ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced the 2017 Big Ten Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championship award winners on Tuesday. Wisconsin’s Morgan McDonald earned Track Athlete of the Championships recognition. Indiana’s Treyton Harris claimed Field Athlete of the Championships honors, while Hoosiers’ head coach Ron Helmer was named the unanimous Big Ten Coach of the Year.
McDonald claimed both 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter crowns at last weekend’s Big Ten Championships to earn 20 team points for the Badgers. McDonald finished with a time of 8:12.58 in the 3,000-meter race and a time of 14:04.44 in the 5,000-meter run. McDonald is the first Wisconsin student to earn Track Athlete of the Championships since Brandon Bethke in 2008.
Harris won the long jump with a mark of 7.71 meters and finished second in the high jump with a mark of 2.17 meters, earning 18 total points for Indiana to lead the squad to lead the Hoosiers to their 18th Big Ten title and first since 2012. Harris is the first Indiana student to claim the honor since Derek Drouin in 2011.
Helmer earns Big Ten Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his career after also winning the award in 2012. The Hoosiers claimed their second Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships title under the leadership of Helmer.
The Big Ten Conference office recognizes students from each team as Sportsmanship Award Honorees. The students chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the students must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
Honorees for men’s indoor track and field include Illinois’ Joe Cowlin, Indiana’s Adrian Mable, Iowa’s Ryan Dorman, Michigan’s Khoury Crenshaw, Michigan State’s Sherod Hardt, Minnesota’s Gian Ferretti, Nebraska’s Cody Walton, Ohio State’s Anthony Johnson, Penn State’s Xavier Smith, Purdue’s Justin Veteto, Rutgers’ Jermaine Griffith and Wisconsin’s Rashid Coulibaly. These students are now candidates for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as the conference office will honor one male and one female student from each institution at the end of the school year.
The Big Ten will announce Track Athlete of the Year, Field Athlete of the Year and Freshman of the Year following the conclusion of the NCAA Championships.
Track Athlete of the Championships
Morgan McDonald, Wisconsin
Field Athlete of the Championships
Treyton Harris, Indiana
Coach of the Year
RON HELMER, Indiana
ALL CAPS denotes unanimous decision