MINNEAPOLIS - Temi Ogunrinde, a redshirt junior and co-captain on the Gopher women's track & field team, became the first-ever Minnesota Collegiate Athlete of the Year, as announced at last night’s inaugural Minnesota Sports Awards presented by Sports Minneapolis, Powered by Meet Minneapolis at the Target Center.
Ogunrinde receieved Collegiate Athlete of the Year honors alongside fellow award recipients that included Minnesota Lynx Center Sylvia Fowles (Professional Athlete of the Year) and Minnesota Twins legend and National Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew (Lifetime Achievement Award).
The Cottage Grove, Minn. native and Park High School graduate joined the Minnesota women’s track & field program during the 2015 season as sprinter participating mostly as an unattached competitor. She began her transition from sprinting to hammer throw after one semester on campus, learning the new event in 2016 before a breakout year in 2017.
The Collegiate Athlete of the Year Award was presented to Ogunrinde as "the collegiate athlete who has set the highest standard for excellence in their sport and in their contributions to the community during the past year or athletic season."
Embracing her opportunity in hammer throw, Ogunrinde’s hard work led to a standout season last spring. The 2017 Big Ten hammer throw champion threw a then-career best throw of 61.44m (201-07) before breaking that mark a week later. She placed eighth at the NCAA West Prelim with a Minnesota program record throw of 64.01m (210-00), before placing 18th at the NCAA Championships.
The All-Big Ten First Team honoree, Academic All-Big Ten and USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree also received the team’s outstanding sportsmanship award last season. She is completing her degree in entrepreneurial management in the Carlson School of Management.
The Minnesota Sports Awards public nomination process garnered nearly 200 nominations. Entries were received from around the state, featuring sports from downhill skiing to track and field. A committee of sports executives and sports journalists selected the finalists and winners for five of the awards. The Minnesota Sports Moment of the Year was decided upon by a public vote on the Star Tribune website.
A live stream of Wednesday night's event was carried across FOX Sports North’s digital channels, and the network will debut an hour-long show with highlights from the awards gala on Thursday, Dec. 28.
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