Nebraska high jumper Tyus Wilson was selected as the Big Ten Men's Field Athlete of the Year on Thursday by the conference's head coaches.

The junior from Sterling, Kan. is the NCAA Outdoor runner-up in the high jump, clearing 7-3 3/4 (2.23m). That marks Nebraska's highest NCAA finish in the men's outdoor high jump since current coach Dusty Jonas tied for second in 2008. Wilson hit a personal-best height of 7-6 (2.29m) to win the Big Ten title, ranking him third in school history and tied for 11th in the world. That height is also the best clearance in the NCAA this season. Wilson won each regular season meet he competed in, including the Drake Relays, Shocker Open and Michael Johnson Invitational.

After three years at Nebraska, Wilson is a three-time First-Team All-American and a two-time Big Ten Champion. Wilson is the first Husker to garner the Big Ten Outdoor Men’s Field Athlete of the Year honor, but NU has won the honor after each of the last three indoor seasons.

Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Awards
Men’s Track Athlete of the Year: Cheickna Traore, Penn State
Men’s Field Athlete of the Year: Tyus Wilson, Nebraska
Men’s Freshman of the Year: Angelos Mantzouranis, Minnesota
Women’s Track Athlete of the Year: Savannah Sutherland, Michigan
Women’s Field Athlete of the Year: Rose Yeboah, Illinois
Women’s Freshman of the Year: Zoie Dundon, Minnesota

SEARS COLLECTS THIRD ALL-AMERICAN AWARD

Senior Brett Sears earned Second-Team All-American recognition from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings, the organization announced Friday morning.

Sears’ second-team All-American honor is the highest by an NU starting pitcher since Aaron Marsden in 2003 after being named a second-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Perfect Game earlier this week.

Prior to the All-American accolades, the senior was a first-team all-region selection and named the District 6 Player of the Year earlier this month.

A semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and National Pitcher of the Year, Sears was the Big Ten’s Pitcher of the Year and a First-Team All-Big Ten honoree while posting a 9-1 record with a 2.16 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 104 innings.

Sears had a breakout 2024 campaign, ranking among the national leaders throughout the season. The Westphalia, Iowa native is fifth nationally with a 2.16 ERA and 0.88 WHIP, 19th in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.32), 20th in hits allowed/9 inn. (6.23) and 24th in walks allowed/9 inn. (1.64).

After Nebraska’s win over Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament, the senior became the first NU pitcher since at least 1999 to reach a 9-0 record on the mound.

Sears is the first Husker hurler with 100-plus strikeouts in a season since 2008 after compiling 101 punchouts, which is ninth-most in program history. Sears also completed the season tied for eighth in program history with 104 innings pitched in 2024.