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Three Big Ten men's golf squads earned recognition in the Preseason GolfWorld/Nike Golf Division I Coaches' Poll. Defending Big Ten Champion Illinois
is ranked No. 14, while Northwestern
are receiving votes. The 2013 fall golf season gets underway this weekend, as give conference teams hit the links.
For the complete poll, click here
Six Big Ten women's golf teams earned preseason recognition in the GolfWorld/Nike Golf Division I Women's Preseason Coaches' Poll. Purdue
leads the way for ranked conference squads, coming in at No. 13. Michigan State
checks in at No. 21, while Northwestern
follows tied for the No. 22 spot. Michigan, Ohio State
and Penn State
all received votes. The 2013 fall golf season gets underway this weekend, with five teams taking the course.
For the complete ranking, click here
Northwestern freshman golfer Matt Fitzpatrick
has won the Mark H McCormack Medal as the leading men's amateur player in the 2013 World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR). Fitzpatrick has enjoyed an outstanding season, winning the Silver Medal as the leading amateur at The Open Championship, becoming the first Englishman to win the U.S. Amateur Championship since 1911 and reaching the final of the English Amateur Championship. He secured his place in the field for next year's Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, the U.S. Open at Pinehurst and will receive an invitation to play in The Masters.
Fans of collegiate track & field will have their voices heard in the next two weeks as online voting for The Bowerman - the nation's top award for collegiate track & field student-athletes - got underway as of noon ET on Monday, July 29. Be sure to vote for Indiana's Derek Drouin and help him become the Big Ten's first Bowerman winner.
Voting will take place at TheBowerman.org through Tuesday, August 13, to help narrow the three male and three female finalists down to a men's and women's winner who will take home the iconic Bowerman trophy. The results of the online fan vote will account for one full vote in the overall balloting process.
It was a banner year for Drouin - the indoor and outdoor USTFCCCA Indoor and Outdoor National Field Athlete of the Year - as he became the first to sweep both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Division I high jump titles in one academic year since he last did so in 2010.
Indiana's Derek Drouin, the Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year, has been named a finalist for The Bowerman Trophy - the highest honor given to the most outstanding male and female student-athletes in collegiate track & field.
Drouin was named the National Indoor and Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year after winning both NCAA high jump titles, becoming only the second student-athlete to win both honors in the same season. Drouin has won five NCAA high jump titles, the only five-time champion in the event's history, and seven Big Ten Championships crowns. An Olympic bronze Medalist, the Corunna, Ontario, native becomes the second Big Ten student-athlete in consecutive seasons to be named a finalist for the Bowerman, following Illinois' Andrew Riley in 2012.
To read more about Drouin, click HERE.
Indiana earned a spot in the College World Series after completing a
two-game sweep of Florida State, defeating the Seminoles, 11-6, in Super Regional action. The Hoosiers advanced to their first
season-ending event, becoming the first Big Ten team since Michigan in
1984 to advance to the College World Series. For more information, click HERE
.Two Selected to NCAA Tournament:
Illinois and Indiana were selected to the 2013 NCAA Division I Baseball
Championship, marking the second straight season that two Big Ten teams were chosen to the field. The Hoosiers earned the Big
Ten's automatic bid after winning the conference tournament and are a
No. 1 seed, hosting Regional play in Bloomington, Ind. Illinois earned
an at-large selection and are the No. 3 seed in the Nashville Regional. For complete coverage of each team in the CWS, click HERE
Indiana won its first Big Ten Championship since 1949 finishing 17-7 in conference play. The Hoosiers also took home the Big Ten Tournament title, winning 4-3 against Nebraska at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn. For more information on the Big Ten Tournament, click HERE
.All #B1G Performers:
The Big Ten announced the 2013 baseball individual award
winners and All-Conference teams on May 21. Illinois' Justin Parr was named Player
of the Year and Kevin Duchene earned Freshman of the Year honors, while
Indiana's Aaron Slegers was tabbed Pitcher of the Year and Tracy Smith
took home Coach of the Year laurels. For the full release, click HERE.National Recognition:
Illinois' Justin Parr earned first-team All-American laurels from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and second-team accolades from Baseball America, while Indiana's Kyle Schwarber earned second-team honors from both outlets and was named the NCBWA District V Player of the Year. The Illini's Kevin Duchene, the Hoosiers' Scott Effross, Michigan's Jacob Cronenworth and Travis Maezes and Purdue's Josh Estill earned Freshman All-America accolades from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, while Cronenworth earned first-team honors from the NCBWA.It's Academic:
Minnesota's Troy Larson was named a 2013 CoSIDA Academic All-American. Larson was named to the second team and is among a group of 100 baseball standouts to earn Academic All-Conference honors. For more information on Academic All-Big Ten Honorees, click HERE.Next Level:
A total of 23 Big Ten student-athletes were chosed in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Minnesota starting pitcher Tom Windle was taken 56th overall
by the Los Angeles Dodgers in Round 2, nine conference players were then taken in Rounds 3-10
, eight went from Rounds 11-25
, while three were drafted
in Rounds 26-40.
