On your Marks: Record-setting leap paves way for weekly honor

Shani Marks was named both Big Ten and Trackshark.com athlete of the week after breaking Minnesota’s triple jump record and clinching two individual and two relay titles at the Pepsi Invitational at Oregon last weekend.

Marks’ NCAA regional qualifier of 44-10 1/4 in the triple jump broke the previous school record of 43-9 3/4 set by Christine Gulbrandsen in 2000. The senior earned her second individual meet title in the 400-meter hurdles, clocking in at 59.56 seconds.

Marks’ third and fourth titles came as she competed in both of Minnesota’s relay teams.

This is Marks’ second Big Ten honor this year as she was named athlete of the week during the indoor season.

Women’s hockey

Minnesota’s women’s hockey team announced its team awards at the end of the year banquet.

Gwen Anderson was awarded the GWH Award, which is given to the player that best exemplifies the Gopher women’s hockey creed.

Natalie Darwitz and Jody Horak shared most valuable player honors. Darwitz led the team with 68 points in 33 games played. Horak started between the pipes in 29 games this season and held a 1.85-goals-against average.

Jerilyn Glenn was awarded the Ridder Award. It is given to the player who has the biggest impact in the community by giving themselves through volunteer work and local outreach programs.

La Toya Clarke was given the Unsung Hero Award while the Most Improved Player award went to freshman Krista Johnson. She saw her minutes increase throughout the season and scored her first career goal against St. Cloud State on Jan. 11.

The 2003-04 captains were announced at the banquet. Clarke and Kelsey Bills were named co-captains for the upcoming season. It will be the first year for Clarke as a captain and second for Bills after being an alternate captain last season.