Bulldogs Also Listed Third In Current NCAA-II Midwest Regional Rankings

Mikinzie Stuart
Senior runner Mikinzie Stuart and her Ferris State teammates are ranked 19th nationally in this week's Division II poll
The Ferris State University women's cross country team is one of three Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) member schools ranked nationally this week in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II Rankings.

The Bulldogs, who are guided by interim head coach Steve Picucci this fall, are listed 19th nationally in this week's rankings. Grand Valley State (third) and Northern Michigan (20th) were also included in the most recent listing.

Adams State (Colo.) holds down the top position in the poll followed by Seattle Pacific, GVSU, Chico State (Calif.) and Augustana (S.D.) in the top five. The Bulldogs were one of two schools to enter the national rankings for the first time this season in addition to 22nd-ranked Slippery Rock (Pa.).

In addition to the national ranking, the Bulldog women are also ranked third in the current Midwest Regional Rankings as announced by the USTFCCCA. GVSU is on top of the regional poll with Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) member Southern Indiana second and FSU third. Seven of the top 10 teams in the region are from the GLIAC. The USTFCCCA releases a regional and national poll each week throughout the fall season.

The Bulldog women's team opened the 2008 campaign in the non-scoring GLIAC Preview Meet held last Friday (Sept. 5) in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The event, which was hosted by Lake Superior State, took place at Tanglewood Marsh Golf Course, which will be the site of the GLIAC Championships later this fall (Oct. 25). Three FSU runners placed among the top 10 finishers in the meet.

Ferris State next hosts the annual Bulldog Invitational Friday, Sept. 19, at FSU's Katke Golf Course in Big Rapids, Mich. The action is set to begin at approximately 4 p.m. (EDT). FSU will also host the 2008 NCAA-II Midwest Regional Championships later this year (Nov. 8) on the same course.

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