Ten Different Student-Athletes Earn 2005-06 Team Award Recognition

Joe Mielke
Ferris sophomore Joe Mielke became the first men's track athlete to earn All-America honors in 13 years this campaign
The 2005-06 Ferris State University men's track and field/cross country award recipients were announced Thursday (May 18) by 10th-year head coach Jeff Kavalunas.

Sophomore Joe Mielke (Westland/Franklin) claimed both the track and field squad's Most Improved Athlete Award along with the Most Valuable Athlete honor for the jumping events this campaign. Mielke qualified for the 2006 NCAA-II Indoor Track and Field Championships (March 10-11) in Boston, Mass., where he earned All-America recognition with a fourth-place performance (6-11) in the high jump. He became the first male student-athlete to represent Ferris State at a national championship meet since the program was reinstated in 1999 and the school's first men's All-American since 1993. Mielke also led the men's squad with a runner-up effort in the high jump (6-6.75) and a fifth place finish in the long jump (21-2.50) at the 2006 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships on FSU's Top Taggart Field at Big Rapids, Mich.

Junior Kyle Schuberg (Big Rapids) received the team's Most Valuable Athlete Award for the sprints/hurdles area. Schuberg, who was previously honored as FSU's Most Valuable Men's Track Athlete in both 2003-04 and 2004-05, came in eighth overall in the 200 meters (22.38) at the GLIAC Outdoor Championships. He claimed All-GLIAC accolades with a third-place finish in the long jump (21-6.25) at the league indoor meet (Feb. 24-25) in Findlay, Ohio. Schuberg also received 2005-06 GLIAC Indoor Track All-Academic Team laurels this campaign.

The Most Valuable Athlete Award for the men's track middle and long distance events was presented to sophomore Jared Kelsh (Chippewa Lake/Chippewa Hills). Kelsh, who received the squad's Most Outstanding Performer Award for the distance area in 2004-05, took seventh place in the 1,500 meters (4:04.89) at the conference outdoor championships. He posted four top five meet performances this season, including a third-place finish in the 3,000 meters (9:02.28) during the Grand Valley State Mike Lints Laker Indoor Open (Jan. 20) in Allendale, Mich.

Sophomore Greg Turrell (Marysville) earned FSU Most Valuable Athlete recognition in the throwing events. In his first season with the Bulldogs, Turrell posted squad outdoor bests in both the shot put (46-1.25) and the hammer throw (120-03). His highest finish of the year was a tie for third place in the shot put (46-1.25) at the FSU Bulldog Invitational (April 8) at Top Taggart Field.

In cross country, the squad's Most Valuable Athlete Award went to sophomore Ray Rollet (South Rockwood/Airport). The 2005 GLIAC All-Academic Team selection ranked as Ferris' highest finisher in all seven races last fall, including a first-place effort (29:03.5) in the 8-kilometer (K) Northern Michigan Invitational (Sept. 10) at Marquette, Mich. Rollet placed 42nd overall (28:21.1) in the 2005 GLIAC Championships (Oct. 22), which were held on NMU's 8K course in Marquette.

The Most Improved Athlete in men's cross country was junior Barrington Dykes (Greenville/Central Montcalm), who claimed 2005 GLIAC Cross Country All-Academic Team kudos. Dykes, who was among the top 75 runners in four events last fall, took 83rd overall (30:12.9) at this year's league champsionships and finished 18 spots higher than he did at the conference meet in 2004.

Rookie of the Year Award accolades were received by freshman Dan Volk (Rockford) and freshman Mike Mangieri (Big Rapids) for track and cross country, respectively. Volk compiled three fourth-place finishes this campaign while Mangieri ran in all seven of the squad's cross country events last fall. Bulldog Pride Awards for dedication to the program were presented to senior Corey Peyerk (Marysville) for track and sophomore Nate Penny (Zeeland) in cross country. Penny took ninth place (29:54.4) in the NMU Cross Country Invitational along with finishing 51st (28:48.1) at the league championships. Peyerk's track season was highlighed by a pair of fourth-place performances in the 400 meters at the Central Michigan Chippewa Indoor Open (Jan. 13) and the Saint Joseph's Outdoor Invitational (April 1) with times of 56.56 and 51.85, respectively. Both Penny and Peyerk were named to the GLIAC All-Academic Team for indoor track and field this season.

The Ferris State men's cross country squad placed ninth at this year's league championships with 268 points. The Bulldogs were eighth at the GLIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships before placing ninth overall at the conference outdoor meet.

2005-06 Ferris State Award Winners

Men's Track & Field

Most Valuable:

  • Sprints/hurdles - Kyle Schuberg
  • Mid.-Distance/Distance - Jared Kelsh
  • Jumps - Joe Mielke
  • Throws - Greg Turrell
Most Improved: Joe Mielke
Rookie of the Year: Dan Volk
Bulldog Pride: Corey Peyerk

Men's Cross Country
Most Valuable: Ray Rollet
Most Improved: Barrington Dykes
Bulldog Pride: Nate Penny
Rookie of the Year: Mike Mangieri

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