A pair of Minnesota student-athletes were recognized Wednesday as recipients of the Big Ten's Outstanding Sportsmanship Award. Men's basketball junior Bakary Konaté and women's track & field sophomore Temi Ogunrinde were the two selections from the Maroon & Gold.
Konaté recently completed his third season with the Gophers, and was a valuable reserve for the men's basketball squad which won 24 games, finished fourth in the Big Ten regular season standings and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Bamako, Mali native appeared in all but one game, ranking third on the team with 25 blocks. Konate also contributed 2.8 rebounds and 1.6 points per game, aveaging just shy of 10 minutes per contest. Konaté, who was profiled in a recent issue of Ski-U-Mah Magazine, is active on campus in several groups including the Gophers recently formed group for international student-athletes.
As a redshirt sophomore with the Gopher women’s track & field team, Temi Ogunrinde was the 2017 Big Ten Conference champion in the hammer throw – an event she only began competing ago after coming to the University of Minnesota as a sprinter. Ogunrinde has embraced her transition from sprinter to thrower and is set to compete at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship in the hammer throw this week. Along with her Big Ten title, Ogunrinde owns Minnesota’s program record in the hammer throw with a mark of 64.01m (210-00), which she threw to secure an eighth-place finish at the NCAA West Prelim and punch her ticket to the NCAA Championship. Ogunrinde is a member of Minnesota’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) and represented the Gophers and the Big Ten Conference at the 2016 NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum. The Cottage Grove, Minn., native is an Entrepreneurial Management major in Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.
The Big Ten announced the 28 honorees named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2016-17 academic year, with two selections per member school. These standouts were chosen from a group of more than 350 students honored throughout the academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship.
One member of each varsity sports team on every campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree, and two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected from each institution. All of the Sportsmanship Award winners have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these honorees must be in good academic standing and must have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
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