Coover Wins Weekly Big Ten Honor
Feb. 1, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana track and field athlete Jeff Coover has been named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. The award is for meets between January 24-31. Coover wins his third career weekly accolade for indoor track and field from the conference and his fourth including outdoor, which ties him for the most in school history.
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said Coover's consistency at a high level of competition allows him to win awards like this one.
"This weekend, Jeff recorded the third-best mark in the country and the third best in school history," Helmer said. "With the great tradition that we have in the pole vault, a performance like that is very deserving of this kind of recognition. Jeff's ability to be consistent in an event like the pole vault is a testament to his hard work and dedication."
Senior Jeff Coover soared to a top finish in the pole vault, clearing 5.50m (18-0.5) to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships at the Indiana Relays last week. His clearance of over 18 feet puts him into elite company as one of only three Hoosiers to do so in program history. The other two, Mark Buse and Dave Volz, both won NCAA titles in the event. The mark is good enough to tie for the third-best clearance in Division I this season and is the best jump in the Big Ten by seven inches in 2009-10.
Coover wins his fourth Big Ten Athlete of the Week award in track and field, tying him with IU legend Aarik Wilson for the most in school history. Wilson won two national championships in the triple jump.
The Hoosiers return to action on Friday, Feb. 5, when they travel to Notre Dame, Ind., for the Meyo Invitational. For complete coverage of IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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