Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's and women's track and field/cross country program has made a big splash as FSU head coach Jared Kelsh recently inked nine student-athletes who plan to compete for the Bulldogs starting this fall.
Eight of the nine newcomers will be freshmen in eligibility this coming fall and are coming off standout careers on the prep level at locations across Michigan while another hails from the junior college ranks where she has earned All-America honors.
The talented group of additions features six student-athletes who will run for the Bulldog women's squad along with three men's signees.
The list of female runners includes Lansing Community College standout Madison Slater (DeWitt) along with prep talents Sydney Dawes (Ann Arbor/Pioneer), Kylie Hutchinson (Shepherd), Katelyn Hutchinson (Shepherd), Carissa Schurr (Frankenmuth) and Catherine Stone (Pinckney). On the men's side, FSU added local standout Mark Jacobs (Big Rapids) along with Aaron Jarema (Pinckney) and Taylor Rouse (Eaton Rapids).
All nine will primarily compete in the middle to long distance events and relays while adding contributions to both the FSU cross country and track programs under Kelsh's direction.
"This is an exceptional class we've added and we're looking forward to the future with all nine of these signees in our program," said Kelsh. "They'll help add considerable depth and talent to our returning roster and we expect them to be significant contributors moving forward."
The Bulldogs have recorded eight national provisional qualifying performances to date during the outdoor track campaign heading into this weekend's last chance competitions in Allendale. The 2017 NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships will take place May 25-27 in Bradenton, Fla.
Below are biographical sketches on each of the incoming recruits:
Prepped at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School ... Daughter of Roger Dawes and Sharon McGarvey ... Has a younger sister, Mallory ... Coached by Nancy Boudreau ... Competed in both cross country and track for four years ... National Honor Society member ... Plans to major in Pre-Optometry at FSU ... Two-Time All-State honoree ... Four-Time all-conference selection ... Competed in the 800 meters and the 1,600 meters on the track along with the 4x800-meter relay ... Ran split of 2:15 in the 4x800 ... Posted times of 2:15 in the 800 meters and 5:08 in the mile ... Also ran a time of 18:22 in the cross country 5K ... Helped team to three regional championships along with a state runner-up finish in track ... Led cross country team to state runner-up showing.
Prepped at Big Rapids High School ... Son of Timothy and Mary Jacobs ... Coached by Chase Gibson ... Has a brother and a sister ... Competed in track and field along with cross country all four years on the prep level ... Also wrestled as a sophomore ... Qualified indoors for the state track and field championships in the 1,600 meters this year ... Took part in the state track and field along with cross country championships as a junior ... Two-Time cross country state qualifier ... Helped team to the state meet in 2015 ... Footlocker regional qualifier during prep career ... Regional champion in the 1,600 meters.
Competed for Pinckney High School ... Son of Tom and Tammy Jarema ... Has a sister and a brother ... Coached by Tom Carney and Matt Gerardi ... Four-year letterwinner in cross country and track ... Also active in the marching band and his church youth group ... Plans to major in architecture ... Clocked 2:05.91 in the 800 meters ... Set a personal record in the mile with a time of 4:37.49 ... Also ran a 9:50.07 time in the two mile ... State meet qualifier in cross country ... Served as team captain ... Claimed team coaches award and Most Improved runner honors ... All-County First Team pick ... Rank the 800 meters, mile and two mile runs ... Led cross country team to two league championships, two state meet appearances and a regional title ... Qualified for the state championships in the 4x800-meter relay.
Prepped at Shepherd High School ... Daughter of Thomas and Melissa Hutchinson ... Has three brothers and a sister ... Coached by Carey Hammel ... Competed in both cross country and track for four years ... Also took part in basketball on the prep level ... Student Council and Science Club member ... Active in the Rotary and Business Professionals of America ... National Honor Society member ... Ran distance events from the 400 meters to the 3,200 meters ... Four-Time cross country academic all-state pick ... Helped team to 2013 Division 3 State Cross Country title ... Team also earned state runner-up honors in 2014 ... Four-Time all-conference choice in cross country ... Earned all-state honors in three track events as a junior ... Four-Time track & field academic all-stater ... Three-time all-league selection in track ... Won two Division 3 State Championships in the 4x800-meter relay ... Led cross country team to four-straight conference titles.
Prepped at Shepherd High School ... Daughter of Thomas and Melissa Hutchinson ... Has three brothers and a sister ... Coached by Carey Hammel ... Competed in both cross country and track for four years ... Also took part in basketball on the prep level ... Student Council and Science Club member ... Active in the Business Professionals of America ... National Honor Society member ... Ran distance events from the 400 meters to the 3,200 meters ... Four-Time cross country academic all-state pick ... Helped team to 2013 Division 3 State Cross Country title ... Team also earned state runner-up honors in 2014 ... Four-Time all-conference choice in cross country ... Two-Time cross country all-state pick ... Earned all-state honors in three track events as a junior ... Four-Time track & field academic all-stater ... Four-time all-league selection in track ... Won two Division 3 State Championships in the 4x800-meter relay ... Led cross country team to four-straight conference titles.
Competed for Eaton Rapids High School ... Son of Joshua and Diane Rouse ... Has a brother and two sisters ... Coached by Rick and Erik Smith ... Four-year competitor in track and cross country ... Also competed one year in wrestling ... Active in the Young Life program ... Distance runner who's competed in 800, 1600 and 3200 meters along with the 4x400 and 4x800-meter relays ... All-State honoree ... Three-Time all-conference selection ... Four-Time all-academic choice ... Twice earned team Most Improved honors ... Chosen as team MVP three times.
Prepped at Frankenmuth High School ... Daughter of Richard and Cara Schurr ... Plans to major in Nursing at FSU ... Coached by Mike Snyder and Rob Hayes ... Active in track and field for four years ... Competed in cross country three seasons and basketball one ... Earned all-conference and all-state honors each of the last three years in track ... Also served as team captain ... Ran the 800 meters along with the 4x400 and 4x800-meter relays ... Helped lead team to a state championship in 2014 and state runner-up finish in 2015 ... Also helped squad twice win regional crowns along with a runner-up showing and three league titles.
Transfer from Lansing Community College ... Competed for DeWitt High School, graduating in 2015 ... Daughter of Ron and Jami Slater ... Has two brothers and a sister ... Coached by Kelly Williams on prep level ... Four-year volleyball letterwinner ... Was an 11-time all-conference winner and five-time All-State selection in high school track and field ... Served as team co-captain and earned team MVP honors during prep career ... Garnered all-state honors in the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800-meter relays on prep level ... Two-Time NJCAA Cross Country All-American ... Also earned Academic All-America honors on JUCO level ... National qualifier at Lansing CC ... Earned All-American honors at national junior college track championships in 4x800 relay ... Two-Time All-Region cross country choice ... Led team to back-to-back regional cross country crowns and national championships at Lansing.
Prepped at Pinckney High School ... Daughter of Richard and Anne Stone ... Coached by Tom Carney and Jim Wicker ... Earned four varsity letters in both track and cross country ... Also took part in soccer and basketball on the prep level ... National Honor Society member ... Active in student government and served as class council representative ... Plans to major in Nursing at FSU ... Two-Time all-academic honoree ... Garnered all-conference laurels ... Placed eighth at regionals in 2016 in the 300-meter hurdles while clocking a personal-best time of 49.43 seconds.