May 7, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) – Minnesota’s Zach Siegmeier has been named the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week after posting the conference’s top pole vault this season as the individual medalist at the Musco Twilight.
The Lakewood, Ill., native cleared 5.51 meters (18-01 ft.) on Saturday in Iowa City for a new personal record while his mark is tied for the eighth highest pole vault in the NCAA this season. The performance is also the fifth best pole vault in Minnesota history.
An All-American senior for the Gophers, Siegmeier is the defending Big Ten champion in the outdoor pole vault and added an indoor conference title in the event earlier this year. The senior has won four titles this year – the Musco Twilight, the Baldy Castillo Invitational, the Stanford Invitational and the Hamline Invitational.
This week’s honor is the second Big Ten accolade for Siegmeier, who was also named the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week on March 26, 2014.
The Gophers return to action this weekend with a contingency of throwers competing at UNI’s Mark Messersmith Invitational and another group of Gophers heading to the UW-Lacrosse Eagle Open.
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