Nov. 22: Tina Muir Claims All-America Honors As FSU Places 17th At NCAA-II Championships
Sophomore Tina Muir (St. Albans, United Kingdom) of the Ferris State University women's cross country team was named to the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II All-America Team following her performance at the NCAA-II National Championships held Saturday (Nov. 22) in Slippery Rock, Pa.
Muir earned All-America honors at the national championships as the Bulldog womenís cross country team wrapped up one of its most successful seasons ever with a 17th-place overall finish. She placed 12th overall in a field of 189 runners to become only the second All-American in Bulldog womenís cross country history and FSUís highest finisher ever at the national championships. Muir was clocked in 21:59 on the 6K course at Cooperís Lake Campground in Slippery Rock.
The top 30 finishers at the national meet received USTFCCCA All-America laurels.
Her performance helped the Bulldogs total 381 points in finishing 17th of 24 teams at the national championships. Adams State (Colo.) claimed the title with 79 points and also won the menís overall crown. Grand Valley State took second place in the womenís division and Western State (Colo.) placed third with 102 and 183 points, respectively.
The womenís individual winner was Seattle Pacificís (Wash.) Jessica Pixler in a time of 20:59 overall. Muirís effort was good enough for ninth place in the team points standings, which didnít include those runners competing individually at the meet.
In addition to Muir, Bulldog senior Mikinzie Stuart (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic) placed 65th (23:19), sophomore Paige Onweller (Lapeer/East) was 103rd (23:48), junior Megan Josey (Spring Lake) came in 134th (24:18), sophomore Nikki Wiers (Allendale) took 151st (24:40), senior Jackie Green (Portage/Northern) placed 161st (25:01) and sophomore Sarah Creed (Saginaw/Swan Valley) wound up 177th (25:48) at the national championships.
Ferris State qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships previously by placing third overall in the 2008 NCAA-II Midwest Regional Championships (Nov. 8) held on its own course at Katke Golf Course in Big Rapids, Mich. Both Muir and Stuart earned all-region acclaim with their performances at the regional meet.
This year's third place regional effort was the program's best showing since an identical third-place finish at the 1990 NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Championships. This season also represented only the third time in history the Bulldog women's cross country team competed at the national championships and was the program's first appearance since 1987. Ferris claimed Great Lakes Regional crowns in both 1981 and 1987 to advance to the NCAA-II Championships where they placed eighth and 11th overall, respectively.
Prior to Muirís performance at the national championships, former FSU All-American Jenny Irwin was the only other Bulldog female to earn All-America honors in cross country after placing 20th overall as an individual qualifer in 2005 at Pomona, Calif. Muirís performance also topped Irwinís 20th-place effort for the highest finish by a FSU women's performer at the Division II Women's Cross Country Championships.
The Bulldogs were guided this season by interim head coach Steve Picucci.
Complete results can be found at the link below:
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Nov. 8: FSU Women Advance To NCAA-II Championships With Regional Finish
The Ferris State University women's cross country team qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships by placing third overall in the 2008 NCAA-II Midwest Regional Championships held Saturday (Nov. 8) on its own course at Katke Golf Course in Big Rapids, Mich.
FSU tallied 111 total points and narrowly edged Southern Indiana by two points for the final team qualifying berth as the top three women's teams advanced to the national championships slated for Saturday, Nov. 22, at Slippery Rock, Pa. Southern Indiana had been ranked fifth nationally in the most recent United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Rankings heading into the meet.
Grand Valley State captured the women's regional crown with 35 points followed by Wayne State in second place (90).
The regional event, which was hosted by Ferris State, drew nearly 300 competitors and included men's and women's teams from more than 20 institutions. All-Region awards were presented to the top 15 finishers in both the men's and women's races.
Wayne State's Rachelle Malette claimed the women's overall regional title as she placed first in the 132-runner field in a time of 21:19.1 on the 6K course. Megan Maceratini of Grand Valley State placed second (21:31.8), Wisconsin-Parkside's took third place (21:33.6), Mary Ballinger of Southern Indiana finished fourth (21:49.5) and Ferris State sophomore Tina Muir (St. Albans, United Kingdom) was fifth (21:56.8).
FSU senior Mikinzie Stuart (Saginaw/Nouvel Catholic) placed 12th overall (22:41.6), sophomore Megan Josey (Spring Lake) came in 23rd (23:31.1), sophomore Paige Onweller (Lapeer/East) took 35th place (23:44.9) and senior Jackie Green (Portage/Northern) finished 39th (23:50.0). Sophomores Sarah Creed (Saginaw/Swan Valley) and Nikki Wiers (Allendale) also competed for FSU and placed 91st (25:13.7) and 93rd (25:18.3), respectively.
