FSU Wraps Up Action At GLIAC Championships

FSU's Paige Onweller (left) and Mikinzie Stuart (right)
FSU's Paige Onweller (left) and Mikinzie Stuart (right)

The Ferris State University men's and women's outdoor track and field squads wrapped up action in the 2009 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships on Friday (May 1) at Hillsdale, Mich.

The Bulldog women placed eighth in the two-day event with 38 points at Hillsdale College's Ken Herrick Track. Meanwhile, the men's squad took ninth place overall with nine points.

Grand Valley State captured the women's team title with 267 points while Ashland won the men's crown with 193 points.

Bulldog sophomore Tina Muir won the 5,000 meters (16:56.48) while setting a new GLIAC meet record and surpassing the national automatic qualification mark in the event.

Senior Mikinzie Start earned runner-up honors in the 1,500 meters (4:34.89) while senior Krystle Wilson finished third in the 400 meters (57.85) and fourth in the 200 meters (25.85).

Sophomore Paige Onweller placed sixth in the 1,500 meters (4:45.27), sophomore Nikki Wiers took seventh place in the 800 meters (2:19.69) and sophomore Megan Josey was eighth in the 5,000 meters (18:20.46).

FSU's quartet of junior Sarah Thomas, Wiers, Onweller and Stuart also was sixth overall in the 4x400-meter relay (4:11.41).

In the men's competition, junior Greg Burns led Ferris with a fifth-place effort in the pole vault (16-00.75) where he topped his own third-place mark on the school's all-time outdoor leaders list.

Senior Mike Mangieri placed sixth in the 5,000 meters (15:11.47) and freshman Tyler Crossman came in eighth (15:17.83) in the same event.

Ferris also was eighth overall in the men's 4x400-meter relay (3:28.92) with a team consisting of seniors Joe Period and Matt Jozwiak along with junior Justin Price and sophomore Alex Best.

Jozwiak, who had the second-fastest preliminary round time, wound up ninth in the 800 meters (2:00.51).

The Bulldogs will send selected student-athletes to the Michigan Len Paddock Invitational next week (May 8-9) in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Next week's meet will give individuals one last chance to reach national qualification marks for the NCAA-II Outdoor Track and Field Championships slated for May 21-23 in San Angelo, Texas.

FSU currently has five national qualifiers this season in Stuart (800, 1500), Muir (1500, 5000), Onweller (1500), Jozwiak (800) and Burns (pole vault). Stuart is an automatic qualifier in the 1,500 meters and Muir has automatically qualified in the 5,000 meters while the others are national provisional qualification marks.

Please visit the link below for final results:
Final Results