Hoosiers Finish Strong at 49er Classic
March 22, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Indiana track & field team closed out competition at the 49er Classic on Saturday with several top performances on the second day of the meet, hosted by UNC-Charlotte.
Sophomore Cornelius Strickland ran five races over the two days of competition and finished fourth in the 100m final (10.52) and fourth in the 200m final (21.32). In the women’s 100m final junior Shawntanay Johnson finished third in 11.90.
Redshirt sophomore Owen Skeete won the men’s 3000m run as he crossed the finish line in 8:25.81. In the men’s and women’s 2,000m steeplechase the Hoosiers took top honors with Jason Crist winning the men’s race in 5:56.30 and Brianna Johnson winning the women’s race in 6:54.81. Kelsey Kluesner finished in second-place in 7:04.49.
Sarah Maxson tied for first in the high jump with a clearance of 1.75m. Mia Mackinnon finished sixth in the high jump, as she cleared 1.70m. Freshman Dyrek Chowning finished in sixth-place in the men’s discus throw with a mark of 48.87m.
Junior Samantha Gwin, who redshirted the indoor season finished second in the 800m in 2:10.75. Freshman Taylor Wiley finished eighth in the race in 2:14.27.
Up next the Hoosiers will send a select portion of the team to the Texas Relays, March 26-29 in Austin, Texas.
Day 1 Recap
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.
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