McHugh, Nolf win Penn State honors

UNIVERSITY PARK — Seniors Ally McHugh and Jason Nolf have been selected as Penn State’s recipients for the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor for 2018-19.

The Big Ten, the nation’s oldest collegiate conference, commemorates the 105th anniversary of a very unique tradition – the Big Ten Medal of Honor. The conference’s most exclusive award was the first of its kind in intercollegiate athletics to recognize academic and athletic excellence. The Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student from the graduating class of each university who had “attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.”

In 1982, the award was expanded to include one female student-athlete from each member institution. Big Ten institutions feature nearly 10,000 students competing in intercollegiate athletics, but only 28 earn this prestigious award on an annual basis. In more than 100 years of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, nearly 1,400 students have earned this distinction.

Ridge track star fares well

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Chestnut Ridge senior Duane Knisley finished in fifth place over the weekend with a discus throw of 185 feet 10 inches at the New Balanance National Track & Field event.