Golden Gopher throwers Liz Podominick and Paul Hoplin were named Big Ten Field Event Athletes of the Week after opening their respective outdoor seasons with nice throws last weekend.
Podominick, a senior from Lakeville, won the shot and discus competitions at the Texas Southern Relays last weekend. Podominick topped the discus results with a throw of 165-1 and won the shot with a put of 47-8. Both marks qualified her for NCAA Regional competition.
Hoplin, a freshman from Grand Forks, North Dakota, launched his Minnesota career in style with a 214-9 javelin throw at the Clemson Relays last weekend. The Regional-qualifying throw is the third-best javelin mark in Gopher history.
Both Podominick and Hoplin are first-time winners of the Big Ten award.
Also ... The Minnesota Daily ran a nice story today, HERE, on Heather Dorniden and the Gopher track teams.