Minnesota, Purdue and Wisconsin Capture Weekly Laurels
May 6, 2009
Men’s Track Athlete of the Week
Hassan Mead, Minnesota
Mead shattered his own school record in the 5,000 meters this past weekend at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational by over 15 seconds. His Big Ten-leading time of 13:28.45 ranks third in the country and exceeds the regional qualifying standard by over 43 seconds. The two-time All-American takes home his first career weekly outdoor Track Athlete of the Week award and the first for the Gophers since 2001.
Last Minnesota Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week: Tom Gerding (5/15/01)
Eric Sparks, Purdue
Sparks remained supreme among Big Ten pole vaulters this past weekend at the Jesse Owens Memorial Classic hosted by Ohio State, clearing a winning height of 17-00.75 (5.20m.). The junior Boilermaker earns his second weekly award of the season and the third for a Purdue field athlete. Sparks holds the conference’s best clearance of the year and the nation’s ninth top mark.
Last Purdue Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week: Eric Sparks (4/22/09)
Mickey DeFilippo, Wisconsin
DeFilippo matched a personal-best and surpassed the NCAA regional qualifying standard in the pole vault with a first-place clearance of 17-00.75 (5.20m.) at the Wisconsin Open. The sophomore narrowly missed an attempt at a would-be new school record height of 17-6.75. DeFilippo is one of the only four pole vaulters to surpass 17 feet competing at the Mideast Regional. The St. Louis, Mo., native picks up his first career weekly honor.
Last Wisconsin Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week: Robert Dehn (3/25/09)