COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State senior distance runner Jeff See was named the Big Ten men’s track athlete of the week Wednesday in recognition of his performance last Saturday night at the Oregon Twilight in Eugene, Ore.

See ran his second-consecutive NCAA regional qualifying time, crossing the 1,500-meter finish line third behind All-American Mark Sneeds and professional Ian Cronin in a time of 3:44.88, which betters the qualifying mark by nearly three seconds. See ranks as one of the Top 50 1,500-meter runners in all of the NCAA and fourth best in the Big Ten. See also ran a regional time in the mile at the Jesse Owens Classic in a time of 4:04.95.

The Middletown, Ohio, native garners his second weekly outdoor Track Athlete of the Week award after winning the award May 6, 2008 after his performance in the 1500m at the 2008 Jesse Owens Classic.

“Jeff continues to race himself back into shape after missing time and I still think he will get it down to 3:37 this summer,” head coach Robert Gary said. “I know Jeff is very excited for the conference meet at home and we are looking forward to a special weekend.”

The 2009 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships are being held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus this weekend, May 15-17. For more information click the link above.