Michigan and Wisconsin Student-Athletes Garner Weekly Accolades

Wisconsin's Jessica Flax current heptathlon score of 5,353 ranks first in the Big Ten so far this season.

Wisconsin's Jessica Flax current heptathlon score of 5,353 ranks first in the Big Ten so far this season.

April 20, 2011

Park Ridge, Ill. -
The conference office announced on Wednesday the weekly women's outdoor track and field awards. Michigan's Jillian Smith was recognized as Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, while Wisconsin's Jessica Flax garnered Field Athlete of the Week accolades.

Track Athlete of the Week:
Jillian Smith - Michigan
So. - Manahawkin, N.J. - Southern Regional

Michigan earns its second weekly award after Jillian Smith finished first in the 1,500-meter run last weekend at the Tom Jones Memorial Classic on the University of Florida campus. Smith's winning time of 4:14.65 is currently the fifth-fastest time in the country this season and leads the conference in the event. Her mark is also the best time for a second-year runner in program history. Smith collects the first weekly award of her career and Michigan's first weekly track award since the 2009 season.

Last Michigan Track Athlete of the Week: Geena Gall (Feb. 9, 2009)

Field Athlete of the Week:
Jessica Flax - Wisconsin
Jr. - Pearland, Texas - Pearland

In her first heptathlon of the outdoor season, Wisconsin's Jessica Flax posted a score of 5,353 last weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays. Flax moved to the top of the Big Ten after finishing seventh overall in the competition. The junior improved her standing to fourth on the Badgers' all-time list in the event and No. 13 in the country so far this season. This marks the first weekly award in Flax's career and for the Badgers so far this year.

Last Wisconsin Field Athlete of the Week: Megan Seidl (Feb. 1, 2010)

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

March 23
T: Chimerem Okoroji, Jr., MINN
F: Allison Liske, Jr., MICH
March 30
T: Letecia Wright, Sr., OSU
F: Vera Neuenswander, Sr., IND
April 6
T: Letecia Wright, Sr., OSU
F: Karlee McQuillen, Sr., PSU
April 13
T: Kelsey McHugh, Sr., OSU
F: Vera Neuenswander, Sr., IND
April 20
T: Jillian Smith, So., MICH
F: Jessica Flax, Jr., WIS