Feb. 10, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- Michael Lihrman is rewriting the record books and the Big Ten has taken notice.
On Monday, the conference recognized the junior from Rice Lake, Wis., as the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week for the second time in three weeks.
After collecting his first indoor track and field weekly award of his career on Jan. 27 for breaking his own school record in the weight throw at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational, the transfer from UW-Stout was at it again Saturday at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City.
Lihrman unleashed a massive heave of 75 feet, 4 inches to win the weight throw and shatter his previous personal and school-record toss of 74-7 3/4, set on Jan. 24. The junior's throw ranks second among all collegiate athletes this season, behind Purdue sophomore Chukwuebuka Enekwechi's mark of 77-6.
Lihrman's efforts were key to propelling the No. 5-ranked Wisconsin men's track and field team to the team title by amassing 63 points against an impressive field of ranked competitors that included No. 1 Arkansas, No. 8 Arizona, No. 10 Alabama, No. 14 Cornell, No. 15 Mississippi State, No. 21 Mississippi and No. 25 BYU.
Lihrman has quickly emerged as a force to be reckoned with for the Badgers, competing in a UW uniform four times in his career and setting a school record with each appearance. He first set the record in the weight throw at the 2013 USA Indoor Championships and has since extended that record twice. In addition, Lihrman set a Wisconsin record in the hammer throw at last year's USA outdoor championship with a heave of 207-11.