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Big Ten Men's Indoor Track & Field Season in Review

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The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2011-12 Indoor Track & Field season capped by five top-five finishes on the final day of the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho. Indiana's Darius King and Wisconsin's Japheth Cato placed second in the high jump (2.23 meters) and heptathlon (6,082), respectively, while Penn State's Aaron Nadolsky, Brandon Bennett-Green, Casimir Loxsom and Brady Gehret recorded a time of 3:05.31 to finish second in the 1,600 relay. Illinois senior Andrew Riley finished one tenth of a second off the leader to place second in the 60 meter dash (6.57).

Sixty-five Big Ten student-athletes from all 11 indoor track & field squads represented the conference in Nampa, Idaho. The complete list can be found by clicking here.

All-America Awards: Fifty-Three Big Ten men's track & field student-athletes earned All-America recognition for their performance at the NCAA Championships. Click here to see the list of recipients.

Where We Rank: Seven Big Ten teams appeared in the final USTFCCCA National Rankings released on March 6, led by No. 8 Minnesota. Indiana checked in at No. 14, followed by No. 15 Ohio State and No. 19 Nebraska. Wisconsin appeared at No. 22, Illinois was No. 23 and Penn State was No. 24 in the rankings.

Best in the Region: Indiana, Minnesota, Penn State and Wisconsin earned USTFCCCA Regional awards, as announced on Monday, March 5. Indiana's Andrew Bayer (Great Lakes), Minnesota's Harun Abda (Midwest) and Penn State's Robby Creese (Mid-Atlantic) were tabbed Track Athlete of the Year for their respective regions. Wisconsin sophomore Japheth Cato (Great Lakes) took home Field Athlete of the Year honors, while Indiana head coach Ron Helmer was tabbed Coach of the Year. Additionally, two assistant coaches were honored as the Hoosier's Jeff Huntoon and the Gopher's Paul Thornton took home Assistant Coach of the Year accolades. For the complete release, click here.

Hoosiers Take Home the Crown: Four individual champions and two second-place finishes led Indiana to the 2012 Big Ten Men's Indoor Track and Field Championship on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the University of Nebraska. The title marked the 16th conference crown for the Hoosiers, and the first since the 1992 season.

The Hoosiers tallied 104 points over the weekend, followed by Minnesota with 100 points to finish second overall. Nebraska came in third with 99 points, followed by Ohio State (94.33) and Wisconsin (75 points) to round out the top five. To see the recap, click here.


All-Big Ten and Individual Award Winners: The Big Ten Conference office announced on Tuesday, Feb. 28,  the 2012 All-Big Ten men's indoor track and field teams and individual award winners. Highlighting the list, Minnesota junior Harun Abda was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year, and Wisconsin sophomore Japheth Cato earned the nod as Field Athlete of the Year. Abda and Indiana's Andrew Bayer shared Track Athlete of the Championships laurels, while Cato was named Field Athlete of the Championships. Penn State's Robby Creese was tabbed Freshman of the Year by the conference coaches, while Indiana head coach Ron Helmer was named Coach of the Year by his peers. For the complete release, click here.



USTFCCCA All-America Awards

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Fifty-Three Big Ten men's track & field student-athletes earned All-America recognition for their performance at the NCAA Championships in Nampa, Idaho. The complete list is below.

Illinois
Andrew Riley - 60-meters, 60 hurdles - First Team

Indiana
Andrew Bayer - Mile, Distance Medley Relay - First Team; 3,000-meters - Second Team
Kind Butler - 200-meters, 4x400 relay - First Team
Ryan Hindes - 4x400 relay - First Team
Ben Hubers - 3,000-meters - Second Team
Darius King - High Jump - First Team
Olumide Olamigoke - Triple Jump - Second Team
Andrew Poore - 5,000-meters - Second Team
Daniel Stockberger - Distance Medley Relay - First Team
Nick Stoner - 4x400 relay - First Team
DeSean Turner - Distance Medley Relay - First Team
Chris Vaughn - 4x400 relay, Distance Medley Relay - First Team

Michigan
Ali Arastu - 4x400 relay - Second Team
Ethan Dennis - Weight Throw - Second Team
Nicholas Neuman - 4x400 relay - Second Team
Michael Parker - 4x400 relay - Second Team
Aaron Taylor - 4x400 relay - Second Team

Michigan State
Jay Gillespie - Weight Throw - Second Team
Zach Hill - Shot Put - First Team
Lonnie Pugh - Weight Throw - First Team

Minnesota
Harun Abda - 4x400 relay - First Team; 800-meters - Second Team
Kevin Bradley - 4x400 relay - First Team
Travis Burkstrand - 800-meters - Second Team
Micah Hegerle - Weight Throw - First Team
John Holton - 4x400 relay - First Team
Hassan Mead - 5,000-meters - First Team
David Pachuta - 800-meters, 4x400 relay - First Team

