Saturday, May 23, 2009

Specially-trained Bulldogs competing in national championships

Stuart and Muir competing for national championships in Texas

SAN ANGELO, Texas – Ferris State University runners Mikinzie Stuart and Tina Muir are true student-athletes – in all senses of the term.

Stuart and Muir, competing this week in Texas at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Championships (May 21-24), understood they needed an extra component to training for this all-important meet. Like good students, the two studied. Simulating the warmer and more humid Texas climate, while preparing in Michigan, was challenging. However, Stuart, Muir and head coach Steve Picucci went to work to developing a strategy to soften at least the initial physical and mental shock of competing in the Texas heat of May.

“Training for Texas has been pretty unique,” said Stuart, a senior from Saginaw, who earned All-American honors in March during indoor track and field season by finishing seventh in the mile run (4:58.59). “Since Texas weather consists of 90-to100-degree temperatures, and Michigan’s current highs have only been about 75 degrees, I’ve had to recreate that extra heat by wearing layers of long-sleeved shirts during workouts and runs.”

For the entire article, visit: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/sports/bulldogblog/track-blog/track10.htm

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