Thirteen Big Ten student-athletes were named to the Capital One Academic All-America Track & Field/Cross Country Team, with Indiana's Andy Bayer being named Capital One Academic All-American of the Year. Four other standouts joined Bayer on the first team, with Michigan's Rebecca Addison, Minnesota's Quentin Mege, Nebraska's Bjorn Barrefors and Wisconsin's Elliot Krause earning recognition. Five school boast one first-team All-American, A complete list can be found below.
Marissa Golliday, ILL
Brandon Stryganek, ILL
Andy Bayer, IND*
Mareike Schrulle, IOWA
Rebecca Addison, MICH*
Jack Greenlee, MICH
Jillian Smith, MICH
Quentin Mege, MINN*
Bjorn Barrefors, NEB*
Mara Griva, NEB
Morgan Wilken, NEB
Robby Creese, PSU
Elliot Krause, WIS*
* - First Team Selection
Three Big Ten student-athletes
collected NCAA Elite 89 Awards during the spring season. Nebraska's Anne
and John Welk
were honored at the NCAA Outdoor
Track & Field Championships, while Wisconsin's Kimberly Dinh
the laurel at the NCAA Women's Golf Championships. The Elite 89 is presented to
the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average
participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 89 championships.
The Big Ten recorded 40 top-eight finishes at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., highlighted by individual titles from Illinois' Ashley Spencer (400) and Indiana's Derek Drouin (high jump). Nebraska's Chad Wright and Penn State's Casimir Loxsom placed second in the discus and 800-meter run, respectively, while Michigan State's Beth Rohl (discus), Ohio State's Mike Hartfield (long jump), Penn State's Brannon Kidder (800) and Purdue's Geoff Davis (high jump) finished third in their respective events. In the team standings, the Illini women and Nittany Lion men both placed 14th overall. For a complete recap, click HERE.Elite Status:
Nebraska's Anne Martin and John Welk were honored at the NCAA Outdoor
Track & Field Championships with the NCAA Elite 89 Award.
Martin and Welk earned the honor for being the male and female
student-athletes with the highest GPA at the championships. For the complete release, click HERE.All-Americans:
Over 100 Big Ten student-athletes earned USTFCCCA All-America honors
following their performance at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track & Field
Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. For the complete list, click HERE.Regional Honorees:
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Penn State were awarded Regional
Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year honors. For the complete list, click HERE.Big Ten Individual Honors:
On the men's side, Iowa senior Justin Austin
was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Track Athlete of the Championships, while Indiana senior Derek Drouin
was tabbed Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and Ohio State senior Michael Hartfield
earned Field Athlete of the Championships accolades. Ohio State's Bill Stanley
was named Freshman of the Year by the conference coaches, while Nebraska head coach Gary Pepin
was tabbed Coach of the Year by his peers. On the women's side, Illinois sophomore Ashley Spencer
was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Track Athlete of the Championships, while Nebraska senior Mara Griva
earned the nod as Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the Championships. Ohio State's Alexis Franklin
was tabbed Freshman of the Year by the conference coaches, while Nittany Lions' head coach Beth Alford-Sullivan
was named Coach of the Year by her peers. The men's release can be found HERE
, while the women's release can be seen HERE.
Nebraska Men, Penn State Women Take Home Big Ten Title:
The Nebraska men and Penn State women won the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. To read about Nebraska, click HERE
. The Penn State release can be found HERE
The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2013 men's golf campaign, highlighted
by Illinois placing second at the NCAA Championships.All-American Golfers:
Big Ten Player of the Year Thomas Pieters and freshman Charlie Danielson claimed All-America honors. Pieters was an honorable mention selection by Golfweek, while Danielson earned the honor by finishing in the top 15 of stroke-play competition at the 2013 NCAA Championships. For the full release, click HERE.Illini Place Second at NCAA Championships:
Illinois placed second at the NCAA Men's Golf Championships, falling
to Alabama in the match play finals. The Illini's Thomas Pieters secured
a victory over Alabama's Justin Thomas (1 UP), but the Crimson Tide won
4-1 to clinch the title. The finish was the highest in
program history, besting the 1941 team's tie for fourth place. It also
is the highest finish by a northern school at the NCAA Championships
since Minnesota won the 2002 NCAA title. For the full release, click HERE.See you at Regionals:
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Northwestern were selected to the 2013 Men's Golf Regionals on May 6. Additionally, Michigan State's Matthew Moseley, Minnesota's Erik Van Rooyen and Purdue's Adam Schenk competed as individuals. For the full release, click HERE.All-Conference & Individual Honors:
The Big Ten announced on May 1 the men's golf All-Conference teams and individual award winners with Illinois' Thomas Pieters taking home the Big Ten Player of the Year award. Teammate Thomas Detry was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while Illini head coach Mike Small was tabbed Coach of the Year. For the full release, click HERE.Take Five:
Illinois won the Big Ten Men's Golf Championships on Sunday, shooting an
11-over 1,163 to clinch its fifth-straight, and 12th overall,
conference title. The Illini bested second-place Minnesota (1,172) by
nine strokes to win the crown. The Illini and Gophers were followed by
third-place Iowa (1,186), while Indiana and Ohio State (1,190) tied for
fourth. For the full release, click HERE.