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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
Reed Connor, Wisconsin
Levi Gipson, Nebraska
Cody Rush, Nebraska
Timothy Faust, Ohio State
Mason Ferlic, Michigan
Caleb Rhynard, Michigan State
Women's Capital One Academic All-America
Anne Martin, Nebraska
Kiley Tobel, Michigan
Kelsie Ahbe, Indiana
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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.
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Illinois' Tim Simon (1988, track)
The 1988 Big Ten Medal of Honor winner, Simon finished third in the 400 meters at the 1988 NCAA Championships behind two UCLA sprinters who won medals at that year's Seoul Olympics. Simon still holds the Illini record of 44.88 seconds in the 400 meters. He was tabbed Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year in 1988, the same year he was named Athlete of both the Indoor and Outdoor Championships. After graduation, Simon earned a medical degree from Howard University and has been a colon and rectal surgeon in Georgia since 2002.
Michigan's Jeff Porter (2007, track & field)
Jeff Porter, the 2007 Big Ten Medal of Honor honoree, was a three-time All-American and NCAA indoor champion in the 60-meter hurdles. He also won the national championship at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships and was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2004 after winning the 60-meter hurdles. Porter went on to win the Big Ten outdoor title in the 110-meter hurdles as a junior and a senior. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in kinesiology and reached the semifinals at the 2012 London Olympics in the 110-meter hurdles. When asked about winning the Big ten Medal of Honor, Porter said:
"When I look at the company that I'm in, that's elite company, especially when you look at those who came before me, and then my wife (track star Tiffany Ofili) won it a couple of years after I did, so that's always special. We have some really good, successful people that have received this award. I'm honored to be a member of this group."
To read more about Porter's time at Michigan and beyond, click here.
Purdue's Lawrence G. Burton, Jr. (1975, Football/Track& Field)
Sociology major and two-sport standout at Purdue, Lawrence Burton won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1975. Upon graduation, he was drafted seventh overall by the New Orleans Saints and played six seasons in the NFL. While attending Purdue, Burton participated in the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich and finished fourth in the 200 meters. He previously served as the Executive Director for the Willie Ross Foundation, a non-profit organization to enhance the quality of life for non-verbal, deaf and developmentally disabled adults.
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 Northwestern University.
Luke Donald (2001, golf)
Luke Donald has been a professional golfer on the PGA Tour since 2001. He's won five career events and is currently ranked #18 in the Official World Gold Rankings. During his time at Northwestern, Donald was a four-time All-American, the 1999 College Golfer of the Year, the 1999 NCAA individual champion, a three-time Big Ten Player of the Year, four-time All-Big Ten honoree, two-time Big Ten champion and a 13-time tournament medalist.
Pat Fitzgerald (1997, football)
Winner of the 1997 Big Ten Medal of Honor, Fitzgerald was one of the most decorated linebackers in college football history. He was a two-time consensus All-American, earning the honor as a junior in 1995 and a senior in 1996. He was the first repeat winner of the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008. Now in his seventh season as the head coach at his alma mater, Fitzgerald has guided the Wildcats to five straight bowl games, including last year's Gator Bowl victory, their first bowl win since 1949. His name graces the conference's annual Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year Award.
Michele Ratay (1997, basketball)
Michele Ratay was named an honorable mention All-American and Academic All-American in 1997, the same year she earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor. The Buffalo Grove, Ill., native ranks in the top 10 of various Northwestern categories, including first in three-point field goals (244), third in points (1,798) and free throws made (442), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.388), fifth in free throw percentage (.811) and ninth in assists (368). Ratay holds the Wildcat record for most three-pointers in a season, netting 85 in 1996. She was a two-time All-Big Ten selection (1995-96) and four-time academic All-Big Ten honoree (1994-97). Ratay led Northwestern to the WNIT final in 1996 and an NCAA Tournament berth in 1997.
Shon Morris (1988, basketball)
A 1988 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Morris is Northwestern's only three-time Academic All-American. The leading scorer for the Wildcats in 1985-86, 1986-87 and 1987-88, Morris scored 1,407 points during his career at Northwestern. Morris' 371 free throws rank fourth in program history, and his 712 rebounds are sixth all-time. A four-year letterwinner and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Morris was also a three-time Northwestern MVP and was named All-Big Ten second team in 1988. The Altoona, Iowa, native serves as both a studio host and game analyst for the Big Ten Network and regularly appears on BTN Basketball Report, Tip-Off Show and The Finale. He has been an analyst for the network's Big Ten Tournament broadcasts since 2007.
