100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 100

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The Big Ten Conference concluded its 100th anniversary celebration of the esteemed Big Ten Medal of Honor by highlighting the 2014 class of honorees on Wednesday.  Twenty-four student-athletes from 17 different sports were honored with the prestigious award, which was established in 1915 and was the first award in intercollegiate athletics to demonstrate support for the educational emphasis placed on athletics. The Big Ten Medal of Honor is awarded to one male and one female student-athlete from the graduating class of each member institution who has demonstrated excellence on and off the field throughout their college career.


This year's list of distinguished student-athletes includes Academic All-America and All-Big Ten honorees, individual award winners and NCAA and Big Ten team and individual champions.  All 24 of the recipients have been named Academic All-Big Ten at least once in their career and 15 received All-Conference recognition this academic year. This class of honorees is pursuing diverse fields of study with a list of majors that include pre-med, sociology, computer engineering, political science, finance and management, biosystems engineering and many others.

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Ohio State's Hession Tabbed National Coach of the Year

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Ohio State women's golf head coach Therese Hession is the 2014 Golfweek National Coach of the Year, the publication announced on Tuesday. It marks the second national award of Hession's career, earning the same recognition from the National Golf Coaches Association in 1997. Hession, in her 23rd season at the helm of the Buckeye program, led Ohio State to a share of seventh place at the NCAA Championships (third-highest NCAA finish in school history) with a trio of freshmen in the lineup. Ohio State's 1,158 stroke total for the NCAA Championships is the best 72-hole score ever posted by a Buckeye team. The team's overall season average of 296.64 strokes per round is also an all-time program mark.

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100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 99

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Northwestern's Lorie Miller (1984, women's volleyball)

A 1984 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Northwestern's Lorie Miller was a four-time letterwinner for the Wildcats from 1980-83. Miller guided Northwestern to its first Big Ten title during her senior season, in which she was named first-team All-Big Ten. Miller ranks seventh all-time on Northwestern's career service aces list (198). She earned her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and went on to earn her Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western University.  

The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2014 women's outdoor track & field season, highlighted by 16 top-eight finishes at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and Penn State taking home the Big Ten Championship.

NCAA Round-Up: Big Ten student-athletes earned 16 top-eight finishes at the 2014 Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., from June 11-14, en route to All-America honors. Michigan State's Leah O'Connor won the national title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, while Indiana's Kelsie Ahbe placed second in the pole vault. In the team standings, Penn State posted a 12th-place finish. For full coverage of the NCAA Championships, click HERE.

All-America Accolades: Fifty-three women's outdoor track & field student-athletes earned USTFCCCA All-America status following their performance at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. For the full list of Big Ten honorees, click HERE.

Elite Honor: For the second year in a row, Nebraska's Anne Martin was tabbed the winner of the NCAA Elite 89 award, which is awarded to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the NCAA Championships. For more on Martin's honor, click HERE.

Regional Recognition: Three schools collected regional awards from the USTFCCCA, it was announced on June 8. Student-athletes and coaches from Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State earned recognition in three different regions: Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Michigan's Erin Finn was tabbed Track Athlete of the Year in the Great Lakes Region. In the Mid-Atlantic Region, Penn State's Beth Alford-Sullivan was named Coach of the Year, while fellow Nittany Lion Randy Bungard collected Assistant Coach of the Year honors. In the Midwest Region, Nebraska's Carrie Lane also earned Assistant Coach of the Year laurels. For more on the USTFCCCA awards, click HERE.

And The Awards Go To: The Big Ten Conference announced the 2014 Big Ten women's outdoor track & field individual award winners on May 20th. Michigan's Erin Finn was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year, Track Athlete of the Championships and Freshman of the Year, while Purdue's Dani Bunch was tabbed Field Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Championships. Penn State head coach Beth Alford-Sullivan was named Coach of the Year by her peers. Click HERE for more on the conference's end of the year awards.

We Are The Champions: The Penn State women's team won the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Sunday at Rankin Track & Field in West Lafayette, Ind. The Nittany Lions posted four individual crowns and one relay title to claim the championship. The championship marks Penn State's second consecutive and fifth in the last seven years. Penn State totaled 136 points en route to the championship on the strength of first-place finishes from Brittney Howell (heptathlon), Melissa Kurzdorfer (hammer throw), Mahagony Jones (200-meter dash), Kiah Seymour (400-meter hurdles) and the 4x400-meter relay team made up of Jones, Seymour, Dynasty McGee and Tichina Rhoades. For more on the Big Ten Championships, click HERE and HERE.

The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2014 men's outdoor track & field season, highlighted by 15 top-eight finishes at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and Wisconsin taking home the Big Ten Championship.

