Nov. 5, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State senior Nicole Bush was named the Big Ten Cross Country Athlete of the Year on Wednesday (Nov. 5) by the conference office. Bush joins Danette Doetzel (2004), Michelle Carson (2002) and Misty Allison (1991) as Spartans that have won the prestigious award.
"This is a great honor and much deserved," said MSU director of track & field/cross country Walt Drenth. "Nicole has been a tremendous leader with a great `team-first' perspective. It is especially rewarding when a person with the type of gifts Nicole possesses works to nurture and develop those gifts to their potential. We are proud of and for Nicole."
Last weekend in Ann Arbor, Bush won the Big Ten individual championship, running the 6,000-meter race in 20:15.8. As a result of her finish, she earned first team All-Big Ten honors along with fellow senior Lisa Senakiewich, who placed fifth overall.
As a team, MSU took third place.
This season, the Wyoming, Mich. native ran to a sixth-place finish at Pre-Nationals and has twice collected Big Ten Runner of the Week awards.
Last season, Bush garnered All-America honors after placing fifth at the NCAA Championships.
Sophomore Becky McCormick was named MSU's Sportsmanship Honoree by the conference and is now a candidate for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award which honors one female and one male student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year.
The Spartans return to action Nov. 14 at the NCAA Regional meet.