The Big Ten Conference announced that Gopher weight thrower Jon Lehman's NCAA-best 20.74m throw at the Northwest Open last weekend earned the junior a share of the Big Ten Indoor Field Athlete of the Week award.
The honor marks the first career award for Lehman, who just missed a personal best (20.79m) with Saturday's throw, and the first Gopher to earn the honor since Micah Hegerle on February. 20, 2012.
Lehman's throw ranks as the fifth-best in the Gopher indoor track & field record boo, and he shares this week's honor with Nebraska's James White (high jump) while Casimir Loxsom of Penn State earned the Big Ten Indoor Track Athlete of the Week (800-meter run) Award.
The Gophers host the Jack Johnson Invitational on Jan. 18-19 with the Snowshoe Open following on Feb. 15.