Bulldog Hall of Fame
John Steinberg John Steinberg
Cross Country & Track, 1979-83

The first three-time (1979-81) Bulldog All-America performer in the same sport, Steinberg is one of only five athletes in the menís cross country program's history to garner All-America honors. He also competed in track and field where he helped FSU attain a league outdoor runner-up finish during the 1979 campaign. A five-time GLIAC individual track champion, Steinberg ranks fifth on the school's indoor 3,000-meter run chart (8:34.34), second on the outdoor 5,000-meter run list (14:46.14), second on the indoor 5,000-meter run list (14:48.04) and second on the outdoor 10,000-meter run performance chart (30:28.74). He was Ferris' only representative at the NCAA Division II National Cross Country Championships as a freshman (1978), where he placed 37th in a field of over 200 runners. In addition to earning NCAA All-Region honors as a rookie, he went on lead the Bulldogs to a ninth place national team finish as a sophomore (1979). In his second season, he garnered all-region and all-league accolades in addition to becoming the program's first All-America runner (placing 20th). Steinberg finished ninth overall at nationals as a junior, leading FSU to its highest national finish in any sport at the time (4th). He sparked Ferris to a four-year 21-1 dual meet mark and a 17-straight dual meet win streak. On the track, Steinberg claimed the GLIAC's outdoor 10,000-meter run title twice (1979, 1983), the conference indoor three mile championship twice (1979, 1983) and the league's 1982 indoor two mile race. The Manistee native currently lives in St. Joseph with his wife, Mary Ann, and two sons.

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