Iowa, Minnesota and Purdue Athletes Win Weekly Laurels
April 8, 2009
Men’s Co-Track Athlete of the Week
Ray Varner, Iowa
Varner racked up two regional qualifying marks this past weekend at the Tiger Track Classic hosted by Auburn University. The junior posted the conference’s second fastest time in the 400-meter hurdles, crossing the line at 51.82 to finish third overall. To end the meet, Varner anchored the fifth-place Hawkeye 4X400-meter relay squad which timed in at 3:09.70. The Wadsworth, Ill., native collects his first Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week honor.
Last Iowa Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week: Andy Napier (4/8/08)
Josh Hembrough, Purdue
Hembrough began his sophomore campaign in style by winning the 110-meter hurdles at the fifth annual Mike Poehlein Invitational. The Grand Rapids, Mich., native broke the tape at 13.95, ranking him first in the Big Ten this year and 15th in the country. Hembrough qualified for the Mideast regional on May 29-30 in Louisville, Ky. The sophomore also took home fifth-place honors in the 200-meter dash, recording a career-best time of 21.94. Hembrough picks up his second all-time weekly honor.
Last Purdue Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week: Brian Kaluf (4/22/08)
Men’s Field Athlete of the Week
Matt Fisher, Minnesota
Fisher raised the bar for all collegiate high jumpers this weekend at the Tiger Track Classic, clearing the nation’s best height of 7-4.5 (2.25m.). His second-place jump was out-done only by 2007 world champion Donald Thomas who cleared 7-6.5. Fisher now claims the third-best mark in school history and qualified for the Midwest regional in Norman, Ok. The junior is honored with his first career outdoor weekly accolade.
Last Minnesota Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week: Ben Peterson (5/13/08)