Edison, NJ - Manhattan College's Tom Bechert and Rider University's Latazah Coleman were named the Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field Performers of the Week for the week of December 11, 2012.
Bechert, a 6-3 junior from Munich, Germany, achieved a pair of IC4A-qualifying standards in a dual meet with Columbia last Friday at the New Balance Armory Track & Field Center. He cleared 2.04 meters (6 feet, 8.25 inches) to win the high jump then ran the 60-meter hurdles in 8.1 seconds to qualify for the IC4A Championships in both events. Bechert also won the long jump on Friday, leaping 6.88 meters (22 feet, 7 inches). He previously qualified for the IC4A meet in the pole vault.
Coleman, a 5-8 freshman from Middletown, Delaware, placed first in both the 60-meter with a time of 7.76 seconds and the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.57 in her collegiate debut at Lehigh's Fast Times. Both of her winning times set Rauch Field House records. Coleman was also third in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.93 seconds and third in the high jump at 1.6 meters.
The MAAC Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held on Friday, February 15th at The Armory Track & Field Center in New York City.