Muhlenberg athletic achievements not only honor on-field performances of student-athletes but also their accolades in the classroom. Track and field thrower, Elek Ferency ‘23 won the Sidney G. Weikert Sophomore Athlete of the Year Award. The young star received the award at halftime of the Mules football game against Ursinus College on Saturday, Sept. 18. The award was presented to him by Athletic Director Lynn Tubman and College President Kathleen Harring.
The award was named after Weikert who served as the former associate director of admissions at Muhlenberg. It was established in 1973 by the Muhlenberg College Alumni Association in his honor.
Luca Colestock ‘22, member of the wrestling team, was the last recipient of the award in 2020.
When asked about this accomplishment Ferency said, “Well, I was surprised. Honestly, I had not heard of the award before. I had a meeting with my coach and [the] athletic director. I was very excited. They explained how the award was selected and that it had been given out for a couple of decades now.”
Ferency was honored that the Muhlenberg community chose to give him this award. “I think that it is incredible that it does not only focus on your athletic success but also what you do in the community and what you do as a student. It is great to hear that. Getting the recognition for the hard work you put in at school is always nice,” he said.
Receiving this award is tremendous, but juggling both athletics and academics can be demanding.“ Once this semester starts and the sports season gets going, the best thing to do is to know your schedule and make a plan to tackle both,” Ferency said.
Looking to the upcoming track and field season, Ferency is very excited to get back to competition. His first year he did not have an outdoor season and last year the team only held activities outdoors.
Ferency has big goals and aspirations for the upcoming season. “I’d really like to win the conference in both indoor weight and shotput and set the school records. In outdoor, my goals are to win the hammer and shotput and try to move up the school ranking list, eventually capturing all the school records,” he said.
This track and field season is one to look forward to because they have not had a full indoor and outdoor season since the 2018-19 school year.
That reality hasn’t stopped Ferency from earning several awards, including two medals at the 2021 Centennial Conference Outdoor Championships, a silver medal at the 2020 Centennial Conference indoor meet and with this new award, he adds to his growing collection.