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2000-01 Notes – Outdoor Season

June 14

Ferris State Notches Five All-Academic Picks

Five Ferris State University men's outdoor track and field athletes have been named to the 2001 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) All-Academic Team.

To be eligible to receive conference recognition, athletes had to be a major contributor during the season and post a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

In men's outdoor track and field, Jared Kramer, Wes Laney, Steve Picucci, Nick Weidmayer and Ken Zimmerman represented Ferris State on the league list.

Picucci led the Ferris men with a 3.65 cumulative GPA in FSU's automotive and heavy equipment technology program. He also earned 2000 GLIAC All-Academic Cross Country honors and was named to the 2001 GLIAC All-Academic Men's Indoor Track and Field Team.


May 14

Award Winners Announced at Annual Team Banquet

The Ferris State University men's track program held its annual awards banquet on Saturday (May 12) at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Big Rapids, Mich.

Freshman Pat Hayes earned Most Outstanding men's track recognition after registering five top-six finishes in the 110-meter hurdles during the 2001 outdoor campaign. He placed fifth overall in the event at the GLIAC Championships (15.54).

The Most Outstanding men's field event award went to freshman Jay Dixon. Dixon claimed eight top-seven finishes during the outdoor season in the shot put, discus and hammer throw. He also was named the men's Most Improved Athlete, placing among the top 10 throwers in six indoor meets.

Junior Steve Picucci was the Bulldog Award recipient. The award recognizes an individual for spirit, dedication, and leadership. Picucci placed 11th overall (9:10.69) in the 3,000-meter run at the GLIAC Indoor Championships and was 13th (15:54.20) in the 5,000-meter run at the GLIAC Outdoor Championships.

The President's Award for academic excellence was presented to junior Jared Kramer. A middle distance runner, Kramer compiled a 3.61 GPA in accounting and computer information systems to attain GLIAC All-Academic indoor honors.  He was 19th (17:25.90) in the 5,000-meter race at the GLIAC Outdoor Championships.

The Bulldog men placed eighth at the indoor meet and were ninth overall at the GLIAC Outdoor Championships in their second season since the reinstatement of the men's track program. FSU is coached by Jeff Kavalunas.


May 12

Bulldog Athletes Compete at Ferris State Open

Five Ferris State University men's track athletes competed in the Ferris State Open on Saturday (May 12) at Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids.

The last of four home meets this season, the open competition gave athletes a final chance to turn in season-best and national-qualifying performances. Athletes from nine schools took part in 18 events.

Freshman Kurt Peterson earned runner-up honors in two events. He was second in the long jump with a leap of 19-2.75 and in the pole vault at 13-6. Freshman Pat Hayes turned in a performance of 15.92 as the only competitor in the 110-meter high hurdles.

Junior Jason Thompson finished second in the triple jump at 41-0, junior Eric Hincka was third in the high jump at 5-11 and freshman Jay Dixon placed fifth in the hammer throw at 134-7.50 for the Bulldog men.

The meet was the final competition for the Bulldog men's track squad this season. FSU finished ninth in the 2001 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships at Top Taggart Field on May 4.


May 4

Three Bulldog Men Place In Top Five at GLIAC Meet

The Ferris State University men's track team scored 14 points in the 2001 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids on Friday (May 4).

FSU finished ninth overall in its second outdoor conference meet since the return of men's track at Ferris State. Grand Valley State totaled 228.50 points to break a five-year Ashland reign in the men's division.  The Eagles took second place with 210 points while Saginaw Valley State was third with 81 points in the 29th annual men's championship meet.

Three Bulldog men placed among the top five. Junior Jason Thompson was fifth in the triple jump with a season-best leap of 42-9.50. Freshman Pat Hayes took fifth place in the 110-meter high hurdles as he clocked 15.30. Junior Eric Hincka was fifth in the high jump with a mark of 6-4. Freshman Jay Dixon scored the other two points for Ferris State. He placed seventh in the discus with a toss of 140-1.

Nine teams took part in the 2001 meet at Top Taggart Field. The meet marked the first time Ferris State had hosted the conference outdoor track championship since May 1, 1987.

The Bulldogs will host the Ferris State Open on Saturday (May 12) at Top Taggart Field at 11 a.m.


April 30

Bulldog Finish Third In Home Quadrangular

The Ferris State University men's track squad finished third overall on Saturday (April 28) at the second annual United States Track Coaches Association (USTCA) Quadrangular held at Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids.

FSU totaled 105 points and had one individual champion.  In the men's race, Grand Valley State finished the meet with 245 points, Saginaw Valley State was second with 166 points and Northwood was fourth with 66.

