The Top Performers of the Week feature highlights the top athletes of each sport currently in play. Check back each week to see which athletes are standing out in Cougar sports.
Alethea Boon, Gymnastics - Junior; Auckland, New Zealand
Boon was instrumental in helping the Cougars to their second-highest team score of the season and season-high marks on vault and floor in a BYU victory over Texas Woman's and Ball State at a triangular meet in Denton, Texas.
Boon, a Cougar co-captain, just missed hitting a perfect score on vault with a career-best 9.950. She also recorded a solid 9.775 on the balance beam and tumbled to her second-highest mark of the season on floor at 9.800.
Tipaleli Fotu, Track and Field - Junior; Pleasant Grove, Utah
Tipaleli Fotu had a great meet this week at New Mexico leading up to the indoor MWC Championships. She crushed her previous best weight throw of 17.56 meters (57 feet 7.50 inches) with her toss of 18.83 meters (61 feet 9.5 inches) winning the event. She is only .17 meters from provisionally qualifying for nationals and less than a foot from leading MWC weight thrower Shannon Popp of Wyoming.
Jordan Muir, Baseball - Sophomore; Las Vegas, Nevada
Right-hander Jordan Muir was selected as the Mountain West Pitcher of the Week and remained undefeated as a collegian at 7-0 after pitching BYU to a 5-2 victory on Saturday at Sam Houston State.
"Jordan (Muir) pitched well and did a good job of protecting the lead," said BYU Coach Vance Law.
Muir, who stands 5-foot-10, struck out four in six innings, put the Bearkats down in order in the first, third, fourth and sixth innings. He had a shutout and a one-hitter through four innings. His ERA is a team-leading 1.50.
The Freshman All-American is on the national Wallace Watch List for 2007 and earned MWC Pitcher of the Week honors once last season.
Jodi Norton, Softball - Senior; Mesa, Ariz.
After a sluggish first day of the Red Desert Classic, senior Jodi Norton hit three home runs in two days. The third baseman also stepped up for her team, as she had to move to shortstop as a result of Andi Ramirez sitting out to nurse injuries.
Norton got it done both offensively. Against Southern Utah, Norton provided the crowd with the web gem of the day by snagging an over-the-head catch that gave the Thunderbirds their second out of the fourth inning.
David Pendergrass, Track and Field - Senior; Spokane Wash.
All-American David Pendergrass set a new personal-best height in the high jump and won the meet that featured four of the top five high jumpers in the MWC. Pendergrass' jump of 2.18 meters (7 feet 1.75 inches) is good enough to move him into the 11th position in the national rankings and he remains the leading jumper in the MWC. Pendergrass is the reigning MWC champion in the high jump in both indoor and outdoor.
Jonathan Sanchez, Men's Tennis - Junior; Fullerton, Calif.
Junior Jonathan Sanchez won three singles matches and two doubles matches in two days last week as the Cougars faced the University of Washington (No. 17), the University of Portland and the University of Oregon on the road. Sanchez's wins in singles and doubles against Washington, one of the top teams in the nation, were almost enough to boost the Cougars over the Huskies as BYU lost 4-3. The next day was much more successful for the Cougars as Sanchez's three wins in the doubleheader helped the team to pull out two more wins and improve the overall record to 5-4 on the year.
Keena Young, Men's Basketball - Senior; Beaumont, Texas
BYU senior Keena Young was named the Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Co-Players of the Week. This is the second weekly award of the season and career for Young.
Young, a 6-6 forward from Beaumont, Texas, led the Cougars to conference road wins at Wyoming (77-73) and TCU (85-72), helping BYU take sole possession of first place in the MWC standings. At Wyoming, Young tied his career-high with 29 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field, leading all scorers. He scored 19 of his 29 points in the second half, as BYU earned its first road win of the season when trailing at halftime. He also grabbed six rebounds in 32 minutes of action. He followed with a game-high 25 points (8-for-13 from the field) to go along with six boards against the Horned Frogs. He also collected a steal, while shooting 9-of-11 (81.8 percent) from the charity stripe. For the week, Young averaged 27.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 66.7 percent from the floor (18-for-27).