Indiana and Purdue Collect Weekly Accolades

Feb. 8, 2010

The conference office announced on Monday the fifth weekly women’s indoor track and field awards for meets through February 1-7. Indiana’s Molly Beckwith posted two NCAA marks to earn the nod as Track Athlete of the Week while Purdue’s Brianna Neumann received the nod as Field Athlete of the Week on the strength of a record-setting weekend.

Track Athlete of the Week:
Molly Beckwith, Indiana
Sr. - Worthington, Ohio - Thomas Worthington

Senior Molly Beckwith recorded two NCAA qualifying marks, including an NCAA auto time in the 800-meter run on the second day of the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational. Her time of 2:04.50 is a new school record and the third fastest in the NCAA this season. The time is a half second better than the NCAA auto standard and is the first auto time of her career. Beckwith cut a full second off her own school record of 2:05.55, which she set at the Meyo Invitational last season. The Worthington, Ohio native also ran the lead leg in the Distance Medley Relay, leading the Hoosier quartet to an NCAA provisional standard of 11:17.06. The time bested the IU record by more than four seconds and is the fourth-fastest in the nations this season.

Last Indiana Indoor Athlete of the Week: Lorain Price (Jan. 9, 2007)

Field Athlete of the Week:
Brianna Neumann, Purdue
Sr. - Fort Wayne, Ind. - Northrop

Purdue senior Brianna Neumann broke the event and facility record at the Meyo Invitational on Saturday, clearing a career-best 4.21 meters (13-09.75) to win the event. She topped national leader Alicia Rue of Minnesota, former All-American Vera Neuenswander of Indiana and Notre Dame standout Mary Saxer on the day, climbing to second all-time on the Boilermakers’ indoor list in the event and is now within four centimeters of the school record.

Last Purdue Field Athlete of the Week: Brianna Neumann (Feb. 26, 2007)