The 2011 men's cross country season saw the first NCAA Champion hailing from the Big Ten since 2005, as Wisconsin took home its fifth national title at the NCAA Championships. Four of the five Badger scorers earned All-America status to lead Wisconsin to the crown, while all five competing Big Ten teams placed in the top 25 at the season-concluding meet. Indiana followed Wisconsin in the top 10, placing seventh, while Minnesota took 16th, Michigan finished 20th and Ohio State landed in 23rd.
Big Ten Hauls in Regional, National Awards: The Big Ten brought home several national and regional awards, headlined by Wisconsin head coach Mick Byrne's National Coach of the Year award. Indiana's Andy Bayer, Minnesota's Hassan Mead, and Wisconsin's Mohammed Ahmed, Ryan Collins, Reed Connor, Maverick Darling and Elliot Krause were honored as All-Americans based on their NCAA Championships finish, while Mead also collected Midwest Region Athlete of the Year and Byrne collecting Midwest Region Coach of the Year laurels. Additionally, 26 Big Ten runners earned All-Region status by virtue of their top-25 finish at their respective regionals. For complete regional results, click here.
Big Ten Championships Roundup: Wisconsin took home its 13th consecutive Big Ten Championship, posting the second-lowest team score (17) in conference history en route to the team's 45th overall title. Mohammed Ahmed led the Badgers, placing first individually with a Big Ten record 8K time of 23:18. For the full Big Ten Championships recap and a list of All-Big Ten honorees, click here.
Big Ten Postseason Awards: After posting a record-setting time at the Big Ten Championships, Wisconsin's Mohammed Ahmed was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year. Badger head coach Mick Byrne collected his fourth straight Coach of the Year honor, while Michigan State's David Madrigal took home Freshman of the Year laurels.