March 6, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Five Hoosiers were honored by the Big Ten Conference this week after their performances at the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 28 and March 1. Seniors Jeff Coover and Tiffany Howard were named first team All-Big Ten after they won their first career conference titles. Senior Molly Beckwith and freshman Derek Drouin were named second team All-Big Ten after they took home silver medals at the conference meet. Coover and junior Kristen Crawford were also honored by the conference with the Sportsmanship award.
Coover had a huge clearance in the pole vault on his way to a career best and his first career Big Ten title. He won the pole vault by six inches to earn ten team points for the Hoosiers. Coover took sole possession of the fourth spot in the IU record books with his clearance of 5.45m (17-10.50). He led the men to a sixth-place finish with 61 team points.
Howard took a convincing win in the shot put for her first career Big Ten title at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, leading the women's team to a fourth-place finish, the best for IU since 2003. Howard's championship scored 10 team points for the Hoosiers. Howard matched her career mark with her winning toss of 15.83m (51-11.25). The mark is the fourth-best in IU history.
Beckwith took home three Big Ten medals on day two at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. Beckwith took second in the 400-meters and the 600-meters and led the 4x400m relay team to third. Beckwith saw eerily similar results in the 400m and 600m finals. She finished second in both events to runners from the opposite heat of the two heat finals.
Drouin took second in the high jump, and senior Wil Glover took third in the 60-meters, leading the Hoosiers on day two at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. The rookie matched his career best mark with a clearance of 2.18m (7-1.75). He was just three centimeters out of first place.
The Big Ten Conference office honors an individual from each team with the Sportsmanship Award. The student-athletes chosen were individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. This is the first-time either Crawford or Coover have garnered the honor.
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