Wilson Named GL Athlete of the Year
March 9, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-- Senior triple jumper/long jumper Aarik Wilson has been selected as the Great Lakes Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year, the United States Track Coaches Association announced on March 8.
Wilson, the nation's No. 1 triple and long jumper, most recently broke the IU school record in the long jump with an impressive mark of 8.12m (26-07.75) at the Alex Wilson "Last Chance" Meet on March 4. He surpassed the previous school record of 8.06m (26-5.5) set by Alan Turner at the NCAAs on March 9, 1991.
The six-time All-American also garnered the Big Ten Athlete of the Year/ Championships Award after capturing both the long jump and triple jump titles at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. In doing so, Wilson won his fourth career conference title and broke a 30-year old meet record when he recorded a mark 16.83m (55-02.75) in the triple jump.
The Fallon, Nev., native is also a large reason the IU men's track and field team claimed the top spot (356.97 points) in the final USTC Indoor Team Power Rankings for NCAA Division I track and field. This marks the first time in school history that the Hoosiers' have earned this honor and they become the first Big Ten team to accomplish this feat.
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