May 14, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- After a record-setting weekend, Wisconsin junior Michael Lihrman has been named the Big Ten Men’s Field Athlete of the Week, the conference announced Wednesday.
It marks the fourth time this season Lihrman has been honored by the conference, and the first time he’s earned a weekly award during the outdoor season.
The Rice Lake, Wisconsin, native won the hammer throw at the Wisconsin Open last Saturday with a massive, first-attempt throw of 233 feet, 3 inches to break not only his school record, but the McClimon Memorial Track Complex Record and the Big Ten Record. His throw broke the McClimon record of 229-6, set by Roman Linscheid (1996) and the conference record of 227-6, set by Ohio State's Dan Taylor (2004).
Lihrman’s throw ranks fifth nationally heading into the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend in West Lafayette, Indiana.