Wilson Honored as Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year


Nebraska high jumper Tyus Wilson was selected as the Big Ten Men’s Field Athlete of the Year on Thursday by the conference’s head coaches.

The junior from Sterling, Kan. is the NCAA Outdoor runner-up in the high jump, clearing 7-3 3/4 (2.23m). That marks Nebraska’s highest NCAA finish in the men’s outdoor high jump since current coach Dusty Jonas tied for second in 2008. Wilson hit a personal-best height of 7-6 (2.29m) to win the Big Ten title, ranking him third in school history and tied for 11th in the world. That height is also the best clearance in the NCAA this season. Wilson won each regular season meet he competed in, including the Drake Relays, Shocker Open and Michael Johnson Invitational.

After three years at Nebraska, Wilson is a three-time First-Team All-American and a two-time Big Ten Champion. Wilson is the first Husker to garner the Big Ten Outdoor Men’s Field Athlete of the Year honor, but NU has won the honor after each of the last three indoor seasons.

Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Awards
Men’s Track Athlete of the Year: Cheickna Traore, Penn State
Men’s Field Athlete of the Year: Tyus Wilson, Nebraska
Men’s Freshman of the Year: Angelos Mantzouranis, Minnesota
Women’s Track Athlete of the Year: Savannah Sutherland, Michigan
Women’s Field Athlete of the Year: Rose Yeboah, Illinois
Women’s Freshman of the Year: Zoie Dundon, Minnesota