Big Ten Women's Cross Country Individual Awards Announced

Michigan's Shannon Osika was named Freshman of the Year.

Oct. 30, 2012

Park Ridge, Ill. -

The individual Big Ten women’s cross country awards have been announced. Michigan State’s Sara Kroll was a unanimous selection as the conference’s Athlete of the Year. Michigan’s Mike McGuire was a unanimous choice as Big Ten Coach of the Year and Wolverine Shannon Osika was named Freshman of the Year.

Kroll reels in Athlete of the Year honors after posting a first-place finish at the Big Ten Championships, finishing the 6,000-meter race in 20:13. The junior is the sixth Spartan to earn Athlete of the Year honors and the second to win it in the last three years.

McGuire earns his ninth Coach of the Year accolade, and first since he won five in a row from 2002-2006, after leading Michigan to its ninth Big Ten title. The Wolverines placed five runners in the top 20 at the Big Ten Championships, as Michigan edged the competition with 55 team points.

Osika collects Freshman of the Year honors after placing 13th at the Big Ten meet, leading all freshmen. She is the second consecutive Michigan runner to win the award and eighth all-time.

The Big Ten also recognized 12 Sportsmanship Award honorees. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These student-athletes must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. The complete list of honorees can be found below.

Athlete of the Year: SARA KROLL, Michigan State
Coach of the Year: MIKE MCGUIRE, Michigan
Freshman of the Year: Shannon Osika, Michigan

Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Courtney Yaeger, Illinois
Molly Hirt, Indiana
Mareike Schrulle, Iowa
Lindsey Hilton, Michigan
Rachel McFarlane, Michigan State
Rachel Drake, Minnesota
Isabel Andrade, Nebraska
Ann Powers, Northwestern
Lexi Augenbaugh, Ohio State
Natalie Bower, Penn State
Kelly McCurdy, Purdue
Anne Gregory, Wisconsin 

CAPS indicate unanimous selection