University High School graduate and Illinois State assistant coach Jake Shaver has been named men's head track and field and cross country coach at Augustana College.

Shaver is a 2006 Augustana graduate who was the Vikings' cross country captain in 2005. He succeeds Paul Olsen, who is retiring after 52 years as the Vikings’ cross country head coach and 50 leading the track & field program.

“It is a privilege to return to Augustana College to lead its storied cross country and track & field programs,” said Shaver. “The incredible legacy of Paul Olsen and his tremendous impact on the lives of generations of Augie alumni will inspire me every day.

"I will work hard to ensure a continued outstanding track and field experience and program success going forward.”

Shaver has been an assistant coach in track and cross country for both the ISU men's and women's teams since 2015. Prior to that, he had head coaching stints at Fontbonne and Millikin.

A 2002 U High grad, Shaver earned his Bachelor of Arts in biology and psychology from Augustana in 2006 and his master’s in teaching from National-Louis University in Chicago in 2009.

Anderson earns CCIW award: Illinois Wesleyan’s Zach Anderson has been selected as the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Field Athlete of the Week.

The sophomore Anderson won the shot put and weight throw at the Illinois Wesleyan I-55 Triangular on Saturday. He had a personal best in both events.


Valley honors Bourke, Nelson: Illinois State freshman thrower Julia Bourke and sophomore pole vaulter Luke Nelson have been named the Missouri Valley Conference Field Athletes of the Week.

Bourke cracked ISU's top-10 list in two events at the Notre Dame Invitational. Her third-place shot put effort of 48 feet, 8¼ inches was seventh-best all-time at ISU and tops in the MVC. Her toss of 57-3 in the weight throw was eight-best in Redbird history.

Nelson cleared a personal-best 16-8, second-highest ever at ISU and best in the MVC this season.

Lecoeur named top driver: ISU's Caroline Lecoeur has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Diver of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.

Lecoeur, a transfer student from Lyon, France, earned first-place finishes in the 1- (292.20 points) and 3-meter diving events (277.95) last Friday against Northern Iowa at Horton Pool. Lecoeur, who was making her Redbird diving debut, qualified for the Zone Diving Championships in March with her 1-meter score.


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