April 18, 2009
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosier women claimed the Indiana Invitational crown with their 21 point win over Michigan State, Southern Illinois and Indiana State. The men took second behind Michigan State. Leading the way for the Hoosiers were event winners in juniors Vera Neuenswander, Molly Beckwith and Ashley Rhoades, senior Tiffany Howard, sophomore De'Sean Turner, and freshmen Olu Olamigoke. Indiana got regional qualifications on day two of the meet.
Neuenswander won the women's pole vault Saturday clearing 4.05m (13-03.50.) Neuenswander has a season best mark of 4.10m, which is the second best in the Big Ten this season. Junior Laura Williams finished third in the event with a height of 3.85m (12-07.50) qualifying her for the regional competition. Williams' mark is the fourth best in IU history and the regional qualification is the first of her career. The Marion, Ohio native improved her career mark by 20 centimeters.
The women's 400-meter dash was swept by Indiana's juniors Beckwith and Audrey Smoot. Beckwith won the event by running the sixth best time in IU history with a time of 54.64 and Smoot placed second, finishing with in 56.09 seconds. Beckwith was just .03 seconds shy of the regional standard of 54.61.
The men's 3000 meter steeplechase was won by Turner who finished with a time of 8:59.47. Turner shed nearly four seconds off his previous regional qualifying mark, and his time is the second best in the Big Ten this year.
Indiana took first and second place in the women's shot put. Howard continued her strong season winning the event and finishing with a heave of 15.91m (52-02.50), which also puts her fourth in school history and third in the Big Ten this season. Junior Kristen Crawford claimed a second-place finish with a throw of 14.83m. Crawford's toss marked the eighth-best throw in school history. Both Hoosiers improved their regional marks on the season
Olamigoke and sophomore Cedric Hudson finished first and second for the Hoosiers in the men's long jump on Saturday. Olamigoke won the event with a final jump of 7.09m (23-03.25). He took the triple jump on Friday night to make this a good weekend for the rookie jumper.
Rhoades finished first in the women's high jump with a score of 1.75m (5-08.75). Her season best is 1.81m, which is the best in the Big Ten this season. Rhoades was five centimeters better than her closest competitor.
The Indiana women's 4x400 meter relay of juniors Beckwith and Audrey Smoot, sophomore Lindsey Hartman and freshman Ann-Marie Clarke placed first with a time of 3:43.62. The time is a 2.5 second improvement on their season mark and puts them much closer to the 3:42.00 regional standard.
Senior pole vaulter Kyle Lechlitner posted a regional qualifying jump of 5.05m (16-06.75) and finished second in the event. The mark is the first regional qualification of his career. Lechlitner cleared the same height as the winning vaulter from Southern Illinois but took second after tiebreakers.
Freshman Derek Drouin finished second in the men's high jump Saturday setting a career mark of 2.14m (7-00.25). Drouin's jump was the seventh best in school history. Junior Jared Nuxoll also finished strong in the event; qualifying for regional competition by jumping 2.10m (6-10.75).
Other notable finishes included second-place finishes from sophomore Lindsey Hartman and senior Evan Bardach in the 800 meters. IU freshman Caitlin Engel posted the tenth-fastest time in IU history for third in the women's 3000m steeplechase and freshman Ben Stephen finished third in the men's shot put event.
IU is back in action on April 23, when they head to the Drake Relays. For complete coverage of all things IU track, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.