Track & Field Championships Honors
May 16, 2017
The Big Ten Conference announced the 2017 men’s and women’s outdoor Track and Field Athletes of the Championships on Tuesday, as well as the men’s and women’s Coaches of the Year.
On the men’s side, Wisconsin’s Malachy Schrobilgen was named the Track Athlete of the Championships, while Penn State’s Malik Moffett claimed Field Athlete of the Championships honors and John Gondak was selected as the Coach of the Year. Purdue’s Devynne Charlton was tabbed the Women’s Track Athlete of the Championships, Indiana’s Sydney Clute earned Field Athlete of the Championships honors and Purdue’s Rolando “Lonnie” Greene was named the Coach of the Year.
Schrobilgen won the 10,000-meter run for the second time in his career, reclaiming a title he first won in 2015. He finished with a time of 29:27.48 on the opening night of this year’s Big Ten Championships, crossing the finish line 11 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Schrobilgen, who went on to finish second in the 5,000-meter run behind teammate Morgan McDonald, has now claimed four Big Ten titles in his career, including Big Ten cross country crowns in 2013 and 2014. He is the fifth Athlete of the Championships from Wisconsin and the first since Demi Omole in 2007.
Moffett claimed a pair of gold medals at the Big Ten Championships, winning both the long jump and the 200-meter dash. He established new school and facility records with his jump of 8.00 meters (26-3), becoming the first competitor to reach eight meters at the Big Ten Championships since 2005. On the final day of the event, Moffett won the 200-meter dash with a wind-aided time of 19.87 seconds and finished sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.26 seconds. Moffett is the second Athlete of the Championships from Penn State, joining Darrell Hill from 2014.
Gondak earned unanimous Coach of the Year honors after leading the Nittany Lions to their first team title in program history. He helped Penn State claim three individual titles and 10 top-three individual finishes. In addition to Moffett’s two individual titles, Isaiah Harris claimed the 800-meter run crown for the second consecutive season. Gondak earns his second Big Ten Coach of the Year accolade of the season, after claiming the honor with the Penn State women’s indoor team in February.
Charlton was the unanimous selection as Athlete of the Championships on the women’s side after earning three gold medals in approximately one hour on Sunday. She started the afternoon by running the opening leg of the 4x100-meter relay, which the Boilermakers won for the third consecutive year. Charlton returned to the starting blocks for the 100-meter hurdles, winning her second medal of the day with a wind-aided time of 12.67 seconds. Less than 20 minutes later, she claimed the 100-meter dash title, crossing the line in 11.31 seconds to win the event for the second time in her career and first since 2015. Charlton, who also finished fifth in the 200-meter dash, claimed Track Athlete of the Championships honors for the third time in her career, following indoor honors in 2016 and 2017.
Clute broke her own Big Ten Championships record in the pole vault, claiming the event title for the second straight year. Clute cleared a height of 4.43 meters to eclipse her mark of 4.42 meters from 2016 and earn her third career gold medal overall, including two outdoor pole vault titles and the 2016 indoor pole vault crown. She becomes the second Athlete of the Championships from Indiana and the first since Faith Sherrill in 2010.
Greene was the unanimous selection for Coach of the Year after guiding Purdue to its third Big Ten Championship and first since 1999. He helped the Boilermakers earn five individual titles and 10 top-three individual finishes. In addition to Charlton’s two individual crowns and the 4x100-meter relay title, Symone Black won the 400-meter hurdles and Savannah Carson was victorious in the long jump. Greene earns his first Big Ten Coach of the Year accolade and the second by a Purdue head coach, joining Ben Paolillo in 1999.
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. These students are now candidates for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as the conference office will honor one male and one female from each institution at the end of the school year.
A full list of honorees can be found below. Awards for Big Ten Track and Field Athletes of the Year, as well as Freshman of the Year, will be announced following the NCAA Championships.
Men’s Coach of the Year
Men’s Sportsmanship Honorees
Women’s Track Athlete of the Championships
Women’s Coach of the Year
Women’s Sportsmanship Honorees
UNANIMOUS SELECTIONS IN ALL CAPS