Grand Valley State netted 45 points in earning the men's overall title. Wayne State and Southern Indiana tied for second place (102) and Ashland finished fourth (108). Ferris State's men's team came in 17th overall with 436 points.
In the men's race, Grand Valley State's Chris Hammer was the individual champion. He completed the 10K course in a time of 31:52.8 to outdistance second-place finisher Jaime Villa Zapatero of Drury (31:53.6). Wayne State's Abdullah Saleh picked up third place honors (31:59.9), Bryan Phillips of Southern Indiana was fourth (32:07.7) and Hillsdale's Tim Jagielski placed fifth (32:07.7) among the 130 men's finishers.
Ferris freshman Tyler Crossman (Rapid River) led the Bulldogs with a 47th-place effort (33:36.3). Sophomore Alex Best (Alma/St. Louis) was 88th (34:42.3), senior Mike Mangieri (Big Rapids) placed 90th (34:43.1), junior Matt Jozwiak (Berkley) came in 99th (34:58.8), junior Brian Reynolds (Kalamazoo/Otsego) took 112th place (35:35.2), junior Darby Davila (Bay City/Central) netted 114th place (35:52.4) and freshman Ethan Earnest (Big Rapids) finished 127th (38:11.5).
The top four teams in the men's division along with top three women's teams plus the top two individuals not associated with one of the qualifying teams earned bids to the 28th annual NCAA Division II Championships. The women's 6K national championship race is slated for 1:15 p.m. (EST) on Nov. 22 and will take place at Cooper's Lake Campground in Slippery Rock, Pa.
Ferris' women's team entered the regional meet listed fifth in this week's USTFCCCA Midwest Regional Rankings, but moved past two nationally top-20 ranked teams in Southern Indiana and Wisconsin-Parkside to place third overall at the event. The Bulldogs are guided by interim head coach and former Bulldog men's standout Steve Picucci.
This year's third place regional effort was the program's best showing since an identical third-place finish at the 1990 NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Championships. It represents only the third time in history the Bulldog women's cross country team has qualified as a team for the national championships and will be the program's first appearance since 1987. Ferris claimed Great Lakes Regional crowns in both 1981 and 1987 to advance to the NCAA-II Championships where they placed eighth and 11th overall, respectively.
Former FSU All-American Jenny Irwin was the most recent Bulldog to compete individually at the national championships and became the first female women's cross country All-American in Bulldog history with a 20th-place finish in 2005 at Pomona, Calif. Her performance also marked the highest finish ever for a FSU women's performer at the Division II Women's Cross Country Championships.
Complete results can be found at the link below:
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Oct. 25: FSU Women Third, Men 10th At League Championships
The Ferris State University women's cross country team took third place while the men's squad finished 10th at the 2008 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships held Saturday (Oct. 25) at Tanglewood Marsh Golf Course in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
The league meet was hosted by Lake Superior State University for the first time since 1998. Grand Valley State captured both the men's and women's titles in the event.
GVSU placed seven runners among the top 10 finishers in claiming the womenís title with 25 points. Wayne State finished second (66 points), the Bulldogs were third (121 points) and Northwood took fourth (126) in the 12-team field. Wayne Stateís Rachelle Malette won the womenís individual championship in atime fo 21:24.8 on the 6K course.
The Bulldogs were led by senior Mikinzie Stuart, who took eighth place overall in a time of 22:14.5 among the 136 runners in the field. Sophomore Megan Josey was 17th (23:08.4), senior Jackie Green came in 21st (23:24.7), sophomore Paige Onweller was 34th (23:54.7) and sophomore Sarah Creed took 41st place (24:06.0).
FSU sophomore Nikki Wiers placed 66th (25:07.6), freshman Kaye Gray came in 77th (26:24.1) and freshman Elizabeth Troost finished 119th (26:55.4).
In the menís division, Grand Valley State tallied 31 points to take first place with four runners among the top 10 finishers in the 138-runner event. GVSUís Chris Hammer won the individual race in a time of 25:00.0 on the 8K course.
Wayne State placed second in the menís field (69 points), Ashland was third (90) and Hillsdale finished fourth (95) with the Bulldogs placing 10th overall with 239 points among the 11 competing teams.
Ferris freshman Tyler Crossman led FSU by finishing 31st overall (26:01.0). Sophomore Alex Best came in 41st (26;14.7), senior Mike Mangieri placed 49th (26:34.1), junior att Jozwiak was 57th (26:53.9) and junior Brian Reynolds finished 61st (27:15.8). Junior Darby Davila was 69th (28:06.6) and freshman Ethan Earnst wound up 76th (29:23.2) for FSU.
