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Weekend Schedule

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Friday, March 28
ILLINOIS, INDIANA, NEBRASKA, #17 PENN STATE at Texas Relays - Austin, Texas
ILLINOIS, IOWA, NEBRASKA at Arizona State Invitational - Phoenix, Ariz.
MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN STATE at Raleigh Relays - Raleigh, N.C.
MICHIGAN at North Florida Invitational - Jacksonville, Fla.
OHIO STATE at Yellow Jacket Invitational - Atlanta, Ga.
PURDUE at Mike Poehlein Invite - West Lafayette, Ind.

Saturday, March 29
ILLINOIS at Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational - Louisville, Ky.
ILLINOIS, IOWA, NEBRASKA at Arizona State Invitational - Phoenix, Ariz.
ILLINOIS, INDIANA, NEBRASKA, #17 PENN STATE at Texas Relays - Austin, Texas
MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN STATE at Raleigh Relays - Raleigh, N.C.
MICHIGAN at North Florida Invitational - Jacksonville, Fla.
NEBRASKA at ESU Spring Open - Emporia, Kan.
OHIO STATE at Yellow Jacket Invitational - Atlanta, Ga.
PURDUE at Mike Poehlein Invite - West Lafayette, Ind.

Penn State Ranked in Preseason USTFCCCA Poll

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The Penn State women's outdoor track & field team is ranked in the preseason USTFCCCA poll, released on Tuesday. The Nittany Lions appear at No. 17. For the full ranking, click here.

Weekend Schedule

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Friday, March 21
INDIANA at 49er Classic - Charlotte, N.C.
PURDUE at USC Trojan Invite - Los Angeles, Calif.

Saturday, March 22
INDIANA at 49er Classic - Charlotte, N.C.
PURDUE at USC Trojan Invite - Los Angeles, Calif.
WISCONSIN at UCF Invitational - Orlando, Fla.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 9

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At least 187 Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have earned Academic All-America distinction, including nine three-time honorees - Michigan's Diane Dietz (1982, women's basketball) and Steve Grote (1977, men's basketball), Michigan State's Michelle Carson (2004, women's track & field), Chris Hill (2005, men's basketball) and Drew Neitzel (2008, men's basketball), Minnesota's Matthew Nohelty (2009, baseball), Northwestern's Shon Morris (1988, men's basketball), Ohio State's Kevin Stephan (2002, men's lacrosse) and Penn State's Joanna Lohman (2005, women's soccer). 

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.

Thirteen Big Ten Standouts Named Academic All-America

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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 Earn NCAA Elite 89 Awards

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Three Big Ten student-athletes collected NCAA Elite 89 Awards during the spring season. Nebraska's Anne Martin and John Welk were honored at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, while Wisconsin's Kimberly Dinh earned 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.

NCAA Release

Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Season in Review

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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.


Nebraska Sweeps NCAA Elite 89 Award

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Nebraska's Anne Martin and John Welk were honored at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday 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.
Four Big Ten outdoor track and field teams have been awarded Regional Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year honors, the USTFCCCA announced on Monday.

Iowa's Justin Austin (Midwest Region) and Penn State's Casimir Loxsom (Mid-Atlantic) were tabbed Men's Track Athlete of the Year, while Indiana's Derek Drouin (Great Lakes Region) was named Men's Field Athlete of the Year. Nebraska's Gary Pepin (Midwest) was honored as Men's Coach of the Year, while the Hawkeyes' Joey Woody and the Nittany Lions' John Gondak were tabbed Men's Assistant of the Year.

On the women's side, Illinois' Ashley Spencer (Midwest) and Penn State's Mahagony Jones were named Women's Track Athlete of the Year, while the Nittany Lions' Beth Alford-Sullivan took home Women's Coach of the Year honors.
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