Both the Ferris men’s and women’s cross country teams were in action Saturday, Sept. 8 as they hosted the 2018 Ray Helsing Bulldog Invitational at Katke Golf Course. This meet represents the start of the season for both teams. Each team finished first in the event and showed off all their hard work throughout the summer and preseason. Ferris senior Damien Halverson captured first place as the individual champion with a time of 27:33.9. Ferris sophomore Aaron Jarema finished in second place with a time of 28:11.09 and Ferris sophomore Mark Jacobs placed third with a time of 28:14.0 in the competition.
On the women’s side, Ferris junior Katie Etelamaki finished in first place for the Bulldogs with a time of 18:57.5. Ferris freshman Paige Deitering finished fourth with a time of 20:21.9. The event represented the 44th annual event hosted by Ferris. Both teams will be back in action Friday, Sept. 14 at the Michigan State Spartan Invitational in East Lansing.
The Ferris women’s soccer team began a seven-game road stand this past weekend against the Indianapolis Greyhounds (Indiana) and the Quincy Hawks (Illinois). Friday, Sept. 7, the Bulldogs shut out the Greyhounds in route to a 3-0 victory. The Bulldogs were led in scoring with strikes from Ferris freshman forward Grace VerHage, Ferris sophomore midfielder Abigail Gilmore and Ferris senior captain forward Carley Dubbert.
Ferris redshirt freshman goaltender Taryn Meiste earned her first shutout in her first collegiate start for the squad. Sunday, Sept. 9, the Bulldogs defeated the Hawks in a 2-1 battle. The team was led in scoring with goals from Ferris freshman forward Pia Nagel and Ferris junior Tia VanSuilichem. Meiste earned the start in net for the Bulldogs once again and received her second victory of the season. The team improved to 3-1 overall on the season and currently holds a three-game win streak. The team will be back in action as they prepare to compete against the University of Illinois-Springfield Prairie Stars (Illinois) 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 (E.T.) in Hammond, Indiana.