Big Rapids, Mich. - Senior pole vaulter Greg Burns of the Ferris State University men's track and field team has been formerly recognized as a 2010 United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-America Team selection as announced by the organization.
Burns was chosen to the All-America team after placing sixth
overall for the Bulldogs in the pole vault this past Saturday
(March 13) at the 2010 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships in
The USTFCCCA announced the 278 student-athletes that will receive USTFCCCA All-America honors in Division II. A total of 352 awards will be presented to the 278 individuals as a result of a national top-eight finish in last weekend’s NCAA-II Indoor Championships.
Burns matched a personal career-best at the national championships with an effort of 16-3.25 in the event. Ryan Brown of Western Washington was the individual champion with a performance of 16-11 in Saturday's competition. With Burns' sixth-place effort, the Bulldogs tallied three points in the men's action at the national meet.
A total of nearly 400 student-athletes qualified for the meet by reaching the automatic or provisional standards established for each event. The University of New Mexico served as hosts of the championships with the track and field action taking place in UNM's Convention Center. The top eight finishers in each event earned All-America recognition.
Burns was making his first appearance in a national competition after winning the pole vault at the recent (Feb. 26-27) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Indoor Championships with a school-record performance (16-3.25) at Grand Valley State's Laker Turf Building in Allendale, Mich.
Burns is only the third FSU men's track and field athlete since 1993 to claim Division II All-America status at either the indoor or outdoor national meets.
Please visit this link for a complete listing of USTFCCCA All-Americans: