Big Ten Announces Men's Indoor Individual Honorees

March 2, 2010

The Big Ten Conference office announced on Tuesday the 2010 All-Big Ten Men’s indoor track and field teams and individual award winners. Highlighting the list, Ohio State sophomore Thomas Murdaugh was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Indiana senior Derek Drouin earned the nod as Field Athlete of the Year. Indiana’s Andy Bayer was tabbed Freshman of the Year by the conference coaches while Golden Gopher head coach Steve Plasencia was named Coach of the Year by his peers. The conference coaches also recognized a pair of student-athletes for their excellent performances at this year’s Big Ten Indoor Championships as Murdaugh and Minnesota senior Aaron Studt took home Track and Field Athlete of the Championships laurels, respectively.

The Big Ten Conference office honors an individual from each team with the Sportsmanship Award. The student-athletes chosen were individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes 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 are, Illinois’s Greg Shroka, Indiana’s Bayer,  Iowa’s Adam Hairston, Michigan’s Chris Baldwin, Michigan State’s Cliff Miller, Minnesota’s Joey Schwecke, Ohio State’s Ryan Blake, Penn State’s Dan Sandrowicz, Purdue’s Jacob Palmer and Wisconsin’s Luke Rucks.  These eleven student-athletes are now candidates for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as the conference office will honor one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year.

The conference also announced All-Big Ten first and second teams at the conclusion of the Championships on Sunday. A complete list of individual honorees and All-Conference teams are listed below:

Track Athlete of the Year
Thomas Murdaugh, Ohio State

Field Athlete of the Year
Derek Drouin, Indiana

Freshman of the Year
Andy Bayer, Indiana

Track Athlete of the Championships
Thomas Murdaugh, Ohio State

Field Athlete of the Championships
Aaron Studt, Minnesota

Coach of the Year
Steve Plasencia, Minnesota

First Team
Andrew Riley, Illinois
Derek Drouin, Indiana
Robert Peddlar, Michigan
Kyron Foster, Michigan State
Ben Blankenship, Minnesota
Harun Abda, Minnesota
R.J. McGinnis, Minnesota
Ben Peterson, Minnesota
Aaron Studt, Minnesota
Thomas Murdaugh, Ohio State
Stephen Robinson, Ohio State
Jeff See, Ohio State
Elon Simms, Ohio State
Brandon Woodard, Ohio State
Ryan Foster, Penn State
Shane Crawford, Purdue
Jack Bolas, Wisconsin
Grant Bughman, Wisconsin
Ryan Gasper, Wisconsin
Landon Peacock, Wisconsin
Luke Rucks, Wisconsin

Second Team
Kevin Dibbern, Iowa
Erik Sowinski, Iowa
Ray Varner, Iowa
Steven Willey, Iowa
Andrew Bayer, Indiana
Brendon Blacklaws, Michigan
Dallas Bowden, Michigan
Sean McNamara, Michigan
Nicholas Neuman, Michigan
Sean Pruitt, Michigan
Matt Fisher, Minnesota
Jack Szmanda, Minnesota
Logan Stroman, Minnesota
Adam Green, Ohio State
Hanif Johnson
Joe Kovacs, Penn State
Chris Kirtz, Purdue
Eric Sparks, Purdue
Maverick Darling, Wisconsin
Nate Larkin, Wisconsin