ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced the 2018 Big Ten Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championship award winners on Tuesday. Wisconsin’s Oliver Hoare earned Track Athlete of the Championships recognition. Ohio State’s Zack Bazile claimed Field Athlete of the Championships honors and Buckeyes’ head coach Karen Dennis was named Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Hoare claimed both 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter crowns at last weekend’s Big Ten Championships to earn 20 team points for the Badgers. Hoare finished with a time of 8:11.07 in the 3,000-meter race and a time of 14:07.50 in the 5,000-meter run. Hoare is the second Wisconsin student to earn Athlete of the Championships in as many years.
Bazile won the long jump with a mark of 8.04 meters and finished fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 15.69 meters, earning 14 total points for Ohio State to lead the squad to their sixth Big Ten title and first since 1993. Bazile is the first Ohio State student to claim the honor since Thomas Murdaugh in 2010.
Dennis earns Big Ten Coach of the Year honors for the first time in her career. The Buckeyes claimed their sixth Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships with Dennis’ leadership.
The Big Ten Conference office recognizes one student 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 student from each institution at the end of the school year.
The Big Ten will announce Track Athlete of the Year, Field Athlete of the Year and Freshman of the Year following the conclusion of the NCAA Championships.
Track Athlete of the Championships
Oliver Hoare, Wisconsin
Field Athlete of the Championships
Zack Bazile, Ohio State
Coach of the Year
Karen Dennis, Ohio State
Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Mike Hyc, Illinois
Adam Coulon, Indiana
Nathan Mylenek, Iowa
Kevin Stephens, Michigan
Max Benoit, Michigan State
Sam Carlson, Minnesota
Landon Bartel, Nebraska
Paul Bete, Ohio State
Jon Yohman, Penn State
Waseem Williams, Purdue
Alex Livernois, Rutgers
Zach Lorbeck, Wisconsin