Feb. 10, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Big Ten Conference announced on Monday that Indiana’s Jeff Coover is the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week for the week of Feb. 1-7. Coover won the pole vault at the Meyo Invitational with the Big Ten’s second-best jump this season, topped only by his own season best. This is the second consecutive award for Coover, as he received the honor for his career-best mark at the Indiana Relays last week.
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said that winning the award two weeks in a row is quite a feat, showing a consistency that is rare in the pole vault.
“It is a great honor for Jeff to be named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week for a second time this season,” said Helmer. “Consistency is the key to success and consistent performance at a high level creates champions. Our vault program is outstanding and both Jeff and Coach Wiseman should take great pride in this accomplishment.”
Coover cleared an NCAA provisional mark of 17-5.5 (5.32m.) in the pole vault at the Meyo Invitational. His first-place jump was just five centimeters shy of his career-best and finished 10 centimeters ahead of his next closest collegiate competitor. Coover holds the Big Ten’s best vault this year and the nation’s fourth-best. The California native earns his second career weekly indoor honor.
Coover looks to improve on his season mark when the Hoosiers return to action on Feb. 13-14 at the Tyson Invitational on the campus of Arkansas. Indiana will also be hosting and competing at the Hoosier Hills Invitational on Feb. 13. For complete coverage of IU track and field, stay tuned to www.IUHoosiers.com.