Big Ten Announces Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Jan. 18, 2010

The conference office announced on Monday the second weekly men’s indoor track and field awards for meets through January 11-17. Ohio State’s Thomas Murdaugh earned a share of the weekly track laurel for the second straight week along with Ryan Foster of Penn State. Meanwhile, Michigan State’s Kyron Foster set a school record in the triple jump to garner Field Athlete of the Week honors.

Co-Track Athletes of the Week:
Thomas Murdaugh, Ohio State
So. - Dublin, Ohio – Scioto

Sophomore Thomas Murdaugh posted two meet records en route to a pair of top finishes in leading Ohio State to a 92-70 victory in the Dual meet over Michigan on Saturday. Murdaugh was dominant once again in the 400-meter event, finishing in first-place with an NCAA provisional time of 46.58 – the second-best time in the NCAA this season. The reigning Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week sealed the Buckeye victory by anchoring the 4x400-meter relay team to first place and an NCAA provisional time of 3:12.60. The mark bested the Wolverines by five seconds and is the fastest of any Big Ten mile relay team so far this season. This is the second weekly award for Murdaugh’s career.

Last Ohio State Indoor Athlete of the Week: Thomas Murdaugh (Jan. 11, 2010)

Ryan Foster, Penn State
Jr. - Tasmania, Australia - The Hutchins School

Ryan Foster made Penn State history on Saturday, setting a new school record in the 1,000-meters at the Penn State Northeast Challenge. The Nittany Lion junior clocked a blistering 2:19.60 in the five-lap event, breaking current junior Samuel Borchers' mark of 2:22.42 from 2008. Foster's record-setting effort, which is the second-fastest ever run by a collegiate, is not only a new Penn State standard, but also a new meet and facility record. With the performance, the Tasmania, Australia native is also the 2010 world leader in the event and owns the new Australian national record.

Last Penn State Indoor Athlete of the Week: Mike Cadau (Jan. 12, 2009)

Field Athlete of the Week:
Kyron Foster, Michigan State
R-Jr. - Deltona, Fla. - Pine Ridge

Kyron Foster etched his name in Michigan State Indoor Track and Field lore with a school record and national leading leap of 16.06 meters in the triple jump during the Kentucky Invitational on Friday. The NCAA provisional mark narrowly edged the defending national champion, Andre Black of Louisville by 0.03 meters, for first place.  This is the first weekly award for Foster and the first field laurel by a Spartan this season.

Last Michigan State Field Athlete of the Week: Jay Gillespie (Dec. 12, 2009)