Neville Honored by Big Ten (05-19-04)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana redshirt freshman David Neville has been named Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year and Athlete of the 2004 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the conference office announced today.
Neville turned in an extremely impressive performance during last weekend's Big Ten Championship meet in West Lafayette. The Merrillville, Ind., native won titles in both the 200-meter and the 400-meter dashes, with times of 20.39 and 45.05, respectively. Not only were these times career-bests for Neville, but they also broke the previous Rankin Track records. Both times were also Big Ten bests for the season and ranked fifth nationally.
Neville is the first Hoosier performer to earn Big Ten Athlete of the Outdoor Championship since five-time All-American and Olympian Albert Robinson won the 1984 award, and Neville is the third IU athlete in the last four years to earn the Freshman of the Year laurel. Contrell Ash took the honor in 2001, followed by All-American Aarik Wilson in 2002.
Neville, who earned All-American status during the indoor season after breaking the school record and placing seventh in the 200-meter with a time of 20.92 is now second on the IU all-time outdoor record list in both the 200-meter and the 400-meter. He sits behind former IU Olympians Sunder Nix in the 400m (44.76) and Albert Robinson in the 200m (20.07).
Neville and the Hoosiers will be back in action on May 28-29 when they head to Baton Rouge, La., to participate in the Mideast Regionals hosted by LSU.
2004 Big Ten Conference Men's Awards
Men's Athlete of the Year- Dan Taylor, OSU
Freshman of the Year- David Neville, IND
Athlete of the Championships-David Neville, IND
Coach of the Year-Ed Nuttycombe, WIS
2004 Big Ten Conference Women's Awards
Athlete of the Year-Connie Moore, PSU
Freshman of the Year-Peaches Roach, IOWA
Athlete of the Championships- Connie Moore, PSU
Coach of the Year- James Henry, MICH
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