The Badgers enjoyed their share of success in 2013-14 and now UWBadgers.com is honoring the best student-athletes, teams and performances of the year. Over the next few weeks, we’ll unveil the best of the Badgers in five categories: Big Ten Medal of Honor (June 16), Athletes of the Year (June 17-21), Team Achievements of the Year (June 22-27), Games of the Year (June 28-July 5) and Freshmen of the Year (July 6-12).
Today we feature Freshman of the Year nominee Malachy Schrobilgen of men’s track and field and cross country.
• 2013-14 Year in Review
July 9, 2014
MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin redshirt freshman Malachy Schrobilgen enjoyed a spectacular first season racing for the Badgers, becoming only the second freshman in program history to win a Big Ten individual cross country title.
The Oak Park, Illinois, native, won the 8K championship race in 24 minutes, 16.9 seconds, as he sprinted to the finish line to defeat Purdue’s Matt McClintok at the Boilermaker Cross Country Course in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Schrobilgen was voted the league's Athlete of the Year, in addition to also being named Freshman of the Year, which made him the first Badger in school history to claim both honors in the same cross country season. Schrobilgen is only the third athlete to achieve the feat since the Big Ten began giving out awards in 1987, joining Michigan's Kevin Sullivan (1993) and Indiana's Bob Kennedy (1988).
Schrobilgen earned the ninth men's Freshman of the Year award in program history and became the first since Drew Shields earned the distinction in 2010. He was also the 12th Badger to earn Athlete of the Year honors, and the first since Mohammed Ahmed in 2011.
Even wardrobe malfunctions couldn’t hold the newcomer back, who despite losing his shoe at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, was the second Badger to cross the line and finished ninth to help UW secure its 42nd-straight bid to the NCAA meet.
Schrobilgen concluded his freshman campaign by earning All-America honors at the NCAA championships with a 33rd-place finish as the Badgers finished ninth.
His success continued onto the track, as he played a critical part in Wisconsin’s indoor and outdoor conference titles with a pair of third-place showings in the 5000 meters.
At the indoor conference meet, he finished behind Ahmed and Reed Connor to complete a podium sweep in the 5000 meters to propel Wisconsin to the team crown.
The trio repeated the feat at the Big Ten outdoor meet as Wisconsin accumulated 25 points in the 5000 meters to help the Badgers sweep the conference track crowns for the 12th time in school history.