Bayer Tabbed as Big Ten Athlete of the Week
Jan. 25, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana track and field athlete Andy Bayer has been named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. The award is for meets between January 17-23. Bayer wins his first weekly nod and the first indoor track honor since 2006 by a Hoosier.
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer was very pleased with Bayer's performance at the Gladstein Invitational and feels that the recognition is well-deserved.
"In the young season, Andy ran the fastest time in the country and the second-fastest in school history. He is very deserving of this award. Fittingly, he is the first to win it since Stephen Haas, who holds the IU record ahead of Andy," said Helmer.
In his first collegiate 3,000-meters, Bayer finished as the collegiate winner while competing against six professional runners. The redshirt freshman took third place in a race that saw four runners finish faster than the Gladstein Fieldhouse record. Bayer's time of 7:55.25 was faster than the 1991 3K clocked by IU legend Bob Kennedy. By eclipsing the 19-year-old mark, Bayer moves into second in the IU record books.
His time is just .75 seconds off the NCAA Automatic qualifier and is almost 10 seconds faster than the provisional standard, marking the first NCAA provisional qualification of his career. The Leo, Ind., native leads the nation by more than two seconds in the event and now owns the Big Ten's best time in the mile and the 3,000m.
This is the first weekly accolade in Bayer's career and the first indoor track laurel for Indiana since the Big Ten began differentiating between the track and field in 2007. Bayer did garner a Big Ten weekly honor in cross country in Oct. 2009. Stephen Haas, who holds the IU record in the 3,000, was the last runner to win weekly conference honors for the Hoosiers (Feb. 14, 2006).
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