May 15, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Big Ten Conference office announced Tuesday the 2013 Big Ten Men’s Outdoor Track and Field individual award winners. Ohio State took home two of the six major awards up for grabs as senior Michael Hartfield was named Field Athlete of the Championships and freshman Billy Stanley was honored as Freshman of the Year by conference coaches.
Hartfield won gold in both the long jump (7.69m/25-2.75) and triple jump (15.62m/51-3.00) at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships that took place at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this past weekend. This was the second time winning the award for Hartfield, who did so in 2011 when he was also named Field Athlete of the Year. Hartfield is the Ohio State record holder in the outdoor long jump.
Stanley continued his impressive rookie campaign by winning the javelin throw at the championships with a toss of 75.23m (246-10.00), besting his own school record in the process. The throw was also a Big Ten Championship meet record as well. It was the third time this season Stanley broke the school record, the first time coming on his very first collegiate attempt.
Senior distance runner Chris Fallon also was named a Sportsmanship Award Honoree. The Big Ten Conference office recognizes student-athletes 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.
Fallon finished with the bronze medal in the 1500 meters run, running a 3:48.37 at last weekend’s Big Ten Outdoor Championships.
The Buckeyes will next compete at the 2013 NCAA East Regional in Greensboro, N.C., May 23-25.