Bayer Wins Second-Straight Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week Award
Jan. 31, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Andy Bayer has been named the Big Ten Track Athletes of the Week for the week of Jan. 23-30, the conference has announced. Bayer wins the award for the second consecutive week after posting world-leading times in the 3,000 meters and the mile in consecutive weekends. Bayer takes home his sixth Big Ten weekly honor (two cross country, three indoor, one outdoor).
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said his team has really stepped up this season and is gaining recognition throughout the track and field community, with Bayer the latest example.
"Andy has shown in each race he has run that he is prepared to do great things," Helmer said. "He is an example of what working hard and keeping a good head on your shoulders can do for an athlete. We have several student-athletes making waves in our sport, and our team is excited to compete each week and see who is next."
Bayer earns his second consecutive weekly award of the season after clocking a time of 3:57.75 for the world's fastest mile this season at the Indiana Relays last weekend. Bayer was the collegiate leader entering the meet, and with his time became the first runner in the nation to surpass the NCAA qualifying standard of 3:59.00 this season. The time is the third-best in Indiana history, surpassing Bob Kennedy and John Jefferson.
The Hoosiers split up next weekend with part of the team competing at the Meyo Invitational and part of the team will head to the brand new GaREAT Sports Complex for the GaREAT Collegiate Invitational. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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