March 20, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue junior Emily Becker was named the Big Ten Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week on Wednesday. She is the first Boilermaker to earn the award this year for either the indoor or outdoor season.
Becker picks up the first honor of her career and the first for a Boilermaker since Leah Eber earned the award last year on April 18.
The Berlin, Germany, native took first place in the heptathlon at the Shamrock Invitational over the weekend. Becker scored 4,363 points and won two of the seven events. On Thursday, she won the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.24 seconds to earn 810 points. Becker also won the shot put with a distance of 11.09m (36-04.75) to pick up 601 points. She had a second-place finish in the high jump after clearing 1.55m (5-01) which gave her an additional 678 points. She wrapped up the day with the 200m dash and finished sixth with a time of 27.54 seconds to earn 668 points.
Becker returned Friday and did enough to win the event. She finished 10th in the heptathlon long jump after leaping 4.72m (15-06) which earned her 485 points. Becker wrapped up the day by earning 448 points in the high jump and 673 in the 800m run to finish with 4,363 points and win by 88 points over second place.
Becker’s heptathlon total is currently the best in the Big Ten and 17th in the nation.
The Boilermakers return to action this weekend as they team with the rest of the conference for the SEC/Big Ten Challenge. The event is hosted by Mississippi State and will take place on Friday and Saturday.