The postseason begins this weekend for Indiana track and field, as the Hoosiers head to Geneva, Ohio for the Big Ten Indoor Championships. For the second-straight year, the conference's men's and women's meets are being held together simultaneously in the same venue. The meet opens on Fri., Feb. 22 and concludes on Sat., Feb. 23 with action beginning at 10 a.m. ET on both days. The meet will be broadcast on Big Ten Network via tape delay at noon ET on March 2.
Hoosiers Robby Nierman, Sydney Clute, Cornelius Strickland and Samantha Ginther each enter the Big Ten meet with different levels of experience and expectations. We caught up with all four to discuss their goals for the weekend.
2013-14 (SOPHOMORE) : Indoor: finished in fourth-place at the Big Ten Indoor Championships with a jump of 4.10m (13-5.25), the fifth best mark in school history. Outdoor: Set a career-best mark of 4.20m (13-9.25) to finish in seventh-place at the NCAA East Preliminary Round and earn a spot at the NCAA Outdoor Championships...finished in eighth-place at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to earn First Team All-America honors with a clearance of 4.15m (13-7.25)...won the collegiate section of the Penn Relays with a mark of 4.08m to set the Penn Relays record for the collegiate section of the pole vault.
2012-13 (FRESHMAN): Indoor: Career-best of 3.95 meters in the indoor season at the Hoosiers Hills Invitational...Finished 10th at the Big Ten Indoor Championships with a clearance of 3.70 meters...Outdoor: Finished third-place at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships with a jump of 4.02 meters (13-2.25)...Career-best of 4.07 meters (13-4.25) to win the Billy Hayes Invitational...Qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary and finished 21st with a clearance of 3.85 meters (12-7.5).
PREP: All-State two years, finishing third in the pole vault in 2010 and 2012 and ninth in the long jump in 2010... three-times All Conference... holds Johnson County, MIC, sectional, regional, and her high school's records in the pole vault ... personal bests of 12' 9" (pole vault) and 17' 7 ½" (long jump) ... also All-State in golf ... holds school record for 18 holes ... earned four letters in track and field, four in golf, and two in gymnastics.
PERSONAL: Born November 15, 1993 to Ann and Lance Clute ... has one sister (Lauren)... undecided major.
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