Neville Named Big Ten Athlete of the Year, Seven Hoosiers Collect Conference Honors
May 18, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana track and field standout David Neville earned Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year honors in addition to being tabbed the 2006 Men's Athlete of the Championships, announced the conference on May 17. IU's Doug Dayhoff, Stephen Haas, Ryan Smith and Trey Warfield garnered first team All-Big Ten accolades, while Kyle Jenkins and Wil Fleming picked up second team laurels.
Neville captured two individual titles and ran the lead-off leg of the first-place Hoosier 4x400m relay at the 2006 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Michigan State's Ralph Young Track and Field Complex. In doing so, he helped IU to a third-place finish as a team at the championships.
The Merrillville, Ind., native recorded Mideast Regional qualifying times of 21.85 and 45.49 in the 200m and 400m, respectively. Neville also claimed both titles at the 2006 indoor championships. The Indiana 4x400m relay team, who turned in a regional-qualifying time of 3:08.21, became the first Hoosier squad since 1990 to win the 4x400m crown.
Neville, a 2006 first team All-Big Ten honoree, became just the fourth student-athlete to earn Athlete of the Championships laurels twice in his career, as he was also honored in 2004 along with being named the conference's Freshman of the Year. Neville claimed both the 200m and 400m titles that year as well.
In addition to being named Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Championships, Neville was Indiana's Sportsmanship Award honoree.
Dayhoff earned his first career All-Big Ten honor as he along with Neville, Smith and Warfield combined to take the 4x400m relay title. Dayhoff also fared well individually at the championships, claiming eighth place in the 400m finals with a time of 48.10.
Haas, a 2005 All-American in the 5,000m and school-record holder in the event, earned first team All-Big Ten honors after claiming the title at the Big Ten Championships. Haas crossed the line with a regional-qualifying mark of 14:00.54 to take the crown.
Smith, a member of the championship 4x400m relay team, earned his first conference laurel of his career. The Bloomington, Ind., product also scored for the Hoosiers in the 400m hurdles finals with an eighth-place time of 53.78. In the prelims of the event, Smith turned in a personal-best mark of 52.32 to push him through to the championship heat.
Warfield picked up his first all-conference honor of career for his part on the 4x400m relay team. The Warren, Ohio native finished 12th in the 400m prelims at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 48.24.
Jenkins earned second team All-Big Ten recognition after finishing runner-up in the triple jump. Jenkins turned in a personal best and a regional-qualifying mark of 16.04m (52-07.50) in the event. Additionally, the Kent, Wash., native claimed 13th in the long jump with a leap of 6.50m (21-04). The honor is the first of Jenkins' career.
Fleming, who is second on Indiana's all-time list for the hammer throw, garnered his first Big Ten award after taking second in the event at the conference meet. Fleming met the regional standard in the hammer with a second-place hurl of 62.62m (205-05).
After a week off, members of the Indiana team who met regional standards throughout the season will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., May 26-27 for the Mideast Regional meet. The top-five finishers in each event at the regional meet will advance to the NCAA Championships (June 7-10) in Sacramento, Calif.
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