2000 Women's Cross Country News

Ferris State University cross country standouts Michelle Terry and April Smith have been named to the Division II Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team for their outstanding performance in the classroom.

In addition, both the Ferris State men's and women's cross country squads were chosen as team academic honor recipients. The Bulldog women received the award for the third-straight year as they compiled a 3.26 cumulative grade point average. The FSU men had a 3.24 GPA during the fall semester.

Terry, an All-Great Lakes Region performer as a senior last fall, was named to the all-academic team for the fourth-straight year as she posted a 3.32 GPA in health care systems administration. Besides being an all-region pick, Terry also was an All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) selection as she finished seventh at the conference meet in Houghton, Mich. She was 12th at the regional meet in Ashland, Ohio.

A junior, Smith earned her first all-academic team honor as she finished the term with a 3.84 grade point average in psychology. She was 17th overall at the conference meet and placed 34th in the regional field. Smith competed in all eight Ferris State cross country meets last fall.

Besides Terry and Smith, four other Bulldog women were named to the 2000 GLIAC Women's Cross Country All-Academic Team. Senior Pam Preston recorded a 3.30 GPA in elementary education, junior Carissa Schneider had a 3.89 GPA in criminal justice, junior Char Smith earned a 3.11 GPA in hotel management and senior Mackenzie Woodring compiled a 3.13 GPA in the product design engineering program.

As a team, the Ferris placed fourth at the conference meet and finished sixth overall in the regional field under head coach Jeff Kavalunas.


Nov. 8

Senior Michelle Terry led the Bulldogs to a sixth-place team finish at the 2000 NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Cross Country Championships on Saturday (Nov. 3) at Brookside Golf Course in Ashland, Ohio. By finishing in the top 15, Terry earned All-Great Lakes Region honors. She completed the 8,000-meter course in a time of 22:48.7 and narrowly missed qualifying for the Division II National Championships.

Besides Terry, senior Mackenzie Woodring and junior April Smith also placed in the top 40 for Ferris State. Woodring was 25th overall in a time of 23:03.5 while Smith finished 34th at 23:27.9 in the final meet of the season for the Bulldogs. Junior Katie Chapman was 33rd at 23:27.1.

In addition to being an All-Region selection, Terry also earned first-team All-GLIAC honors during the 2000 campaign. Woodring was also a first-team All-GLIAC pick.

Oct. 23

Ferris State finished fourth at the 2000 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships, Oct. 21, at Michigan Tech University in Houghton. The Bulldogs finished with 114 points in the 13-team field. Ferris is ranked sixth in the Great Lakes Region.

For the first time this season, senior Michelle Terry did not finish at the top of the Bulldog pack. Senior Mackenzie Woodring ran an impressive time of 23:30.03 to finish fifth out of 138 competitors on the 5K Michigan Trails course. Terry was right behind Woodring as she came in seventh at 23:35.41. Junior April Smith also finished in the top 20 as she placed 17th with a time of 23:59.36. The other two Bulldog runners who scored also placed in the top 50. Junior Katie Chapman was 37th at 24:46.29 and junior Carissa Schneider was 48th at 25:11.96.

Oct. 17

Senior Michelle Terry finished fifth overall to lead the Ferris State University women's cross country team to a fourth-place finish at the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo on Oct. 13. Terry completed the 5,000 meter course in a time of 18:37. The Bulldogs finished with 127 points in the 16-team field.

Other Ferris State runners in the top 50 included junior Katie Chapman (23rd, 19:15), junior April Smith (26th, 19:20), senior Mackenzie Woodring (27th, 19:22) and junior Carissa Schneider (46th, 20:14).

Ferris State is ranked sixth in the latest Great Lakes Regional ratings and will compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships at Michigan Tech Uninversity in Houghton on Oct. 21.

Oct. 2

The Ferris State University Women's Cross Country squad finished 19th out of 46 teams competing at the 2000 Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational at Montrose Beach in Chicago. Nearly 500 runners competed in the 6K collegiate women's race. The meet was hosted by Loyola University and featured college teams from all levels.

Senior Michelle Terry led Ferris State for the fifth meet in a row as she placed 37th out of 496 runners competing at the meet in a time of 22:56. She was the only Bulldog runner to finish in the top 50. Senior Mackenzie Woodring also finished in the top 100 as she came in 88th at 23:52.

Other Bulldog runners finishing in scoring position included junior April Smith (125th), junior Katie Chapman (139th) and junior Carissa Schneider (170th). In last week's NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Ratings, Ferris State was ranked eighth. The Bulldogs will compete in the Michigan Collegiate Championships at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo on Oct. 13.

Sept. 25

The Ferris State University Women's Cross Country squad finished fourth at the Grand Valley State Tower Trail Classic in Allendale on Saturday (Sept. 23). Senior Michelle Terry, last week's GLIAC Runner of the Week, finished in the top five for the third-straight meet as she was third in a time of 19:28.15.

Teammate Mackenzie Woodring earned her third-straight top 10 finish as she completed the 5,000-meter course in a time of 20:10.56 to finish eighth. Also finishing in the top 20 for Ferris State was April Smith. The junior came in 15th at 20:33.73. As a team, Ferris State finished behind Grand Valley State, Hillsdale and Oakland University in the seven-team meet. FSU had won its two previous meets this season. The Bulldogs will take part in the Loyola Lakefront Invitational on Saturday (Sept. 30) in Chicago.

Sept. 18

The Ferris State University women's cross country team took first place in the Bulldog Invitational on Friday (Sept. 15) at Katke Golf Course in Big Rapids. Ferris State scored 34 total points to outdistance Aquinas College (43), Saginaw Valley State (76), Alma (77), and Northwood (133).

Senior Michelle Terry led the Bulldogs as she finished first in the 5,000-meter race in a time of 19:17. Her average time per mile was 6:12. She also won last week's Northwood Invitational. Teammate Mackenzie Woodring finished third for FSU in a time of 20:01. Junior April Smith was fifth at 20:07.

Overall, Ferris State placed three runners in the top five and six in the top 20 to win its second-straight invitational. The Bulldogs also won last week's team race at Northwood. All five scoring runners placed in the top 13 for Ferris State as the team averaged a time of 20:14.

On Saturday (Sept. 23), the Ferris State women's team will travel to Allendale to take part in the Grand Valley State Tower Trail Classic. The following weekend (Sept. 30), FSU will be in Chicago at the Loyola Lakefront Invitational.

Sept. 11

Michelle Terry placed first in a time of 19:32 to lead the Bulldogs to a first place team finish at the Northwood Invitational on Friday (Sept. 8). She was one of three Ferris State runner to place in the top 5 on the 6K course. She is the only Ferris State women's runner to finish in the top 10 at both meets this season. The Bulldogs finished ahead of both Saginaw Valley State and Northwood in the team standings.

Sept. 2

Senior Michelle Terry placed eighth in a time of 19:36 to lead the Bulldogs to a third-place team finish at the Central Michigan Drenth Memorial on Friday (Sept. 1). She was the only Ferris State runner to place in the top 15 for Coach Jeff Kavalunas. The Bulldogs finished behind Bowling Green (Ohio) and Central Michigan in a tough race.


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