COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior All-American Thomas Murdaugh was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week Wednesday by the conference office after an impressive performance at last weekend’s SEC/Big Ten Challenge.

Murdaugh turned in the performance of the meet in Starkville, upsetting Mississippi State All-American Tavaris Tate in the 400m with a time of 46.41, the fourth-fastest time in the nation so far this outdoor season. The Dublin, Ohio, native also anchored the Buckeye 4x400m relay team to a second-place finish in 3:07.73, a Top 10 performance nationally. In all, Murdaugh contributed a total of 18 points toward the Big Ten’s cumulative point total, helping the conference to a 399-337 victory over the SEC in the inaugural conference clash.

The weekly award is the fourth of Murdaugh’s career and the first outdoor recognition for a Buckeye since former All-American Jeff See took home the honor in April 2010.

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