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In The Polls

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Four Big Ten Men's Outdoor Track & Field teams are ranked in the latest USTFCCCA poll, released on Tuesday. Wisconsin leads conference teams at No. 14 and is followed by No. 16 Penn State, No. 17 Illinois and No. 21 Nebraska.

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In The Polls

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Four Big Ten Men's Outdoor Track & Field squads appear in the latest USTFCCCA poll, released on Tuesday. Wisconsin leads conference teams at No. 14 and is followed by No. 16 Nebraska, No. 17 Penn State and No. 20 Illinois.

For the complete poll, click here

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 64

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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.

Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Northwestern

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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 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.

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, May 9
MICHIGAN at Toledo Invitational - Toledo, Ohio
MICHIGAN STATE at GVSU Last Chance - Allendale, Mich.
MINNESOTA at UW-La Crosse Eagle Open - La Crosse, Wis.
MINNESOTA at UNI Mark Messersmith - Cedar Falls, Iowa
#17 PENN STATE at Jim Thorpe Invite - University Park, Pa.

Saturday, May 10
MICHIGAN STATE at GVSU Last Chance - Allendale, Mich.
#16 NEBRASKA at Nebraska Invitational - Lincoln, Neb.
#15 WISCONSIN at Wisconsin Open - Madison, Wis.


In The Polls

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Four Big Ten Men's Outdoor Track & Field teams are ranked in the latest USTFCCCA poll, released on Tuesday. Wisconsin leads conference teams at No. 15 and is followed by No. 16 Nebraska, No. 17 Penn State and No. 20 Illinois.

For the complete poll, click here.

Big Ten Medal of Honor Mondays: Nebraska

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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 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.

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, May 2
MICHIGAN STATE, OHIO STATE, PURDUE at Dave Rankin Invitational - West Lafayette, Ind.
MINNESOTA at Hamline UnSaintly - St. Paul, Minn.
#19 PENN STATE at Maryland Twilight - College Park, Md.

Saturday, May 3
#14 ILLINOIS, IOWA, MINNESOTA, #11 NEBRASKA at Musco Twilight - Iowa City, Iowa
INDIANA, MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN STATE at Billy Hayes Invitational - Bloomington, Ind.
MICHIGAN STATE, OHIO STATE, PURDUE at Dave Rankin Invitational - West Lafayette, Ind.
MINNESOTA at Hamline UnSaintly - St. Paul, Minn.
#18 WISCONSIN at Missouri Invitational - Columbia, Mo.

Sunday, May 4
#14 ILLINOIS, MICHIGAN STATE, MINNESOTA, #19 PENN STATE at Payton Jordan Invite - Stanford, Calif.


In The Polls

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Four Big Ten Men's Outdoor Track & Field squads appear in the latest USTFCCCA poll, released on Tuesday. Nebraska leads conference teams at No. 11 and is followed by No. 14 Illinois, No. 18 Wisconsin and No. 19 Penn State.

For the complete poll, click here.

Weekend Schedule

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Thursday, April 24th
ILLINOIS, IOWA, MICHIGAN STATE, MINNESOTA, #12 NEBRASKA, PURDUE, #6 WISCONSIN at Drake Relays - Des Moines, IOWA
INDIANA, MICHIGAN, #19 PENN STATE at Penn Relays - Philadelphia, Pa.
MICHIGAN STATE at Gina Relays - Hillsdale, Mich.
MINNESOTA at MAC Twilight - St. Paul, Minn.

Friday, April 25th
ILLINOIS, IOWA, MICHIGAN STATE, MINNESOTA, #12 NEBRASKA, PURDUE, #6 WISCONSIN at Drake Relays - Des Moines, IOWA
INDIANA, MICHIGAN, #19 PENN STATE at Penn Relays - Philadelphia, Pa.
MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, #12 NEBRASKA, #6 WISCONSIN at Triton Invitational - San Diego, Calif.
MICHIGAN STATE at Ashland Alumni Open - Ashland, Ohio
MICHIGAN STATE at Gina Relays - Hillsdale, Mich.
OHIO STATE at Arkansas State Red Wolves Open - Jonesboro, Ark.

Saturday, April 26th

ILLINOIS, IOWA, MICHIGAN STATE, MINNESOTA, #12 NEBRASKA, PURDUE, #6 WISCONSIN at Drake Relays - Des Moines, IOWA
INDIANA, MICHIGAN, #19 PENN STATE at Penn Relays - Philadelphia, Pa.
MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, #12 NEBRASKA, #6 WISCONSIN at Triton Invitational - San Diego, Calif.
MICHIGAN STATE at Ashland Alumni Open - Ashland, Ohio
MICHIGAN STATE at Gina Relays - Hillsdale, Mich.
MINNESOTA at Gustavus Drake Alternative - St. Peter, Minn.
OHIO STATE at Arkansas State Red Wolves Open - Jonesboro, Ark.


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