Minnesota and Penn State Garner Athletes of the Week
April 15, 2009
Women’s Track Athlete of the Week
Bridget Franek, Penn State
Franek bettered the 3,000-meter steeplechase field by nearly 40 seconds, claiming top honors at the Bison Outdoor Classic this past weekend. Her new school record performance of 9:53.7 registers as the No. 1 time in the world so far in 2009 as well as the NCAA and the Big Ten. In setting a new personal-best mark, the junior exceeded the regionally qualifying standard by nearly one minute. Franek is honored with her second all-time Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week honor.
Last Penn State Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week: Shana Cox (5/6/08)
Women’s Field Athlete of the Week
Alicia Rue, Minnesota
Rue captured the pole vault title at the Sun Angel Classic this past weekend with a season-best clearance of 13-9.25 (4.20m.). Her performance ranks as the seventh-best among NCAA student-athletes, first in the Big Ten and qualifies her for regionals. The Plymouth, Minn., native takes home her second career Big Ten Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week award and the third for Minnesota this season.
Last Minnesota Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week: Liz Roehrig (3/25/09)