Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Season in Review

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The Big Ten recorded 40 top-eight finishes at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., highlighted by individual titles from Illinois' Ashley Spencer (400) and Indiana's Derek Drouin (high jump). Nebraska's Chad Wright and Penn State's Casimir Loxsom placed second in the discus and 800-meter run, respectively, while Michigan State's Beth Rohl (discus), Ohio State's Mike Hartfield (long jump), Penn State's Brannon Kidder (800) and Purdue's Geoff Davis (high jump) finished third in their respective events. In the team standings, the Illini women and Nittany Lion men both placed 14th overall. For a complete recap, click HERE.

Elite Status: Nebraska's Anne Martin and John Welk were honored at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships with the NCAA Elite 89 Award. Martin and Welk earned the honor for being the male and female student-athletes with the highest GPA at the championships. For the complete release, click HERE.

All-Americans: Over 100 Big Ten student-athletes earned USTFCCCA All-America honors following their performance at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. For the complete list, click HERE.

Regional Honorees: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Penn State were awarded Regional Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year honors. For the complete list, click HERE.

Big Ten Individual Honors: On the men's side, Iowa senior Justin Austin was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Track Athlete of the Championships, while Indiana senior Derek Drouin was tabbed Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and Ohio State senior Michael Hartfield earned Field Athlete of the Championships accolades. Ohio State's Bill Stanley was named Freshman of the Year by the conference coaches, while Nebraska head coach Gary Pepin was tabbed Coach of the Year by his peers. On the women's side, Illinois sophomore Ashley Spencer was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Track Athlete of the Championships, while Nebraska senior Mara Griva earned the nod as Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the Championships. Ohio State's Alexis Franklin was tabbed Freshman of the Year by the conference coaches, while Nittany Lions' head coach Beth Alford-Sullivan was named Coach of the Year by her peers. The men's release can be found HERE, while the women's release can be seen HERE.

Nebraska Men, Penn State Women Take Home Big Ten Title:
The Nebraska men and Penn State women won the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. To read about Nebraska, click HERE. The Penn State release can be found HERE.


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