IU Uses Hoosier Hills Invite As Final Tune-Up For Big Ten Championships; 2006 World Record Set At Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse
Feb. 17, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.--In a final tune-up for the 2006 Big Ten Indoor Championships, the Indiana men's and women's track and field teams had solid all-around performances in their final regular-season home meet, the Hoosier Hills Invitational on Feb. 17. Seven Hoosiers turned in personal bests during competition and 15 finished in the top-five in their respective events.
"I was pleased with everyone's performances tonight," Director of Track and Field Randy Heisler said. "This was really a tune-up meet for us to get everyone prepared for the Big Ten Championships. We are looking forward to competing next weekend. I think we have some people that can do some big things for us at the conference level."
All six IU men pole vaulters cleared the bar led by Jeff Coover who finished first overall in the event with a mark of 5.00m (16-04.75). David Stead was the next highest finisher for IU with a clearance of 4.70m (15-05.00), which was third overall in the event.
In the men's throws, Ryan Ketchum tossed a mark of 17.15m (56-03.25) in the shot put, and an18.48m (60-07.75) in the weight throw, good for second place in both events. On the women's side, Andrea Dalla Rosa captured a third-place finish in the weight throw with a heave of 16.60m (54-05.50). Tiffany Howard captured a 13th-place finish in the same event with a mark of 12.59m (41-03.75).
Marcus Thigpen cruised to a personal-best time of 6.77 in the 60m prelims, which qualified him for the finals later on in the evening. Once in the finals, Thigpen ran the same exact time, which put him third overall. Teammate Stephanos Ioannou crossed the finish line on his heels in fourth place with a time of 6.89. Brandon Libunao had a good night of competition, as he clocked in two career-best times in the 200m and 400m with times of 23.17 and 51.53, respectively.
In the women's distance/mid-distance events, Larra Overton won first-place honors in the 600m with a time of 1:34.45. In addition, Ashley Sommer finished fifth in the mile with a time of 5:10.85.
The Indiana "A" relay teams on both the men's and women's sides came in first in the 4x400m relay. The women finished in 3:42.71, while the men finished with a time of 3:14.32.
The meet was a special one, not only because IU athletes got to prepare for next weekends Big Ten Championships on their own home track, but several high-profile athletes were also in attendance at the Hoosier Hills Invite and had some impressive performances. Danielle Carruthers, a former IU All-American and the college American record holder in the 60m hurdles, Terrence Trammell, a 2000 & 2004 Olympic 110m hurdles silver medalist, along with 2004 Olympic long jump gold medalist, Dwight Phillips (all representing Doyle Management) competed at the open meet in Gladstein Fieldhouse.
Trammell blazed to a 7.63 in the 60m hurdles prelims, which set a new facility record. He surpassed TJ Nelson of Wisconsin, who set the record in 2000. However, Trammell did not stop there. In the finals of the 60m hurdles Trammell astonished spectators with a time of 7.51, which is the fastest time in the world this year.
"It was really neat having these amazing athletes here," Heisler said. "We enjoyed having them be a part of our track meet and it was great to see them do so well."
Both Hoosier squads will be in action next weekend, Feb. 25-26 at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. The men's conference championships will be hosted by Iowa, while the women's will take place at Wisconsin.
IU Men's Results
60m Hurdles Prelims
*-signifies personal best mark
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