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Nine Big Ten men's and women's track & field and cross country student-athletes earned Capital One Academic All-America distinction, the organization announced Thursday. The complete list of Big Ten Academic All-America award recipients can be found below.

Men's Capital One Academic All-America
First Team
Reed Connor, Wisconsin
Levi Gipson, Nebraska

Second Team
Cody Rush, Nebraska

Third Team
Timothy Faust, Ohio State
Mason Ferlic, Michigan
Caleb Rhynard, Michigan State

Women's Capital One Academic All-America
First Team
Anne Martin, Nebraska

Second Team
Kiley Tobel, Michigan

Third Team
Kelsie Ahbe, Indiana

For the complete release, click here.

Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Wisconsin

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During the Big Ten's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, the conference will be featuring "Medal of Honor Mondays" for 12 consecutive weeks, which will highlight a number of Medal of Honor winners from each school. This week, we feature the University of Wisconsin.

Morgan Shields (2004, women's volleyball)
A 2004 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Shields was a four-year letterwinner for Wisconsin, leading the Badgers to two Big Ten Championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances. Shield, who was a setter, ranks first in Wisconsin history in assists per set (12.82) and fourth in total assists (4,076). She is also tied for third in service aces per set (0.35). Shields was tabbed a third-team All-American in 2002 and an Academic All-District pick in 2003. The Watertown, Wis., native was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Following graduation, Shields played professionally in Sweden and Portugal. In 2004, she played and served as the head coach with Katrineholms VK and in 2005, she competed with Club Academio VC.

Kirk Penney (2003, men's basketball)
Penney, who received Wisconsin's Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2003, was the first Badger to earn back-to-back first-team All-Big Ten honors (2002-03) since 1951-52. In 2002, Penney helped Wisconsin clinch a share of its first Big Ten title in 55 years, and he was just the fifth Badger to earn unanimous first-team honors since 1948. He currently ranks second at Wisconsin in career three-point field goals made (217) and attempted (561), ninth in points (1,454) and 10th in field goals made (503). The Auckland, New Zealand, native also ranks first in school history in total NCAA Tournament games (11). A four-year letterwinner, Penney earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2002 and was named an Associated Press honorable mention All-American in 2003. Penney played two seasons in the NBA with the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers and currently plays for Trabzonspor of the Turkish Basketball League.

Erin Byrd (2003, women's volleyball)
Awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2003, Erin Byrd was a four-year letterwinner for the Badgers, leading Wisconsin in digs each season she competed. She helped lead her team to a pair of Big Ten Championships (2001-02) and four NCAA Tournament berths. She is one of just five Badgers to record more than 1,000 digs and 1,000 kills in her career. The outside hitter was a second-team AVCA All-American (2002), a two-time All-Big Ten selection (2001-02), a Big Ten All-Freshman Team pick (1999) and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2000-02). The Glen Ellyn, Ill., native tops the Badger record book in consecutive matches played (133) and is fourth in digs (1,397), fifth in digs per set (3.02) and eighth in service aces (120). Following her collegiate career, Byrd played professionally for six years before earning a master's degree in business administration from Wisconsin.

Mike Kelley (2001, men's basketball)
Mike Kelley, the 1999 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2001. The Menomonee Falls, Wis., native was an integral part of the Badgers' 2000 Final Four Team, earning All-Region honors during the tournament that season. He still holds Wisconsin's all-time record in career steals with 275, a mark that also ranks third in the Big Ten career record books. Kelley was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, collecting the honor in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Katie Voigt (1998, women's basketball)
Katie Voigt, a 1998 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, led Wisconsin to three NCAA Tournament appearances (1995, 96, 98) during her career. She was tabbed first-team All-Big Ten in 1998 and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors three times. The education and mathematics major was also a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree in 1996. Voigt ranks among the Badgers' career leaders in numerous categories, including: first in free throw percentage (.831), second in three-point field goals (234), seventh in assists (373) and three-point field goal percentage (.358), and eighth in points (1,576). Following her collegiate career, she played professionally overseas before returning to the U.S., where she joined Athletes in Action, the sports ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ.

John Byce (1990, men's ice hockey)
John Byce, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1990, tallied 165 points in 169 career games at Wisconsin. This included a hat trick in the 1990 NCAA championship game, which the Badgers won 7-3 en route to their fifth national title. Within a week of that contest, Byce was playing for the Boston Bruins, helping the team reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 1990. A native of Madison, Wis., Byce played professionally through the 1999-00 season before moving into the corporate real estate business.

