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Burger Lambrechts becomes first Husker male to earn Big Ten's top field athlete honor

Burger Lambrechts becomes first Husker male to earn Big Ten's top field athlete honor

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Nebraska's Burger Lambrechts Jr. celebrates during the Mark Colligan Memorial meet on Jan. 25, 2020, at the Devaney Sports Center.

Steven M. Sipple and Parker Gabriel scramble a late Friday podcast to revisit the news of the day: That Nebraska considered backing out of a Sept. 18 game at Oklahoma -- AD Bill Moos said NU explored the option of playing an eighth home game because of COVID-19's steep financial toll -- but ultimately ended up where it started. The Huskers and Sooners will play this fall. That's great. The rest is less simple. 

Fresh off a conference title and a fifth-place finish at the NCAAs, Burger Lambrechts becomes the first-ever Husker male to earn the Big Ten's field athlete of the year honor.

The league announced its end-of-season awards Wednesday.

Lambrechts, a junior from South Africa, shined in shot put all season — and saved his best for last, apparently. His throw of 67 feet, 4¾ inches at the Big Ten meet last month ousted the next closest competitor by over 2 feet and ranks second on Nebraska's all-time list. 

At the NCAA Indoor Championships last weekend, Lambrechts threw 65 feet, ¾ inches to earn first-team All-America honors. Also, his fifth-place finish marked the highest by a Husker male in the event since 2004. 

He told the Journal Star earlier this month he aspires to qualify for the Olympics like his father, who competed in two Olympics. 


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