Bayer, Olson Receive Outstanding Sportsmanship Award from Big Ten Conference
June 6, 2011
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - The Big Ten announced the 22 student-athletes named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2010-11 academic year. These individuals were chosen from a group of 276 student-athletes honored throughout the academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship. Andy Bayer (Cross Country) and Sara Olson (Softball) were selected from the Indiana University nominees.
One member of each varsity sports team on every campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree. From each university's list, two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected. All of the Sportsmanship Award honorees have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these student-athletes must be in good academic standing and must have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
Bayer had a stellar year on the cross country course and in the classroom. The sophomore finished second in the 2010 Big Ten Cross Country Championships missing first place by just 0.5 seconds. It was the best finish for a Hoosier in the conference meet since Bob Kennedy won the event in 1992. He also placed 67th in the NCAA Championships as Indiana finished seventh as a team, marking IU's first top ten finish nationally since 1987. Beyond the course, Bayer was named Academic All-Big Ten last fall and was also an All-Academic honoree by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Olson, a senior on the softball team in 2011, closed out her career in Bloomington with a bang, leading the Hoosiers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2006. She set single-season career highs in nearly every offensive category and finished tied for fifth on the IU career home run list and sixth on the career RBI list. She was a Louisville Slugger/NFCA First Team All-Midwest Region selection at first base as well as First Team All-Big Ten. She led the Hoosiers with a .331 batting average, eight home runs and 35 RBI on the year. She is expected to be named Academic All-Big Ten for the third time in her career later this month as she continues to work towards a double-major of recreation sports management and park and recreation management with a minor in tourism management.
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