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FERRIS STATE'S TINA MUIR CLAIMS ALL-AMERICA HONORS

Bulldog Sophomore Named To All-America Team After National Championships

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Tina Muir
Ferris State's Tina Muir earned All-America honors at the 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.

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