Nebraska
Bjorn Barrefors - Heptathlon - First Team
Chris Phipps - Long Jump - First Team; Triple Jump - Second Team
Luke Pinkelman - Shot Put - Second Team
Nate Polacek - Pole Vault - Second Team

Ohio State
Antonio Blanks - 4x400 relay - First Team
Demoye Bogle - 60 hurdles - Second Team
Marvel Brooks - 4x400 relay - First Team
Matt DeChant - Shot Put - First Team; Weight Throw - Second Team
Chris Fallon - Distance Medley Relay - First Team
Cory Leslie - Distance Medley Relay - First Team; Mile - Second Team
Max Mays - Weight Throw - Second Team
Thomas Murdaugh - 400-meters, 4x400 relay - First Team
Korbin Smith - 4x400 relay, Distance Medley Relay - First Team
Dan White - Distance Medley Relay - First Team

Penn State
Brandon Bennett-Green - 4x400 relay - First Team
Robby Creese - Mile - Second Team
Brady Gehret - 4x400 relay - First Team
Casimir Loxsom - 4x400 relay - First Team; 800-meters - Second Team
Aaron Nadolsky - 4x400 relay - First Team

Purdue
Geoff Davis - High Jump - Second Team

Wisconsin
Japheth Cato - Heptathlon - First Team
Dave Grzesiak - Heptathlon - Second Team
Alexander Hatz - Distance Medley Relay - Second Team
Zach Mellon - Distance Medley Relay - Second Team
Austin Mudd - Distance Medley Relay - Second Team
Aaron Thompson - Distance Medley Relay - Second Team







NCAA Championships Qualifiers

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Sixty-five Big Ten student-athletes from all 11 indoor track & field squads will represent the conference at the 2012 NCAA Championships in Nampa, Idaho, from March 9-10. The list of Big Ten qualifiers, complete with seed and qualifying time, can be found below.

60-meter dash
9. Andrew Riley, Illinois (6.62)
20. Kind Butler, Indiana (6.67)

200-meter dash
6. Kind Butler, Indiana (20.85)

400-meter dash
7. Thomas Murdaugh, Ohio State (46.17)

800-meter run
1. Harun Abda, Minnesota (1:46.97)
2. David Puchuta, Minnesota (1:46.98)
6. Erik Sowinski, Iowa (1:47.62)
10. Casimir Loxsom, Penn State (1:47.93)
11. Travis Burkstrand, Minnesota (1:48.16)

1-mile run
5. Cory Leslie, Ohio State (3:56.85)
8. Andrew Bayer, Indiana (3:58.23)
13. Robby Creese, Penn State (3:58.94)

3,000-meter run
10. Andrew Bayer, Indiana (7:50.23)
15. Ben Hubers, Indiana (7:52.02)

5,000-meter run
5. Hassan Mead, Minnesota (13:33.42)
13. Andrew Poore, Indiana (13:47.05)

60-meter hurdles
2. Andrew Riley, Illinois (7.53)
14. Demoye Bogle, Ohio State (7.76)

4x400-meter relay
3. Penn State (3:05.22) - Aaron Nadolsky, Brandon Bennett-Green, Casimir Loxsom,
Brady Gehret
7. Ohio State (3:06.15) - Antonio Blanks, Korbin Smith, Marvel Brooks, Thomas Murdaugh
8. Minnesota (3:06.87) - Kevin Bradley, Harun Abda, David Pachuta, John Holton
11. Michigan (3:07.75) - Nicholas Neuman, Michael Parker, Aaron Taylor, Ali Arastu
12. Indiana (3:07.84) - Chris Vaughn, Ryan Hindes, Nick Stoner, Kind Butler

Distance Medley Relay
2. Indiana (9:29.12) - De'Sean Turner, Chris Vaughn, Daniel Stockberger, Andrew Bayer
6. Wisconsin (9:30.86) - Austin Mudd, Aaron Thompson, Zach Mellon, Alexander Hatz
11. Ohio State (9:31.71) - Chris Fallon, Korbin Smith, Dan White, Cory Leslie

High Jump
10. Geoff Davis, Purdue (2.23 meters)
17. Darius King, Indiana (2.22)

Pole Vault
9. Nate Polacek, Nebraska (5.44)

Long Jump
9. Chris Phipps, Nebraska (7.73)

Triple Jump
4. Troy Doris, Iowa (16.28)
15. Olumide Olamigoke, Indiana (15.82)
17. Chris Phipps, Nebraska (15.78)

Shot Put
7. Luke Pinkelman, Nebraska (19.52)
13. Matt DeChant, Ohio State (18.99)
14. Zach Hill, Michigan State (18.98)

Weight Throw
5. Micah Hegerle, Minnesota (21.95)
9. Matt DeChant, Ohio State (21.57)
11. Max Mays, Ohio State (21.51)
12. Lonnie Pugh, Michigan State (21.40)
13. Jay Gillespie, Michigan State (21.32)
16. Ethan Dennis, Michigan (21.07)

