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As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, senior student-athletes Jillian Smith and John Wojciechowski were named the 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients for the University of Michigan, which was announced on Tuesday evening at the Academic Awards Banquet held at Crisler Center. Smith is a member of the women's cross country and track and field teams and Wojciechowski swam on the men's swimming and diving squad.
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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.
At least 632 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients have also earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition, including 308 three-time and 80 four-time honorees. Football has the most Academic All-Big Ten selections (132), followed by track & field (84), swimming & diving (69), basketball (61), tennis (37), gymnastics (35), cross country (34), soccer (32) and volleyball (30).
Big Ten Medal of Honor
winners share a special bond, none more than Wisconsin's 1985 winners, Cathy
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,
The 2013 Big Ten women's cross country season came to a close with six teams and two individual participants competing in the NCAA Championships, including two squads 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 finished sixth, Minnesota took 20th and finished 21st. Penn State and Indiana finished 25th and 26th, respectively. Finn, Ohio State's Katie Borchers and Wisconsin's Emma-Lisa Murphy all earned All-America honors.
Big Ten Cross Country Championships Roundup: Michigan State won its fifth Big Ten Women's Cross Country Championship, placing three runners in the top 10 at the Boilermaker Cross Country Course. The win represented the Spartans' first title since 2011. Michigan State was paced by Leah O'Connor, who placed second individually with a 6K time of 20:56.9. Michigan's Erin Finn claimed individual medalist honors, crossing the finishing line in a time of 20:48.3 and guiding her team to a second-place finish. For the full Big Ten Championships recap and a list of All-Big Ten honorees, click here.
All-Region Honorees: Twenty-six Big Ten women's cross country runners were named All-Region honorees after placing in the top 25 individually at their respective regional championships. Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota all had five runners named to the All-Region team, followed by four from Penn State, two from Ohio State and Wisconsin, and one each from Illinois, Indiana and Northwestern. 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 women's cross country season on Nov. 6. Michigan's Erin Finn was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Year, while also claiming Freshman of the Year honors, after finishing first at the Big Ten Women's Cross Country Championships. Michigan State head coach Walt Drenth was a unanimous selection as the Big Ten Coach of the Year after leading the Spartans to their second title in the past three years. For the full release 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 140 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 women's cross country runners Jocelyn Todd of Iowa, Alexis Wiersma of Michigan State, Minori Minagawa and Rebecca Rings of Ohio State, Kathleen Rodden of Penn State and Dana Steffen and Taylor Zimprich of Wisconsin. For the complete Academic All-Big Ten release, click here.
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.
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For official women's results, click here.
The USTFCCCA women's cross country top 30 poll was released on Tuesday, with five Big Ten squads garnering recognition. Michigan led the way at No. 8, followed by No. 14 Michigan State and No. 16 Minnesota. Penn State and Wisconsin checked in at No. 22 and No. 28, respectively. Indiana will join the five nationally ranked teams at the NCAA Championships on Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind., with the women's 6K race beginning at 1:15 p.m. ET.
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Twenty-six Big Ten women's cross country runners have been named All-Region honorees after placing in the top 25 individually at their respective regional championships on Friday. The complete list of Big Ten All-Region honorees can be found below. For the complete list, click here.
Alyssa Schneider, ILL
Samantha Ginther, IND
Brook Handler, MICH
Erin Finn, MICH
Megan Weschler, MICH
Shannon Osika, MICH
Taylor Manett, MICH
Katie Landwehr, MSU
Leah O'Connor, MSU
Lindsay Clark, MSU
Megan Rodgers, MSU
Rachele Schulist, MSU
Becca Dyson, MINN
Katie Moraczewski, MINN
Laura Docherty, MINN
Maggie Bollig, MINN
Molly Kayfes, MINN
Libby Kocha, NU
Katie Borchers, OSU
Michelle Thomas, OSU
Emily Giannotti, PSU
Katie Rodden, PSU
Leigha Anderson, PSU
Marta Klebe, PSU
Emma-Lisa Murphy, WIS
Sarah Disanza, WIS
Friday, Nov. 8
INDIANA at Hoosier Invitational
NORTHWESTERN at NIU Huskie Open
PURDUE at Hoosier Invitational
Friday, Oct. 25
ILLINOIS at Illinois Open
No. 14 MICHIGAN at EMU Fall Classic
No. 6 MICHIGAN STATE at EMU Fall Classic
No. 28 WISCONSIN at UW-Oshkosh Open
Saturday, Oct. 26
No. 15 MINNESOTA at Jack's Twilight Run