Hoosiers Set for Crimson Tide, Stanford Invitationals
April 3, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana track & field team will split their squad this weekend with the majority of the student-athletes traveling to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the Crimson Tide Invitational and a small group of distance runners set to compete at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif.
The Crimson Tide Invitational is a one-day meet hosted by Alabama with field events starting at 10:30 a.m. and running events getting underway at 4:55 p.m.
The Hoosiers contingent competing in California will take the track on Friday and are scheduled to run 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter races.
The Stanford Invitational routinely produces top distance times and several Hoosiers have enjoyed success at the meet. Four of the top-10 women’s 5K times in school history have been set at the Stanford Invitational, including the third best time (16:15.34), run last year by redshirt junior Samantha Ginther, who will compete in the 5K this weekend.
On the men’s side two of the top-10 times in the 10,000-meter run (including the school record) have been run at the Stanford Invitational and four of the top-10 times in the 5K. Jason Crist, Owen Skeete, Matt Schwartzer, Nolan Fife, Robby Nierman, Rorey Hunter and Joshua Roche are scheduled to compete in the 5K, while Evan Esselink and Kyle Overway will run the 10K. For the women Ginther, Amanda Behneke and Brianna Johnson will run the 5K.
The Crimson Tide Invitational will feature teams from Florida State University, Louisville, Missouri, Oklahoma, Penn State, University of Texas-Arlington and Alabama.
Last week Indiana sent a small group to the Texas Relays and came away with some big results. Freshman Ari Nelson won her section of the long jump with a career-best mark of 6.16m (20-2.5) and redshirt sophomore Sophie Gutermuth set the second best mark in school history in the pole vault as she jumped 4.30m (14-1.25).
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