Foster, Greaves capture Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors

University Park, Pa.— After recording the second-fastest times in the country in their respective events, juniors Ryan Foster (Tasmania, Australia) and Shavon Greaves (Lakewood, N.J.) have been named Big Ten Track Athletes of the Week, announced by conference offices on Wednesday.

Foster blitzed to a personal-best 3:41.26 in the 1500-meters, to place second at Florida Relays last weekend. Foster - already a two-time All-American at 800-meters, finished just off Alabama's Julius Bor, who finished in 3:41.11. The pair are now ranked first and second among NCAA Division I competitors. Foster's outstanding run also ranks third in the Nittany Lion record books behind only Steve Balkey (3:38.99), and Larry Mangan (3:39.25).

Anchored by a 1:46.9 split from Foster, the Nittany Lions notched a victory in the 4x800-meter relay with an impressive 7:18.72 - the seventh-fastest performance in Penn State history. The quartet, including Casimir Loxsom (New Haven, Conn.), Lionel Williams (Staten Island, N.Y.), Owen Dawson (Coatesville, Pa.) and Foster, also set a new Florida Relays meet record, bettering Florida's 7:23.24 from 2002, and also established a new Percy Beard facility record, topping Club West's 7:22.1 from 1972.

Greaves would capture the highest Nittany Lion individual finish on the track on the women's side in Gainesville, earning second-place status in the 100. The junior sprinted to a finishing time of 11.33 (+3.1w) to finish second-to-only Florida State's Marecia Pemberton, and bettering U.S. elites Natasha Hastings of Nike, and Rachelle Boone-Smith of World Express AC.

Greaves continued to be on her game in the 200-meters, sprinting to a career-low 23.07 - the second-fastest performance in the Penn State record books, the second-best time in the NCAA this year and good for second on the afternoon. The junior was also second among collegiate, following Hampton's Francena McCorory - the American Indoor record holder at 400-meters - who clocked 22.92 for the win. Greaves was also outstanding in the relays, running on the 4x100- and 4x400-meters, including a sizzling sub-52 second split on the 4x400.

The Nittany Lions are back in action this weekend at the Sun Angel Track Classic in Tempe, Ariz.

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Last Updated November 18, 2010