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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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The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2013-14 women's indoor track & field season, highlighted by 12 top-eight finishes at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships and Penn State taking home the Big Ten Championship.

NCAA Round-Up: Big Ten student-athletes earned 12 top-eight finishes at the 2014 Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., from March 14-15, en route to All-America honors. Six Big Ten student-athletes placed in the top eight of their respective events at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuqueque, N.M. Penn State's Mahagony Jones and Purdue's Dani Bunch posted third-place efforts in the 200-meter dash (22.93) and weight throw (21.81 meters), respectively, while Michigan's distance medley relay squad of Jaimie Phelan, Maya Long, Danielle Pfeifer and Brook Handler took fifth (11:14.60). The Big Ten recorded nine top eight finishes on the final day of the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. Three student-athletes took home fifth-place efforts, including Michigan State's Tori Franklin in the triple jump (13.17 meters), Purdue's Dani Bunch in the shot put (16.97 meters) and Wisconsin's Deanna Latham in the pentathlon (4252). Penn State's Brittney Howell also placed in the pentathlon, coming in at seventh with 4202 points. The Nittany Lion 4x400-meter relay team of Dynasty McGee, Mahagony Jones, Tichina Rhodes and Kiah Seymour also finished in fifth, running a time of 3:33.13. Seymour placed sixth in the 400-meter fun (52.85), while Michigan's Cindy Ofili also recorded a sixth-place finish, clocking a time of 8.07 in the 60-meter hurdles. Michigan State's Leah O'Connor and Minnesota's Alena Brooks each posted seventh-place efforts in the mile run (4:40.86) and 800-meter run (2:08.31), respectively. For more on the NCAA Championships, click HERE.

Regional Recognition: Two schools collected regional awards from the USTFCCC, it was announced on March 10. Student-athletes and coaches from Michigan State and Penn State and Wisconsin earned recognition in two different regions: Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic. In the Great Lakes Region, Michigan State's Leah O'Connor earned Track Athlete of the Year honors and fellow Spartan Tori Franklin collected Field Athlete of the Year recognition. Penn State's Mahagony Jones took home Track Athlete of the Year honors in the Mid-Atlantic region, while Nittany Lion head coach Beth Alford-Sullivan was named Coach of the Year and Randy Bungard was tabbed tabbed Assistant Coach of the Year. Click HERE for more on the USTFCCCA awards.

And The Awards Go To: The Big Ten Conference office announced the 2014 Big Ten women's indoor track & field individual award winners on March 4. Highlighting the list, Michigan's Cindy Ofili was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Purdue's Dani Bunch earned the nod as Field Athlete of the Year. Penn State's Kiah Seymour was tabbed Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships and Michigan State's Tori Franklin took home Field Athlete of the Championships laurels. Michigan's Erin Finn was tabbed Freshman of the Year by the conference coaches, while Nittany Lion head coach Beth Alford-Sullivan was named Coach of the Year by her peers. For more on the conference's end of the year awards, click HERE.

Lions Leap To Big Ten Title: The Penn State women won the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 1 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The Nittany Lions posted three individual crowns and one relay title to claim the championship. The title marks Penn State's third overall and first since 2010. Penn State totaled 114.50 points en route to the championship, while Michigan (104 points) and Nebraska (92 points) came in second and third, respectively. Minnesota finished in fourth place with 64.50 points, while Purdue rounded out the top five with 53 points. The Nittany Lions picked up first-place finishes from Tori Gerlach (3,000-meter run), Mahagony Jones (200-meter dash) and Kiah Seymour (400-meter dash) and the 4x400-meter relay team made up of Jones, Seymour, Dynasty McGee and Tichina Rhoades. For more on the Big Ten Championships, click HERE and HERE.

 

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 15

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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).

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 3

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Big Ten Medal of Honor winners share a special bond, none more than Wisconsin's 1985 winners, Cathy Branta 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, Wis.

Three Big Ten Women's Indoor Track & Field squads are ranked in the latest USTFCCCA poll, released on Tuesday. Penn State leads conference teams at No. 12, while Michigan State checks in at No. 19 and Purdue is ranked No. 22.