Junior Eric Hincka became the first FSU male to win an outdoor event this season. He jumped 6-2 to win the high jump and finished fifth in the javelin at 117-8.

In addition to the first-place finish, the Bulldogs also two runner-up finishes. Junior Jason Thompson was second in the triple jump at 41-1 and freshman Pat Hayes was the runner-up in the 110-meter high hurdles at 14.90.

Freshman Jay Dixon placed in three events.  He was third in the discus (143-5.25), fifth in the hammer throw (145-3.25) and sixth in the shot put (40-1). Thompson also placed fourth in the long jump at 21-7.50 and seventh in the 100-meter dash at 11.7.

Ferris State will host the 2001 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday (May 4) at Top Taggart Field. The field events are slated to start at 11 a.m. and the running events are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. FSU will also host the Ferris State Open on May 12 at 11 a.m.


April 23

Bulldog Men Notch Two Top 10 Finishes at Indiana State Meet

The Ferris State University men's track squad registered two top 10 finishes at the Indiana State Pacesetter Invitational on Saturday (April 21) at Marks Field in Terre Haute, Ind.  The meet featured eight NCAA Division I schools. Ferris State and Parkland College (Ill.) were the only non-Division I schools competing in the competition.

Junior Jason Thompson was fifth in the triple jump at 41-6.50 and junior Eric Hincka was ninth in the javelin with a toss of 138-8. Thompson also finished 12th in the long jump at 20-11.25 and 19th in the 100-meter dash at 11.65.

Junior Steve Picucci was 12th in the 5,000-meter run at 15:52.10. Senior Andrew Blakemore placed 11th overall in the javelin at 118-4 and Wes Laney was 12th in the event at 116-11.

Distance runner Josh Wittenbach finished 18th in the 5,000-meter run at 16:34.98. Freshman Greg Owen was 16th in the 400-meter hurdles at 1:04.43 and 19th in the 110-meter high hurdles at 16.70.

Ferris State is scheduled to host the United States Track Coaches Association (USTCA) Quadrangular on April 28 and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships on May 4 at Top Taggart Field.


April 16

FSU Men Earn Four Medals at Saginaw Meet

The Ferris State University men's track squad earned four medals at the non-scoring Saginaw Valley State Collegiate Invitational on Saturday (April 14) in University Center, Mich.

The meet featured athletes from 20 schools. In the men's competition, senior Bryan Green earned two medals.  He was third in the pole vault at 13-6 and sixth in the javelin at 131-1. Teammate Pat Hayes placed fourth in the 110-meter high hurdles at 15.58 and junior Jason Thompson was fourth in the triple jump at 39-2.

FSU will take part in the Indiana State Pacesetter Invitational on Saturday (April 21) in Terre Haute, Ind. Ferris State is scheduled to host the United States Track Coaches Association (USTCA) Quadrangular on April 28 and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships on May 4 at Top Taggart Field.


April 9

Bulldogs Post Solid Results In Home Debut

The Ferris State University men's track squad had 10 top-five finishes in its home-opening invitational on Saturday (April 7) at Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids.  The meet was the first of four outdoor track meets this season at Top Taggart Field.

Although no team scores were kept, Ferris State competed in 16 of the 20 events in the men's competition and had two runner-up finishes at the five-team Bulldog Invitational.  Freshman Jay Dixon placed in three events to lead Ferris State.  He was second in the hammer throw at 128-8, third in the discus at 128-10 and third in the shot put with a toss of 41-4.75.

Junior Eric Hinka was third in the high jump at 5-10 and seventh in the javelin at 105-9. Sophomore Oral Hood was third in the 100-meter dash at 11.90 and sixth in the 200-meter race in a time of 23.70. Josh Wittenbach was fourth in the 10,000-meter run in a time of 34:07.39.

The Bulldogs placed second in the 400-meter relay in a time of 46.20.  Freshman Travis Detring was fourth in the 100-meter dash at 12.16 and senior Bryan Green was fifth in the javelin at 114-6.  Newcomer Wes Laney finished fourth in the javelin with a throw of 123-8.

FSU is coached by Jeff Kavalunas.  The Bulldogs will compete in the Saginaw Valley State Invitational on Saturday (April 14) at University Center, Mich. FSU will host the USTCA Quadrangular on April 28 at Top Taggart Field.  On May 4, the Bulldogs will host the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships.


April 1

Bulldog Men 10th at Indianapolis Invitational

The Ferris State University men's track squad kicked off the 2001 outdoor campaign on Saturday (March 31) at the Gerald England Track Invitational in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Bulldog men placed 10th with 22 points. Indianapolis won the men's division with 141 total points, Saginaw Valley State was second and DePauw University was third.

