COLUMBUS, Ohio For the second time in three weeks Ohio State senior Lenny Jatsek was named the Big Ten field athlete of the week, the conference office announced Tuesday.
In his final tune-up for the 2008 Big Ten Championships at the Zips Open, Jatsek posted a season-best toss in the weight throw of 69 feet, 9 inches (21.50 meters), an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Jatsek won the event and claims the conference honor for the third time in his career. The toss by the Walton Hills, Ohio, native is the second-best toss of his career and fourth-best in Ohio State history. The mark also is the best toss in the conference this season and eighth in the country.
“Lenny really has the respect or our entire program,” Ohio State head coach Robert Gary. “Not just for being a two-time Big Ten Champion, but for coming back from a tough foot surgery and then a real sever ankle sprain. The team really rallies behind him and David (Ebersole) it seems to charge our entire program.”
Jatsek has posted his Top 2 tosses this season in his last two events and will look to use that momentum this weekend as he looks for his third-consecutive Big Ten Championship in the weight throw. Combined with his sister Veronica Jatsek, (a senior on the women’s track and field team) the Jatsek’s have claimed five Big Ten field athlete of the week awards this season.
Ohio State and Jatsek will head to Big Ten Championships this week in Madison, Wis., March 1-2.