A Hoosier Reels in Big Ten Weekly Honor for Second Straight Week
Sept. 22, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A week after freshman Zach Mayhew earned Big Ten Runner of the Week honors for his win at the Indiana Open, the conference recognized sophomore Andrew Poore for the same honor on Sept. 22. The two Hoosiers are just the tenth and eleventh IU runners to receive the accolade for the men's program, and they are the first since 2006. They are also the first teammates to win consecutive awards for the Hoosiers.
Indiana cross country director and head coach Ron Helmer is happy to see the hard work of his athletes paying off early in the season.
"It is obviously early," Helmer said, "but the fact that during some heavy training our guys are able to achieve at that level, it is a sign of good things to come."
Poore was tabbed Runner of the Week after leading the Indiana men's cross country team to a convincing team title at the Indiana Intercollegiate on Friday. Poore finished just one second behind the race winner, completing the 8,000-meter course in 24:46. The Hoosier sophomore paced a Hoosier top-five that finished within 15 seconds of the race winner, taking places two through six. The award marks the first for Poore's career.
In his first collegiate race at the Indiana Open, Mayhew took the tape for the Hoosiers, beating veteran Andy Weatherford to the line by more than two seconds with a time of 25:31.96. Mayhew's 8k time marked a career record, besting the third-place finisher by nearly thirty seconds and the winning time at last season's Indiana Open by more than a minute (26:41.83).
The Hoosiers return to action on October 2 at the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University. For all things IU cross country, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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