Muir, Schneider Earn Prestigious GLIAC Awards

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Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University student-athletes Tina Muir (St. Albans, U.K.) and Tom Schneider (Jerome/Addison) have been chosen as recipients of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Commissioner's Award for the 2010 fall season, according to an announcement made by the league office.

Muir and Schneider were among 12 total honorees from the league's 14 member institutions to earn the prestigious recognition from the GLIAC.

The awards, sponsored by Meijer, Inc., are presented after the fall, winter and spring athletic seasons to six male and six female student-athletes that excel both in the classroom and on the fields of play.

The six female student-athletes to receive the Fall 2010 Meijer Commissioner’s Awards are:  Tina Muir of Ferris State; Kristen Eible and Rebeccah Rapin of Grand Valley State; Clara Leutheuser of Hillsdale; Melanie Hoffman of  Michigan Tech; and Michelle Rogers of Tiffin.

The six male student-athletes to receive the Fall 2010 Meijer Commissioner’s Awards are: Tom Schneider of Ferris State; Anthony Witt and Zach Breen of Grand Valley State; Phil Doerfler of Hillsdale; Mike Rittenour of Michigan Tech; and Josh Renel of Wayne State.

“I am truly proud of the 12 student-athletes who were awarded the Commissioner’s Award,” stated GLIAC Commissioner Dell Robinson. “Their hard work in the classroom and on the field is a true example of the standard of excellence that has been set amongst our student-athlete here in the GLIAC.

They are truly the best of the best. The GLIAC greatly appreciates the support of Meijer for their sponsorship of the 2010 Commissioner’s Award. The awards and continued support by Meijer is evidence of our pursuit of academic excellence.”

A senior member of the Ferris State women’s cross country team, capped off a stellar career this past fall. Muir placed 11th nationally at the 2010 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships as an individual in leading FSU to an eighth-place team performance, which tied for the highest finish in school history.  She also earned All-America honors for the third consecutive year and won the NCAA-II Midwest Regional individual title for the second-straight campaign.

Muir, who finished third at the 2010 GLIAC Championships as FSU claimed runner-up laurels, also received United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Midwest Region “Runner of the Year” honors.  She is both a three-time All-GLIAC honoree and all-academic team selection.

A junior this past year, Schneider is a three-year letter winner that completed 70.5% (184-261) of his passes for 1,741 yards and 12 touchdowns this season while being intercepted only three times as FSU's starting quarterback in 2010.  Schneider also ran for 319 yards and six scores on 97 attempts in starting all 11 games. 

A 2010 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention pick, Schneider concluded the year ranked second in completion percentage, fourth in passing efficiency along with seventh in both passing yards and total offense among the conference leaders.  The three-time GLIAC All-Academic Team honoree served as a team captain and was voted FSU’s Most Valuable Offensive Skill Player in 2010.

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