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Jan. 24, 2006
Athlete of the Week
Lenny Jatsek, Ohio State
S0, Walton Hills, Ohio/Trinity
Jatsek has been named Athlete of the Week after posting an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 20.05 in the weight throw competition. His mark of 65'9 ½ " now ranks fifth overall in the OSU record books. The Walton Hills, Ohio, native also took fourth in the shot put with a toss of 51'11''. This is Jatsek's first indoor honor of his career and he and is the first Buckeye to be named indoor track and field Athlete of the Week since Dan Taylor earned the accolade on Feb. 24, 2004.
Illinois pulled double-duty last weekend as half of the Illini traveled to the Arkansas Razorback Invite while the other half remained in Champaign, Ill., for the Illinois Invite. In Arkansas, the Illini men ran to four top-two finishes and recorded three NCAA provisional qualifying marks. At home, Illinois claimed three top-three spots in as many events.
Three Big Ten teams competed in the IU Invite as Indiana took second-place, Ohio State claimed third and Purdue rounded out the competition in fourth. The Hoosiers claimed four first-place finishes while eight athletes earned new personal bests. The Buckeyes recorded one provisional qualifying time while running to seven top-two places. The Boilermakers recorded nine top-three finishes, including two personal-bests.
Iowa traveled north to face conference rival Minnesota in the Jack Johnson Classic on Saturday as two Hawkeyes claimed victory and personal-bests in their respective events. The Gophers broke five school records, highlight by junior Adam Schnaible's 67'2 ¼" weight throw toss, junior Aaron Buzard's 17.60 600-meter dash time and Antonio Vega's 8:11.29 3,000-meter performance.
The No. 15 Michigan Wolverines hosted the Red Simmons Invite and notched their first NCAA provisional time as Mike Woods finished the 3,000-meter race in 7:58.55.
Michigan State traveled to South Bend, Ind., for the Nore Dame Invite where the Spartans claimed six individual titles and one provisional mark.
No. 3 Wisconsin ran to three first-places finishes in the UNI Dome during the Panther Invite, hosted by Northern Iowa. Junior Demi Omole recorded an NCAA provisional mark in the 200-meter dash, running 21.47 to beat the rest of the competition field by nearly a second.