The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2014 women's outdoor track & field season, highlighted by 16 top-eight finishes at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and Penn State taking home the Big Ten Championship.
NCAA Round-Up: Big Ten student-athletes earned 16 top-eight finishes at the 2014 Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., from June 11-14, en route to All-America honors. Michigan State's Leah O'Connor won the national title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, while Indiana's Kelsie Ahbe placed second in the pole vault. In the team standings, Penn State posted a 12th-place finish. For full coverage of the NCAA Championships, click HERE.
All-America Accolades: Fifty-three women'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 Anne Martin 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 Martin's honor, click HERE.
Regional Recognition: Three schools collected regional awards from the USTFCCCA, it was announced on June 8. Student-athletes and coaches from Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State earned recognition in three different regions: Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Michigan's Erin Finn was tabbed Track Athlete of the Year in the Great Lakes Region. In the Mid-Atlantic Region, Penn State's Beth Alford-Sullivan was named Coach of the Year, while fellow Nittany Lion Randy Bungard collected Assistant Coach of the Year honors. In the Midwest Region, Nebraska's Carrie Lane also earned Assistant Coach of the Year laurels. For more on the USTFCCCA awards, click HERE.
And The Awards Go To: The Big Ten Conference announced the 2014 Big Ten women's outdoor track & field individual award winners on May 20th. Michigan's Erin Finn was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year, Track Athlete of the Championships and Freshman of the Year, while Purdue's Dani Bunch was tabbed Field Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Championships. Penn State head coach Beth Alford-Sullivan was named Coach of the Year by her peers. Click HERE for more on the conference's end of the year awards.
We Are The Champions: The Penn State women's team won the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Sunday at Rankin Track & Field in West Lafayette, Ind. The Nittany Lions posted four individual crowns and one relay title to claim the championship. The championship marks Penn State's second consecutive and fifth in the last seven years. Penn State totaled 136 points en route to the championship on the strength of first-place finishes from Brittney Howell (heptathlon), Melissa Kurzdorfer (hammer throw), Mahagony Jones (200-meter dash), Kiah Seymour (400-meter hurdles) and the 4x400-meter relay team made up of Jones, Seymour, Dynasty McGee and Tichina Rhoades. For more on the Big Ten Championships, click HERE and HERE.