April 17, 2007
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TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Shana Cox, Penn State
Jr., Westbury, N.Y./Holy Trinity
Cox receives her second consecutive outdoor honor after earning the Tony Wilson Award, given to the top women's athlete at the Sea Ray Relays over the weekend. The junior clocked a season-best time of 51.81 to finish first in the 400 meters, out-pacing former Olympic gold medalist Dee Dee Trotter to record the meet's fastest time since 2001. At the time of the race, Cox's mark was the fifth-fastest in the world and the second-fastest in the NCAA this year.
Last PSU AOW: Shana Cox (T) (4/10/07)
CO-FIELD ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Astin Steward, Purdue
Jr., Okemos, Mich./Okemos
Steward takes home her second consecutive weekly award after qualifying for NCAA Regionals in the hammer throw and the discus at the Tom Botts Invitational over the weekend. The Outstanding Female Athlete of the Meet, Steward's first-place toss of 193'05" in the hammer throw is the best in the conference this season and second all-time at Purdue. The junior's winning throw of 171'11" in the discus is also tops in the Big Ten this year and second on the Boilermakers' all-time list.
Last PUR AOW: Astin Steward (F) (4/10/07)
Melissa Talbot, Wisconsin
Sr., Freedom, Wis./Freedom
Talbot receives her first career outdoor honor after qualifying automatically for the NCAAs with a first-place score of 5,570 in the heptathlon at the Sea Ray Relays. The senior won two heptathlon events, including the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 13.60, which set a school record. Talbot's score ranks seventh in NCAA Division I and second in the Big Ten this outdoor season.
Last WIS AOW: Bethany Brewster (5/6/02)