Feb. 24, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- Michael Lihrman is making it a habit to have the standout performance of the weekend in the Big Ten.
For the third time in four meets this season, the junior was recognized as the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week, the league announced Monday.
The Rice Lake, Wis., native had his best performance of the season last Friday, unleashing a massive heave of 79 feet, 7 1/2 inches on his first attempt in the weight throw to set the all-time NCAA Division I record in the event. The mark broke the Division I and Big Ten record of 78-9 1/4 – set by Ohio State’s nine-time All-American Dan Taylor in 2004 – by almost 10 inches and helped the No. 5 ranked Wisconsin men’s track and field team win the Red & White Open.
Lihrman’s throw, which set a new facility record for The Shell and shattered his own school best by over four feet, is also the best mark in the world in 2014.
The UW-Stout transfer has competed in the weight throw four times this season, emerging victorious on each occasion and extending his own school record three times.
By notching his third conference athlete of the week honor, Lihrman is joining exclusive company in Wisconsin history. No Badgers field athlete has earned as many conference awards in a career, let alone in a season, and hurdler Reggie Torian is the only other UW athlete to claim three league athlete of the week honors in one season, doing so during the 1997 indoor campaign.
Only four track athletes in school history have won more conference athlete of the week honors than Lihrman. Torian, distance runner Matt Tegenkamp and springer Len Herring have all collected the award four times in their distinguished careers, while sprinter Demi Omole leaders UW with seven such honors.
Lihrman will have to be at his best once again this weekend, Feb. 28 – March 1, for the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, as the league boasts the top four throwers in the nation this season.