Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's outdoor track and field squad wrapped up action in the 2017 NCAA Division II National Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday (May 27) at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Ferris State junior Jon Cok (Grand Rapids/Christian) competed in Saturday's final day of action in the men's high jump and placed 15th overall with a performance of 6-7 at the national meet. He was the lone FSU participant to see action on Saturday.
Previously, FSU sophomore Cody Stillwell (Cadillac) opened the Bulldog action on Friday (May 25) at the national meet and placed 18th overall in the hammer throw with a toss of 51.28 meters or 168-3 in the event. It marked his first competition at the D2 National Championships in his collegiate career.
The NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Track and Field and Cross Country Committee announced the participants for the 2017 NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The event was hosted by the University of Tampa along with the IMG Academy.
A total of 754 participants, 377 men and 377 women, competed in the championships. Student-athletes qualified for the championships by reaching the automatic and provisional standards established for each event.
This year, Cok previously claimed All-America honors by placing sixth overall in the high jump at the 2017 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships. He held the sixth-best performance during the outdoor season at 2.12 meters (6-11.50) of the 19 qualifiers selected to compete in the high jump. Cok had his best performance of the outdoor season at the Al Owens Classic in Allendale this year and finished among the top three overall in all six of his competitions during the outdoor campaign, including two first-place efforts and three runner-up performances. His top mark set a school record in the outdoor high jump this season.
Meanwhile, Stillwell had the 15th-best mark in the hammer throw at 60.66 meters (199-0) of 20 selected competitors going into the national championships. His top mark also came at the Al Owens Classic on April 21st. Stillwell twice won the hammer throw in outdoor action this year while also placing second in two different meets. Presently, his 60.66 effort ranks second all-time in school outdoor history.