Men's Track & Field / Throws / Junior / San Francisco, Calif.
Major: Biology and Molecular Engineering
Christopher Dann is a junior thrower on the UChicago men's track & field team. At the I-55 Triangular over the weekend, Dann set a new career best mark in the shot put with a heave of 12.92 meters, while also posting a season-best weight throw of 13.57 meters.
Head Coach Chris Hall: "About 10 days ago, Chris hurt his hand in the weight room and has been struggling to practice. A hand injury in track may not seem that critical, but as a field event athlete and a thrower, it is crippling. Talking with Coach Murphy a day in advance of the meet, she was pretty unsure what to expect and was guarded that it may be a difficult day for Chris. He however responded exceptionally well and threw a lifetime best in the shot put, and his weight throw was his best of the season, moving him into scoring position in the UAA. Chris really is an exceptionally hard worker and a positive force on our team. It was great to see him pleased with his day."
Teammate Alexander Scott: "Chris has been, I would say, the glue guy for our throws squad and a fantastic representative of the team. As a junior, he is already becoming a vocal leader, and always makes an effort to lead by example with a team-first mindset. Individually, he has faced some challenges, including injury, but he continues to impress all of us with his grit and determination to improve. The whole team is excited when Chris succeeds, which I think speaks to his character and the high esteem in which we all hold him. I can't wait to watch his hard work really pay off at the conference level. I will graduate this spring proud that this special team will have a leader and a teammate as capable as Chris."
Other OOC Nominees
Sachin Das (Men's Tennis)
- Head Coach Jay Tee: "Playing in the first dual match of his young career, Sachin competed like he had been playing college tennis for years, not months. His energy in doubles helped to ignite the atmosphere, and in singles, he worked though some nerves and a difficult situation with his opponent en route to a 6-4, 6-1 win. He has been extremely coachable in practice and has been willing to make some subtle changes that have netted big results."
Winston Chen (Men's Swimming & Diving)
- Head Coach Jason Weber: "Winston was a driving force in our win over DePauw this past weekend by winning both his individual events and posting excellent splits on both winning relays. With a limited squad competing, we were counting on Winston to win some races to help beat a top D3 team and he did not disappoint. He’s really picked up his training and focus recently and that was on display at this meet."
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