Iowa and Michigan Earn Weekly Track and Field Honors

April 13, 2011

Park Ridge, Ill. -
The conference office announced on Wednesday the weekly men's outdoor track and field awards. Iowa's Erik Sowinski earned Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week honors, while Michigan's Cody Riffle received Field Athlete of the Week accolades.

Track Athlete of the Week:
Erik Sowinski - Iowa
Jr. - Waukesha, Wis. - West

Iowa's Erik Sowinski finished first in the 800-meter run last weekend as the Hawkeyes competed in the Sun Angel Classic held on the campus of Arizona State University. Sowinski crossed the line with a time of 1:48.32, which currently ranks sixth in the nation this season and third in the Big Ten. This is the first weekly award of Sowinski's career and the first for the Hawkeyes this season.

Last Iowa Track Athlete of the Week: Ray Varner (April 8, 2009)

Field Athlete of the Week:
Cody Riffle - Michigan
Fr. - Toledo, Ohio - St. John's Jesult

Cody Riffle earned one first-place finish and had another top-five effort last weekend at the UCLA Rafer Johnson Invitational. The freshman posted a winning mark of 18.40 meters in the shot put and threw the discus 50.14 meters for fifth-place. Riffle's shot put effort currently ranks seventh in the nation and first in the conference, is third on Michigan's all-time list, and is the first Wolverine to throw over 60 feet in the shot put in an outdoor meet since Johnny Nielsen in 1982. This marks the first field weekly award for Michigan since the 2008 season.

Last Michigan Field Athlete of the Week: Sean Pruitt (April 1, 2008)

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

March 23
T: No selection
F: Micah Hegerle, So., MINN
March 30
T: Thomas Murdaugh, Jr., OSU
F: Derek Drouin, Jr., IND
April 6
T: Chris DeSilva, Jr., ILL
F: Michael Hartfield, Jr., OSU
April 13
T: Erik Sowinski, Jr., IOWA
F: Cody Riffle, Fr., MICH