Aaron Studt of the Gophers, according to University of Minnesota sources, was named the Field Athlete of the Meet on Wednesday after he led Minnesota to the title in the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships. The two-day meet was held Saturday and Sunday at the U of M Fieldhouse.
Studt won the shot put and weight throw. He was the only double event winner during the weekend.
Steve Plasencia of Minnesota was named the men's Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year for the second time in two years. The Gophers won the team title in 2009, too.
Gophers women's pole vaulter Alicia Rue was named the Big Ten's Field Event Athlete of the Year. She won the pole vault in the women's indoor conferenece meet.
The men's team will be fun to watch once the outdoor season starts. Team members won six individual titles in the conference indoor meet and probably would have won two more if Hassan Mead, the defending champion in the 3,000 and 5,000, was healthy.
He sat out with a sore Achilles' tendon. Mead said he expects to return to track in about a month for the outdoor season.
Weather permitting, the Gophers' first in-state meets are the Hamline Invitational on April 3 and the Lee Krough Invitational in St. Peter on April 9.