ROSEMONT, Ill. - Junior Sam Shoultz of the Maryland track and field team was named the Big Ten Men's Field Athlete of the Week today, as announced by the conference. This marks the first conference honor by the Maryland track and field program, both men's and women's this season.
At the UVA Quad Meet last Friday, Shoultz hit a clearance of 2.24m (7’4 ¼”) in the high jump competition, tying the Maryland school record and setting the facility record at Lannigan Field in Charlottesville. Shoultz's jump tied the current University of Maryland school record set by Mike Pascuzzo in 1982. In addition, this jump pushed Shoultz ahead of his high jump coach, Jonathan Hill, who previously held the number two spot in this event at 7’3 ¾”.
In addition, the 2.24m mark by Shoultz is the fourth highest mark by any high jumper in the country so far this outdoor season.
This marks the second honor of the week for Shoultz, as he was also named the Solomon Eye Associates Terp of the Week.
Maryland will return to Charlottesville next weekend for the UVA Challenge on April 20-21, while also sending a group to the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton the same weekend.