May 3, 2013
MADISON, Wis. – For the second time in as many weeks, a Wisconsin athlete was named co-Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week.
A week after senior Elliot Krause won the honor for his remarkable performance in the 5000 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays, sophomore Alex Hatz captured the league’s athlete of the week award. He shares the honor with Penn State’s Casimir Loxsom, who also received the accolade last week.
Hatz (Manlius, N.Y.) earned the honor after his career effort at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. He won his section of the 1500 meters with a lifetime-best time of 3:39.87, a mark that leads the Big Ten, ranks No. 3 in the NCAA, No. 6 among Americans and No. 20 in the world this year.
His effort is the second-fastest by a Big Ten athlete over the course of the last three outdoor seasons. The sophomore, who previously held the Badgers’ school record in the indoor mile, now ranks 10th in UW history in the 1500 meters.
Hatz’s award is the first of his career outdoors.
Loxsom, a senior at Penn State, earned a share of the honor by helping his team win both the distance medley relay and the 4x800-meter relay.