Beckwith Named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week
Feb. 8, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana track and field athlete Molly Beckwith has been named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. The award is for meets between Feb. 1-7. Beckwith collects the second weekly conference accolade of her career after running to two IU records, including an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 800m.
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said Beckwith ran her race plan well and was rewarded with record times.
"Her performance was nothing less than what we anticipated and expected," Helmer said. "Hopefully that performance sets her up for an outstanding end to her indoor season."
Beckwith recorded two NCAA qualifying marks, including an NCAA auto time in the 800-meter run on the second day of the Meyo Invitational. Her time of 2:04.50 is a new school record and the third fastest in the NCAA this season. The time is a half second better than the NCAA auto standard and is the first auto time of her career. Beckwith cut a full second off her own school record of 2:05.55, which she set at the Meyo Invitational last season.
The Worthington, Ohio, native also ran the lead leg in the distance medley relay, leading the Hoosier quartet to an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 11:17.06. The time bested the IU record by more than four seconds and among the top ten in the nation this season.
The Hoosiers will host the Hoosier Hills on Feb. 12, and visit the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 12-13. For complete coverage of IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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