Big Ten Announces Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Postseason Honors

Big Ten Announces Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Postseason Honors

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced the 2021 Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field postseason award recipients on Wednesday as selected by the conference’s head coaches.

Iowa senior Jaylan McConico was named Men’s Track Athlete of the Year, while Michigan junior Ayden Owens was selected as the Field Athlete of the Year and Minnesota’s Kostas Zaltos was named Freshman of the Year.

Ohio State senior Anavia Battle was selected as the Women’s Track Athlete of the Year, while Ohio State senior Adelaide Aquilla claimed Field Athlete of the Year honors and Illinois’ Olivia Howell was named Freshman of the Year.

McConico finished as the runner-up with a time of 13.38 in the 110-meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon last week. Owens earned silver in the decathlon at the NCAA Championships posting 8,114 points. Zaltos secured a third-place finish in the men's hammer throw in his NCAA Championships debut for the Maroon & Gold with a career-best mark of 71.21m (233-07 ft).
 
Battle scored six team points for the Buckeyes at the NCAA Championships by placing third in the 200 meters with a time of 22.42. Aquilla won the NCAA championship in the shot put with a final throw of 18.98m/62-3 ¼, matching her indoor national championship and giving her a clean sweep of four championships (indoors and outdoors) in the shot put at the Big Ten and NCAA championships. Howell finished 10th in the women's 1500-meter final with a time of 4:15.56 at the NCAA Championships.
 
Last month, the Big Ten announced the award recipients for Track Athlete of the Championships, Field Athlete of the Championships and Coach of the Year, as well as the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honorees. These individual award recipients are listed below along with Wednesday’s selections.
 
Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Honorees
 
Track Athlete of the Year
Jaylan McConico, Iowa
 
Field Athlete of the Year
Ayden Owens, Michigan
 
Freshman of the Year
Kostas Zaltos, Minnesota
 
Co-Track Athlete of the Championships
Tyler Johnson, Ohio State
 
Co-Track Athlete of the Championships
Jamal Britt, Iowa
 
Field Athlete of the Championships
Jonathan Wells, Illinois
 
Coach of the Year
Joey Woody, Iowa*
 
*indicates unanimous selection
 
Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Honorees
 
Track Athlete of the Year
Anavia Battle, Ohio State
 
Field Athlete of the Year
Adelaide Aquilla, Ohio State*
 
Freshman of the Year
Olivia Howell, Illinois
 
Track Athlete of the Championships
Anavia Battle, Ohio State
 
Field Athlete of the Championships
Adelaide Aquilla, Ohio State
 
Coach of the Year
Karen Dennis, Ohio State*
 
*indicates unanimous selection
 
2021 Big Ten Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Sportsmanship Honorees
Manning Plater, Illinois
Logan Targgart, Indiana
Tyler Olson, Iowa
Caleb Dean, Maryland
Roland Amarteifio, Michigan
Antonia Postell, Michigan State
Grant Fuller, Minnesota
Isaiah Hutchinson, Nebraska
Kainnan Ramsey, Ohio State
Tyler Merkley, Penn State
Curt Eckstein, Purdue
Andrew Comito, Rutgers
L.O. Johnson, Wisconsin
 
2021 Big Ten Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Sportsmanship Honorees
Mikaela Lucki, Illinois
Hannah Stoffel, Indiana
Aly Weum, Iowa
Alice Barnsdale, Maryland
Maddy Trevisan, Michigan
Brooke Bogan, Michigan State
Jaycie Thomsen, Minnesota
Shelby Brown, Nebraska
Alexus Pyles, Ohio State
Audra Koopman, Penn State
K’Ja Talley, Purdue
Lou Mialhe, Rutgers
Bianca Stubler, Wisconsin