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March 21, 2006
WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Liz Alabi, Minnesota
JR, Brooklyn Park, Minn./Brooklyn Center
Alabi earns Athlete of the Week honors after recording two NCAA regional qualifying marks in the hammer throw and shot put last weekend. The junior threw a hammer throw personal-best 184'10" en route to a first-place finish in the event. Her mark now ranks fourth-best on the Minnesota career list. The Brooklyn Park, Minn., native went on to finish first in the shot put with a regional qualifying throw of 49'6 1/2". This is Alabi's first weekly honor of her career and she is the first Gopher to be named Athlete of the Week for the outdoor season since Liz Roehrig garnered the honor on April 4, 2005. She joins Minnesota's Karl Erickson as this week's Big Ten Athletes of the week. Both Gophers earned individual titles in the shot put and discus and notched two regional qualifying times each.
On a side note, Minnesota junior Liz Podominick, the 2005 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, will join the Gopher tracksters this week for the outdoor season after the women's basketball team was eliminated in first round action of the NCAA Tournament. Podominick, a native of Lakeville, Minn., started 21-of-29 games this season for Minnesota, averaging 8.3 points and 5.3 rebounds. She also recorded 11 blocks, 17 steals and 32 assists. At the 2005 Outdoor Track and Field Championships she earned first-team All-Conference honors and claimed both the shot put and discus throw crowns with marks of 52'02.5" and 171'03", respectively.