Big Ten Women's Cross Country Individual Awards Announced

Penn State's Caitlin Lane has been named Big Ten Athlete of the Year.

Nov. 1, 2011

PARK RIDGE, Ill. – The individual Big Ten women’s cross country awards have been announced, with Penn State’s Caitlin Lane taking home top honors as the conference’s Athlete of the Year. Michigan State’s Walt Drenth has earned Coach of the Year laurels, while Michigan’s Taylor Pogue and Wisconsin’s Gabrielle Anzalone have been named Co-Freshmen of the Year.

Lane 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 19:58. The senior is the third Nittany Lion to earn Athlete of the Year honors and the second to win it in the last three years.

Drenth earns his second consecutive Coach of the Year accolade after leading Michigan State to back-to-back Big Ten titles. The Spartans placed first in a tightly contested race, finishing six points ahead of the field. The award marks the third in Michigan State history.

Pogue and Anzalone collect Co-Freshman of the Year honors after placing 12th and 20th at the Big Ten meet, respectively. Pogue is the seventh Michigan runner to win the award, while Anzalone earns the eighth honor in Wisconsin history and the fourth in the last six years.

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: Caitlin Lane, Penn State
Coach of the Year: Walt Drenth, Michigan State
Co-Freshman of the Year: Taylor Pogue, Michigan; Gabrielle Anzalone, Wisconsin

Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Meghan Frigo, Illinois
Helene DeLone, Indiana
Mareike Schrulle, Iowa
Danielle Tauro, Michigan
Carlie Green, Michigan State
Laura Docherty, Minnesota
Katie White, Nebraska
Rachel Kaminski, Northwestern
Jordan Jennewine, Ohio State
Emily Giannotti, Penn State
Blair Doney, Purdue
Dani Fischer, Wisconsin