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Long jumper Michael Hartfield earns Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year honors

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Ohio State All-American long jumper Michael Hartfield was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and Big Ten Athlete of the Outdoor Championships on Wednesday.

Hartfield, a junior, won the Big Ten Championship in the long jump Saturday, making him both the indoor and outdoor champion.

“Definitely at a loss for words,” Hartfield said. “It’s a great accomplishment and I know I wouldn’t have gotten to this point without my family, friends and coaching staff. I’m definitely feeling more appreciative than anything else right now. This is crazy to me.”

Hartfield also participates in the triple jump, and took second place in the Big Ten at the indoor and outdoor championships. Fellow junior long jumper Steve MacDonald was happy for his teammate.

“I’m just really proud of Mike,” said MacDonald, who was named a second-team All-Big Ten performer on Wednesday.

“His hard work has really paid off and he has become a leader on our team in one year. We are looking forward to finishing this year strong by meeting goals we set and then working hard over the summer going into next year, where we plan to continue improving.”

Hartfield, who set a personal record with a jump of 7.95 meters, next will compete at the NCAA East Regional Preliminaries in Bloomington, Ind., from May 26 through May 28.

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