Indiana and Illinois Earn Weekly Track and Field Accolades

Jan. 24, 2011

Park Ridge, Ill. -
The conference office announced on Monday the weekly men's indoor track and field awards. Indiana's Andy Bayer was recognized as Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, while Illinois' David Fraker earned the nod as the Field Athlete of the Week honoree.

Track Athlete of the Week
Andy Bayer - Indiana
So. - Leo, Ind. - Leo

Indiana's Andy Bayer took home first-place in the 3,000 meter run last weekend as the Hoosiers hosted the Gladstein Invitational. Bayer crossed the finish line with a time of 7:48.35, the fastest in the world so far this season and new school and facility record. The sophomore's time was 2.65 seconds faster than the school record and 3.01 seconds better than the Gladstein Fieldhouse record. He also finished 6.15 seconds ahead of the NCAA-qualifying time, and is the only runner to surpass the standard this season. This is the first weekly award for Bayer this season and second overall, as he took home the award on Jan. 25, 2010.

Last Indiana Track Athlete of the Week: Andy Bayer (Jan. 25, 2010)

Field Athlete of the Week
Davis Fraker - Illinois
Fr. - Peachtree City, Ga. - McIntosh

Illinois' Davis Fraker earns his first weekly award of the season after eclipsing his old school record in the weight throw last weekend at the Illini Classic. On his second attempt, a toss of 20.78 meters, Fraker broke his old mark by over two feet. The Peachtree City, Ga., native measured four throws over 20 meters on the day and is currently ranked third in the NCAA this season. Fraker also won the shot put with a distance of 17.78 meters, which was a new personal best. The freshman is now 6-0 on the season, winning both event titles in the weight throw and shot put in the first three meets of the year. This marks the first Field Athlete of the Week award in program history.

Last Illinois Field Athlete of the Week: N/A



2011 Men's Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Dec. 14
T: No selection
F: Cody Marshall, Fr., OSU
Jan. 10
T: Justin Austin, So., IOWA
F: Derek Drouin, Jr., IND
Jan. 17
T: Thomas Murdaugh, Jr., OSU
F: Micah Hegerle, So., MINN
Jan. 24
T: Andy Bayer, So., IND
F: David Fraker, Fr., ILL