Big Ten Announces Men's Outdoor Track & Field Individual Honors
May 20, 2014
Rosemont, Ill. -
The Big Ten Conference announced the 2014 Big Ten men’s outdoor track & field individual award winners on Tuesday. Wisconsin’s Mohammed Ahmed was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year, while Purdue’s Raheem Mostert claimed Track Athlete of the Championships honors. Penn State’s Darrell Hill was tabbed Field Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Championships and Minnesota’s Trevor Yedoni earned Freshman of the Year laurels. Badger head coach Mick Byrne was named Coach of the Year by his peers.
Ahmed was tabbed Track Athlete of the Year after leading Wisconsin to its second conference title in the last three years last weekend. The senior helped the Badgers sweep the podium in the distance events, posting a first-place effort in the 5,000-meter run and second-place finish in the 10,000-meter run. Ahmed currently holds the nation’s third-best time in the 5,000-meter run this season (14:09.53). He is the third Badger to earn Athlete of the Year honors and first since Demi Omole in 2007.
At the Big Ten Championships, Mostert ran to two individual titles en route to his honor. He recorded first-place efforts in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. The junior totaled 33 of Purdue’s 79 points, including 20 individually and 13 as a part of relay teams. He is the fourth Boilermaker to be tabbed Athlete of the Championships and the first since Billy Hardcastle in 2008.
Hill was named Field Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the Championships after posting a season-best throw in the shot put at the conference championships last weekend. The junior took home the shot put crown with a mark of 20.57 meters, which ranks second in program history and in the NCAA this season. Hill becomes just the second Nittany Lion to be tabbed Athlete of the Year, joining Joe Kovacs in 2012, and the first to be honored as Athlete of the Championships.
Yedoni collected Freshman of the Year honors after a career day at the Big Ten Championships last weekend. The newcomer posted a personal-best mark of 7.57 meters en route to a first-place effort in the long jump. He was also a member of Minnesota’s 4x100-meter relay team that earned a seventh-place finish. Yedoni is the third Gopher to win the award and the first since Staffan Strand in 1997.
Byrne earned Coach of the Year honors after leading Wisconsin to its second conference title in the last three years and 26th overall. He helped the Badgers to three first-place finishes and podium sweeps in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs at the Big Ten Championships. Ahmed and Reed Connor claimed the 5,000- and 10,000-meter crowns, respectively, while Zach Ziemek won the decathlon title. Byrne's award marks the 12th time a Badger head coach has earned the honor, joining 11-time recipient Ed Nuttycombe.
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. 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