Big Ten Announces Men's Outdoor Track & Field Individual Honors
May 14, 2013
The Big Ten Conference office announced on Tuesday the 2013 Big Ten men’s outdoor track and field individual award winners. 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.
The Big Ten Conference office recognizes student-athletes from each team as Sportsmanship Award Honorees. The student-athletes chosen are 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 outdoor track and field are Illinois’ Brett Ramirez, Indiana’s Derek Messmer, Iowa’s Kyle Reid, Michigan’s Matt Campbell, Michigan State’s Lonnie Pugh, Minnesota’s Nick Hutton, Nebraska’s Teran Walford, Ohio State’s Chris Fallon, Penn State’s Brian Leap, Purdue’s Jakob Engel and Wisconsin’s Maverick Darling. These 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.
Track Athlete of the Year
Freshman of the Year
Coach of the Year
Gary Pepin, Nebraska