Sherrill Wins Second-Straight Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week Award
Jan. 17, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Faith Sherrill has been named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week for the second consecutive week, the conference has announced. Sherrill won the shot put with a Lambert Fieldhouse record throw to help the Hoosiers throttle Purdue on Saturday, Jan. 15. The junior has the top two throws in the world this season. The award is the fourth of Sherrill's career.
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said if Sherrill can maintain her current level of consistency, more record breaking can be ahead.
"Faith has shown that she is a great athlete in our first two meets, " said Helmer. "It was great to see her respond to raised expectations after her first big throw. If she can continue competing at a high level consistently this season, she has the ability to do special things."
Sherrill broke the Lambert Fieldhouse record in the shot put with a heave of 17.92m (58-9.5), a week after breaking the Gladstein Fieldhouse record. She bettered the NCAA automatic qualifying standard for the second straight meet, still the only Big Ten thrower to do so. The throw is the second best in the world this season, behind her own throw from the Indiana Open. Just her second-best throw of the season, it is still 1-6.5 better than the second-best mark on the national list and 6-6.25 better than the second-best mark in the Big Ten.
Sherrill moved up to 18th on the national list in the weight throw, winning with a heave of 19.16m (62-10.5). Sherrill was one of only three Hoosiers to win two events in the meet, scoring 10 points for the IU in an 89-47 rout of Purdue.
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