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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 5/15/2024, Last updated: 5/15/2024
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Big Ten Announces Outdoor Track & Field Championships Awards

Caron, Thomas, Augustine, Stein earn top honors from Big Ten coaches after Ann Arbor

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ROSEMONT, Illinois – The Big Ten Conference announced the 2024 Big Ten Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships award winners on Friday, as selected by the conference’s 13 head coaches. The championship meet was hosted in Ann Arbor by the University of Michigan from May 10-12 with Minnesota claiming the women’s title, and Nebraska earning top honors for the men.

Penn State sophomore Florence Caron was voted Women’s Track Athlete of the Championships and Illinois junior Tori Thomas won Women’s Field Athlete of the Championships. Minnesota head coach Matt Bingle was selected as the 2024 Big Ten Women’s Coach of the Year after leading the Golden Gophers to the team title for the first time since 2018.

Minnesota junior Devin Augustine is the 2024 Men’s Track Athlete of the Championships, while Iowa sophomore Mike Stein took home Field Athlete of the Championships. Nebraska’s Justin St. Clair earned Coach of the Year recognition for the second straight year after guiding the Cornhuskers to the top of the podium for the second consecutive season.

Caron claimed her Outdoor Track Athlete of the Championships honor after sweeping the distance events. She won the10,000M on Friday night in a time of 33:04.18, crossing the line 16-seconds ahead of runner-up and teammate, Sophia Toti. On Sunday, the La Malbaie, Quebec, native was victorious in the 5000M (15:52.39), again racing to a decisive, 15-second victory over Toti, her closest competitor. Caron earned Second Team All-Conference honors at the 2023 Big Ten Cross Country Championships with an 11th-place finish, and was the runner-up in the 5000M at the 2024 Big Ten Indoor Championships. She is Penn State’s first Track Athlete of the Championships since Bridget Franek in 2010.

Thomas brought the crowd to its feet during Friday’s opening session when she cleared a meet record 4.52M (14’10”) to win the women’s pole vault. The Rock Island, Illinois, native earned All-America honors at the 2024 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships and was the runner-up at last year’s Big Ten Outdoor Championships. She is the first Field Athlete of the Championships in Illini program history.

Augustine secured the title of the Big Ten’s fastest man with a meet record 10.05 seconds to win the 100M event, after posting the fastest time in preliminary heats. The Point Fortin, Trinidad & Tobago, native also posted Top-3 finishes in the 200M and as a member of the Minnesota 4x100M relay team. He is the Golden Gophers second consecutive Men’s Track Athlete of the Championships, following Matthew Wilkinson in 2023.

Stein elicited a gasp from the crowd near the end of Friday’s competition with a meet and school record 81.19M (266’4”) throw to win the men’s javelin title. Stein and runner-up Dash Sirmon (80.86M) became the first men to eclipse the 80M mark at the Conference Championships, and both qualified for the 2024 U.S. Olympic trials. The Milford, Iowa, native is the Hawkeyes first-ever Field Athlete of the Championships.

St. Clair earned his second straight Coach of the Year honor after leading the Huskers to their fourth outdoor men’s title. Bingle is the Women’s Coach of the Year for the third time in his Gophers career, also taking the honor in 2018 and 2016 after leading Minnesota to the outdoor team title.

The Big Ten Conference office also recognizes one student-athlete from each team as Sportsmanship Award Honorees. The 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 sports-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.

The Big Ten will announce its 2024 Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track Athletes of the Year, Field Athletes of the Year and Freshmen of the Year following the conclusion of the NCAA Championships, which are scheduled for June 5-8 at at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Women’s Track Athlete of the Championships: Florence Caron, Penn State
Women’s Field Athlete of the Championships: Tori Thomas, Illinois

Men’s Track Athlete of the Championships: Devin Augustine, Minnesota
Men’s Field Athlete of the Championships: Mike Stein, Iowa

Women’s Coach of the Year: Matt Bingle, Minnesota
Men’s Coach of the Year: Justin St. Clair, Nebraska

