Muir Wins As FSU Runs At GLIAC Championships

FSU's Tina Muir (left) placed first while Steve Neshkoff (right) was 43rd overall for FSU
FSU's Tina Muir (left) placed first while Steve Neshkoff (right) was 43rd overall for FSU

Linwood, Mich. – Ferris State University junior Tina Muir captured the individual title in leading the Bulldog women’s cross country team to a runner-up finish in the 2009 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships held on Saturday (Oct. 24) at the Maple Leaf Golf Course in Linwood, Mich.

Muir completed the 6K women’s race in a time of 21:20.2 to finish 13 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher Megan Maceratini of Grand Valley State in the field of 137 runners. The victory was Muir’s fourth in as many races this fall.

The Bulldogs totaled 67 teams in the team standings while earning league runner-up accolades behind champion GVSU, which finished with 20 points. Hillsdale took third place (85 points) with Ashland fourth (112) and Findlay fifth (161) among the 12 competing women’s teams. The Bulldog women had all five scoring runners finish among the top 20 scoring competitors and the top 30 finishers overall.

Meanwhile, the Bulldog men’s team ran to a fifth-place finish with 153 points in the 11-team race. GVSU also won the men’s division with 21 points followed by Saginaw Valley State (53), Hillsdale (90) and Wayne State (117) in the top four.

In the women’s race, Muir finished ahead of a pack of seven Laker runners in the second through eighth positions to earn All-GLIAC First Team recognition. FSU freshman Alyssa Osika came in 13th overall for FSU (22:26.7) and claimed All-GLIAC Second Team accolades.

Bulldog junior Megan Josey took 23rd place (22:49.1), freshman Anna Rudd was 26th (22:53.4) and junior Paige Onweller placed 27th (22:56.0). Freshman Shelby Janutol came in 38th (23:23.1), junior Sarah Creed was 59th (23:55.0), freshman Felicia Peacock placed 70th (24:20.6) and freshman Jordan McGuire took 75th place (24:34.2).

The Ferris men’s team was led by sophomore Tyler Crossman, who attained All-GLIAC Second Team kudos by finishing 12th in the field of 144 men’s runners in the 8K race with a time of 25:20.0 at the GLIAC Championships.

Freshman Alex Bladecki finished 33rd overall (26:10.3), junior Alex Best placed 41st (26:24.8), sophomore Steve Neshkoff ran to a 43rd-place performance (26:26.1) and senior Brian Reynolds wound up 54th (26:35.7).

FSU freshman Josh Kyser was 68th (26:56.0) followed by freshman Michael Shulte in 71st place (27:01.1) and senior Curtis Begley at 73rd overall (27:02.9). Freshman Andrew Campbell placed 96th (27:32.5), freshman Ryan Chute was 113th (28:12.4), junior Derek Childs finished 121st (28:35.2) and freshman Michael Moy came in 140th (30:54.7).

Both Bulldog teams will next take part in the 2009 NCAA-II Midwest Regional Championships on Saturday, Nov. 7, in Kenosha, Wis.