Neuenswander Wins Second Big Ten Athlete of the Week Award
April 13, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Vera Neuenswander matched a Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week performance in the Hoosiers first meet of the outdoor season with an even more impressive performance in the second meet of the season. The Big Ten has again honored Neuenswander as the week's best field athlete. The senior from Jefferson City, Mo., moved to the top of the Big Ten in the pole vault, inching closer to her school record from two seasons ago.
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said it is great to see Neuenswander back in top form.
"Vera is getting back to where she left off two years ago in the pole vault," Helmer said. "It is exciting to watch her compete at this level again. She is the only vaulter in school history to jump at the heights she is at right now."
Neuenswander and teammate Kelsie Ahbe went 1-2 in the pole vault, scoring eight points in the event for the Hoosierland. Neuenswander cleared 4.25m (13-11.25) for the win. She leads the Big Ten by two inches, ranks 8th nationally and 5th in the East on the season with the clearance. She was four inches better than Ahbe in second place, and no other competitor cleared 13 feet.
Neuenswander rejoined the nation's elite with the clearance, doing so at the site of her career best. She cleared 4.31m (14-1.75) at the same facility in 2009, before going on to finish as the NCAA runner up. After redshirting in 2010 to do her student teaching, the senior is rounding back into top form.
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