Big Ten Medal of Honor: Bjorn Barrefors, Nebraska Men's Track & Field

June 5, 2013

Bjorn Barrefors is a senior three-time captain combined event athlete from Stockholm, Sweden. A member of two conference championship teams, Barrefors is a six-time All-American and two-time conference champion who has also broken the Nebraska school records in the men’s heptathlon and decathlon. Barrefors most recently finished fourth in the decathlon at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships, while he finished first in 2012 with a record-breaking performance. At the NCAA Championships in 2012, he came in fourth in the heptathlon and eighth in the decathlon. Barrefors has finished in the top 15 in every NCAA Championship he has competed in, while totaling a top-10 finish in all conference championships. He carries a 3.75 GPA in computer science, with a minor in mathematics and physics. He was selected as the 2012-13 Nebraska Male Student Athlete of the Year and is a two-time first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American (2011, 2012) and was also named a third-team CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2010. He was a recipient of the NCAA Elite 88 Academic Award during the 2010 indoor track and field season and is a two-time honoree of the USTFCCCA All-Academic team. Barrefors is a three-time academic All-Conference award winner and a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. He is also a two-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, serving as president during the 2010-11 school year. Barrefors was a recipient of the HERO Leadership Award and a participant in the NCAA Leadership Forum in 2012. In addition, he has been a volunteer at numerous local elementary schools and community organizations.