Penn State and Minnesota Earn Conference Recognition

April 27, 2011

Park Ridge, Ill. - The conference office announced on Wednesday the weekly men's outdoor track and field awards. Penn State's Casimir Loxsom received Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week accolades, while Minnesota's Ben Peterson earns the nod as Field Athlete of the Week.

Track Athlete of the Week:
Casimir Loxsom - Penn State
So. - New Haven, Conn. - Wilbur Cross

Penn State's Casimir Loxsom recorded a personal-best and conference-leading performance to win the 800-meter run last weekend at the Jesse Owens Classic. Loxsom set a new Jesse Owens Stadium record in a time of 1:46.45 to better the rest of the field by nearly two seconds. The sophomore's time now ranks third in the country so far this season, second in Penn State history and ninth in the world this year. This marks Loxsom's third career weekly award.

Last Penn State Track Athlete of the Week: Casimir Loxsom (May 5, 2010)

Field Athlete of the Week:
Ben Peterson - Minnesota
Sr. - Cody, Wyo. - Cody

Minnesota's Ben Peterson took home first-place in the pole vault last weekend at the LSU Alumni Gold Invitational in Baton Rouge, La. The senior recorded a season-best height of 17-7 3/4, which currently leads the Big Ten and ranks tied for fifth in the country so far this season. This marks Peterson's second career weekly award and third for the Gophers this season.

Last Minnesota Field Athlete of the Week: Brock Spandl (April 20, 2011)

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
April 20
T: Elliot Krause, So., WIS
F: Brock Spandl, Sr., MINN
F: Joe Kovacs, Jr., PSU
April 27
T: Casimir Loxsom, So., PSU
F: Ben Peterson, Sr., MINN