Men's Cross Country, Track & Field
Riley Named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Championships

Senior Andrew Riley was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and of the Championships for the second time in his career.
Senior Andrew Riley was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and of the Championships for the second time in his career.

May 15, 2012

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - After a stellar weekend at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, senior Andrew Riley earned a pair of laurels on Tuesday, as announced by the conference office. The Kingston, Jamaica, native was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year while also being selected as the Track Athlete of the Championships for the second time in his career as he won both awards two years ago as a sophomore. Riley took the top spot in the 100m dash and the 110m hurdles at last weekend's conference meet while also leading off the winning 4x100m relay team. Also, senior Stanley Aziefinished runner-up in the 100m.

“Both awards are certainly well deserved for Andrew (Riley),” head coach Mike Turk said. “It’s nice that he is being recognized for his accomplishments. This year’s Big Ten Championships was extremely competitive and it says a lot that Riley is being honored by the coaches in the conference. As I have said in the past, Riley is a diamond amongst a lot of gems.”

Riley becomes the first Illini in school history to win Big Ten Outdoor Athlete of the Year and of the Championships twice in their career and is the sixth Illini to be honored in each category. He joins a list of former winners such as Sherman Armstrong(1999), Marko Koers (1996), Anthony Jones (1994) and Tim Simon (1988). The nine-time All-American also garnered first-team All-Big Ten honors for his first-place finishes.

At Wisconsin's McClimon Track Complex, Riley notched his third Big Ten title in the 110m hurdles, clocking a time of 13.64 to defeat runner-up Ethan Holmes (13.74) of Iowa. He followed it up by winning the 100m dash with a time of 10.39. However, Riley started his day on the leadoff leg of the 4x100m relay, which defended their conference title from last year, winning in a time of 39.63, a season-best for the foursome of freshman Brandon Stryganek, sophomore Jade Ackermanand Azie.

Other outdoor track and field awards announced by the Big Ten included Ohio State's Alexis Thomas being named Field Athlete of the Year and Derek Drouin of Indiana picking up Field Athlete of the Championships. Penn State's Robby Creese was named Freshman of the Year while Wisconsin's head coach Ed Nuttycombe was named Coach of the Year after guiding the Badgers to the conference title.

The conference office also announced honorees from each team for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, with freshman Corey Hammonbeing selected from Illinois. The chosen 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 sport-competition setting. 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.

2012 Big Ten Men's Outdoor Individual Honors

Track Athlete of the Year
Andrew Riley, Illinois

Field Athlete of the Year
Joe Kovacs, Penn State

Freshman of the Year
Robby Creese, Penn State

Track Athlete of the Championships
Andrew Riley, Illinois

Field Athlete of the Championships
Derek Drouin, Indiana

Coach of the Year
Ed Nuttycombe, Wisconsin

First Team
Jade Ackerman, Illinois
Stanley Azie, Illinois
Andrew Riley, Illinois
Brandon Stryganek, Illinois
Andrew Bayer, Indiana
Kind Butler, Indiana
Derek Drouin, Indiana
Zachary Mayhew, Indiana
Matt Byers, Iowa
Troy Doris, Iowa
Craig Forys, Michigan
Jack Greenlee, Michigan
Quentin Mege, Minnesota
Bjorn Barrefors, Nebraska
Miles Ukaoma, Nebraska
Brandon Bennett-Green, Penn State
Brady Gehret, Penn State
Joe Kovacs, Penn State
Casimir Loxsom, Penn State
Aaron Nadolsky, Penn State
Mohammed Ahmed, Wisconsin
Danny Block, Wisconsin

Second Team
Darius King, Indiana
Nick Stoner, Indiana
Tyler Sult, Indiana
Chris Vaughn, Indiana
Ethan Holmes, Iowa
Ali Arastu, Michigan
Ethan Dennis, Michigan
Hassan Mead, Minnesota
Davis Pachuta, Minnesota
Jack Szmanda, Minnesota
Chris Phipps, Nebraska
Luke Pinkelman, Nebraska
Chad Wright, Nebraska
Cory Leslie, Ohio State
Brady Hammon, Wisconsin
Kyle Jefferson, Wisconsin
Japheth Cato, Wisconsin
Elliot Krause, Wisconsin
Garret Payne, Wisconsin
Drew Simmons, Wisconsin
Derek Steinbach, Wisconsin

Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Corey Hammon, Illinois
Tyler Sult, Indiana
Jeff Heron, Iowa
Nick Neuman, Michigan
Jay Gillespie, Michigan State
Sam Kettenhofen, Minnesota
Tim Thompson, Nebraska
Matt DeChant, Ohio State
Logan Caldwell, Penn State
Josh Lee, Purdue
Kyle Jefferson, Wisconsin