BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indianas John Jefferson and Danielle Carruthers are the Big Ten Conference Mens and Womens Track and Field Athletes of the Week for the period ending April 19, the league office announced Monday afternoon. Jefferson and Carruthers have been honored for turning in the nations second-fastest times this season in their respective events at last weekends Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif.
This marks the second time this season that Indiana has won or shared both awards in the same week. On March 31, Hoosier All-American long jumper Rose Richmond won the womens award, while defending national runner-up triple jumper Aarik Wilson shared the mens laurel with Ohio States Dan Taylor. Indiana is the only school to sweep the awards in the same week this season.
Carruthers won the 100 hurdles at the Mt. Sac Relays with a time of 13.04. As of April 20, this is the second-best time in the nation this season. Carruthers has qualified for the NCAA Regionals in both the 100 hurdles and the 4x100 relay. The senior from Paducah, Ky., is the school record holder in the 60m hurdles indoor and the 100 hurdles outdoor and was the 2001 national runner-up in the 100 hurdles. Her school record of 12.68 in the 100 hurdles, set at the 2002 Big Ten Championships, was the third-fastest time by a collegian ever. Carruthers competed at the 2001 World University Games in Beijing, China, the 2002 North America/Central America/Carribbean U-25 Championships and at the U.S. vs. Great Britain meet.
John Jefferson posted the second-fastest 1500m time in the nation Friday evening at the Mt. Sac Relays. Jefferson, the national runner-up in the indoor mile, won the top heat with a time of 3:41.53. This is the seventh-best time in school history and is also a USA Track and Field Championship qualifying standard. Jefferson outdistanced defending indoor mile champion Chris Mulvaney of Arkansas.
Jeffersons performance highlighted an outstanding weekend for the Hoosier distance runners. Johns twin brother, Sean Jefferson, a redshirt freshman, became the first freshman and just the seventh runner in school history to break 14 minutes for 5,000 meters. With his time of 13:58.23, Sean joins five other IU runners, including former Olympians Terry Brahm, Jim Spivey and Bob Kennedy, in this exclusive club.
Indiana will send some of its athletes to the Penn Relays and some of its athletes to the Drake Relays this weekend.