EAST LANSING, Mich. - Sophomore Justine Kiprotich and junior Katelyn Daniels both earned All-Big Ten Track & Field honors on Tuesday.
Kiprotich, a native of Kentwood, Michigan, was named to the men’s track & field first team. This is his second All-Big Ten honor after being named to the second-team last season.
He captured the first gold medal of the 2017 Big Ten Outdoor Championship by winning the men’s 1,500m. Kiprotich won his first career Big Ten title with a time of 3:48.72. He was just shy of his personal best time of 3:42.36 at the Virginia Challenge in April. The sophomore was a runner-up last season.
“Justine has turned into one of the best milers in the region, and clearly has a chance to be an NCAA finalist. To be a Big Ten champion as a sophomore is amazing. I am seeing a guy really maturing,” Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Walt Drenth said.
Daniels, a native of Lewis Center, Ohio, earned her third outdoor women’s All-Big Ten honor, capturing second-team honors this year. The junior earned second-team honors in 2016 and first-team in 2015. She also garnered Freshman of the Year honors in 2015.
The junior once again found success in the discus at the Big Ten Outdoor Championship, finishing second with a throw of 53.73m. The 2015 gold medalist in the discus captured the silver for the second-straight season. She continued a very strong Big Ten Outdoor Championship, finishing fifth in the shot put with a throw of 15.92m.
“It is pretty remarkable about a month ago they considered that she might have to stop for the rest of the season because of her back. Considering her spring, I thought it was remarkable. She is a national class kid. If she is able to stay consistent in her training between now and nationals, she will have a really good chance to make it to Eugene,” Drenth said.
The Big Ten Conference office recognizes students from each team as Sportsmanship Award Honorees. The students chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the students must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. These students are now candidates for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as the conference office will honor one male and one female from each institution at the end of the school year.
On the men’s side, senior David Washington was the sportsmanship honoree, while on the women’s side senior Shelby Jackson earned the award.