MONROE, Mich. - Sophomores Chad Ferguson and Kayleen Hiatt posted top-five finishes at the American Heartland Intercollegiate Bowling Conference in Monroe, Mich., helping Union College to ninth-place showings in both the men's and women's team standings.
Ferguson (Louisville, Ky.) rolled a 209.8 average to finish 0.2 ahead of Saginaw Valley's Matt Gash for second. Chris Moyer of Saginaw Valley won the individual crown with a 214.6.
Hiatt (Kettering, Ohio), meanwhile, posted a 184.4 average to tie Davenport's Reba Wilke for third. Grand Valley's Samantha Johnson won with a 195 average with Michigan State's Emily Krueger taking second with a 186.6 average.
More importantly, the Union men's team placed ninth out of 25 teams, earning the Bulldogs 73 power points. Heading into the tournament, Union stood 70th in the rankings and just outside of automatically qualifying for the USBC Sectionals, which takes the nation's top 64 teams.
"Without a doubt, this was our best performance of the season, and it came right when we needed it," said Union coach Matt Mahony.
The Bulldogs racked up a total pinfall of 7,582, which was 116 more than 10th-place Robert Morris. Saginaw Valley B won the event with a score of 8,163.
On the women's side, Union bowled a 6,095 to finish ninth out of 11 squads.
The Lady Bulldogs entered the tournament 60th in the national rankings, but it is unclear if their spot is secure for the USBC Sectional Tournament.
"The women's team has been consistent all year long," said Mahony. "I know exactly what I'm going to get from them. Let's hope they are rewarded for their consistency this season by being a bubble team that gets in the tournament."
Union is done for the season unless it qualifies for the USBC Sectionals, which will be announced in the coming weeks.