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Big Ten Highlights 103rd Class of Big Ten Medal of Honor

Rosemont, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference celebrated its 103rd class of the esteemed Big Ten Medal of Honor on Thursday. Twenty-eight students from 16 different sports were honored with the prestigious award, which was established in 1915 and was the first award in intercollegiate athletics to demonstrate support for the educational emphasis placed on athletics.

 

The Big Ten Medal of Honor is awarded to one male and one female student from the graduating class of each member institution who has demonstrated excellence on and off the field throughout their college career.

 

Big Ten schools currently feature more than 9,500 students competing in intercollegiate athletics, but only 28 earn this prestigious award on an annual basis. In more than 100 years of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, more than 1,400 students have earned this distinction.

 

This year’s honorees claimed numerous national and conference academic and athletic honors, along with winning NCAA and Big Ten team and individual championships. Every recipient claimed Academic All-Big Ten or All-Big Ten accolades at least once in their career, while pursuing diverse fields of study with a list of majors that include biochemistry, economics, entrepreneurial management, accounting, labor studies and employment relations, kinesiology and many others.

 

The 2017 Big Ten Medal of Honor class of recipients boasts 13 Academic All-Americans: Illinois’ Nicole Evans, Iowa’s Ally Disterhoft, Maryland’s Cody Niedermeier and Zoe Stukenberg, Michigan’s Nicole Artz, Minnesota’s Lee Stecklein and Luca Wieland, Nebraska’s Drew Wiseman, Northwestern’s Austin Carr and Nandi Mehta, Ohio State’s Christy Blough, Purdue’s August Kim and Wisconsin’s Lauren Carlini.

 

Illinois’ Joe Spencer, Indiana’s Derek Creviston, Michigan’s Jake Butt and Nebraska’s Tierra Williams were named Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honorees in their respective sports during the academic year. Iowa’s Alex Meyer was a recipient of Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship.

 

Athletically, 13 students were Big Ten individual and/or team champions and three were members of a national championship team. Stukenberg helped guide Maryland to a pair of national titles and three Big Ten Championships, while Michigan State’s Alexis Wiersma was member of the 2014 NCAA Championship women’s cross country team. Minnesota’s Stecklein led the women’s hockey team to three national titles, while fellow Gopher Wieland captured a NCAA indoor heptathlon title.

 

Ohio State’s Emma Baranski finished her career as a back-to-back solo synchronized swimming national champion and led the Buckeyes to a pair of team national titles. Blough guided the Buckeyes to their second consecutive men’s volleyball national championship in 2017.

 

Big Ten Medal of Honor winners to earn conference regular season or tournament team titles were Maryland’s Cody Niedermeier in men’s soccer, Michigan’s Nicole Artz in women’s gymnastics, Michigan State’s Josiah Price in football, Nebraska’s Tierra Williams in women’s track and field, Northwestern’s Nandi Mehta in women’s soccer, Penn State’s David Goodwin in men’s hockey and Abby Smucker in women’s lacrosse, and Purdue’s August Kim in women’s golf.

 

To learn more about the Big Ten Medal of Honor, including this year’s honorees, visit bigten.org.

 

Big Ten Medal of Honor Class of 2017:

 

Illinois

Nicole Evans, Softball

Joe Spencer, Football

 

Indiana

Derek Creviston, Men’s Soccer

CaraMia Tsirigos, Softball

 

Iowa

Ally Disterhoft, Women’s Basketball

Alex Meyer, Wrestling

 

Maryland

Cody Niedermeier, Men’s Soccer

Zoe Stukenberg, Women’s Lacrosse

 

Michigan

Jake Butt, Football

Nicole Artz, Women’s Gymnastics

 

Michigan State

Josiah Price, Football

Alexis Wiersma, Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field

 

Minnesota

Lee Stecklein, Women’s Hockey

Luca Wieland, Men’s Track & Field

 

Nebraska

Drew Wiseman, Men’s Track & Field

Tierra Williams, Women’s Track & Field

 

Northwestern

Austin Carr, Football

Nandi Mehta, Women’s Soccer

 

Ohio State

Emma Baranski, Women’s Synchronized Swimming

Christy Blough, Men’s Volleyball

 

Penn State

David Goodwin, Men’s Hockey

Abby Smucker, Women’s Lacrosse

 

Purdue

August Kim, Women’s Golf

Jake Replogle, Football

 

Rutgers

Alyssa Bull, Field Hockey

Ken Theobold, Wrestling

 

Wisconsin

Lauren Carlini, Volleyball

Connor Medbery, Wrestling