Neuenswander Named Freshman of the Year; Lawson and Jenkins First Team All-Big Ten
Feb. 28, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- Freshman Vera Neuenswander was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while senior Kiwan Lawson and junior Kyle Jenkins were named first team All-Big Ten, it was announced by the conference office on Wednesday, Feb. 28.
At the Big Ten Championships, Neuenswander broke the Big Ten record in the pole vault, clearing 4.11 meters to finish second behind Mallory Peck of Purdue, who also cleared 4.11 meters. She bested the previous Big Ten record of 4.00-meters, done by Ebbie Metzinger of Purdue in 2002. Neuenswander also bested the school record of 3.91 meters, which was held by Emily Tharp (2002). Her jump ranks 11th in the country in the event, and she is the top freshman in the country in the event. Neuenswander was also named second team All-Big Ten.
"Vera went out there and competed at the Big Ten Championships," assistant coach Jake Wiseman said. "She didn't think about the fact that she was breaking the school record or the Big Ten record, she just went out and competed and did very well."
Lawson and Jenkins each scored two top-four finishes for Indiana at the Big Ten Championships to earn first team honors. Lawson won the long jump with a leap of 7.73 meters. His best leap of 7.75 meters currently ranks sixth in the country. He also finished third in the 200-meter dash. Lawson's best time of the weekend in the event was 21.39, a personal best.
Jenkins won the triple jump with a mark of 15.66 meters. His best jump of 15.86 meters puts him tenth in the nation. Jenkins finished fourth in the long jump with a personal best jump of 7.32 meters.
"Kiwan and Kyle are both great competitors," interim men's head coach Wayne Pate said. "They both went out and did very well for us over the weekend. I am looking forward to see what they can do at nationals in a few weeks."
Five Hoosiers were named to the second team. Sophomore Jeff Coover finished second in the pole vault, clearing 5.05-meters. The members of the 4x400 meter relay team, senior Trey Warfield, sophomore Martin Stephen, junior Ryan Smith and junior Doug Dayhoff, who were involved in one of the closest finishes of the meet, were all named to the second team after their second place finish. The team finished 0.03 seconds ahead of Purdue with a season-best time of 3:12.10.
The conference also announced the sportsmanship award nominees for each team. Senior Stacey Clausing earned her second consecutive indoor nomination for the women. Clausing has NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the 200- and 400-meter dash this season. On the men's side, Dayhoff was the men's winner. He finished fifth in the 400-meter dash at the Big Ten Championships.
Indiana will send select athletes to the Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational, Friday-Saturday, March 2-3, 2007.
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