COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomore Matt DeChant was named Field Athlete of the Week Monday by the Big Ten Conference after a career day at the Buckeye Tune-up Feb. 19.
DeChant led the Ohio State effort Friday evening at French Field House, posting two personal records and NCAA provisional marks. The sophomore crushed his previous career best in the shot put with a first-place toss of 18.56-meters, the sixth-best in Ohio State indoor history, third-best in the Big Ten and No. 12 on the Division I performance list. He followed that up with a first-place finish in the weight throw at 19.88m, second-best in the conference and a Top 25 mark nationally.
“Matt was definitely the MVP for us on Friday,” head coach Robert Gary said. “He’s really shown a lot of improvement over the past few weeks. Both of his marks from the tune up should give him a realistic shot at qualifying for the national championships.”
This is the first weekly award of DeChant’s career and the first field accolade for a Buckeye since Lenny Jatsek took home the honor in Feb. 2008. It is the fourth weekly decoration for Ohio State this season – Thomas Murdaugh won back-to-back awards in January, while Jeff See’s sub-four mile at the Meyo Invitational two weeks ago earned him the title.
DeChant and the Buckeyes will look to bring the Big Ten title to Columbus when they travel to Minnesota for the 2010 Big Ten Indoor Championships Feb. 27-28.