FSU had five individuals place in the top six. Freshman Pat Hayes was fourth in the 110-meter high hurdles at 15.73, junior Jason Thompson was fifth in the triple jump at 40-0.25, freshman Joe Every was sixth in the 1,500-meter race in a time of 4:13.11, junior Eric Hincka was sixth in the high jump at 6-0 and junior Steve Picucci was sixth in the 5,000-meter run at 15:53.92.

In the pole vault, Kurt Peterson finished seventh with a vault of 13-6 and Bryan Green was ninth at 12-6.  Peterson placed 11th in the javelin at 128-9 while Hincka was 10th in the event with a throw of 129-7.  Thompson was 13th in the long jump with a leap of 19-8.

Freshman Jay Dixon competed in three events.  He was 11th in the shot put at 43-1.75, 12th in the discus at 128-4 and 15th in the hammer throw with a toss of 120-9.  Pat Kerwin finished 11th in the 800-meter run at 2:02.33 and the 4x100-meter relay team was eighth at 45.49.

Ferris State will host the Bulldog Invitational on Saturday (April 7) at 10 a.m. at Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids.


Indoor Season

March 29

Three Bulldogs Earn All-Academic Honors

Three Ferris State University indoor track and field athletes have been named to the 2001 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) All-Academic indoor track and field teams for their outstanding performance as student-athletes this past season.

Honorees included juniors Jared Kramer, Steve Picucci and Ken Zimmerman. Kramer posted a 3.61 grade point average in accounting/computer information systems during the fall term, Picucci earned a 3.64 GPA in automotive/heavy equipment technology and Zimmerman compiled a 3.19 GPA in criminal justice. Both Kramer and Picucci were named to the GLIAC All-Academic men's cross country squad last fall.

Ferris State will host four outdoor meets at Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids this season. Among those four meets is the GLIAC Outdoor Championships on May 4. FSU is coached by Jeff Kavalunas.


February 25

Bulldog Men Finish Eighth at GLIAC Indoor Meet

The Ferris State University men's track squad finished eighth at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday (Feb. 24) at the Malcolm Athletic Center in Findlay, Ohio.

The Bulldogs totaled 8.33 points. Grand Valley State won the men's team race with 175 points.  Hillsdale was second with 103.33 points and Saginaw Valley State was third with 96.50 points.

The highest finisher for the men's squad was freshman Pat Hayes. He placed sixth in the 55-meter hurdles in a time of 8.13. Junior Jason Thompson finished in the top 10 in two events as he was eighth in the triple jump (41-5.75) and 10th in the long jump (20-6.50).

The men's squad had eight top 10 finishes. In addition to Hayes and Thompson, the Bulldogs picked up points from vaulters Kurt Peterson and Bryan Green. Peterson gave the squad two points with a seventh-place vault of 13-3.50. Green was eighth in the event at 12-9.50.

Freshman Jay Dixon finished 12th in the weight throw with a toss of 47-8.50, junior Eric Hincka was ninth in the high jump at 5-10.75 and the 4x400-meter relay squad placed seventh in a time of 3:45.43. Junior Steve Picucci was 11th in the 3,000-meter run at 9:10.69 and Josh Wittenbach was 12th in the 5,000-meter race in a time of 16:15.87.


February 19

Junior Steve Picucci led the Ferris State men¹s indoor track squad as he earned Bulldog male athlete of the meet honors at the Jack Skoog Open at Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant last Friday (Feb. 16).

Picucci finished 14th in the mile in a personal-best time of 4:34.81 and ran a leg on the 4x400-meter relay team which finished eighth at 3:44.35.  Junior jumper Jason Thompson was the highest finisher for the men's team as he placed fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 41-1.50.  He also took ninth in the long jump with a performance of 20-8.50.

Besides the 4x400-meter relay team, FSU had three other eighth-place finishes.  Freshman Pat Hayes was eighth in the 60-meter high hurdles (8.77), freshman Jay Dixon was eighth in the 20-pound weight throw (48-2.75) and senior Bryan Green finished eighth in the pole vault at 13-5.25.  Kurt Peterson also placed in the vault as he came in ninth at 12-11.50.  Freshman Joe Every was 11th in the mile run at 4:31.61.

Ferris State will take part in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships on Saturday (Feb. 24) at Findlay, Ohio.


February 6

The Ferris State men's track squad finished sixth at the USTCA Team Challenge at the Ryder Center in University Center on Feb. 2.  The Bulldogs scored 117 points in the six-team meet.

Junior jumper Jason Thompson was FSU's highest finisher as he took second in the triple jump for the second-straight week with a leap of 41-4.50.  Freshman Joe Every was fourth in the mile run in a time of 4:33.07.  FSU had 11 top-10 finishes. Thompson earned two medals as he placed seventh in the long jump with a leap of 20-5.50.

