Indiana and Ohio State Earn Weekly Track and Field Honors

Jan. 31, 2011

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

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

Indiana's Andy Bayer earns his second consecutive weekly award of the season after clocking a time of 3:57.75 for the world's fastest mile this season at the Indiana Relays last weekend. Bayer was the collegiate leader entering the meet, and with his time became the first runner in the nation to surpass the NCAA qualifying standard of 3:59.00 this season. The time is the third-best in Indiana history, surpassing Bob Kennedy and John Jefferson.

Last Indiana Track Athlete of the Week: Andy Bayer (Jan. 24, 2011)

Field Athlete of the Week
Matt DeChant - Ohio State
Jr. - Avon Lake, Ohio - Avon Lake

Ohio State's Matt DeChant posted a pair of personal records over the weekend at the Penn State National Invitational, including a first place finish in the shot put at 19.82 meters. The mark is the second-best in the nation this season and the sixth-best throw in school history. The junior also took home a second-place finish in the weight throw with a score of 19.97 meters. This marks DeChant's first weekly award of the season and third of his career.

Last Ohio State Field Athlete of the Week: Cody Marshall (Dec. 14, 2010)

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
Jan. 31
T: Andy Bayer, So., IND
F: Matt DeChant, Jr., OSU