Big Ten Men's Indoor Track & Field Season in Review

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The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2011-12 Indoor Track & Field season capped by five top-five finishes on the final day of the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho. Indiana's Darius King and Wisconsin's Japheth Cato placed second in the high jump (2.23 meters) and heptathlon (6,082), respectively, while Penn State's Aaron Nadolsky, Brandon Bennett-Green, Casimir Loxsom and Brady Gehret recorded a time of 3:05.31 to finish second in the 1,600 relay. Illinois senior Andrew Riley finished one tenth of a second off the leader to place second in the 60 meter dash (6.57).

Sixty-five Big Ten student-athletes from all 11 indoor track & field squads represented the conference in Nampa, Idaho. The complete list can be found by clicking here.

All-America Awards: Fifty-Three Big Ten men's track & field student-athletes earned All-America recognition for their performance at the NCAA Championships. Click here to see the list of recipients.

Where We Rank: Seven Big Ten teams appeared in the final USTFCCCA National Rankings released on March 6, led by No. 8 Minnesota. Indiana checked in at No. 14, followed by No. 15 Ohio State and No. 19 Nebraska. Wisconsin appeared at No. 22, Illinois was No. 23 and Penn State was No. 24 in the rankings.

Best in the Region: Indiana, Minnesota, Penn State and Wisconsin earned USTFCCCA Regional awards, as announced on Monday, March 5. Indiana's Andrew Bayer (Great Lakes), Minnesota's Harun Abda (Midwest) and Penn State's Robby Creese (Mid-Atlantic) were tabbed Track Athlete of the Year for their respective regions. Wisconsin sophomore Japheth Cato (Great Lakes) took home Field Athlete of the Year honors, while Indiana head coach Ron Helmer was tabbed Coach of the Year. Additionally, two assistant coaches were honored as the Hoosier's Jeff Huntoon and the Gopher's Paul Thornton took home Assistant Coach of the Year accolades. For the complete release, click here.

Hoosiers Take Home the Crown: Four individual champions and two second-place finishes led Indiana to the 2012 Big Ten Men's Indoor Track and Field Championship on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the University of Nebraska. The title marked the 16th conference crown for the Hoosiers, and the first since the 1992 season.

The Hoosiers tallied 104 points over the weekend, followed by Minnesota with 100 points to finish second overall. Nebraska came in third with 99 points, followed by Ohio State (94.33) and Wisconsin (75 points) to round out the top five. To see the recap, click here.

All-Big Ten and Individual Award Winners: The Big Ten Conference office announced on Tuesday, Feb. 28,  the 2012 All-Big Ten men's indoor track and field teams and individual award winners. Highlighting the list, Minnesota junior Harun Abda was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year, and Wisconsin sophomore Japheth Cato earned the nod as Field Athlete of the Year. Abda and Indiana's Andrew Bayer shared Track Athlete of the Championships laurels, while Cato was named Field Athlete of the Championships. Penn State's Robby Creese was tabbed Freshman of the Year by the conference coaches, while Indiana head coach Ron Helmer was named Coach of the Year by his peers. For the complete release, click here.

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