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M T&F: Athletes of the Week

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Men's Track Athlete of the Week:
Gavin Robertson, Wisconsin
Fr., Milwaukee, Wis./Nicolet

Robertson takes home his first Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week honor after finishing as the top collegian in the 200-meter dash at the Wisconsin Twilight Invitational over the weekend. The freshman clocked a personal-best time in the race, finishing in 21.34. The time was good enough for second place overall, but was the top mark among collegians and is fourth-fastest in the Big Ten this season.

Last Wisconsin Track Athlete of the Week: Jack Bolas (April 22, 2009)

Men's Field Athlete of the Week:
Ryan Fritz, Penn State
Sr., Parkesburg, Pa./Octorara

Fritz claims his second career Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honor and first of the 2010 season after tying a career-best in the high jump at the Penn State Open last weekend. The senior finished the meet with a winning leap of 2.20 meters (7-2.5), a mark which ranks 10th best in the nation and third in the Big Ten this year.

Last Penn State Field Athlete of the Week: Joe Kovacs (April 21, 2010)

M T/F: Athletes of the Week

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Men's Track Athlete of the Week:
Casimir Loxsom, Penn State
Fr., New Haven, Conn./Wilbur Cross

Loxsom wins his second consecutive Track Athlete of the Week honor after recording the nation's top time in the 800 meters at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational over the weekend. Loxsom stopped the clock at 1:46.74, which is third-fastest in the Penn State records book and the eighth-fastest ever by an American 19 or younger. His time is 10th fastest in the world this year, according to the International Association of Athletics Federations.

Last Penn State Track Athlete of the Week: Casimir Loxsom (April 28, 2010)

Men's Field Athlete of the Week:
Micah Hegerle, Minnesota
Fr., Dodge Center, Minn./Kasson-Mantonville

Hegerle wins his first Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week distinction after posting first- and second-place efforts at the Musco Twilight over the weekend at Iowa City, Iowa. The freshman finished on top in the hammer throw with a toss of 211-5 feet, a mark that is 18th in the nation this year and second in the Minnesota record book. He also finished second in the discus with a throw of 175-5, one inch shy of his personal best.

Last Minnesota Field Athlete of the Week: R.J. McGinnis (April 28, 2010)

M T/F: Former Wisconsin Star Sets American Record

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Former University of Wisconsin standout Chris Solinsky smashed the American record in the 10,000 meters at last weekend's Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., becoming the first American to break the 27-minute barrier. It was the first time he had ever competed in the 10,000 meters.

A five-time NCAA Champion while at Wisconsin, Solinsky crossed the tape in a time of 26:59.60, breaking the old record by more than 14 seconds. He covered the final 800 meters in 1:56, including a last 56-second split on the final lap.

Click here for a recap of the race and for some added perspective on the accomplishment, click here.

M T/F: Athletes of the Week

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The Big Ten office announced Ohio State's Jeff See and Casimir Loxsom were named Men's Track Co-Athletes of the Week, while Indiana's Derek Drouin and Minnesota's R.J. McGinnis earned Men's Field Co-Athletes of the Week.

For complete details on this week's winners, follow this link.

M T/F: Athletes of the Week

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Men's Track Athlete of the Week:
Andrew Riley, Illinois
So., Kingston, Jamaica/Calabar

Riley wins his second career Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week honor and his first of the 2010 season. The sophomore reset his own school record in the 100-meter hurdles at the LSU Alumni Gold Invitational over the weekend, finishing first in 13.53 seconds and defeating a talented field that included Olympian Ryan Fontenot. Later Riley picked up a second-place medal in the 100-meter dash, clocking in at 10.62. Riley's time in the hurdles ranks second in the NCAA this season, and his finish was .08 seconds ahead of his old school mark set last year at the Drake Relays.

Last Illinois Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week: Andrew Riley (April 29, 2009)

 

Men's Field Athlete of the Week:
Joe Kovacs, Penn State
So., Nazareth, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic

Kovacs wins his first Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honor after scoring two first-place finishes at the Bucknell Team Challenge over the weekend. Kovacs finished first in the shot put with a launch of 61-5.50 (18.73 meters), a mark that ranks fifth in the country this season. The throw was also a personal best, broke the facility record, and ranks third in Penn State history. He also earned the gold in the discus with a heave of 164-7 (50.17 meters).

Last Penn State Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week: John Vellenweth (May 13, 2009)

M T/F: Weekly Rankings

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Two Big Ten men's track and field teams appeared in the latest NCAA Division I National Team Rankings, released Tuesday afternoon by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The 20th-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers check in the weekly poll with 95.58 total points, ahead of the No. 24 Wisconsin Badgers with a total of 79.54 points.

A complete look at the team rankings can be found here. Additional event-by-event breakdowns can be found here.

The Big Ten Conference office announced on Wednesday the third weekly men's outdoor track and field awards for meets through April 7-13. Indiana swept the weekly awards for the second time this season as Hoosier sophomores Andy Bayer and Derek Drouin earned the nod as Big Ten Track and Field Athletes of the Week, respectively.

Bayer collects his second Big Ten Athlete of the Week award in 2010 after posting a winning time of 3:41.87 in the 1,500-meter open at the Border Battle last week. The Leo, Ind., native now owns the fourth-best time in Division I this season, and the 10th best time in school history in the event.

Meanwhile, Drouin posted 13 points for the Hoosiers, winning the high jump and 110m hurdles while taking second in the javelin Drouin's clearance is 1.5 inches better than the closest jumper in Big Ten this season and also ranks sixth in the nation. READ MORE ...

MTRACK: USTFCCCA Rankings

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The Big Ten featured two teams in the latest USTFCCCA poll as announced on Tuesday evening. Minnesota voted in at no. 21 while Wisconsin earned a spot at No. 24.  The top five positions on both men's and women's sides of the national team rankings remained unchanged.

Look here for a complete look at this week's poll.

MTRACK: Penn State and Illinois Garner Weekly Honors

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The Big Ten Conference office announced on Wednesday the second weekly men's outdoor track and field awards for meets through April 1-6. Penn State's Ryan Foster ran away with the weekly award on the track while Illinois' Matt McHugh collected Field Athlete of the Week honors.

Foster clocked a personal-best 3:41.26 in the 1500-meters at the Florida Relays, finishing just shy of Alabama's Julius Bor (3:41.11).  The pair are now ranked first and second among NCAA Division I competitors. Foster also anchored the Nittany Lions in the 4x800-meter relay, turning in a 1:46.9 split to lead his squad to a winning time of 7:18.72.

In filed competition, junior Matt McHugh reset his own school record in the hammer throw, winning the event at the Mike Poehlein Invitational with a mark of 202-10 (61.83m).

The Big Ten Conference office announced on Wednesday the first weekly men's outdoor track and field awards for meets through March 24-31. Indiana swept the first edition of weekly honors for the 2010 campaign as Hoosier freshman Andy Bayer was tabbed Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week and senior Jeff Coover earned the nod as Field Athlete of the Week.

Freshman Andy Bayer led a talented crop of Hoosier harriers at the Stanford Invitational on placing third in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 13:45.75. His effort marks the third-best time in Division I this season and is the fourth-fastest in school history.

Senior Jeff Coover claimed top honors in the pole vault competition at the Alabama Relays, with a mark of 5.35m (17-6.5). His clearance is just a centimeter off his outdoor career best and ranks as the fourth-best mark in Division I this season. READ MORE ...