Armstrong bags award

Illinois sophomore Sherman Armstrong, who took home two titles at last weekend's Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships, was named the conference's Athlete of the Year.

Armstrong became the first Illini to win championships in the 110- and 400-meter hurdles. The Chicago native also qualified for Wednesday's NCAA Championships in both events.

Teammate Jason Van Swol was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year after running to asecond-place finish in the 800. He's also in action this week in Boise, Idaho.

Minnesota's Phil Lundin was the men's Coach of the Year.

The women's awards went to Wisconsin's Janelle Deatheradge (Athlete of the Year), Wisconsin's Erica Palmer (Freshman of the Year) and Purdue's Ben Paolillo (Coach of the Year).

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