IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa director of track and field Joey Woody was named Big Ten Men’s Track and Field Coach of the Year and Hawkeye junior Jamal Britt was named Big Ten Co-Athlete of the Championships when the conference office announced its outdoor award winners Thursday.
Woody led Iowa to the 2021 Big Ten Outdoor Championship on May 16. The Hawkeyes scored a school-record 127.5 points, 33 points in front of second place Michigan. The outdoor title was the second straight for Iowa, who won the 2019 championship in Iowa City, and completed in the 2021 indoor-outdoor Big Ten championship sweep.
The Hawkeyes had 15 medalists and crowned two Big Ten champions. Jaylan McConico won the 110-meter hurdles and Britt won the 400-meter hurdles.
Britt added a pair of silver medals to contribute 26 points to Iowa’s record total. He placed runner-up in the 110-meter hurdles and long jump. He is the first Hawkeye to be named Athlete of the Championships since Justin Austin in 2013.
Woody was also named coach of the year following the indoor season. He is the first coach in program history to sweep the indoor and outdoor coach of the year awards. The conference honor is the third of his career. He was named Big Ten Outdoor Coach of the Year in 2019 following Iowa’s conference title.
Iowa is ranked No. 1 in the Midwest Region and No. 16 nationally. The Hawkeyes return to the track May 26-29 at the 2021 NCAA West Regional in College Station, Texas. The men’s and women’s championship field will be announced later today by the NCAA. Information regarding championships is available at hawkeyesports.com/tracklive.