Big Ten Announces Outdoor Track & Field Championships Honors
May 15, 2018


ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced the 2018 men’s and women’s outdoor Track and Field Athletes of the Championships on Tuesday, as well as the men’s and women’s Coaches of the Year. 

On the men’s side, Penn State’s Isaiah Harris was named the Track Athlete of the Championships, while Illinos’ Jonathan Wells claimed Field Athlete of the Championships honors and Karen Dennis was selected as the Coach of the Year. Purdue’s Devynne Charlton was tabbed the Women’s Track Athlete of the Championships, Iowa’s Jahisha Thomas earned Field Athlete of the Championships honors and Minnesota’s Matt Bingle was named the Coach of the Year.

Harris won the 800-meter run for the third consecutive year. The junior finished with a time of 1:45.31, a new Big Ten Championships record. Harris has now claimed seven Big Ten titles in his career. He is the third Athlete of the Championships from Penn State.

Wells claimed the high jump title at the Big Ten Championships. He established new school record with his jump of seven feet, five inches (2.26 meters). Wells is the third Illinois Athlete of the Championships and the first since Marko Koers in 1996.

Dennis earned Coach of the Year honors after leading the Buckeyes to their fifth Big Ten Championships title in program history and the first since 1993. She helped Ohio State claim two individual titles and 10 top-three individual finishes. Dennis earns her second Big Ten Coach of the Year accolade of the season, after claiming the honor with the Ohio State men’s indoor team in February.

Charlton was named Track Athlete of the Championships on the women’s side after earning three gold medals in approximately one hour on Sunday. Charlton won titles in the 100-meter dash, 100-meter hurdles and 4x100-meter relay, while also scoring in the 200-meter dash. She started the afternoon by running the anchor leg of the 4x100-meter relay, which the Boilermakers won for the fourth consecutive year. Charlton returned to the starting blocks for the 100-meter hurdles, winning her second medal of the day with a time of 13.07 seconds. The senior then claimed the 100-meter dash title, the third of her career, breaking the school record with a time of 11.22 seconds to win by 0.06 of a second. Charlton, who also finished seventh in the 200-meter dash, claimed the Big Ten Indoor Track Athlete of the Championships in 2016 and 2017, the Big Ten Indoor Track Athlete of the Year in 2017 and the Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year in 2017.

Thomas is the fourth person in Big Ten history to sweep the long jump and triple jump at a single Big Ten meet. She won the program's second long jump title on Saturday with a personal best and Big Ten meet record mark of 21-feet, 6-inches (6.55 meters). The senior claimed Iowa's first women's triple jump title in school history with a best jump of 43-feet, 3.25-inches (13.11 meters) on Sunday. Both of Thomas' best marks came on her first attempt of the competition. She becomes Iowa's first Outdoor Athlete of the Championships.

Bingle earned Coach of the Year after guiding Minnesota to its second Big Ten Championships title in program history and the first since 2006. He helped the Gophers earn two individual titles and 13 top-three individual finishes. Bingle earns his second Outdoor Big Ten Coach of the Year accolade and the first since Gary Wilson in 2006.

The Big Ten Conference office recognizes students 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 from each institution at the end of the school year.

A full list of honorees can be found below. Awards for Big Ten Track and Field Athletes of the Year, as well as Freshman of the Year, will be announced following the NCAA Championships.

Men’s Track Athlete of the Championships
Isaiah Harris, PSU

Men’s Field Athlete of the Championships
Jonathan Wells, ILL

Men’s Coach of the Year
Karen Dennis, OSU

Men’s Sportsmanship Honorees
Alex Gold, ILL
William Session, IND
William Dougherty, IOWA
Sam Shoultz, MD
Grant Cartwright, MICH
Antonio Clark, MSU
Sam Carlson, MINN
Cody Walton, NEB
Drelan Bramwell, OSU
Michael Biddle, PSU
Waseem Williams, PUR
Matt Krezmer, RU
Ben Eidenschink, WIS

Women’s Track Athlete of the Championships
Devynne Charlton, PUR

Women’s Field Athlete of the Championships
Jahisha Thomas, IOWA

Women’s Coach of the Year
Matt Bingle, MINN

Women’s Sportsmanship Honorees
Kristina Kladar, ILL
Kendell Wiles, IND
Jahisha Thomas, IOWA
Claudia Ababio, MD
Gina Sereno, MICH
Jade Madison, MSU
Lindsey Smits, MINN
Chase Wolinski, NEB
Alexus Pyles, OSU
Madeline Holmberg, PSU
Brionna Thomas, PUR
Bryanna Grant, RU
Casie Pawlik, WIS

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