Heptathlon
3. Japheth Cato, Wisconsin (5,939)
8. Bjorn Barrefors, Nebraska (5,792)
16. Dave Grezsiak, Wisconsin (5,677)








USTFCCCA Regional Award Recipients

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Indiana, Minnesota, Penn State and Wisconsin have earned USTFCCCA Regional awards, as announced on Monday. Indiana's Andrew Bayer (Great Lakes), Minnesota's Harun Abda (Midwest) and Penn State's Robby Creese (Mid-Atlantic) were tabbed Track Athlete of the Year for their respective regions. Wisconsin sophomore Japheth Cato (Great Lakes) took home Field Athlete of the Year honors, while Indiana head coach Ron Helmer was tabbed Coach of the Year. Additionally, two assistant coaches were honored as the Hoosier's Jeff Huntoon and the Gopher's Paul Thornton took home Assistant Coach of the Year accolades.

For the complete release, click here.

In The Polls

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Five Big Ten squads appear in the latest USTFCCCA/2012 Indoor Track & Field Rankings, as announced today. Minnesota climbs three spots to No. 8, while Indiana sits at No. 11. Ohio State moves up six slots to No. 13, Nebraska remains at No. 15 and Penn State checks in at No. 18.

For the complete rankings, click here.

Weekend Schedule

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IOWA at Iowa Invitational
MICHIGAN at Silverstein Invitational
MICHIGAN STATE at Silverstein Invitational
No. 11 MINNESOTA at Snowshoe Open [1]
No. 19 OHIO STATE at OSU - Tune Up
PURDUE at Boilermaker Invitational
WISCONSIN at Red & White Open

[1] Minneapolis, Minn.

In The Polls

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Five Big Ten teams appear in the latest USTFCCCA/2012 Indoor Track & Field Rankings, as announced today. Indiana climbs to No. 10, with Minnesota following at No. 11. Nebraska clocks in at No. 15, Penn State appears at No. 17 and Ohio State sits at No. 19.

For the complete rankings, click here.

Weekend Schedule

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ILLINOIS at Washington Husky Classic - Seattle, Wash.
ILLINOIS at Tyson Invitational - Fayetteville, Ark.
INDIANA at GaREAT Collegiate Invitational - Geneva, Ohio
INDIANA at Hoosier Hills - Bloomington, Ind.
IOWA at Cyclone Classic - Ames, Iowa
IOWA at Tyson Invitational - Fayetteville, Ark.
MICHIGAN at SPIRE Invitational - Geneva, Ohio
MICHIGAN STATE at The Big Meet - Grand Rapids, Mich.
MICHIGAN STATE at Spire Invitational - Geneva, Ohio
MINNESOTA at Cyclone Classic - Ames, Iowa
MINNESOTA at UWRF Brooks Classic - River Falls, Wis.
NEBRASKA at Tyson Invitational - Fayetteville, Ark.
NEBRASKA at Cyclone Classic - Ames, Iowa
OHIO STATE at Akron Invitational - Akron, Ohio
OHIO STATE at New Mexico Invite - Albuquerque, N.M.
OHIO STATE at Washington Husky Classic - Seattle, Wash.
PENN STATE at Akron Invitational - Akron, Ohio
PENN STATE at Tyson Invitational - Fayetteville, Ark.
PENN STATE at Washington Husky Classic - Seattle, Wash.
PURDUE at Tyson Invitational - Fayetteville, Ark.
WISCONSIN at Cyclone Classic - Ames, Iowa
WISCONSIN at Tyson Invitational - Fayetteville, Ark.

In The Polls

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Six Big Ten teams appear in the latest USTFCCCA/2012 Indoor Track & Field Rankings, as announced today. Minnesota appears at No. 10, followed by Indiana at No. 12 and Nebraska at No. 13. Ohio State sits at No. 15, Wisconsin climbs four spots to No. 17 and Iowa checks in at No. 20.

For the complete rankings, click here.

Weekend Schedule

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Illinois at Orange and Blue Open
No. 10 INDIANA at Meyo Invitational [1]
No. 19 IOWA at Meyo Invitational [1]
No. 19 IOWA at New Balance Invitational [2]
MICHIGAN at Meyo Invitational [1]
MICHIGAN STATE at Meyo Invitational [1]
No. 8 MINNESOTA at Bethel Invitational [3]
No. 8 MINNESOTA at Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational [4]
No. 11 NEBRASKA at Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational [4]
No. 15 OHIO STATE at Akron Multi-Event [5]
No. 15 OHIO STATE at Meyo Invitational [1]
PENN STATE at Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup [6]
PURDUE at Meyo Invitational [1]
No. 21 WISCONSIN at Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational [4]

Legend
[1] Notre Dame, Ind.
[2] New York City, N.Y.
[3] St. Paul, Minn.
[4] Lincoln, Neb.
[5] Akron, Ohio
[6] State College, Pa.

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