Jan. 20, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS – Senior Alena Brooks has been named the Big Ten Conference women's track and field Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, the conference announced Monday.
Brooks led the Gophers at the Northwest Open over the weekend, posting first-place finishes in both the 600-meter run (1:29.65) and 4x400-meter relay (3:53.66). Her time in the 600m broke the Northwest Open meet record and is currently the fastest 600m time in the country this season.
The award marks the Gophers' first Big Ten track and field weekly award of the season and the second weekly award of Brooks' career. She also took home B1G Track Athlete of the Week honors on Feb. 4, 2013 after a stellar 800m performance at the 2013 Meyo Invitational. Brooks finished second behind Olympian Geena Gall with a personal record time of 2:06.24 to rank second on Minnesota’s all-time 800m performers list. She also ran on the Gophers’ winning distance medley relay team.
In addition to her weekly award in 2013, Brooks is the first Gopher to garner B1G Indoor Athlete of the Week honors since Samantha Sonnenberg was named Indoor Field Athlete of the Week in February 2011. Prior to Brooks' two awards, the last Minnesota runner to earn Indoor Track Athlete of the Week was Heather Dorniden in January 2009.
2013-14 Women’s Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week: Jan. 20
Track: Alena Brooks, Sr., Minnesota
Field: Dani Bunch, Sr., Purdue
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