Big Ten Freshman of the Year Alexis Franklin.
May 15, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Big Ten Conference office announced Tuesday the 2013 Big Ten Women’s Outdoor Track and Field individual award winners. Freshman Alexis Franklin was honored as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
Franklin, a native of Millersville, Md., took home a gold medal in the 400m hurdles with a time of 58.31 at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships that took place at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this past weekend. The previous day in the prelims, Franklin ran a personal best time of 57.46 to earn the top seed heading into the final. Her time ranks fourth-best on the all-time Ohio State list and is a top 15-time nationally.
She was also part of the silver medal-winning 4x400m team Sunday. The Ohio State team of freshman Bri Neitzel, sophomore Alexandria Johnson, freshman SoSo Walker and Franklin finished the race in second place with a time of 3:38.76.
The freshman was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week on March 20, 2013 after winning the 400m hurdles and placing third in the 100m hurdles at the Shamrock Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Franklin becomes the first Ohio State women’s track and field athlete to win the award since Amarachi Ukabam won it in 2003.
Senior Christienne Linton was also 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.
Linton was part of the Big Ten Championship 4x100m team that took gold Sunday. Linton, along with juniors Ashlee Abraham, Aisha Cavin and Adenike Pedro -- opened the day with a first-place time of 44.76, the third-consecutive 4x100m crown for the Buckeyes at the conference championships.
The Buckeyes are back in action May 23-25 at the 2013 NCAA East Regional in Greensboro, N.C.