Monday, February 19, 2007

Dillling, Alabi Named USATF Minnesota Athletes of the Month

Jim Dilling and Liz Alabi were named USATF Minnesota's Athletes of the Month for February, based on their performances in January.

Dilling, a senior at Minnesota State – Mankato, was recognized for his 7 foot, 6 1/2 inch high jump victory at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational on January 27. Dilling is currently the top ranked high jumper in NCAA Division II and the #3 jumper in the entire U.S. this season.

Alabi, a senior at the University of Minnesota and a graduate of Brooklyn Center High School, is recognized for her record-breaking performance in the 20-pound weight throw at the Jack Johnson Minnesota Classic on January 20. There, Alabi tossed the weight 63 feet, 5-1/2 inches to set a new meet record in the event.

USA Track & Field Minnesota selects Athletes of the Month to honor excellence in track and field and its related sports in Minnesota.

(Disclosure: Pete Miller and I serve, along with Kevin Moorhead, on the USATF-Mn Athlete of the Month committee.)

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