Jan. 14, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana track and field extending its winning streak to four-straight years with a sweep over the Purdue Boilermakers this weekend, and the women's meet came down to just two points. Kelsey Duerksen led IU with 10 points, and for her efforts, she has been named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, the conference has announced. Duerksen wins her third career Big Ten weekly honor and her second in as many meets this season.
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said Duerksen has performed well to start the indoor season.
"Kelsey lined up and competed hard this weekend to help our team get the win," said Helmer. "We need more of our student-athletes to take on her mentality to keep our women's program moving forward. Each opportunity to compete is an opportunity to get better, and Kelsey has done a good job of taking advantage of each race she has run this season."
Duerksen won the women's mile and 800m. She clocked a time of 4:44.84 to take the mile lead in the Big Ten this season, and her time of 2:11.89 is the third best in the conference this year. Duerksen's mile ranks third nationally this season, and her 800m time ranks 13th in Division I.
Indiana hosts the first big invitational of the season next weekend, with the Gladstein Invitational on Fri. and Sat., Jan. 18-19. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.