Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's and women's cross country teams will compete in the 2018 NCAA Division II Midwest Region Cross Country Championships being held this Saturday (Nov. 17) at Hayden Park in Hillsdale, Mich.
The Midwest Region consists of teams from the Great Lakes Valley Conference, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. A total of 78 cross country programs are expected to compete.
The men's 10K race will start at 10:30 a.m. (ET) with the women's 6K to follow at approximately 11:45 a.m. (ET).
The event will be hosted by Hillsdale College at Hayden Park.
The top three teams from each race in the regional will advance to the NCAA II National Championships, which are Dec. 1 in Slippery Rock, Pa. In addition to the qualifying teams, the top two individuals that are not on a qualifying team will advance to the national meet. Qualifying individuals also include any competitors in the top five that are not on a qualifying team. Ten other teams will be selected at-large from across the country to advance on by the D2 Men's and Women's Cross Country Committee.
A total of nine states will be represented at the meet, including schools from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Five years ago, the Bulldog men's team qualified for nationals for the second consecutive year on the heels of its 2012 appearance, which was the program's first since 1985. FSU went on to place 10th at the NCAA Division II National Championships after advancing out of the regional. The Bulldogs placed seventh in regional action in 2014.
Meanwhile, the women's team has qualified for the NCAA-II Nationals five times in the last 10 years following strong performances at the Midwest Regional.
The Ferris State men's and women's cross country teams are guided by former Bulldog standout and local native Jared Kelsh.
Most recently, the Bulldogs competed at the GLIAC Championships on Nov. 3 in Grand Rapids and had a pair of all-conference honorees.