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.