Penn State women's soccer forward Maya Hayes and wrestler David Taylor have been named Penn State Athletes of the Year, according to a press release.
The honors put both of the athletes on the ballot for the Big Ten Athletes of the Year -- specifically, the Jesse Owens Men's Athlete of the Year and the Suzy Favor Women's Athlete of the Year -- with 22 other nominees coming from the conference's other eleven schools.
Hayes had an excellent 2011 campaign. She was a finalist for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy -- the Heisman Trophy of soccer. She led the country in both goals and points, respectively accumulating 31 and 70. She was integral in leading Penn State to a 21-5-0 record and the top seed in the Big Ten Tournament.
Taylor, meanwhile, went a sparkling 32-0 this past season as the wrestlers won the NCAA National Championship. He also won the 2012 Hodge Trophy, qualifying him as the wrestler of the year.
The winners of the Big Ten's Athletes of the Year will be announced Monday, June 18 on the Big Ten Network at 7:30 p.m.