Cade Ferron (copy)

Beaver Dam's Cade Ferron (82) qualified for the WIAA state cross country championships (he's pictured running in the Division 1 5,000-meter race last fall) each of the last two seasons and also qualified for the WIAA track and field state championships in 2017 and 2018. 

Beaver Dam senior Cade Ferron said it took him two months to decide to accept an offer to join the Marquette University men’s cross country and track and field teams next year, committing to the Golden Eagles last week.

“It was just making sure that it was the right one and that I’d fit in,” he said. “I think I made the right decision.”

Like many athletes, Ferron wanted to choose a school where he felt most at home. He got that at Marquette.

“I think it’s just a team atmosphere,” he said. “The coaches and everyone on the team on my visits were incredibly nice and welcoming to me.”

Ferron said he felt at peace during his official visit earlier this year, which helped make his decision easier.

There was a blizzard out, but he said he and the current MU runners he visited with were “very welcoming to me” and “it just didn’t feel like anything different or scary.”

“They said it was probably the worst running weather they’ve ever had,” Ferron recalled.

What helped in the decision process for Ferron was the fact that Marquette has exercise physiology as a major, which he plans on studying.

Ferron said he also considered NCAA Division III schools UW-La Crosse and UW-Oshkosh, but in the end Marquette’s academic reputation was what sold him on heading to the Division I institution in Milwaukee.

“It’s not that the other schools had bad education, Marquette is just a little farther ahead than they are,” Ferron said.

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