NCAA Round-Up: Big Ten student-athletes earned 15 top-eight finishes at the 2014 Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., from June 11-14, en route to All-America honors. Nebraska's Miles Ukaoma won the national title in the 400-meter hurdles, while Minnesota's Wally Ellenson placed second in the high jump. In the team standings, Wisconsin tied for ninth place. For full coverage of the NCAA Championships, click HERE.

All-America Accolades: Sixty-three men's outdoor track & field student-athletes earned USTFCCCA All-America status following their performance at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. For the full list of Big Ten honorees, click HERE.

Elite Honor: For the second year in a row, Nebraska's John Welk was tabbed the winner of the NCAA Elite 89 award, which is awarded to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the NCAA Championships. For more on Welk's honor, click HERE.

Regional Recognition: Four schools collected regional awards from the USTFCCCA, it was announced on June 8. Student-athletes and coaches from Illinois, Nebraska, Penn State and Purdue earned recognition in three different regions: Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Purdue's Raheem Mostert was tabbed Track Athlete of the Year, while Boilermaker head coach Lonnie Greene was named Coach of the Year in the Great Lakes Region. Illinois' Mike Turk also collected Coach of the Year honors, while Nebraska's Billy Maxwell and Penn State's Kevin Kelly earned Assistant Coach of the Year recognition. For more on the USTFCCCA awards, click HERE.

And The Awards Go To: The Big Ten Conference announced the 2014 Big Ten men's outdoor track & field individual award winners on May 20th. Wisconsin's Mohammed Ahmed was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year, while Purdue's Raheem Mostert claimed Track Athlete of the Championships honors. Penn State's Darrell Hill was tabbed Field Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Championships and Minnesota's Trevor Yedoni earned Freshman of the Year laurels. Badger head coach Mick Byrne was named Coach of the Year by his peers. Click HERE for more on the conference's end of the year awards.

Big Ten Champion Badgers: Wisconsin claimed the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 18th at Rankin Track & Field in West Lafayette, Ind. The Badgers posted three individual crowns en route to their second title in the last three years and 26th overall. Wisconsin totaled 121 points to claim the championship on the strength of first-place finishes from Mohammed Ahmed (5,000-meter run), Reed Connor (10,000-meter run) and Zach Ziemek (decathlon). Wisconsin claimed the top three spots in both the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs, as Connor and Malachy Schrobilgen followed Ahmed in the 5,000-meters and Ahmed and VanVoorhis finished behind Connor in the 10,000-meters. For more on the Big Ten Championships, click HERE and HERE.

116 Student-Athletes Earn USTFCCCA All-America Status

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116 Big Ten student-athletes earned USTFCCCA All-American status following the conclusion of the NCAA Outdoor Championships this past weekend. Below is the complete list of conference honorees.

First Team
Men
Keith Brown, IOWA
James Harrington, IOWA
Tevin-Cee Mincy, IOWA
O'Shea Wilson, IOWA
Mason Ferlic, MICH
Wally Ellenson, MINN
Zach Siegmeier, MINN
John Simons, MINN
Jake Bender, NEB
Levi Gipson, NEB
Patrick Raedler, NEB
Cody Rush, NEB
Miles Ukaoma, NEB
Drew Wiseman, NEB
Chad Wright, NEB
Robert Cardina, PSU
Steve Waithe, PSU
Mohammed Ahmed, WIS
Michael Lihrman, WIS
Zach Ziemek, WIS

Women
Kelsie Ahbe, IND
Sydney Clute, IND
Zinnia Miller, IOWA
Erin Finn, MICH
Brook Handler, MICH
Leah O'Connor, MSU
Ellie Ewere, NEB
Maggie Malone, NEB
Jazmin McCoy, NEB
Ashlee Abraham, OSU
Aaliyah Barnes, OSU
Aliyah Everson, OSU
Chesna Sykes, OSU
Mahagony Jones, PSU
Laura Loht, PSU
Dynasty McGee, PSU
Tichina Rhodes, PSU
Kiah Seymour, PSU
Dani Bunch, PUR

Second Team
Men
Kenneth Allen, ILL
Joe McAsey, ILL
Stephon Pamilton, ILL
Brandon Stryganek, ILL
DJ Zahn, ILL
Rorey Hunter, IND
Babatunde Amosu, IOWA
Gabe Hull, IOWA
Derek Sievers, MICH
Kurt Schneider, MSU
Dominique Howard, MINN
Jon Lehman, MINN
Jodi-Rae Blackwood, NEB
Mate Koroknai, NEB
Tibor Koroknai, NEB
Dexter McKenzie, NEB
Tim Thompson, NEB
John Welk, NEB
Armand Austin, OSU
Lamar Bruton, OSU
Timothy Faust, OSU
Jordan Rispress, OSU
Javon Walker, OSU
Darrell Hill, PSU
Brannon Kidder, PSU
Brian Leap, PSU
Tyler Askew, PUR
Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, PUR
Eric Harris, PUR
Andrew Kendrick, PUR
Raheem Mostert, PUR
Alex Brill, WIS