Tim Hacker (1986, cross country)
Hacker led the Badgers to NCAA cross country titles in 1982 and 1985, winning the individual title in the latter year. He extended his running career long enough to win a U.S. cross country title at age 35 in 1997. Hacker became a senior scientist in Wisconsin's School of Medicine and director of the school's Cardiovascular Physiology Core Laboratory.

Cathy Branta and John Easker (1985, men's and women's track & field)
Big Ten Medal of Honor winners share a special bond, none more than Wisconsin's 1985 winners, Cathy Branta and John Easker. Branta and Easker were an engaged couple when they ran on the Badgers' cross country and track & field teams, both producing illustrious careers. Branta won 11 Big Ten track & field titles, was a three-time cross country champion (1982-84) and the conference's first national champion in cross country (1984). Easker was a four-time Big Ten track & field title winner and the 1983 conference cross country champion. The couple is married and operates a dairy farm outside of Wausau, Wis.

Ann French (1982, badminton)
The lone badminton player to be honored, Wisconsin's Ann French won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1982. As a freshman, French was honored with the Broderick Award, given annually to the "outstanding collegiate competitor in badminton." In 1980-81 and 1981-82, French and teammate Claire Allison won the AIAW national doubles title. The Elmhurst, Ill., native was also a four-time All-American.

Mike Eaves (1978, men's ice hockey)
Mike Eaves, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1978, is Wisconsin's career points leader with 267 points (94 goals, 173 assists) in 160 career games. A two-time first-team All-American, Eaves was a three-year captain for the Badgers, leading the squad to the 1977 NCAA title. He went on to record 226 points in 324 career games in the NHL before moving into the coaching profession. Eaves took the helm at his alma mater in 2002 and helped the Badgers claim their sixth NCAA crown in 2006. Eaves talked about what winning the Big Ten Medal of Honor meant to him at the inaugural Big Ten Men's Hockey Tournament this year, which his Badgers won. [insert video from Weber]

Douglas R. McFadyen (1970, men's ice hockey)
Douglas R. McFadyen, who earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1970, captained Wisconsin to its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth at the conclusion of the 1969-70 season. The Calgary, Alberta, native skated in 98 games for the Badgers, tallying 82 points on 15 goals and 67 assists from the blue line. A three-time letterwinner, McFadyen led the team's defensemen in points in 1967-68 (35 points) and 1969-70 (16 points).

Pat Richter (1963, football)
A three-sport standout in football, basketball and baseball, Pat Richter earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1963. He was a consensus All-American in 1962, leading Wisconsin to the Big Ten Championship and the Rose Bowl Game. Also that season, he was an Academic All-American and was part of the Academic All-America Hall of Fame Class of 1995. He played for the Washington Redskins from 1963-70 after being selected in the first round of the 1963 NFL Draft. Richter later assumed the role of director of athletics at Wisconsin, serving from 1989-2004. His name appears on the Big Ten's Richter-Howard Wide Receiver of the Year trophy.

As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Wisconsin announced that Reed Connor from the track & field and cross country team and Mary Massei of the softball team have been named Wisconsin's 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients.

For the complete release, click here.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 33

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NCAA Individual Champions
At least 96 Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have been crowned NCAA individual champions during their career, which includes athletes in the sports of men's and women's cross country, men's and women's fencing, men's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's tennis, men's and women's track & field and wrestling. Men's track & field and wrestling have both produced over 20 national champion Medal of Honor winners.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 27

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Big Ten Individual Champions
At least 280 Medal of Honor recipients have been crowned individual Big Ten Champions during their careers. Two men's cross country runners were victorious each year they competed - Illinois' Craig Virgin (1977) and Michigan's Kevin Sullivan (1998), while Iowa's Ed Banach (1983) took home four straight wrestling crowns. Wisconsin's Kathy Butler (1997) was a 16-time Big Ten Champion in track & field, while Michigan's Carl Johnson (1920) was an eight-time winner in his day. Indiana swimmer Gary Hall (1973) won 10 conference titles and Michigan gymnast Beth Wymer (1995) earned 15 crowns.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 23

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At least 579 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients have been a part of teams that have won Big Ten Championships, including at least 44 who won conference titles all four years they competed. Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have won four straight crowns in the sports of men's basketball, men's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's and women's tennis, men's track & field and wrestling.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 3

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Big Ten Medal of Honor winners share a special bond, none more than Wisconsin's 1985 winners, Cathy Branta and John Easker. Branta and Easker were an engaged couple when they ran on the Badgers' cross country and track & field teams, both producing illustrious careers. Branta won 11 Big Ten track & field titles, was a three-time cross country champion (1982-84) and the conference's first national champion in cross country (1984). Easker was a four-time Big Ten track & field title winner and the 1983 conference cross country champion. Both still hold Big Ten records, Branta in the 1,500-meter run and two-mile run and Easker in the 10,000-meter run. Nowadays, the couple is married and operate a dairy farm outside Wausau, Wis.

