Jan. 11, 2010
The conference office announced on Monday the first weekly men’s indoor track and field awards for meets through January 4-10. Ohio State’s Thomas Murdaugh was tabbed Big Ten track athlete of the week while Indiana jumper Derek Drouin earned the nod as field athlete of the week.
Track Athlete of the Week:
Thomas Murdaugh, Ohio State
So. - Dublin, Ohio – Scioto
Sophomore Thomas Murdaugh opened the season with a dominating victory in the 400-meter dash, besting the competition by almost a full second with a winning time of 48.25. His time was good enough to qualify for NCAA provisional standards as Ohio State opened the 2010 slate by playing host to the Buckeye Classic on Saturday. The Dublin, Ohio, native wrapped the competition by anchoring Ohio State's 4x400-meter relay team to a first-place time of 3:15.06. This is the first weekly honor for Murdaugh’s career and the first-ever indoor track laurel for Ohio State since the Big Ten began differentiating between the two fields in 2007.
Last Ohio State Indoor Athlete of the Week: Lenny Jatsek (Jan. 24, 2006)
* In 2006, the Big Ten selected one overall Athlete of the Week for Indoor Track and Field.
Field Athlete of the Week:
Derek Drouin, Indiana
So. - Corunna, Ontario - St. Patrick's
Sophomore Derek Drouin began the 2010 indoor campaign with a pair of top-three finishes at the Indiana Open on Saturday, posting two career highs and an NCAA automatic qualifying mark. The Corunna, Ontario, native cleared 2.24 meters (7-4.25) in the high jump – the best mark in the nation so far this indoor season. The jump sits just one centimeter shy of the IU school record and is 2.5 inches better than his previous high in the event set at last year’s NCAA Championships. The height is an automatic NCAA qualifying mark and was 8.5 inches better than the next best competitor in the event. Drouin completed the day by posting a career best in the long jump, claiming third in the event with a leap of 7.08 meters (23-2.75), bettering is previous best by 60 centimeters. The award marks the first weekly laurel for Drouin’s career.
Last Indiana Field Athlete of the Week: Jeff Coover (Feb. 9, 2009)