Women
Jesica Ejesieme, ILL
Kyla Buckley, IND
Brittany Brown, IOWA
Elexis Guster, IOWA
Montayla Holder, IOWA
Lake Kwaza, IOWA
Aaron Howell, MICH
Cindy Ofili, MICH
Tori Franklin, MSU
Rachele Schulist, MSU
Devin Stanford, MINN
Veronica Grizzle, NEB
Annie Jackson, NEB
Anne Martin, NEB
Alexis Franklin, OSU
Evonne Britton, PSU
Brittney Howell, PSU
Melissa Kurzdorfer, PSU
Bre'Anna Smith, PUR
Georgia Ellenwood, WIS
Molly Hanson, WIS

Honorable Mention
Men
Cam Viney, ILL
Matthew Schwartzer, IND
Morsi Rayyan, MICH
Antonio James, MSU
Will Lohman, NEB
Sean Pille, NEB
Donovan Robertson, OSU
Matt Fischer, PSU
Caleb Fricke, PUR
Jake Waterman PUR
Danny Block, WIS

Women
Alex Leptich, MICH
Te'Shon Adderly, MINN
Megan Geyen, MINN
Titania Markland, MINN
Jessica Waldvogel, MINN
Mollie Gribbin, NEB
Carlie Pinkelman, NEB
Tierra Williams, NEB
Katie Borchers, OSU
Tori Gerlach, PSU
Aarin Jones, PUR
Taylor Morrison, PUR
Kari Shoolbraid, PUR

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Nebraska Duo Sweeps NCAA Elite 89 Award

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Nebraska senior Anne Martin and junior John Welk were honored by the NCAA at the Outdoor Championships on Friday with the NCAA Elite 89 Award. Both Martin and Welk earned the award for being the female and male athletes competing at the outdoor championships with the highest GPA. The honors marked a complete sweep of the prestigious award for Nebraska among the entire NCAA Championship field. It also the second year in a row the duo has claimed the honor.

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Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Wisconsin

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During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature the University of Wisconsin.

Morgan Shields (2004, women's volleyball)
A 2004 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Shields was a four-year letterwinner for Wisconsin, leading the Badgers to two Big Ten Championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances. Shield, who was a setter, ranks first in Wisconsin history in assists per set (12.82) and fourth in total assists (4,076). She is also tied for third in service aces per set (0.35). Shields was tabbed a third-team All-American in 2002 and an Academic All-District pick in 2003. The Watertown, Wis., native was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Following graduation, Shields played professionally in Sweden and Portugal. In 2004, she played and served as the head coach with Katrineholms VK and in 2005, she competed with Club Academio VC.

Kirk Penney (2003, men's basketball)
Penney, who received Wisconsin's Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2003, was the first Badger to earn back-to-back first-team All-Big Ten honors (2002-03) since 1951-52. In 2002, Penney helped Wisconsin clinch a share of its first Big Ten title in 55 years, and he was just the fifth Badger to earn unanimous first-team honors since 1948. He currently ranks second at Wisconsin in career three-point field goals made (217) and attempted (561), ninth in points (1,454) and 10th in field goals made (503). The Auckland, New Zealand, native also ranks first in school history in total NCAA Tournament games (11). A four-year letterwinner, Penney earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2002 and was named an Associated Press honorable mention All-American in 2003. Penney played two seasons in the NBA with the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers and currently plays for Trabzonspor of the Turkish Basketball League.

Erin Byrd (2003, women's volleyball)
Awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2003, Erin Byrd was a four-year letterwinner for the Badgers, leading Wisconsin in digs each season she competed. She helped lead her team to a pair of Big Ten Championships (2001-02) and four NCAA Tournament berths. She is one of just five Badgers to record more than 1,000 digs and 1,000 kills in her career. The outside hitter was a second-team AVCA All-American (2002), a two-time All-Big Ten selection (2001-02), a Big Ten All-Freshman Team pick (1999) and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2000-02). The Glen Ellyn, Ill., native tops the Badger record book in consecutive matches played (133) and is fourth in digs (1,397), fifth in digs per set (3.02) and eighth in service aces (120). Following her collegiate career, Byrd played professionally for six years before earning a master's degree in business administration from Wisconsin.

