Big Ten Men's Cross Country Individual Awards Announced

Ron Helmer

Nov. 6, 2013

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced the individual award winners for the 2013 men’s cross country season. Wisconsin’s Malachy Schrobilgen was selected as the Big Ten Athlete of the Year and also claimed Freshman of the Year honors. Indiana head coach Ron Helmer was named Big Ten Coach of the Year.

Schrobilgen was the individual medalist at last Sunday’s Big Ten Men’s Cross Country Championships, crossing the 8K finishing line in 24:16.9. Wisconsin now has 12 Big Ten Athlete of the Year honors, along with nine Freshman of the Year nods.

Helmer was named Coach of the Year for the first time after guiding Indiana to its first Big Ten title since 1980. The Hoosiers finished the competition with 51 points, including four top-10 finishes at the Boilermaker Cross Country Course in West Lafayette, Ind.

The Big Ten also recognized 11 Sportsmanship Award honorees. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These student-athletes must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. The complete list of honorees can be found below.

Athlete of the Year: Malachy Schrobilgen, Wisconsin
Coach of the Year: Ron Helmer, Indiana
Freshman of the Year:
Malachy Schrobilgen, Wisconsin

Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Brendan McDonnell, Illinois
Jason Crist, Indiana
Nate Ferree, Iowa
James Yau, Michigan
Caleb Rhynard, Michigan State
Christian Skaret, Minnesota
Jarren Heng, Nebraska
Jordan Redd, Ohio State
Brannon Kidder, Penn State
Matthew McClintock, Purdue
Jacob Naylor, Wisconsin