March 4, 2010

Two FSU Track Athletes Headed To Nationals

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's and women's indoor track and field programs will each have one representative at the 2010 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships scheduled for March 12-13 in Albuquerque, N.M.

FSU's representatives at the national championships will include men's senior pole vaulter Greg Burns and junior distance runner Tina Muir.

The final meet participants were announced recently by the NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee. 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 will serve 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 will earn All-America recognition.

Burns will open action for Ferris State on Saturday (March 13) at 3 p.m. (MT) as he takes part in the pole vault. His seed mark of 16-3.25 ranks 10th of the 10 competitors chosen to compete in the vault competition at the national meet.

Meanwhile, Muir holds the sixth-best (16:51.11) overall time of 15 individuals who will take part in the women's 5,000 meters. The race will be a one section final on Saturday starting at 5:35 p.m. (MT).

This year will mark Muir's second-straight appearance at the indoor nationals as she also competed at the national meet in 2009, but came up short of earning All-America kudos in the women's 5,000 meters with a 12th-place overall (17:28.90) performance. She went on to receive outdoor All-America accolades in the same event by placing fourth overall with a time of 16:56.92 at the 2009 NCAA-II Outdoor Championships held in San Angelo, Texas.

Burns will be making his first appearance in a national competition after winning the pole vault at last week's (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.

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