Michigan State graduate student Morgan Beadlescomb, following up a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships on Saturday, has been named the 2021 Big Ten Cross Country Men's Athlete of the Year, the conference office announced Tuesday.
This marks the first time in program history a MSU runner has been named the conference's top men's cross country athlete, with the award being established in 1987.
Beadlescomb posted a 10K personal record of 28:50.6 to take fifth at the NCAA Championships, the best NCAA placing and NCAA 10K time by a Spartan men's runner since Herb Lindsay placed fourth in 1976 with a time of 28:30.69. It was also the fastest time of any Big Ten men's runner at the 2021 national championship and the only top-25 time in the conference. The time also earned Beadlescomb All-American honors for the third-straight season, capping a campaign that saw the Spartan finish fifth or better in five of his six races.
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