at the Ryder Center in Saginaw, Mich.

FSU was led by sophomore thrower Jay Dixon, who took top honors in the shot put (48-1 Ĺ). Senior Jason Thompson claimed the triple jump title (45-0) as he posted FSU's fifth-best all-time indoor triple jump mark.

Pat Hayes clocked 8.94 to finish fifth in the 60-meter hurdles. Thompson placed seventh in the 60-meter dash (7.29) and fourth in the long jump (22-1 ľ) while newcomer Shane Ballard placed fourth overall in the triple jump (34-10 ĺ) and seventh in the high jump (6-0).

Joe Swendrowski was third overall for the Bulldog men in the 3,000-meter race (9:16.27) while Dixon finished fifth in the 35-pound weight throw (50-6). FSU also placed eighth in the men's 1,600-meter relay (3:40.48).

The next competition for the FSU men's team is a dual at Grand Valley State University slated for Jan. 11, 2002, in Allendale, Mich.


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