Hoosiers Start Strong at 49er Classic
March 21, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In only the first meet of the outdoor season the Indiana men’s and women’s track & field teams are already re-writing the record books and setting personal records as they exceled on day one of the 49er Classic hosted by UNC-Charlotte.
Sophomore Matt Birk won the javelin throw with a personal record of 61.85m (202-11). Birk’s mark is the fourth best in IU school history.
Redshirt sophomore Sophie Gutermuth and senior Kelsie Ahbe finished first and second in the pole vault. Gutermuth cleared 4.15m, while Ahbe cleared 4.00m. Gutermuth set an outdoor personal record and also tied the facility record at Belk Track.
Senior Samantha Ginther ran most of the 3,000m by herself and crossed the finish line over 30 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor as she won the event in a time of 10:24.89.
Redshirt freshman Nakel McClinton had two top-five finishes in throwing events on the day. McClinton finished in fourth-place in both the hammer throw (49.87m) and discus (45.32m). Her hammer throw mark is the ninth best mark in school history.
The Hoosiers had a solid showing in the men’s and women’s long jump events on day one of the meet. Freshman Danielle Quinn set a personal record of 5.63m and finished in ninth-place. Fellow freshman Ari Nelson finished in third-place with a jump of 5.86m. In the men’s long jump junior Richard Rouse Jr. finished third with a mark of 7.09m.
Several Hoosiers competed well in prelims to advance to finals of events that will be run tomorrow. Sophomore Cornelius Strickland advanced to the final in both the 100m (10.66 prelim) and 200m (21.51 prelim). Redshirt sophomore La Toya Williams also advanced to the final in both events, with the third fastest time in the 100m (11.85) and fourth fastest time in the 200m (24.33).
Indiana will resume competition at the 49er Classic tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. with the women’s triple jump and the women’s 4X100-meter relay.
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