Jan. 27, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- Michael Lihrman’s big throw on Saturday earned him a big award on Monday.
The junior from Rice Lake, Wis. was recognized as the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week as the conference announced its weekly honors Monday.
Lihrman unleashed a massive, school-record heave of 74 feet, 7 3/4 inches in the weight throw en route to a first-place finish at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational Saturday in front of a home crowd at the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center (The Shell).
His effort – which shattered his own school and facility record by 4 feet, 3 inches, ranks as the second-best throw in the country behind Purdue sophomore Enekwechi Chukwuebuka’s toss of 76-5 3/4. Remarkably, Lihrman topped 74 feet on three of his six throws and missed a fourth by one centimeter.
A transfer from UW-Stout in 2012, Lihrman collects his first indoor track and field weekly award of his career. The junior has competed in a Badgers uniform three times, setting a new UW record after each meet.
At the 2012 USA Indoor Championships, Lihrman made his official Badgers debut, placing sixth in the weight throw with a then school-record toss of 68-5 3/4. The junior followed up that performance at the USA outdoor championships by setting a UW record in the hammer throw with his heave of 207-11, good for 12th place.
Japheth Cato, who specializes in the heptathlon, was the last Badger to claim the conference field athlete of the week honor, doing so on Feb. 4, 2013.
Matt Schwartzer of Indiana was named the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week on Monday for his performance in the 3000 meters. The sophomore was the top collegiate finisher in the event at the Gladstein Invitational, crossing the finish line in 8 minutes, 5.77 seconds. The mark ranks as the best in the conference and 10th in the nation this season.