Big Ten Announces Men's Outdoor Track & Field All-Big Ten Teams & Individual Honors

May 15, 2012

The Big Ten Conference office announced on Tuesday the 2012 All-Big Ten men’s outdoor track and field teams and individual award winners. Highlighting the list, Illinois senior Andrew Riley was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Track Athlete of the Championships, Penn State senior Joe Kovacs earned the nod as Field Athlete of the Year, and Indiana junior Derek Drouin was tabbed Field Athlete of the Championships. Penn State’s Robby Creese was named Freshman of the Year, while Wisconsin head coach Ed Nuttycombe was a unanimous selection for Coach of the Year laurels.

The complete list of award winners and All-Big Ten honorees can be found below.

The Big Ten Conference office recognizes student-athletes from each team with the Sportsmanship Award. 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’ Corey Hammon, Indiana’s Tyler Sult,  Iowa’s Jeff Herron, Michigan’s Nick Neuman, Michigan State’s Jay Gillespie, Minnesota’s Sam Kettenhofen, Nebraska’s Tim Thompson, Ohio State’s Matt DeChant, Penn State’s Logan Caldwell, Purdue’s Josh Lee and Wisconsin’s Kyle Jefferson. 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

Andrew Riley, Illinois    




Field Athlete of the Year

Joe Kovacs, Penn State

Track Athlete of the Championships

Andrew Riley, Illinois

Field Athlete of the Championships

Derek Drouin, Indiana

Freshman of the Year

Robby Creese, Penn State


Coach of the Year*

Ed Nuttycombe, Wisconsin

*Unanimous Selection


First Team

Jade Ackerman, Illinois

Stanley Azie, Illinois

Andrew Riley, Illinois

Brandon Stryganek, Illinois

Andrew Bayer, Indiana

Kind Butler, Indiana

Derek Drouin, Indiana

Zachary Mayhew, Indiana

Matt Byers, Iowa

Troy Doris, Iowa

Craig Forys, Michigan

Jack Greenlee, Michigan

Quentin Mege, Minnesota

Bjorn Barrefors, Nebraska

Miles Ukaoma, Nebraska

Mike Hartfield, Ohio State

Brandon Bennett-Green, Penn State

Brady Gehret, Penn State

Joe Kovacs, Penn State

Casimir Loxsom, Penn State

Aaron Nadolsky, Penn State

Mohammed Ahmed, Wisconsin

Danny Block, Wisconsin


Second Team

Darius King, Indiana

Nick Stoner, Indiana

Tyler Sult, Indiana

Chris Vaughn, Indiana

Ethan Holmes, Iowa

Ali Arastu, Michigan

Ethan Dennis, Michigan

Hassan Mead, Minnesota

David Pachuta, Minnesota

Jack Szmanda, Minnesota

Chris Phipps, Nebraska

Luke Pinkelman, Nebraska

Chad Wright, Nebraska

Cory Leslie, Ohio State

Brady Hammon, Wisconsin

Kyle Jefferson, Wisconsin

Japheth Cato, Wisconsin

Elliot Krause, Wisconsin

Garret Payne, Wisconsin

Drew Simmons, Wisconsin

Derek Steinbach, Wisconsin


Sportsmanship Award Honorees

Corey Hammon, Illinois

Tyler Sult, Indiana

Jeff Herron, Iowa

Nick Neuman, Michigan

Jay Gillespie, Michigan State

Sam Kettenhofen, Minnesota

Tim Thompson, Nebraska

Matt DeChant, Ohio State

Logan Caldwell, Penn State

Josh Lee, Purdue

Kyle Jefferson, Wisconsin