Coover Wins IU Record Fifth Weekly Big Ten Honor
Feb. 15, 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 Feb. 8-14. Coover's second weekly honor of the season is his fourth career weekly accolade for indoor track and field from the conference and his fifth including outdoor, which breaks the IU record for Big Ten Athlete of the Week awards.
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.
"Consistency is a pole vaulter's best friend and two times in a row at over 18 feet bodes well for the rest of the season," Helmer said.
Senior Jeff Coover captured the Tyson pole vault title for the second-consecutive year with an NCAA auto standard mark of 5.50m (18-0.5). The California native matched his season and career-high, which is the third-best clearance in school history. Coover was the only jumper to clear the height in a field that saw six clear NCAA qualifying heights.
Coover wins his fifth Big Ten Athlete of the Week award in track and field, passing IU legend Aarik Wilson for the most in school history. Wilson won two national championships in the triple jump.
Next on the schedule for the Hoosiers are the Big Ten Championships on Feb. 27-28. For complete coverage of IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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