Big Ten Men's Cross Country Season in Review

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The 2013 Big Ten men's cross country season came to a close with three teams and four individual participants competing in the NCAA Championships, including two Big Ten squads placing in the top 10. Big Ten Champion Indiana finished eighth at the championships, pacing two Hoosiers in the top 50, while Wisconsin followed in ninth and Michigan in 21st. The Big Ten was led by Michigan's Mason Ferlic, who placed 22nd individually, followed by Big Ten Athlete of the Year Malachy Schrobilgen and Alex Brill of Wisconsin. Ferlic and Schrobilgen, joined by Michigan State's Caleb Rhynard and Purdue's Matthew McClintock, all earned All-America honors.

Big Ten Cross Country Championships Roundup: Indiana won its first Big Ten Men's Cross Country Championship since 1980 after placing four runners in the top 10 at the Boilermaker Cross Country Course. Jason Crist placed fifth individually and was the first Hoosier to cross the 8,000-meter (8K) finish line in a time of 24:24.9. Wisconsin's Malachy Schrobilgen finished first individually, finishing the race in 24:16.9. For the full Big Ten Championships recap and a list of All-Big Ten honorees, click here.

All-Region Honorees: Twenty-three Big Ten men's cross country runners were named All-Region honorees after placing in the top 25 individually at their respective regional championships. Indiana led the way with six runners, while five from Wisconsin, four from Michigan, two from Minnesota and one runner each from Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue were named to the team. For the complete list of Big Ten All-Region honorees, click here. 

Big Ten Postseason Awards: The Big Ten Conference announced the individual award winners for the 2013 men's cross country season on Nov. 6. Wisconsin's Malachy Schrobilgen was selected as the Big Ten Athlete of the Year and also claimed Freshman of the Year honors after winning the individual title at the Big Ten Men's Cross Country Championships. Indiana head coach Ron Helmer was named Big Ten Coach of the Year after guiding the Hoosiers to their first Big Ten title since 1980. For more on the individual Big Ten award winners, click here.

Head of the Class: Following the conclusion of the fall season, the Big Ten recognized a total of 869 fall sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 75 men's cross country runners. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. At least 20 student-athletes maintained unblemished cumulative GPAs, including men's cross country runners Amir Alwan of Wisconsin and Garret Zuk from Michigan State. For the complete Academic All-Big Ten release, click here.

NCAA Cross Country Championships Results

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Three Big Ten men's cross country teams raced in the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday, with two teams earning top 10 finishes. Indiana, which was paced by Evan Esselink (30:51.9) and Jason Crist (30:53.9), placed eighth with 306 points. Wisconsin finished ninth with 326 points and was led by Big Ten Athlete of the Year Malachy Schrobilgen (30:39.1) and Alex Brill (30:50.6). Michigan was paced by Mason Ferlic (30:32.8) and Mark Beams (31:13.2), finishing 21st with 433 points. Ferlic was the first Big Ten finisher at the championships, placing 22nd individually.

Six women's cross country squads competed in the NCAA Cross Country Championships, with two teams finishing in the top 10. Michigan finished fourth with 215 points and was led by Big Ten Athlete of the Year Erin Finn (20:40.3) and Shannon Osika (20:56.6). Finn was the first Big Ten finisher at the championships, placing 30th individually. Michigan State, which was paced by Leah O'Connor (20:49.1) and Rachele Schulist (20:53.9), placed sixth with 236 points. Minnesota placed 20th at the competition with 406 points and was led by Laura Docherty (20:58.2) and Maggie Bollig (21:22.4). Wisconsin's Emma-Lisa Murphy (20:42.8) and Sarah Disanza (21:20.5) helped the Badgers place 21st with 489 points. Penn State finished 25th with 640 points and was led by Emily Giannotti (21:23.2) and Leigha Anderson (21:38.5). Indiana's Samantha Ginther (21:13.8) and Amanda Behnke (21:33.9) helped the Hoosiers place 26th with 673 points.

For official men's results, click here.

For official women's results, click here.

Three Teams Ranked in Latest Top 30 Poll

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The USTFCCCA men's cross country top 30 poll was released on Tuesday, with three Big Ten teams earning recognition. Michigan checked in at No. 13, followed by No. 17 Wisconsin and No. 20 Indiana. The three teams will compete in the NCAA Championships on Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind., with the men's 10K race beginning at Noon ET.

Click here for the full poll.