Senior Trent Hoerr was named a Big Ten Sportsmanship Honoree.
Oct. 31, 2007
Park Ridge, Ill. - Illinois senior Trent Hoerr was named a Big Ten Sportmanship honoree on Wednesday after Sunday's Big Ten Cross Country Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Hoerr is one of 21 student-athletes who will be considered for the Big Ten Sportmanship Award, given at the end of the school year. The student-athletes are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior, are in good academic standing, and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
Hoerr's third place individual finish with a time of 23:49 led the Illinois men's cross country team to a sixth place finish at the Big Ten Championships, its highest finish since 1996. With his performance, Hoerr earned first team All Big Ten Honors to become the first Illini to earn the honor since John Kronforst in 2001.
The conference named Wisconsin junior Matt Withrow and Iowa senior Diane Nukuri as the male and female Athletes of the Year. Illinois' Danelle Woods and Minnesota's Hassan Mead were named Freshmen of the Year. Coach of the Year honors went to Wisconsin men's cross country coach Jerry Schumacher and Minnesota's women's cross country coach Gary Wilson.
Hoerr and the Illini return to action on Nov.10 when they head to the NCAA Midwest Regional in Peoria, Ill.