The Bulldogs will next host the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championships slated for Saturday, Nov. 8, at FSUís Katke Golf Course in Big Rapids, Mich. Action begins with the menís 10K race at 11 a.m. (EDT) followed by the womenís 6K event at 12 p.m. (EDT).
Oct. 11: FSU Women First, Men 12th At Annual Invite
The Ferris State University womenís cross country team ran to a first-place overall team finish while the Bulldog men captured 12th place at the annual Lucian Rosa Invitational hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Saturday (Oct. 11) in Kenosha, Wis.
The Bulldog women finished with 98 team points in winning the 5K womenís field on UW-Parksideís Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course. FSU was among 31 full womenís teams competing in the 5K field and topped second-place finisher Indiana Tech (159) by 61 points. The field included schools from all levels of competition.
FSU sophomore Tina Muir paced Ferris State by finishing fourth individually in a time of 18:05 on the course. Justyna Mudy of Shorter College took first place in 17:26 among the 316 womenís runners competing in the 5K race.
Bulldog senior Mikinzie Stuart placed ninth (18:51), senior Jackie Green was 30th (19:21), sophomore Megan Josey came in 32nd (19:28), sophomore Sarah Creed took 47th (19:44), sophomore Nikki Wiers finished 132nd (20:59), freshman Kaye Gray was 155th (21:19) and freshman Elizabeth Troost placed 234th (22:39) for Ferris State.
Ferrisí menís team compiled 353 points in finishing 12th of 28 schools in the 8K division. Indiana Tech took the menís championship with 36 points followed by Aquinas with 68 total points.
The menís individual winner was Indiana Techís Cameron Walter in a time of 25:14 on the course. The menís division included 283 runners.
FSUís highest menís finisher was senior Mike Mangieri, who clocked 27:06 in placing 42nd overall. Freshman Tyler Crossman placed 62nd (27:35), junior Matt Jozwiak was 78th (27:51), sophomore Alex Best finished 117th (28:27), junior Brian Reynolds was 123rd (28:30), junior Darby Davila came in 126th (28:38) and freshman Ethan Earnst placed 203rd (30:25).
Ferris State is next slated to compete in the 2008 GLIAC Championships Saturday, Oct. 25, starting at 10 a.m. (EDT) in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Lake Superior State will serve as the host for this yearís league championships.
Sept. 27: Ferris Women Sixth, Men 19th At Loyola Lakefront Invite
The Ferris State University men's and women's cross country teams took part in the 36th annual Sean Earl Loyola Lakefront Invitational held Saturday (Sept. 27) at Montrose Beach in Chicago, Ill.
The women's team placed eighth overall in a competitive field featuring teams from all levels of competition with 283 points. Northwestern took the women's title with 76 points, Missouri placed second (93 points) and Malone was third (97) of 32 women's squads in the event.
Meanwhile, the Bulldog men placed 19th of 34 teams in the competition with 517 points. Malone took the team title with 44 points followed by Illinois (52) and DePaul (144).
Bulldog sophomore Tina Muir paced the FSU women's team with an 11th-place effort in a time of 18:24 overall on the 5K course. Alabama's Sarah Vaughn was clocked in 17:37 and won the women's race featuring 330 runners.
FSU senior Mikinzie Stuart came in 20th (18:40), sophomore Megan Josey placed 58th (19:27), senior Jackie Green was 85th (19:46), sophomore Sarah Creed took 123rd (20:19), freshman Kaye Gray finished 184th (21:19) and sophomore Nikki Wiers ended up 215th (21:50). Freshman Elizabeth Troost was 231st (22:16).
Senior Mike Mangieri led the men's squad by finishing 68th overall in a time of 26:25 on the 8K course.
Sophomore Alex Best took 102nd place (26:56), junior Matt Jozwiak was 135th (27:28), freshman Tyler Crossman placed 136th (27:29), sophomore Derek Childs took 174th place (28:05) and junior Brian Reynolds came in 182nd (28:13). Junior Darby Davilia was 212th (28:48), freshman Ethan Earnest placed 203rd (30:46) in the 371-runner field.
The men's race was won by Malone's Nikolaus Schweikert in a time of 24:49 overall.
The Bulldogs will next compete in the Wisconsin-Parkside Lucian Rosa Open Saturday, Oct. 11, in Kenosha, Wis. The meet starts at 10 a.m. (EDT).