Anucha Browne (1985, basketball)
A 1985 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Browne was twice named Big Ten Player of the Year during her career (1984-85). She is the Wildcats all-time leading scorer (2,307 points) and rebounder (951) and ranks third in blocks (174) and seventh in steals (196). Browne was named a first-team All-American in 1985 and was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection (1983-85). She set the NCAA record by scoring 30 or more points in six straight games. Browne was named to the Big Ten's All-Decade team in 1992 and was inducted into the Northwestern Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993. She currently works for the NCAA as the Vice President of Women's Basketball Championships.
Lorie Miller (1984, volleyball)
A 1984 recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Northwestern's Lorie Miller was a four-time letterwinner for the Wildcats from 1980-83. Miller guided Northwestern to its first Big Ten title in her senior season, in which she was named first-team All-Big Ten. Miller ranks seventh all-time on Northwestern's career service aces list (198). She earned her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and went on to earn her Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western University.
Marty Riessen (1964, tennis)
Riessen won a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles with Austrialia's Margaret Court. He also won Grand Slam titles in men's doubles. Riessen swept Big Ten singles and doubles titles for three successive years and lost in the NCAA singles final in all of those years. He was a five-time member of the U.S. Davis Cup team.
Arthur Kraft (1960, wrestling)
Kraft won a NCAA title in the 157-pound division in 1960, one year after losing a semifinal by one point to the eventual champion. He was coached by his younger brother, Ken, who had spent three years in the military. Arthur Kraft coached for 19 years at Triton College and won three national junior college championships.
Andy Cvercko (1959, football)
Cvercko played for Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers before becoming an engineer. He researched nuclear magnetic resonance at Argonne National Laboratories. In his senior year at Northwestern in 1958, Cvercko was tabbed a first-team All-American and Academic All-American. He was also a first-team All-Big Ten pick and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
William Droegemueller (1928, track)
He won a silver medal in the pole vault at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. He served in a hospital unit during World War II before starting his own ophthalmology practice.
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 Nebraska.
Emily Wong (2014, gymnastics)
As a senior, Wong led Coach Dan Kendig's Husker women's gymnastics team to the Big Ten title. Along the way, Wong cemented her position as one of the nation's top all-around student-athletes. The 2014 Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, Wong won the Big Ten title on floor after posting just the second 10.0 on the event in Nebraska history. She added a Big Ten title on beam with a career-high 9.95 on the event in 2014, after winning four individual Big Ten crowns in 2013. In addition to her remarkable accomplishments in competition, Wong was a second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2013 and was named the winner of the Big Ten's Wayne Duke Postgraduate Scholarship. She is a finalist for the 2014 AAI Award presented to the nation's top women's gymnastics student-athlete. The native of Grand Forks, N.D., is a three-time NACGC/W Scholastic All-American and a three-time academic All-Big Ten selection. She is a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar as a nutrition science major at Nebraska.
Seth Wiedel (2014, track & field)
Wiedel battled to a runner-up showing at the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships in the long jump with a season-best tying mark of 24-7 1/4 (7.50) for Coach Gary Pepin's track and field team. Wiedel also finished 11th in the triple jump at the league meet. He added an eighth-place finish in the long jump and a ninth-place showing in the triple jump at the 2013 Big Ten outdoor meet.
Wiedel was a 2013 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and claimed academic All-Big Ten honors in both 2012 and 2013. He was also a recipient of a Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award in 2013. He earned spots on the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team in both 2011 and 2013. Wiedel is majoring in business administration at Nebraska.
Björn Barrefors (2013, track & field)
A track & field standout at Nebraska, Barrefors earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2013. He is a six-time All-American, two-time conference champion, two-time All-Big Ten selection and holds the school record in the outdoor decathlon and indoor heptathlon events. The three-time captain won the decathlon at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships and finished fourth at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. At the NCAA Championships in 2012, he finished fourth in the heptathlon and eighth in the decathlon. The Stockholm, Sweden native was the first four-time CoSIDA Academic All-American in Cornhusker history, and also won the NCAA Elite 88 award in 2010. Barrefors is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and won the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar award in both 2012 and 2013.
Ashley Miller (2012, track & field)
Miller won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2012. She ran to a record 15 state championships for her Iowa high school before becoming a three-time Big Ten champion. In 2012, Miller earned the Big Ten indoor title in the 3,000-meter run and the outdoor crowns in the 800- and 1,500-meter runs. She currently holds the Husker record in the 3,000-meter run and was tabbed an All-American and Academic All-American during her career. She has been active as a community volunteer and pursued a master's degree in community nutrition and health promotion.
As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, Nebraska announced that Emily Wong and Seth Wiedel captured the prestigious awards at the Student-Athlete Recognition Banquet at the Embassy Suites in downtown Lincoln on Sunday. Wong and Wiedel are the fifth and sixth Huskers to earn the honor since Nebraska joined the Big Ten for the first season of competition in 2011-12. Wong and Wiedel were also named Nebraska Female and Male Student-Athlete of the Year.
