Big Ten Women's Outdoor Track & Field Season in Review

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Academic All-Americans: Ten Big Ten student-athletes were named to the Capital One Academic All-America Track & Field/Cross Country Team, as announced on June 21. To be eligible for All-America recognition, student-athletes must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a 3.30 GPA, and have reached sophomore academic and athletic standings at his or her institution. The complete list of Big Ten recipients can be found HERE.

Manning's B1G Year: Ohio State's Christina Manning was named the Suzy Favor Female Athlete of the Year, the conference office announced on June 18. After winning two national championships this past season, Manning completed her Ohio State track career as one of the program's most decorated athletes. The Waldorf, Md., native leaves the Buckeye program as an 11-time All-American and 10-time Big Ten Champion, while also owning school records in four individual events (60- and 200-meter dash and 60- and 100-meter hurdles) and two relays (4x100-meter and sprint medley). During the indoor campaign, Manning won the 60-meter hurdles national title with the fourth-fastest time in NCAA history. At the Big Ten Indoor Championships, she won conference titles in the hurdles in meet record time and the 60-meter dash in school-record fashion. During the outdoor season, Manning placed first in the 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. In addition, she won the 100-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles titles, and was part of the victorious 4x100-meter relay squad at the Big Ten Championships. She garnered Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year accolades in the indoor and outdoor seasons. Manning is the third Buckeye to win the Suzy Favor Female Athlete of the Year award, following volleyball's Laura Davis in 1995 and basketball's Jessica Davenport in 2007. For the complete release, click HERE.

USTFCCCA All-Americans: Eighty-seven Big Ten student-athletes were named USTFCCCA All-Americans on June 12, based on their performances at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. First-team recognition is awarded to student-athletes that earn a top-eight finish at the national championships, while second-team honors are awarded to ninth to 16th place finishers. The list of Big Ten All-Americans can be found HERE.

Best in the Land: Illinois' Ashley Spencer and Ohio State's Christina Manning claimed national titles at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Spencer earned top honors in the 400-meter dash, while Manning placed first in the 100-meter hurdles. For the complete recap, click HERE.

Regional Recognition: Five Big Ten outdoor track and field teams were awarded Regional Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year honors, the USTFCCCA announced on June 4. Christina Manning (Great Lakes) was named Women's Track Athlete of the Year, and Wisconsin's Jessica Flax was tabbed Women's Field Athlete of the Year. The Buckeyes' Karen Dennis took home Women's Coach of the Year honors, and the Badgers' Nate Davis earned Women's Assistant Coach of the Year laurels. For read more, click HERE.

Medal of Honor Recipients: The Big Ten Conference office announced the 2012 Medal of Honor winners on June 7, 24 honorees from 13 different sports, with Iowa's McKenzie Melander and Nebraska's Ashley Miller receiving recognition. The Big Ten Medal of Honor was the first award in intercollegiate athletics to demonstrate support for the educational emphasis placed on athletics. It was acclaimed throughout the nation, and in particular by the NCAA "as one of the significant gestures yet made in college sports." The Big Ten Medal of Honor was expanded in 1982 to include one female student-athlete from each institution. In 2014, the conference will celebrate the 100th anniversary of this prestigious award. For the complete release, click HERE.

All-Big Ten Honors: The Big Ten Conference office announced on Tuesday, May 15, the 2012 All-Big Ten women's outdoor track and field teams and individual award winners. Highlighting the list, Ohio State senior Christina Manning was named Track Athlete of the Year and Illinois' Ashley Spencer was named Track Athlete of the Championships and Freshman of the Year. Ohio State's Alexis Thomas earned the nod as Field Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the Championships, while Buckeye head coach Karen Dennis was named Coach of the Year by her peers. For the complete release, click HERE.

Twice as Nice:
Ohio State won the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 13, earning its second consecutive Big Ten title. The Buckeyes tallied 117 points over the weekend, followed by Illinois and Nebraska (110) in a tie for second. Penn State finished fourth with 87 points and Wisconsin was fifth with 78 tallies. For the complete release, click HERE.



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