Saliga, Hoffman earn GLIAC award

Courtesy of MTU Athletics

Michigan TechBAY CITY, Mich. – The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference recently announced that seniors Melanie Hoffman and Nathan Saliga each received the Spring 2013 Meijer Commissioner’s Award. 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.

“It is with great pleasure that I offer congratulations on behalf of the GLIAC to our award winners,” stated GLIAC Commissioner Dell Robinson. “The accomplishments of theses student-athletes is a shining example of the future leaders and individuals who serve as change agents on our campuses. I would like to thank Meijer for their continued support that allows the GLIAC to honor our top student-athletes.”

Hoffman (Green Bay, Wis.) finished second in the javelin at the GLIAC Championships with a school-record throw of 119-2 and sixth in the heptathlon with 4,338 points. She earned All-GLIAC honors three times in her career and holds three school records. She earned Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in the fall for women’s soccer and again this past spring for track & field. She graduated with a 4.0 grade point average
as a double major in exercise science and biology.

Michigan Technological University senior Nathan Saliga (Leonard, Mich./Romeo) finished third in the decathlon at the GLIAC Championships with a school record and a NCAA provisional qualifying score of 6,424 points. He was a five-time All-GLIAC performer and holds the school record in the 400-hurdles with a time of 54.27. Saliga earned Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America honors as a junior and senior and graduated this spring with a 3.88 grade point average in mechanical engineering.