Sept. 19: Ferris Women Third, Men Sixth At Annual Home Event
The Ferris State University women's cross country team came in third while the Bulldog men placed sixth as FSU hosted the 33rd-straight running of the Bulldog Invitational Friday (Sept. 19) at FSU's Katke Golf Course in Big Rapids, Mich.
The event included both college and high school teams in seperate fields.
Findlay took the women's collegiate 5K run as four Oiler runners placed among the top 10 finishers en route to a 35-point effort. Hillsdale claimed the men's 8K team title with 51 points. Cadillac High School notched 34 points in winning the prep girls 5K race while the prep boys 5K crown was earned by Chippewa Hills with 49 total points.
Ferris' women's squad tallied 87 points in finishing behind Findlay and Hillsdale (73 points) in the 11-team women's division. The Bulldog men netted 165 total points in their 12-team field.
Sophomore Tina Muir (St. Albans, United Kingdom) paced the Bulldog women by placing third overall in a time of 18:38.40 among a field of 97 women's participants. The race was won by Hilary Esselstein of Findlay in a time of 17:49.28.
Bulldog senior Mikinzie Stuart (Saginaw/Nouvel Catholic) came in eighth overall (19:14.90), sophomore Megan Josey (Spring Lake) was 15th (19:39.86), senior Jackie Green (Portage/Northern) finished 20th (20:09.57) and freshman Kaye Gray (Luther/Pine River) placed 51st overall (21:53.43). Freshman Elizabeth Troost (Traverse City/West) took 65th place (22:28.70) and sophomore Nikki Wiers (Allendale) recorded a 73rd-place effort (23:08.45).
Senior Mike Mangieri (Big Rapids) led the FSU men's team by placing 20th (27:10.91) in the 8K field consisting of 131 participants. Sophomore Alex Best (Alma/St. Louis) was 23rd overall (27:18.52), junior Matt Jozwiak (Berkley) came in 35th (27:46.84), freshman Tyler Crossman (Rapid River) finished 56th (28:41.62), sophomore Derek Childs (Wheeler/Breckenridge) placed 60th (28:54.50) and junior Brian Reynolds (Kalamazoo/Otsego) took 61st place (29:00.63).
Junior Darby Davila (Bay City/Central) registered a 76th-place performance (29:31.35) and freshman Ethan Earnst (Big Rapids) was 86th (30:02.16).
The collegiate men's race was won by Lewis (Ill.) University's Andy Lepkowski (25:49.08) while Kyle Tait of Crossroads Charter Academy claimed the high school's boys title (16:53.36) and Cadillac's Kaitlyn Patterson was the girls individual winner (18:48.42).
This year (2008) marked the 33rd-straight (34th overall) running of the Bulldog Invitational. Either a men's or women's collegiate event has been held each year since 1976. This year's field included a total of 495 participants in the four divisions.
The Bulldog men's and women's cross country squads next will take part in the annual Loyola (Ill.) Lakefront Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 27, starting at 10 a.m. (EDT) in Chicago, Ill.
In addition to Friday's meet, the Bulldogs will also host the 2008 NCAA-II Midwest Regional Championships later this fall (Nov. 8) at Katke Golf Course.
Complete results from all races can be found at the link below:
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Sept. 5: Bulldog Cross Country Teams Open Season At GLIAC Preview Meet
The Ferris State University men's and women's cross country teams officially opened the 2008 campaign by taking part in the GLIAC Preview Meet Friday (Sept. 5) at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
The non-scoring meet was held at Tanglewood Marsh Golf Course, which will be the site of the GLIAC Championships later this fall (Oct. 25).
Lake Superior State, Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan and Ferris State all competed in the meet with the women running a 6K event and the men an 8K race.
Sophomore Tina Muir led the Bulldog women's squad by placing second overall in the field in a time of 22:43.56, which was six seconds behind the winner Katie Scott of LSSU.
Senior Mikinzie Stuart placed fourth (23:24.10), senior Jackie Green was 10th (23:57.00), sophomore Sarah Creed came in 13th (24:18.32) and sophomore Megan Josey finished 20th (24:36.12) for the Bulldogs. FSU had nine runners competing in the women's field.
Senior Curtis Begley paced the men's team with a 10th-place effort (27:31.97). Fellow senior Mike Mangieri came in 15th (27:43.41), sophomore Alex Best took 19th place (28:08.06), junior Matt Jozwiak finished 21st (28:14.03) and junior Brian Reynolds placed 27th (28:36.00) in the competition. The Bulldog men had 12 total runners taking part in the action.
Ferris State, which is guided by interim head coach Steve Picucci, next hosts its annual Bulldog Invitational Friday, Sept. 19, at FSU's Katke Golf Course in Big Rapids, Mich.
Official results from the meet can be found at the link below:
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