Distance standout Steve Picucci placed sixth in the 3,000-meter run as he clocked 9:29.05.  Pat Hayes was sixth in the 60-meter high hurdles in a time of 8.77.  In the pole vault, Kurt Peterson took fourth with a season-best vault of 13-6 and Bryan Green was seventh at 12-6.  Jared Kramer also finished in the top 10 as he was ninth in the 3,000-meter run at 9:45.06.

FSU will take part in the Cannon IV Classic on Feb. 9-10 in Indianapolis, Ind.  The Bulldogs are slated to compete in the Central Michigan Open in Mount Pleasant on Feb. 16.


Jan. 31

The Ferris State men's indoor track squad competed at the Grand Valley State Open at the GVSU Fieldhouse in Allendale on Friday (Jan. 26).  Junior Jason Thompson was the top finisher for FSU as he was second in the triple jump with a leap of 43-1.  For his efforts, he was named FSU's male performer of-the-week.  It was his first triple jump competition of the year after a knee injury.

"Our men's team is really showing promise for the future," head coach Jeff Kavalunas said. "Even though this is a new program, we have some young men with talent. We just have to keep to moving in the right direction."

Other top performances for the men came from freshmen Pat Hayes and Jay Dixon.  Hayes placed sixth in a tough 55-meter hurdles race (8.21) while Dixon placed eighth in the shot put (45-05) and seventh in the 35-pound weight throw (48-03).  Dixon has placed among the top eight in each event the past three meets in a row.

"One of the missions of our program is continual improvement," Kavalunas said.  "At the Grand Valley Open, we set a number of personal records.  This type of effort indicates that we are on the right track."

The Bulldogs had seven top 10 finishers.  Pole vaulter Kurt Peterson was seventh with a vault of 12-06.  Distance runner Joe Every was ninth in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:16.25.  The 4x400-meter relay squad was ninth at 3:42.03.

Ferris State will take part in the USTCA Quadrangular on Friday (Feb. 2) at Saginaw Valley State University in University Center.


Jan. 23

The Ferris State men's track squad traveled to University Center for the second time this season to take part in the 12th annual Saginaw Valley State Cardinal Indoor Open at the James E. O'Neill Arena on Jan. 19.

Four Bulldogs placed at the meet in five different events.  Freshman Jay Dixon finished sixth in the 35-pound weight throw with a toss of 46-9 and was seventh in the shot put at 44-1.05.  Freshman Pat Hayes was eighth in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 9.37.  Freshman Kurt Peterson placed sixth in the pole vault with a vault of 12-0.  Junior Eric Hincka was sixth in the high jump with a performance of 6-1.  FSU will take part in the Grand Valley State Open on Jan. 26 in Allendale.


Jan. 16

Junior distance runner Josh Wittenbach won the 5,000-meter run in a time of 16:32 to lead the Ferris State men's track squad in a dual at Grand Valley State on Jan. 12. Wittenbach was the only Bulldog to claim an individual crown as the Lakers defeated FSU 118-15 at the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena. His first-place finish was FSU¹s first of the season.

Freshman Jay Dixon took third place in both the weight throw (48-09) and the shot put (41-05.50). The Bulldogs had participants in 12 of the 14 events and recorded five fourth-place finishes. Freshman Kurt Peterson finished fourth in the pole vault at 13-0 and freshman Gary Thelen was fourth in the 400-meter dash in a time of 56.58. Greg Owen was fourth in the 55-meter hurdles at 8.80 and sophomore Oral Hood was fourth in the 55-meter race at 6.85. In the 5,000-meter run, Nick Weidmayer was fourth at 17:29.

FSU will travel to University Center on Jan. 19 for the Saginaw Valley State Invitational.


Dec. 14, 2000

The Bulldogs opened the 2000-01 Indoor Track campaign at the Saginaw Valley State University Holiday Indoor Classic (Dec. 8) at the James E. O'Neill, Jr. Arena in University Center, Mich. Freshman Jay Dixon was the long Bulldog to place as he finished seventh overall in the 35-pound weight throw with a toss of 43-9. Dixon is one of eight freshmen on the Bulldog roster.

The meet was the first of three trips to University Center for Ferris State during the indoor season. FSU will host four outdoor meets at Top Taggert Field in Big Rapids this season including the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships on April 4th. Ferris State has three seniors on the 21-member squad.

Men's track is a second-year program at Ferris State. FSU will return to action on Jan. 12 as the Bulldogs travel to Allendale to face Grand Valley State in a dual meet. Ferris State will head back to University Center Jan. 19 for the Saginaw Valley State Invite.

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