ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced the Athlete of the Year awards for the 2017 men’s and women’s cross country season on Wednesday with Michigan’s Ben Flanagan and Indiana’s Katherine Receveur earning the honors.
Flanagan led the Wolverines to their 11th Big Ten Championship and their first title since 2015 this season. As the first Wolverine to cross the finish line, Flanagan earned first-team All-Big Ten honors. The senior went on to lead Michigan to a second place team finish at the Great Lakes Regional, earning the Wolverines a berth to the NCAA Championships – their 32nd postseason appearance and first since 2015. Flanagan finished first in the Great Lakes Regional with a time of 31:02.2 and earned All-Region team accolades as well as the 2017 Great Lakes Regional Athlete of the Year honor.
Flanagan finished 20th at the NCAA Championships with a time of 29:44.0. The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree is the seventh Wolverine to earn the Big Ten Athlete of the Year award and the first since Alan Webb in 2001.
Receveur won the 2017 Big Ten individual title with a course record time of 20:10.3. As the Big Ten Championship top finisher, the junior earned All-Big Ten honors for the second year in a row. Receveur became the first Hoosier in 30 years to win the NCAA Great Lakes Regional individual title with a time of 20:34.9, earning an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships. The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree was named the 2017 Great Lakes Region Athlete of the Year, earned All-Region team honors and went on to finish 20th overall at the NCAA Championships with a time of 19:56.5.
Receveur is the second Hoosier to earn the Big Ten Athlete of the Year award and the first since Michelle Dekkers in 1990.