Minnesota and Penn State Garner Track and Field Athletes of the Week
Jan. 12, 2009
Men’s Track Athlete of the Week
Mike Cadau, Penn State
Cadau began his junior season with a record-breaking performance in the 500 meter run at the Penn State Relays this past Saturday. His time of 1:02.94 set a new meet record and was only 0.36 off the PSU’s all-time mark. Cadau racked up another gold, anchoring the 1,600-meter relay, breaking the tape at 3:16.10. In the 300 meters, Cadau was nipped at the line to earn second place in a time of 34.47. The Mahonoy City, Pa., native takes home his first career weekly award.
Last Penn State Indoor Track Athlete of the Week: Samuel Borchers (1/29/08)
Men’s Co-Field Athletes of the Week
Ryan Fritz, Penn State
Fritz began his 2009 campaign on a high note, clearing 7-1.75 (2.18m.) to win the high jump at the Penn State Relays this past Saturday. The two-time NCAA All-American’s leap is the second-best clearance in the country so far this season and provisionally qualified him for the NCAA meet in March. The senior collects the second weekly indoor honor of his career.
Last Penn State Indoor Field Athlete of the Week: Ryan Fritz (2/13/07)
Ben Petersen, Minnesota
In dominating fashion, Petersen claimed gold in the pole vault at the Northwest Open this past Saturday. His NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 17-4.5 (5.30m.) bettered the second-place competitor’s height by over a foot. Petersen recorded a new personal-best and the sixth-best result in school history. The Cody, Wyo., native is honored with his first Big Ten Indoor Field Athlete of the Week accolade.
Last Minnesota Indoor Field Athlete of the Week: Adam Schnaible (2/20/07)