Big Ten Announces Women's Indoor Track & Field Individual Honors
Feb. 27, 2013
The Big Ten Conference office announced on Wednesday the 2013 Big Ten women’s indoor track and field individual award winners. Highlighting the list, Illinois sophomore Ashley Spencer was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Michigan State senior Beth Rohl earned the nod as Field Athlete of the Year. In addition, Spencer was tabbed Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships, while Nebraska’s Mara Griva took home Field Athlete of the Championships laurels. Illinois’ Morolake Akinosun was tabbed Freshman of the Year by the conference coaches, while Fighting Illini head coach Tonja Buford-Bailey was named Coach of the Year by her peers.
The Big Ten Conference office recognizes student-athletes from each team as Sportsmanship Award Honorees. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. Honorees for women’s indoor track and field are Illinois’ Samantha Murphy, Indiana’s Courtney Woodard, Iowa’s Raven Moore, Michigan’s Amber Smith, Michigan State’s Alysson Bodenbach, Minnesota’s Jeri Johnson-Chambers, Nebraska’s Griva, Ohio State’s Katie Borchers, Penn State’s Kiah Seymour, Purdue’s Dani Bunch and Wisconsin’s Abby Wiegel. These student-athletes are now candidates for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as the conference office will honor one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year.
Freshman of the Year
Morolake Akinosun, Illinois
Track Athlete of the Championships
Ashley Spencer, Illinois
Field Athlete of the Championships
Mara Griva, Nebraska
Coach of the Year
Tonja Buford-Bailey, Illinois