2024 Outdoor Track & Field Sportsmanship Awards

Illinois: Jessica McDowell, Robert Wiliams

Indiana: Lily Myers, Garrett Messer

Iowa: Ali Dorn, Grant Conway

Maryland: Kayla Thorpe, Kevin Collins

Michigan: Aasia Laurencin, Tianhao Wei

Michigan St.: Taryn Hankins, Logan Allen

Minnesota: Lexy Berger, Finn Schirmer

Nebraska: Taya Skelton, Kolby Henrickson

Ohio State: Nya Bussey, Kayden Tobias

Penn State: Makenna Krebs, Duane Knisley

Purdue: Emma Squires, Praise Aniamaka

Rutgers: Alianna Eucker, Jah’mere Beasley

Wisconsin: Kiley Robbins, Cade Amborn

Men’s First Team All-Big Ten

Angelos Mantzouranis, MIN

Mike Stein, IOWA

Tom Brady, MICH

Ryan Talbot, MSU

Hayden Tobias, OSU

Charles Godfred, MIN

Logan Measner, WIS

Jak Urlacher, MIN

Tyus Wilson, NEB

Kalen Walker, IOWA

Gratt Reed, IOWA

Deandre Stapleton Jr., IOWA

Damoy Allen, IOWA

Trent McFarland, MICH

Seth Allen, PUR

Praise Aniamaka, PUR

Darius Luff, NEB 

Dubem Amene, MICH

Devin Augustine, MIN

Adam Spencer, WIS

Bryce Tucker, RUT

Cameron Miller, PUR

Skyler Stidam, IND

Isaac Lewis, IOWA

Josh Pugh, IOWA

Connor Belken, IOWA

Rivaldo Marshall, IOWA

Men’s Second Team All-Big Ten

Henry Zimmerman, NEB

Dash Sirmon, NEB

Micah Wilson, WIS

Andreas Hantson, PUR

Kevin Shubert, NEB

Micaylon Moore, NEB

Andrew Nolan, MSU

Cody Johnston, ILL

Shaun Miller Jr., OSU

Kavian Kerr, NEB

Garrett Kaalund, NEB

Jeremiah Smith, NEB

Nick Foster, MICH

Cade Moran, NEB

Terrol Wilson, NEB

Giovanni Wearing, WIS

Josh Pugh, IOWA

Antonio Laidler, IND

Camden Marshall, IND

Robert Williams, ILL

Cheickna Traore, PSU

Luke Venhuizen, MICH

Noah Carmichael, OSU

Mason Louis, OSU

Shohaan Singh, OSU

Antonio Hanson, OSU

Women’s First Team All-Big Ten

Shelby Frank, MIN

Tori Thomas, ILL

Rhema Otabor, NEB

Florence Caron, PSU 

Shaina Zinter, WIS

Tacoria Humphrey, ILL 

Axelina Johansson, NEB

Rose Yeboah, ILL

Zoie Dundon, MIN

Rhianna Phipps, NEB

Kat Moody, IOWA

Fatouma Conde, OSU 

Nya Bussey, OSU

Columba Effiong, OSU 

Leah Bertrand, OSU 

Lauren Freeland, MSU

Aasia Laurencin, MICH

Jessica McDowell, ILL 

Hayley Kitching, PSU

Savannah Sutherland, MICH

Jayla Campbell, MIN

Janielle Josephs, MIN

Brooke Jaworski, MIN

Abigail Schaafe, MIN

Women’s Second Team All-Big Ten

Samaria McDonald, PSU

Chloe Timberg, RUT

Emma Yungeberg, MICH

Sophia Toti, PSU 

Maddie Pitts, PSU

Tionna Tobias, IOWA

Anthonett Nabwe, MIN

Jenna Rogers, NEB

Makenna Krebs, PSU

Ashley McElmurry, NEB

Faith Bender, OSU

Asia Thomas, ILL

Sophia Beckmon, ILL

Erin Reidy, MIN

Paige McGee, IOWA

Kenisha Phillips, IND

Odell Frye, MIN

Aniya Mosley, OSU

Chanler Robinson, OSU 

Bryannia Murphy, OSU