Minnesota and Michigan Garner First Weekly Outdoor Track and Field Accolades
March 23, 2011
Park Ridge, Ill. -
The conference office announced on Wednesday the first weekly women's outdoor track and field awards for the 2011 season. Minnesota's Chimerem Okoroji earns the nod as Track Athlete of the Week, while Michigan's Allison Liske was tabbed Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week.
Track Athlete of the Week:
Chimerem Okoroji captured her first weekly award after anchoring the 4x100-meter relay to a victory in a time of 45.29 at the Bulls Invitational in Tampa, Fla., last weekend. The winning time ranks as the third-best relay time in Gopher history. Okoroji also finished in sixth in the 200-meter dash with a career-best time of 24.26, good for eighth all-time in the event. This marks the first weekly award for the Golden Gophers since Jamie Cheever accomplished the feat in April 2008.
Last Minnesota Track Athlete of the Week: Jamie Cheever (April 8, 2008)
Field Athlete of the Week:
Allison Liske earns the first weekly award of her career after winning the shot put at both events as the Wolverines traveled to Florida for the Bulls Invitational and the Black and Gold Challenge last weekend. In her first action of the 2011 season, Liske recorded a throw of 150-00 to win the event. The following day, the junior won the shot put with a toss of 15.32, recording the 11th-best mark in the country so far this season.
Last Michigan Field Athlete of the Week: Erin Pendleton (May 5, 2010)