Hoosiers Eugene Bound for NCAA Championships
June 10, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior Kyla Buckley has won two Big Ten shot put Championships this season. Senior Kelsie Ahbe makes her third NCAA Championships appearance in the pole vault, as the Indiana track & field team has five student-athlete competing at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore.
Buckley comes in with the eighth best mark in the country in the shot put (17.19m), which she achieved to set a Big Ten Outdoor Championships record to win her third career Big Ten Championship. Earlier this year at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., Buckley finished in ninth-place in the shot put competition.
Hunter, the Big Ten Champion in the 1500m run continues his strong season. Hunter won the 1500m run at the Big Ten Championships in a facility record of 3:44.59. Hunter has run a career-best of 3:40.36 this season at the American Track League meet. His time to win the 1500m race is the 10th fastest time in IU school history. Hunter also won the mile run at the Kentucky Relays in 4:00.97, the sixth fastest time in school history for an outdoor mile.
Senior pole vaulter Kelsie Ahbe returns to the site of her first NCAA Championships experience. Ahbe qualified for the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, her freshman year and finished 14th. Ahbe would improve to sixth-place at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships in her sophomore year and after some injury issues is back in top form. Ahbe set a career-best mark of 4.35m to win the Billy Hayes Invitational on May 3. Ahbe, who holds the IU indoor pole vault record of 4.21m, is one centimeter shy of the outdoor record of 4.36m.
Schwartzer was the fourth runner for the Hoosiers at the NCAA Cross Country Championships this fall, where the team finished in eighth-place, and their third top-10 finish in the last four years. Schwartzer finished 17th at the Great Lakes Regional to earn All-Region honors. Schwartzer finished in seventh-place in the 5K at the NCAA East Prelim in 14:11.63.
Clute has had an excellent season, going back to the Big Ten Indoor Championships, where she finished in fourth-place with a clearance of 4.10m. Clute won the college section of the Penn Relays, setting a record with a jump of 4.08m. At the NCAA East Prelim, Clute set a career-best mark of 4.20m.
The first event for the Hoosiers will be the men's 1500m semifinal on Thursday June 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET. On Friday June 13, will be the final of the men's 5000m at 9:10 p.m. ET and the final of the women's pole vault at 6:15 p.m. ET. The final day of the championships on Saturday June 14 will have the final of the men's 1500m, schedule for 5:18 p.m. ET and the final of the women's shot put at 4:00 p.m. ET.
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