Big Ten Announces Women's Cross Country Individual Honors

Erin Finn

Nov. 6, 2013

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced the individual award winners for the 2013 women’s cross country season. Michigan’s Erin Finn was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Year, while also claiming Freshman of the Year honors. Michigan State head coach Walt Drenth was a unanimous selection as the Big Ten Coach of the Year.

Finn finished first at last Sunday’s Big Ten Women’s Cross Country Championships, crossing the 6K finishing line in 20:48.3. It marked the first time since 2006 that Michigan has claimed Big Ten Athlete of the Year honors.

Drenth saw three Spartan runners finish in the top 10 at the Big Ten Championships, leading to Michigan State’s second title in the past three years. He was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the third 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: Erin Finn, Michigan
Coach of the Year: WALT DRENTH, Michigan State
Freshman of the Year: Erin Finn, Michigan 

Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Alyssa Schneider, Illinois
Chanli Mundy, Indiana
Shannon Maser, Iowa
Taylor Pogue, Michigan
Megan Rodgers, Michigan State
Kaitlin Mincke, Minnesota
Isabel Andrade, Nebraska
Megan O’Brien, Northwestern
Michelle Thomas, Ohio State
Katie Rodden, Penn State
Brynn Olinger, Purdue
Emma-Lisa Murphy, Wisconsin 

Unanimous selections in CAPS