Sports Shorts February 29, 2012

Sprinter attains national provisional qualifying time

The nationally 23rd-ranked women’s track and field team finished ninth out of a field of 11 teams in the 2012 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships Feb. 25 in Findlay, Ohio. The Lady Bulldogs tallied 32 points in the team race. Hohmann reached the national provisional qualification mark in the 400-meter run after winning the event in 57.23 seconds. Ferris placed third overall in the women’s distance medley relay at 11:48.65, which reached a national provisional qualification time. The men’s squad placed 11th in the meet. Junior Ryan Chute narrowly missed scoring position for the men. Chute finished in ninth-place in the mile run with a time of 4:17.17.

Starting the spring season with a win

The Bulldog women’s tennis squad opened the spring season with a 6-3 non-conference win over Davenport Feb. 23 at the FSU Racquet and Fitness Center in Big Rapids. Ferris initially trailed 2-1 following the completion of doubles play. The Davenport Panthers won the top two flights, but Ferris turned the match-up around, claiming the victory and improving to 11-5 overall. Ferris battled back by winning five of the six singles positions with four of the five wins coming in straight-sets. Ferris will host Hope College at the Racquet and Fitness Center Mar. 4 at 4 p.m.

Men’s tennis served Davenport

After losing to the Division I Toledo Rockets 6-1 Feb. 18 in Toledo (Ohio), the Bulldogs trounced the Davenport Panthers 9-0 Feb. 21 in FSU’s spring season home opener. Ferris trumped non-conference foe Davenport in the doubles round, winning all three flights. Then the Bulldogs won each singles flight in straight-sets. Ferris improved to 3-1 this season. Ferris will begin a four-match road trip over spring break. The Bulldogs will begin the trip in Missouri, where FSU will face Rockhurt (Mo.) in a neautral site match-up at St. Louis, Mo. The Bulldogs will end their trip March 9 at DePauw (Ind.).