ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced the 2017 Big Ten Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championship award winners on Tuesday. Purdue’s Devynne Charlton earned Track Athlete of the Championships recognition. Ohio State’s Sade Olatoye claimed Field Athlete of the Championships honors, while Nittany Lions’ head coach John Gondak was named Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Charlton earns Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships for the second-straight year after claiming both 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdle crowns and finishing second in the 200-meter dash at last weekend’s Big Ten Championships to earn 28 points for the Boilermakers. Charlton posted a time of 7.26 seconds in the 60-meter dash, a time of 7.97 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles and a time of 23.53 seconds in the 200-meter dash. Charlton remains the only Purdue student to earn Track Athlete of the Championships recognition.
The Buckeyes’ Olatoye won both the women’s shot put and the women’s weight throw, earning 20 total points for the Buckeyes. Olatoye’s mark of 21.60 meters in the weight throw was more than two feet further than the nearest competitor and her mark of 16.71 meters in the shot put was over one foot further than the second-place finisher. Olatoye becomes the first Buckeye to earn Field Athlete of the Championships honors.
Gondak earns Big Ten Women’s Coach of the Year honors for the first time in his career and is the first Penn State coach to claim the honor since Beth Alford-Sullivan in 2014. The Nittany Lions claimed their fourth Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships title and the first since 2014.
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.
Honorees for women’s indoor track and field include Illinois’ Kortni Smyers-Jones, Indiana’s Olivia Hippensteel, Iowa’s Andrea Shine, Maryland’s Catherine Voelpel, Michigan’s Gina Sereno, Michigan State’s Hannah Sailar, Minnesota’s Temi Ogunrinde, Nebraska’s Angela Mercurio, Ohio State’s Rachel Weber, Penn State’s Danielle Gibson, Purdue’s Devynne Charlton, Rutgers’ Sarah Robbie and Wisconsin’s Ebony McClendon. 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 on following the conclusion of the NCAA Championships.
Track Athlete of the Championships
Devynne Charlton, Purdue
Field Athlete of the Championships
Sade Olatoye, Ohio State
Coach of the Year
John Gondak, Penn State