Indiana and Minnesota Nab Weekly Laurels

Jan. 25, 2010

The conference office announced on Monday the third weekly men’s indoor track and field awards for meets through January 18-24. On the track, Indiana’s Andy Bayer earned his first weekly honor of the 2010 campaign while Minnesota’s Jack Szmanda was tabbed Field Athlete of the Week.

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

In his first collegiate 3,000 meter invitational freshman Andy Bayer finished as the collegiate winner while competing against six professional runners. The Hoosier harrier took third place in a race that saw four runners finish faster than the Gladstein Fieldhouse record. Bayer's time of 7:55.25 was faster than the 1991 3K clocked by IU legend Bob Kennedy. By eclipsing the 19-year-old mark, Bayer moves into second in the IU record books. His time is just .75 seconds off the NCAA Automatic qualifier and is almost 10 seconds faster than the provisional standard, marking the first NCAA provisional qualification of his career. The Leo, Ind., native leads the nation by more than two seconds in the event and now owns the Big Ten's best time in the mile and the 3,000m. This is the first weekly accolade in Bayer’s career and the first-ever indoor track laurel for Indiana since the Big Ten began differentiating between the two fields in 2007.  

Last Indiana Indoor Athlete of the Week: Stephen Haas (Feb. 14, 2006)
* In 2006, the Big Ten selected one overall Athlete of the Week for Indoor Track and Field.

Field Athlete of the Week:
Jack Szmanda, Minnesota
Fr. - Wausau, Wis. - Neumann

In his inaugural collegiate heptathlon, Freshman Jack Szmanda won the event with a total 5,337 points in aiding Minnesota to a team victory at the Jack Johnson Classic on Saturday. The overall tally was good enough to achieve the NCAA provisional standard. Szamda placed in the top three in six of seven events with two top performances in the pole vault (16-1 3/4) and shot put (43-10 3/4). This is the first weekly award for Szmanda on the year and the first for a Minnesota track or field athlete this season.

Last Minnesota Field Athlete of the Week: Aaron Studt (Feb. 23, 2009)