Jan. 21, 2014
IRVING, Texas - Conference USA has named Eliod Rutto of Middle Tennessee and UTEP's Janice Jackson as the Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week for competition through Jan. 19. Rutto set a school record in the 800 meters to win the event at the Auburn Indoor Invitational, while also competing on the Blue Raiders' 4x400 relay team. Jackson earned a pair of first-place finishes at the Lobo Collegiate Open in the 60m hurdles and 200m.
C-USA TRACK AND FIELD WEEKLY AWARDS
MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
ELIUD RUTTO, MIDDLE TENNESSEE
Sophomore / 800m & 4x400 Relay / Eldoret, Kenya
Rutto set the Middle Tennessee school indoor record in the 800-meter with a winning time of 1:50.19 at the Auburn Indoor Invitational over the weekend. His time ranks sixth in the country, according to TFRRS. The school record holder in the outdoor 800, Rutto placed first out of 33 runners at Auburn. He also ran a 46.8-second time for his leg on the 4x400-meter relay team that placed second at Auburn with a time of 3:10.55, with ranks 12th nationally. This is Rutto's first Indoor Athlete of the Week honor as the Blue Raiders are competing in their first season in C-USA.
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
JANICE JACKSON, UTEP
Senior / Sprints / St. Catherine, Jamaica
Jackson kicked off the 2014 season with two gold finishes at the Lobo Collegiate Open. The senior posted the fastest time in 60m hurdles prelims with an 8.27 finish. In the finals, Jackson secured her first-place finish with a time of 8.20 and beat the runner-up by .23 seconds. Her time is first in Conference USA and tied for sixth place nationally on the TFRRS ranking list. Jackson continued her success as she captured the crown in the 200m dash with a time of 24.37, beating second place by .20 seconds. Her time is the second-fastest in C-USA and among the Top 50 nationally. This is Jackson's first career Indoor Athlete of the Week honor.
2014 TRACK & FIELD ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
January 14 Bryce Robinson, Tulsa
January 20 Eliud Rutto, Middle Tennessee
January 14 Eli Kirk, UAB
January 20 Janice Jackson, UTEP