Clute, Strickland Named Big Ten Athletes of the Week
May 8, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Freshmen Sydney Clute and Cornelius Strickland have both been named Big Ten Athletes of the Week for their efforts at the Billy Hayes Invitational. Clute is the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week after her efforts in the pole vault, and Strickland is the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week after moving to number two in the conference in the 100m dash. Clute wins Indiana's third women's field athlete of the week award this outdoor season, and Strickland's honor is the first for an IU athlete on the track this year, joining Derek Drouin, who won the field award three times.
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said Clute and Strickland are an example of the group of young talent on his roster and that they are just hitting the tip of the iceberg of their potential.
"Cornelius and Sydney both performed closer to their potential this weekend," said Helmer. "Heading into a Big Ten meet, it will be important for both of them to keep striving for improvement, because they both have more room to grow. We have a large group of freshmen whom can be big contributors for our program as we move into the future, and these two are a big part of that."
Clute cleared 4.07m (13-4.25) to win the women's pole vault. Her clearance ranks second in the Big Ten this season and fourth all-time in the IU record books. She is the fourth woman in IU history to clear 13 feet in the pole vault.
Strickland ran a time of 10.35 to take second in the men's 100m dash to IU alum Kind Butler. His time ranks second in the Big Ten this season and is tied for fourth in IU history. It is the sixth fastest time in the world for an athlete under 20 years of age this season. Strickland also helped the Hoosiers to a season best 40.46 in the 4x100m relay. Nick Turner, Strickland, Chris Vaughn and Nick Stoner are now ranked sixth in the Big Ten this season.
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