Mike Kelley (2001, men's basketball)
Mike Kelley, the 1999 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2001. The Menomonee Falls, Wis., native was an integral part of the Badgers' 2000 Final Four Team, earning All-Region honors during the tournament that season. He still holds Wisconsin's all-time record in career steals with 275, a mark that also ranks third in the Big Ten career record books. Kelley was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, collecting the honor in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Katie Voigt (1998, women's basketball)
Katie Voigt, a 1998 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, led Wisconsin to three NCAA Tournament appearances (1995, 96, 98) during her career. She was tabbed first-team All-Big Ten in 1998 and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors three times. The education and mathematics major was also a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree in 1996. Voigt ranks among the Badgers' career leaders in numerous categories, including: first in free throw percentage (.831), second in three-point field goals (234), seventh in assists (373) and three-point field goal percentage (.358), and eighth in points (1,576). Following her collegiate career, she played professionally overseas before returning to the U.S., where she joined Athletes in Action, the sports ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ.

John Byce (1990, men's ice hockey)
John Byce, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1990, tallied 165 points in 169 career games at Wisconsin. This included a hat trick in the 1990 NCAA championship game, which the Badgers won 7-3 en route to their fifth national title. Within a week of that contest, Byce was playing for the Boston Bruins, helping the team reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 1990. A native of Madison, Wis., Byce played professionally through the 1999-00 season before moving into the corporate real estate business.

Tim Hacker (1986, cross country)
Hacker led the Badgers to NCAA cross country titles in 1982 and 1985, winning the individual title in the latter year. He extended his running career long enough to win a U.S. cross country title at age 35 in 1997. Hacker became a senior scientist in Wisconsin's School of Medicine and director of the school's Cardiovascular Physiology Core Laboratory.

Cathy Branta and John Easker (1985, men's and women's track & field)
Big Ten Medal of Honor winners share a special bond, none more than Wisconsin's 1985 winners, Cathy Branta and John Easker. Branta and Easker were an engaged couple when they ran on the Badgers' cross country and track & field teams, both producing illustrious careers. Branta won 11 Big Ten track & field titles, was a three-time cross country champion (1982-84) and the conference's first national champion in cross country (1984). Easker was a four-time Big Ten track & field title winner and the 1983 conference cross country champion. The couple is married and operates a dairy farm outside of Wausau, Wis.

Ann French (1982, badminton)
The lone badminton player to be honored, Wisconsin's Ann French won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1982. As a freshman, French was honored with the Broderick Award, given annually to the "outstanding collegiate competitor in badminton." In 1980-81 and 1981-82, French and teammate Claire Allison won the AIAW national doubles title. The Elmhurst, Ill., native was also a four-time All-American.

Mike Eaves (1978, men's ice hockey)
Mike Eaves, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1978, is Wisconsin's career points leader with 267 points (94 goals, 173 assists) in 160 career games. A two-time first-team All-American, Eaves was a three-year captain for the Badgers, leading the squad to the 1977 NCAA title. He went on to record 226 points in 324 career games in the NHL before moving into the coaching profession. Eaves took the helm at his alma mater in 2002 and helped the Badgers claim their sixth NCAA crown in 2006. Eaves talked about what winning the Big Ten Medal of Honor meant to him at the inaugural Big Ten Men's Hockey Tournament this year, which his Badgers won. [insert video from Weber]

Douglas R. McFadyen (1970, men's ice hockey)
Douglas R. McFadyen, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1970, captained Wisconsin to its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth at the conclusion of the 1969-70 season. The Calgary, Alberta, native skated in 98 games for the Badgers, tallying 82 points on 15 goals and 67 assists from the blue line. A three-time letterwinner, McFadyen led the team's defensemen in points in 1967-68 (35 points) and 1969-70 (16 points).

Pat Richter (1963, football)
A three-sport standout in football, basketball and baseball, Pat Richter earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1963. He was a consensus All-American in 1962, leading Wisconsin to the Big Ten Championship and the Rose Bowl Game. Also that season, he was an Academic All-American and was part of the Academic All-America Hall of Fame Class of 1995. He played for the Washington Redskins from 1963-70 after being selected in the first round of the 1963 NFL Draft. Richter later assumed the role of director of athletics at Wisconsin, serving from 1989-2004. His name appears on the Big Ten's Richter-Howard Wide Receiver of the Year trophy.

As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Wisconsin announced that Reed Connor from the track & field and cross country team and Mary Massei of the softball team have been named Wisconsin's 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients.

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100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 97

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Father/Son duo
Purdue's Robbie Hummel was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2012, while his father, Glenn, won the award in 1976 while playing tennis for Illinois. The younger Hummel was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, finishing his collegiate career with 1,772 points, 862 rebounds and 268 assists. The three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree was Purdue's first-ever Senior CLASS Award winner, while he also helped lead Team USA to the bronze medal at the 2009 World University Games. As for Robbie's father, Glenn was a four-year letterwinner for the Illini, earning All-Big Ten distinction his senior season. He was just the second Illinois men's tennis player to earn the Big Ten Medal of Honor.