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Katherine Receveur wins Big Ten Athlete of the Year for cross-country


Junior Katherine Receveur celebrates as she crosses the finish line at the Big Ten Cross-Country Championship on Oct. 29 at the IU Championship Cross Country Course. IU will compete in the Big Ten Cross-Country Championship this weekend in Nebraska.  Bobby Goddin Buy Photos

Junior Katherine Receveur’s record-breaking cross-country season has ended with another award.

On Wednesday, Receveur was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Year in cross-country.

Receveur dominated the Big Ten Conference in 2017. She was never beaten by a Big Ten opponent this season and was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week for women’s cross-country four different times.

Receveur also finished first as an individual in the Big Ten Championship in Bloomington on Oct. 29, where she broke the IU cross-country course 6K record with a time of 20:10.3.

The Big Ten Championship was the second time she broke her home course record this season, with the first coming at the Sam Bell Invitational on Sept. 30. 

Receveur followed up her Big Ten title with a first-place finish at the Great Lakes Regional Championship in Terre Haute, Indiana, and a 20th-place finish at the National Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.

She ran her best 6K time of the year, 19:56.5, at the NCAA Championships and her 20th-place finish earned her All-America honors for the second year in a row. 

Receveur is only the second IU women’s cross-country runner to earn the honor of Big Ten Athlete of the Year. 

The first to do so was Michelle Dekkers, who won the award three times from 1988 to 1990. 

Murphy Wheeler 

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