The conference office announced on Monday the sixth weekly women's indoor track and field awards for meets through February 8-14. Penn State's Bridget Franek and Minnesota's Alicia Rue posted NCAA automatic qualifying marks last week to earn the weekly laurels.
Franek placed third in the highly-touted 5,000-meter invitational at the Husky Classic, finishing in a personal-best 15:56.76 - just over three seconds off the Penn State school record. Her performance is the fourth fastest in the NCAA this year, and the best mark among Big Ten competitors.
Meanwhile, Rue placed second in the pole vault competition at the Iowa State Classic with a leap of 14 feet, 3.25 inches - her fourth NCAA automatic qualifier on the year. The meet marked her eighth clearance over 14 feet this season.
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