Hoosiers Have Career Day at Indiana Relays
Feb. 1, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – At the conclusion of the Indiana Relays track & field meet, IU coach Ron Helmer met with the team and asked everyone that had set an indoor personal record to raise his or her hand.
Over half of the team’s hands went up.
The Indiana track & field team had numerous career-best times, marks and performances with many coming on day two of the Indiana Relays Saturday at Gladstein Fieldhouse.
“I feel encouraged,” Helmer said. Every place there was a little frustration, we had a place were we definitely saw a spark. I saw a lot of new people step up today so I’m really pleased with that.”
Redshirt sophomore Sarah Maxson set a lifetime best in the high jump as she finished third overall and was the second-place collegiate with a clearance of 1.78m (5’-10.25”). Her mark is the best in the Big Ten this season and the 21st best mark in the NCAA. Maxson’s mark is also the fourth best in school history for the event.
The Hoosiers got two other career-best performances in field events on the day as freshman Drew Volz won the men's pole vault with a clearance of 5.25m (17’-2.75”). In the women’s pole vault redshirt sophomore Sophie Gutermuth cleared a career-best height of 4.05m (13’-3.50”). For Volz he now has the ninth best mark in school history and for Gutermuth it is the fourth best in school history.
Indiana also got personal records in the 5,000m run. Redshirt junior J.R. Ricker ran the top time in the Big Ten and third best time in the NCAA as he crossed the finish line in 14:07.55 for first-place in the race. Senior Erica Ridderman also ran a Big Ten leading time in the 5K and 21st in the NCAA in 16:57.39. Freshman Amanda Behnke took 18 seconds off her career-best in the 5K as she finished fourth in 16:59.33. Her time is second in the Big Ten behind Ridderman and 22nd on the NCAA list.
The IU men’s and women’s 4X800-meter relays both won their respective races and both set season-best times as the women took the top spot in 8:57.81 and the men took the win in 7:31.08.
Up next the Hoosiers travel to Notre Dame for the Meyo Invitational Feb. 7-8 and return home Feb. 14-15 to host the Hoosier Hills meet.
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