Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Alabi, Dorniden named Big Ten Athletes of the Week

For the second time this season, Gopher women claimed both Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors. Senior thrower Liz Alabi collected her second "Field Athlete" honor of the season, while sophomore middle distance runner Heather Dorniden (pictured) shared the "Track Athlete" honor with Michigan's Tiffany Ofili.

Alabi, a Brooklyn Park native, recorded a pair of NCAA provisional qualifying marks at Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational. She won the weight throw with a toss of 62-6, then finished third in the shot put throwing 50-0 1/2.

The defending NCAA indoor champ at 800 meters, Dorniden made a stunning season debut, automatically qualifying for the NCAA Championships. The Inver Grove Heights native won the 800 at Meyo in 2:04.33, the second-fastest time in school history and the fastest clocking in the nation this season.

Alabi and multi-eventer Liz Roehrig were Big Ten Athletes of the Week for the Gophers earlier in the season.

Photo courtesy of the the Big Ten.

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