Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University senior women's cross country runner Tina Muir (St. Albans, U.K.) has been chosen as this week's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Athlete of the Week for the second consecutive time.
Muir led the nationally third-ranked Bulldogs at the non-scoring Michigan State Spartan Invitational held last Friday (Sept. 16) at Forest Akers East Golf Course in East Lansing, Mich. She took third place in a competitive field with a time of 20:43 on the 6K course.
A total of 231 runners took part in the women's field. The event featured runners from Division I schools such as MSU, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Toledo, Kent State and Miami (Ohio) in addition to rival Grand Valley State along with other Division II and smaller schools.
A total of over 4,800 athletes and 300 teams, covering college, high school and middle school age groups, setting a new high mark for participants at the MSU event.
A week ago, Muir also claimed the conference's weekly honor after winning the annual Ray Helsing Bulldog Invitational (Sept. 10) to open the 2011 campaign at FSU's Katke Golf Course.
The Ferris State women's cross country team is guided by former Bulldog standout and current fourth-year head coach Steve Picucci. The Bulldog women vaulted to third nationally in this week's U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II National Rankings along with first in the Midwest Region.
Ferris State will next take part in the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday, Oct. 1, in Louisville.