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Five Schools Take Home USTFCCCA Regional Awards

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Five schools collected regional awards from the USTFCCC, it was announced on Monday. Student-athletes and coaches from Michigan State, 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. On the women's side, Michigan State's Leah O'Connor earned Track Athlete of the Year honors and fellow Spartan Tori Franklin collected Field Athlete of the Year recognition.

Penn State's Brannon Kidder and Mahagony Jones took home Track Athlete of the Year honors in the Mid-Atlantic region. Nittany Lion head coach Beth Alford-Sullivan was named Coach of the Year, while John Gondak and Randy Bungard were tabbed men's and women's Assistant Coaches of the Year, respectively.

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.

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Indoor Track & Field NCAA Championship Qualifiers

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The NCAA Track & Field Committee announced on Tuesday the participants for the 2014 NCAA Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships, set for March 14-15 in Albuquerque, N.M. A list of Big Ten women's qualifiers, complete with seed and qualifying time, can be found below.

WOMEN'S QUALIFIERS
60-meter dash
9. Mahagony Jones, PSU (7.26)
11. Ashlee Abraham, OSU (7.29)
14. Chesna Sykes, OSU (7.30)

200-meter dash
6. Mahagony Jones, PSU (23.10)

400-meter dash
9. Kiah Seymour, PSU (52.53)

800-meter run
8. Alena Brooks, MINN (2:04.90)

Mile
3. Leah O'Connor, MSU (4:34.35)

3000-meter run
11. Rachele Schulist, MSU (9:06.85)

5000-meter run
11. Erin Finn, MICH (15:52.11)

60-meter hurdles
5. Cindy Ofili, MICH (8.08)
8. Evonne Britton, PSU (8.10)

4x400-meter relay

6. PSU (3:34.22) - Dynasty McGee, Kiah Seymour, Tichina Rhodes, Mahagony Jones

Distance Medley Relay
7. MICH (11:00.02) - Jaimie Phelan, Maya Long, Danielle Pfeifer, Brook Handler

High Jump

13. Kandie Bloch-Jones, ILL (1.82m)

Pole Vault
16. Kiley Tobel, MICH (4.25m)

Triple Jump
3. Tori Franklin, MSU (13.56m)
14. Cierra Brown, PUR (13.00m)

Shot Put
4. Dani Bunch, PUR (17.19m)
6. Kyla Buckley, IND (17.17m)

Weight Throw
3. Dani Bunch, PUR (22.35m)

Pentathlon
5. Deanna Latham, WIS (4176)
14. Brittany Howell, PSU (4061)
15. Jess Herauf, MINN (4054)
Four Big Ten Women's Indoor Track & Field squads appear in the latest USTFCCCA poll, released on Tuesday. Penn State leads conference teams at No. 16, followed by No. 21 Purdue, No. 23 Michigan State and No. 25 Michigan.

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Two Big Ten Women's Indoor Track & Field squads appear in the latest USTFCCCA poll, released on Tuesday. Penn State checks in at No. 11 and Purdue is ranked No. 17.

For the complete poll, click here.

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, Feb. 21
IOWA at Iowa Invite - Iowa City, Iowa
NEBRASKA at Nebraska Tune-Up - Lincoln, Neb.
OHIO STATE at Buckeye Tune-Up - Columbus, Ohio
WISCONSIN at Red and White Open - Madison, Wis.
WISCONSIN at USA Indoor Championships - Albuquerque, N.M.

Saturday, Feb. 22
ILLINOIS at Orange & Blue Open - Champaign, Ill.
INDIANA at Alex Wilson Invite - South Bend, Ind.
#25 MICHIGAN at Silverston Invitational - Ann Arbor, Mich.
MICHIGAN STATE at Silverston Invitational - Ann Arbor, Mich.
MINNESOTA at Parents Day Invite - Minneapolis, Minn.
#10 PENN STATE at Alex Wilson Invite - South Bend, Ind.
#15 PURDUE at Alex Wilson Invite - South Bend, Ind.
WISCONSIN at Alex Wilson Invite - South Bend, Ind.
WISCONSIN at USA Indoor Championships - Albuquerque, N.M.

Sunday, Feb. 23
WISCONSIN at USA Indoor Championships - Albuquerque, N.M.


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