Three athletes with U.P. ties earn GLIAC Commissioner's Awards

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BAY CITY, Mi. Ferris State junior distance runner Katie Etelamaki (Ishpeming, Mich.) took fourth place in the 5,000 meters (17:33.88) and was sixth in the 3,000 meters (10:08.12) at the 2019 GLIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships this year. Etelamaki also was a provisional qualifier for the D2 National Indoor Championships and is a three-time GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team honoree.

A biology major with a perfect grade point average, Etelamaki is a two-time All-GLIAC Cross Country recipient and earned Division II Cross Country All-America accolades for the first time in her collegiate career by placing 16th overall as an individual qualifier for the 2018 National Championships last fall. She finished the fall cross country season with eight top-20 meet finishes in eight races and has ranked among the region's top distance standouts both in cross country and track throughout her career. Etelamaki is a five-time All-GLIAC Track and Field honoree and has been both an all-conference and all-region choice.

Bryan Heath of the Michigan Tech men's basketball team is the recipient of a 2019 Winter Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Commissioner's Award, announce Saturday by the conference office. The awards, sponsored by Meijer, Incorporated, 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.

Heath, a senior from Taylor Ridge Illinois, has had an outstanding career both on the court and in the classroom at Michigan Tech. Heath has amassed 1,443 career points for the Huskies and started every game of his career (112). During the course of his four seasons, Heath has averaged 12.9 points per game, pouring in a career high of 29 last season against Davenport. Heath surpassed 1,000 career points as junior, thanks to 17 points against Purdue Northwest on February 3rd, 2018. He is one of 28 players in program history to score over 1,000 points for his career.

Heath was named Second Team All-GLIAC last season and was awarded the 2015-16 NCAA Division II statistical championship for free throw percentage (93.3%). Heath made 88.4 percent of his total free throw attempts in four seasons, which is the best in school history. In addition, he has the 15th highest career point total in the Tech record books. In the classroom, Heath is a Software Engineering major and a GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team honoree.

Northern Michigan University Women's Track & Field senior Shayla Huebner (Marquette, Michigan) was named a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Commissioner Award recipient for the winter athletic season. Huebner was one of six female student-athletes across the league to be recognized with the award for their academic and athletic success.

The senior finished sixth at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, posting a time of 2:09.73, breaking her own school record to earn All-American honors. She was also a part of the 4x400 meter relay that finished 11th at the NCAA Championships.

She finished second at the GLIAC Championships and helped the relay break a school record to place second. Huebner can also be found on the USTFCCCA All-Region list as she earned distinction in both the 800 meter run and the 4x400 meter relay, earning All-Region honors for the second-straight year.

A sport science major, Huebner has a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average after the fall semester. Between track & field and cross country, Huebner has now been named to the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence team for each season she has been eligible.

This is the seventh Commissioners Award by the Wildcats in school history and first of the 2018-19 season. This is also Huebner's second Commissioner Award after winning the award during the winter season last year as well.