Big Ten Announces Women's Outdoor Track & Field Individual Honors




May 14, 2013

The Big Ten Conference office announced on Tuesday the 2013 Big Ten women’s outdoor track and field individual award winners. Illinois sophomore Ashley Spencer was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Track Athlete of the Championships, while Nebraska senior Mara Griva earned the nod as Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the Championships. Ohio State’s Alexis Franklin was tabbed Freshman of the Year by the conference coaches, while Nittany Lions’ head coach Beth Alford-Sullivan 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 outdoor track and field are Illinois’ Katie Porada, Indiana’s Sydney Clute, Iowa’s Raven Moore, Michigan’s Kiley Tobel, Michigan State’s Amanda Impellizzeri, Minnesota’s Melissa Flucke, Nebraska’s Annie Jackson, Ohio State’s Christienne Linton, Penn State’s Ahmenah Richardson, Purdue’s Vanessa McLeod and Wisconsin’s Emmon Rogers. 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.


Track Athlete of the Year
Ashley Spencer, Illinois

Field Athlete of the Year
Mara Griva, Nebraska

Freshman of the Year
Alexis Franklin, Ohio State

Track Athlete of the Championships
Ashley Spencer, Illinois

Field Athlete of the Championships
Mara Griva, Nebraska

Coach of the Year

Beth Alford-Sullivan, Penn State