Big Ten Announces Women's Track & Field Individual Honors
Feb. 28, 2007
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference office announced the 2007 Big Ten Women's Indoor Track and Field individual award winners and All-Big Ten teams on Wednesday. Conference champion Minnesota received Field Athlete and Coach of the Year honors while Iowa received two track accolades.
Minnesota's Liz Alabi was named Field Athlete of the Year, marking just the second time in Gopher history an athlete has received an award for excellence throughout the season and the first since Rachel Lewis was named Co-Athlete of the Year in 1991. Alabi was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week twice this season and took first in the shot put and the weight throw at this year's championships.
Minnesota coach Matt Bingle was named Coach of the Year after leading the Gophers to the program's first-ever conference championship. He is the first Minnesota coach to receive the award.
Iowa's Kineke Alexander was named Track Athlete of the Year and of the Championships having turned in two top finishes at the championships and breaking the Big Ten record in the 400-meter dash. The junior sprinter is the first Hawkeye to receive either award.
With a pair of first-place finishes, Illinois' Yvonne Mensah was named Field Athlete of the Championships, winning the long jump and the triple jump. Also competing in track events, the senior took second in the 60- and 200-meter dashes. This is the second consecutive award for Mensah, who was named Athlete of the Championships in 2006.
Rounding out the individual honors, Indiana's Vera Neuenswander was named Freshman of the Year after matching a Big Ten record in the pole vault at the 2007 championships. Neuenswander finished second in the event, but her best-vault of 13'05.75" matched the conference mark, set by Purdue's Mallory Peck on the same day.
The Big Ten also announced its All-Conference teams, honoring 17 individuals with spots on the first team and 17 more with places on the second team. Champion Minnesota boasts two first-team honorees and seven on the second team while second-place Michigan has six first-team members and one on the second team.
A complete list of individual award winners and the full All-Conference teams, as well as Sportsmanship Award honorees can be found below.
Big Ten Individual Award Winners
All-Big Ten First Team
All-Big Ten Second Team