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Rob Mango (Illinois, 1973, track & field)
Mango was a runner who became an internationally exhibited painter and sculptor based in New York. During his collegiate career, he became the first Illinois men's track & field athlete to win an NCAA title, winning the two-mile relay crown in 1972. Mango was a three-time Big Ten champion in the 880-yard run, winning the indoor and outdoor titles in 1972 and taking home the indoor crown the next year. In the Illinois record book he ranks first in the two-mile run and fourth in the 800-meter run.
The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2013-14 men's indoor track
& field season, highlighted by 15 top-eight finishes at the NCAA Indoor
Track & Field Championships and Wisconsin taking home the Big Ten
Big Ten student-athletes earned 15 top-eight finishes at the 2014 Indoor Track
& Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., from March 14-15, en route to
All-America honors. The Big Ten took home eight top-8 finishes on Day 1 of the
NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships highlighted by four student-athletes
earning All-America honors in the weight throw, including a first-place finish.
Wisconsin's Michael Lihrman took home the weight throw crown with a toss of
23.25 meters, while Purdue's Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, Michigan State's Antonio
James and Penn State's Will Barr in third (22.49m), fourth (22.42m) and eighth
(21.26m), respectively. Northwestern's Emmanuel Williams placed fourth in the
long jump (7.80m), while Nebraska's Patrick Raedler followed in fifth (7.77m).
Wisconsin's Reed Connor took eighth in the 5,000-meter run (14:09.20), while Indiana's
distance medley relay team of Jordan Gornall, Derrick Morgan, Tre'tez Kinnaird
and Rorey Hunter placed third (9:41.23). The Big Ten recorded seven top eight
finishes on the final day of the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Nebraska's 4x400-meter relay squad of Ricco Hall, Cody Rush, Drew Wiseman and
Levi Gipson ran to a second-place finish in 3:05.25, while Wisconsin's Zach
Ziemek placed fifth in the heptathlon (5913). Minnesota's John Simons and Penn
State's Steve Waite took sixth in the 3000-meter run (8:14.40) and triple jump
(15.81 meters), respectively. Three student-athletes took home seventh-place
finishes, including Ohio State's Donovan Robertson in the 60-meter hurdles
(7.69), Penn State's Za'Von Watkins in the 800-meter run (1:50.25) and
Wisconsin's Danny Block in the shot put (19.40 meters). For more on the NCAA
Championships, click HERE.
Five schools collected regional awards from the USTFCCCA, it was announced on March
10. Student-athletes and coaches from Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State and
Wisconsin earned recognition in three different regions: Great Lakes,
Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. The Big Ten Champion Wisconsin men's team swept the
Great Lakes region awards, as Reed Connor and Michael Lihrman took home Track
and Field Athletes of the Year honors, respectively. Mick Byrne was tabbed
Coach of the Year and David Astrauskas was named Assistant Coach of the Year. Penn
State's Brannon Kidder took home Track Athlete of the Year honors in the
Mid-Atlantic region, while Nittany assistant coach John Gondak was tabbed men's
Assistant Coache of the Year. In the Midwest Region, Minnesota's Jon Lehman
earned Field Athlete of the Year accolades and Nebraska men's assistant coach
Billy Maxwell won his respective award. For more on the USTFCCCA awards, click HERE.
And The Awards Go To:
The Big Ten Conference office announced the 2014 Big Ten men's indoor track
& field individual award winners on March 4. Wisconsin's Reed Connor was
named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year, while fellow Badger Michael Lihrman
was tabbed Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the
Championships. Purdue's Raheem Mostert collected Track Athlete of the
Championships laurels, while Ohio State's Donovan Robertson was named Freshman
of the Year and Wisconsin head coach Mick Bryne was tabbed Coach of the Year.
for more on the conference's end of the year awards.
Big Ten Champion
Badgers: Wisconsin took home the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field
Championships on March 1 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The Badgers
posted four individual crowns en route to their second-straight title and 25th
overall. Wisconsin totaled 122.50 points to claim the championship, while
Nebraska (118 points) and Penn State (72 points) came in second and third,
respectively. Illinois finished in fourth place with 71.50 points, while Purdue
rounded out the top five with 61 points. The Badgers picked up first-place
finishes from Mohammed Ahmed (5,000-meter run), Reed Connor (3,000-meter run),
Japheth Cato (heptathlon) and Michael Lihrman (weight throw). Lihrman's mark in
the weight throw of 23.78 meters is a Big Ten Championships record, while Cato
became the first student-athlete to win the heptathlon four times. Wisconsin
took home the top three spots in the 5,000-meter run, as Connor and Malachy
Schrobilgen followed Ahmed. For more on the Big Ten Championships, click HERE