Big Ten Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week

Feb. 1, 2010

The conference office announced on Monday the fourth weekly men’s indoor track and field awards for meets through January 25-30. Penn State’s Ryan Foster and Wisconsin’s Craig Miller earned a share of the weekly laurel for their performances on the track while Indiana’s Jeff Coover received the nod as Field Athlete of the Week. 

Co-Track Athletes of the Week:
Ryan Foster, Penn State
Jr. - Tasmania, Australia - The Hutchins School

Junior Ryan Foster highlighted what was one of the most hotly contested events of the entire Penn State National meet on Saturday in the men's invitational 800-meters. Foster blitzed to a victory in heat one of the event, posting an NCAA-leading effort of 1:47.48 to better the NCAA automatic standard by over half a second. Foster's mark was also good for new meet, facility, and Penn State records, as his impressive effort bested former Nittany Lion Ray Levitre's 1:48.19, set in 1987. The Tasmania native would also claim his second Australian National Indoor Record, topping the previous record of 1:47.9, which has stood since 1969. This is the second weekly award for Foster this season.

Last Penn State Indoor Athlete of the Week: Ryan Foster (Jan. 18, 2010)

Craig Miller, Wisconsin
Sr. - Lancaster, Pa. - Manheim Township

In his first race of the season, senior Craig Miller ran away with the win in the mile at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 4:00.78 despite running 100 meters ahead of the pack over the final two laps. Applying the NCAA conversion for running on a flat track, his time of 3:58.98 ties the Lancaster, Pa., native for the Big Ten lead and the second-fastest mile mark in nation this season. Miller's run also came agonizingly close to the 31-year-old track record of 4:00.40 at The Shell.

Last Wisconsin Indoor Athlete of the Week: Brandon Bethke (Feb. 19, 2008)



Field Athlete of the Week:
Jeff Coover, Indiana
Sr. - La Jolla, Calif. - LaJolla

Senior Jeff Coover soared to a top finish in the high jump, clearing 5.5 meters to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships at the Indiana Relays last week. His clearance of over 18 feet puts him into elite company as one of only three Hoosiers to do so in program history. The other two, Mark Buse and Dave Volz, both won NCAA titles in the event. The mark is good enough to tie for the third-best clearance in Division I this season and is the best leap in the Big Ten by seven inches in 2009-10.

Last Indiana Field Athlete of the Week: Derek Drouin (Jan. 11, 2010)