Feb. 4, 2013
Alena Brooks has been named Big Ten Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, the conference announced today. It is the first time she has earned the honor in her career.
Brooks shone in the 800 meters at the Meyo Invitational this past weekend. She finished second behind Olympian Geena Gall with a personal record time of 2:06.24. Brooks now ranks No. 2 on Minnesota’s all-time performers list, behind only Heather Dorniden. Her time currently ranks first in the Big Ten and sixth in the nation. At the Meyo Invitational, Brooks also ran on the Gophers’ winning distance medley relay team.
Brooks is the first Gopher to garner Indoor Athlete of the Week honors since Samantha Sonnenberg was named Indoor Field Athlete of the Week in February 2011. The last Minnesota runner to earn Indoor Track Athlete of the Week was Heather Dorniden in January 2009.
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