Big Rapids, Mich. - A pair of Ferris State University student-athletes, senior women's basketball standout Rachel McInerney (Saginaw/Nouvel) and senior men's track and field high jumper Jon Cok (Grand Rapids/Christian), were recently honored as 2017-18 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Commissioner's Award honorees for the winter season.
The GLIAC announced the recipients of the Winter 2017-18 GLIAC Commissioner's Awards. The 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 include: Laina Snyder (Ashland), Andi Daugherty (Ashland), Rachel McInerney (Ferris State), Lindsay Orwat (Northwood), Angela Ritter (Grand Valley State), Shayla Huebner (Northern Michigan)
The six male honorees include: Paul Evans (Northwood), Davis Bowers (Tiffin), Jared Gregory (Grand Valley State), Cameron Burrows (Tiffin), Chris May (Grand Valley State), Jon Cok (Ferris State).
Ferris State University's Rachel McInerney capped off her standout hoops career by being named to the 2018 CoSIDA Academic All-America Team. This year, she earned All-GLIAC First Team honors for the second-straight year and served as team captain as the Bulldogs reached the GLIAC Tournament Semifinals for the first time since 2013.
Behind the play of McInerney, Ferris State posted its most wins in six years with 15 this campaign as she averaged 16.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. She tallied 25 double-figure scoring performances and scored 20 points or more nine times this season while also shooting better than 50% from the floor.
As a senior, McInerney led the GLIAC in rebounding and field goal percentage while placing fourth in scoring. She also garnered GLIAC All-Defensive Team recognition and earned GLIAC North Division Player of Week honors multiple times this year. A three-time GLIAC All-Academic Team selection, McInerney has been highly active in the team's community service initiatives and holds a high GPA in elementary education at FSU.
Ferris State University senior Jon Cok had another standout winter campaign as he reached the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships, placing 13th overall at the national meet in the high jump. An All-GLIAC honoree, Cok posted six top-four meet finishes during the indoor track season and won the high jump in three different meets.
Along with receiving an invitation to compete at the national championships, Cok was also a GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team selection for the second year in a row. The all-region choice became the program's first All-American in seven years as a junior and ranks among the school's top five all-time indoor performers in the high jump.
Cok, who is a two-time all-conference choice, posted his personal-best indoor performance with a leap of 6-11 this winter at the Grand Valley State Big Meet in Allendale. He has been active in the program's various community service efforts and holds a strong GPA in FSU's Product Design Engineering Technology program.