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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Awards continue to pile up for sophomore All-American and Dublin, Ohio native Thomas Murdaugh who was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Championships Tuesday by the conference following an outstanding 2010 indoor campaign.

The first Buckeye to capture the AOY award since NCAA champion Dan Taylor in 2003, Murdaugh has been the dominant 400m runner in the Midwest throughout the indoor season and is a top candidate for the title of Great Lakes Athlete of the Year.

A product of Dublin, Ohio, Murdaugh continued his impressive 2010 season Sunday at the Big Ten indoor championships as he left the competition in the dust on his way to a pair of Big Ten titles and a runner-up finish. His phenomenal performance at the conference finals earned him Athlete of the Championships honors, the first for a Buckeye since Andrew Pierce claimed the accolade in 2001.

A look at some of the sophomore’s accomplishments:

  • First-team All-Big Ten selection
  • Big Ten 400m dash champion (46.07, a record time at Minnesota’s University Fieldhouse)
  • Seventh-fastest time in the nation in the 400m dash (46.07)
  • Third-best 400m time in Ohio State indoor history (46.07)
  • Anchor of Big Ten champion 4x400m relay team (3:11.18, a University Fieldhouse record)
  • Top 15 time nationally in the mile relay (3:08.22)
  • Big Ten 200m dash runner-up (21.70)
  • Two-time Big Ten Athlete of the Week

Four other Buckeyes joined Murdaugh as first-team All-Big Ten selections:

  • Jeff See (3000m champion)
  • Stephen Robinson (200m dash champ, 4x400m relay)
  • Brandon Woodard (4x400m)
  • Elon Simms (4x400m)

Other Buckeye award winners include sophomore Adam Green – second-team All-Big Ten after his runner-up finish in the 3000m – and Ryan Blake, winner of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, presented to individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior.