Jefferson Nabs AOW for Third Time (04-20-04)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.--Indiana sophomore Sean Jefferson has been named the Big Ten Men's Track and Field Co-Athlete of the Week for the period ending April 18. Jefferson shares the honor with Wisconsin's Matt Tegenkamp.
The 2004 NCAA Indoor Champion in the mile, finished second in the 1,500 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays to claim a share of this week's league honors. Jefferson ran a personal-best time of 3:40.89, the second-fastest time in the nation this year, behind BYU's Nathan Robinson, who only bested Jefferson by .01 seconds, clocking in at 3:40.90.
Distance coach Robert Chapman said it is easy to tell that Jefferson is very strong right now.
"He was really able to shift gears smoothly and move from about sixth to first in the final 150 meters," said Chapman. "The scary thing is that we both can tell that there is more there. 3:40 may just be the tip of the iceberg."
While this is the first time Jefferson has received the league's weekly honor for track and field, it marks the third time in his career he has been honored by the conference office.
He received his first Athlete-of-the-Week award during the cross-country season on Oct. 9, 2002 after his fifth place effort at the 20-team Indiana State Invitational helped the Hoosiers to a second place team finish.
He also received this honor again on Oct. 5, 2003 when he was first for Indiana and fifth overall in a career-best 24:01 for 8000m. This helped the No. 19 Hoosiers to a third place team finish at the Murray Keatinge Invitational.
Indiana returns to action April 22-24 at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.
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