Ferris State's Jon Cok Claims GLIAC Commissioner's Award Recognition For Winter Season

Ferris State's Jon Cok Claims GLIAC Commissioner's Award Recognition For Winter Season

Big Rapids, Mich. - Junior All-American Jon Cok (Grand Rapids/Christian) of the Ferris State University men's track and field squad has been chosen as a winter recipient of the 2017 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Commissioner's Award for his success as a student-athlete.

Cok became the Bulldogs' first male student-athlete to claim All-America honors in track and field since 2010 by placing sixth overall in the high jump at the 2017 NCAA Division II Indoor National Championships with a performance of 6'9 1/2"". Cok had nine top-eight meet finishes during the indoor track season and won the high jump three different times. 

An All-GLIAC honoree, Cok was named to the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team and became FSU's first All-American in the high jump since 2006. He also is only the fourth All-American in men's track and field since the program was reinstated in 2000 and notched one of Ferris State's top five all-time indoor performances in the high jump in school history this season. 

Cok, an all-region honoree, placed at both the GLIAC and NCAA Championships in the high jump while also competing in both the long jump and triple jump at various points of the indoor season. He reached the national-qualifying standard multiple times during the season and was active in the program's community service initiatives. The Grand Rapids Christian product holds an impressive grade point average in FSU's acclaimed Product Design Engineering Technology program.

The GLIAC Commissioner's Awards are presented after the Fall, Winter, and Spring athletic seasons to six female and six male student-athletes that excel both in the classroom and on the fields of play. All grade-point averages are based on a 4.0 scale.

The six female student-athletes recipients for the winter season are: Sarah Berger (Walsh), Andi Daugherty (Ashland), Manuela Ferreira (Wayne State), Angela Ritter (Grand Valley State), Laina Snyder (Ashland), Emily Wendling (Saginaw Valley).

The six male honorees are: Jon Cok (Ferris State), Michael Lewis (Wayne State), Samora Nesbitt (Grand Valley State), Chris Saikalis (Grand Valley State), Oshane Thomas (Lake Superior State), Joey White (Findlay).

Ferris State Track & Field will next compete in the annual Al Owens Invite hosted by Grand Valley State on April 22-23 in Allendale. The meet will take place at GVSU, which will also play host to the 2017 GLIAC Championships in early May.