Big Ten Medal of Honor: Tyler Hitchler, Nebraska Men's Track & Field

Tyler Hitchler
Nebraska Men’s Track & Field

Tyler Hitchler is a senior two-time captain shot put and discus thrower from Fremont, Nebraska. A member of two conference championship teams, Hitchler is a two-time All-American who earned the 2012 Huskers’ Most Outstanding Men’s Track and Field Athlete award. Hitchler has ranked in the top ten nationally in the discus during his senior season and most recently finished third in the men’s discus at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. He finished seventh in the discus at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships and recorded an 11th-place finish in 2010. Hitchler was a third-team CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2011 and a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-District VII honoree as a Nutrition and Health Science major with a 3.71 GPA. He is a four-time Academic All-Conference award winner and a three-time member of the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team. He is also a four-year member of the Nebraska Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the Russ White Spirit Award Recipient for Outstanding Leadership and an officer for the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society. He was honored as the 2011-12 University of Nebraska Male Student-Athlete of the Year and is a two-time HERO Leadership Award recipient. Hitchler is also a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta-Pre-Medical Honor Society, serving as president in 2011. He has been a guest speaker for the NFL Play 60 Youth Conference as well as a mentor and tutor at a local elementary school. Hitchler has spent time as a volunteer and speaker for numerous local organizations including “School is Cool” Week, American Education Week, Middle School Matters and the Tour of Excellence. He has been accepted into the University of Nebraska’s College of Medicine.