Hoosiers Set for B1G Indoor Championships
Feb. 26, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – After a successful slate of indoor track & field competition the Indiana men’s and women’s track & field teams will battle it out among the best in their conference as they compete in the Big Ten Indoor Championships Feb. 28-March 1 in Geneva, Ohio.
Competition will get started on Friday at 10:00 a.m. with the men’s heptathlon 60m dash. The first running event will be the unseeded section of the women’s 3,000m run at 12:00 p.m.
The Hoosiers are coming off a weekend of competition at the Alex Wilson Invitational at Notre Dame, which saw their men’s distance medley relay team set a school record and record the second fastest time in the nation (9:27.72) in the event.
Last year the men’s team finished sixth with 72 points, while the women’s team finished 10th with 33 points at the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships at the same site that will host the event this year.
Indiana returns last year’s indoor and outdoor Big Ten Champion, senior Kyla Buckley, who currently has the second best mark in the conference in the shot put at 16.98m, which ranks seventh in the NCAA.
The Hoosiers have 26 times and marks that currently rank in the top-10 in the conference. On the women’s side Buckley and redshirt sophomores Sarah Maxson (high jump, 1.78m) and Sophie Gutermuth (pole vault, 4.11m) all come in with performances ranked second in the conference. On the men’s side the Hoosiers distance medley relay ranks second behind Penn State and freshman Tre’Tez Kinnaird has the third best time in the 800m run. Redshirt freshman Matt Schwartzer has the fifth best time in the 3,000m run (8:01.51), while sophomore Drew Volz has the fifth best mark in the pole vault (5.25m).
“I think we have done a pretty good job in a number of areas preparing for this weekend,” IU head coach Ron Helmer said. “It is certainly a weekend that is marked on our calendar as one of the things we point towards. Things are pointed towards coming to a peak at championship time and I think we have some kids that are ready to perform really well.”
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