Greater Cleveland Sports Awards Honors Jagers


CLEVELAND, Ohio  Former Kent State track and field student-athlete Reggie Jagers III (Solon, Ohio) was named the Male Collegiate Athlete of the Year at the 18th Annual Greater Cleveland Sports Awards on Wednesday, Jan. 17 in downtown Cleveland.

During his senior campaign, Jagers III earned a pair of All-America honors and was named Most Outstanding Field Performer at the Mid-American Conference Championships during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. He finished as national runner-up in the discus at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships to earn First Team All-America recognition. Jagers III was a Second Team All-American with a 14th-place finish in the weight throw at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Following the conclusion of the college season, Jagers III advanced to the discus finals at the 2017 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships and finished seventh in a strong showing.

The five-time All-American added a gold medal in August while competing for Team USA at the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan. Jagers III won the discus with a throw of 61.24 meters.

Additionally, Kent State senior volleyball student-athlete Kelsey Bittinger (Strongsville, Ohio) was one of three finalists for Female Collegiate Athlete of the Year. Bittinger was named a 2017 Senior CLASS Award First Team All-American in December and concluded her career with 1,472 kills and 1,332 digs to rank third and fourth, respectively, in program history.

The Greater Cleveland Sports Awards is the premier annual fundraiser that supports Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and celebrates a year of athletic achievements in Northeast Ohio. This event features appearances from current and former national sports celebrities along with a formal dinner, and awards ceremony honoring the top high school, collegiate and professional sports accomplishments in 2017.

Finalists were selected by local sports and media outlets who chose outstanding athletes from Northeast Ohio's following counties: Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, Stark and Summit.

About Greater Cleveland Sports Commission
Since 2000, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC) is responsible for attracting more than 190 sporting events which provide nearly $570 million in economic activity to Northeast Ohio. GCSC supports the local economy, utilizes sports as a vehicle to forward community agendas and maintains a goal of producing events that are more successful when held in Cleveland than in other cities. For more information, visit clevelandsports.org.