May 20, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) – Trevor Yedoni of the University of Minnesota men’s track & field team has been honored as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year after an incredible performance at the 2014 Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships last weekend.
The Eden Prairie, Minn., native won the outdoor conference long jump title and set a new personal record of 7.57 meters (24-10 ft.) at the Big Ten meet while also helping the Gophers’ 4x100 meter relay squad to a seventh-place finish at the meet.
Yedoni, who also won the long jump at the Tom Cat Twilight earlier this year, improved his personal-best mark by seven inches at the Big Ten championships and earned First Team All-Big Ten honors in the process.
A redshirt freshman for the outdoor season, the Benildes-St. Margaret’s alum is the third Golden Gopher in program history to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors during the outdoor season and the first since Staffan Strand did so in 1997. Jason Boon also garnered the honor in 1993.
In addition to Yedoni’s honor, Minnesota senior captain Andrew Larsen was recognized as Minnesota’s representative for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
The Gophers return to action at the NCAA West Prelims in Fayetteville, Ark., May 29-31.
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