Dudarev secures third Big 12 Athlete of the Week award of 2017
IRVING, Texas – Kansas freshman thrower Gleb Dudarev was named the Big 12’s male athlete of the week after his NCAA-leading performance in the hammer throw at the Sun Angel Classic last week. It was the third Big 12 weekly honor earned by Dudarev this year after he claimed the award twice during the indoor season.
In the first collegiate hammer throw competition of his career, the freshman posted the NCAA’s top mark of 2017 as well as the school record and claimed victory in the event at the Sun Angel Classic last weekend. On his second attempt, Dudarev got the hammer out to a distance of 72.69 meters (238-6), a mark that puts him atop the NCAA DI list by more than three feet. Over the final four rounds, he notched three more throws over 235 feet, but could not surpass his mark from his second attempt and went on to claim the event victory by more than 23 feet over the rest of the field. Dudarev’s performance also moved him to No. 25 on the 2017 world chart.
Dudarev and the 12th-ranked Jayhawk men will return to action next week when they host the 90th running of the Kansas Relays. Action from Rock Chalk Park will take place April 19-22.
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