Two Hoosiers Punch Tickets to Oregon
May 27, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Two Hoosiers punched their tickets to Eugene, Oregon, in two weeks. Faith Sherrill inched closer to the IU record on her way to qualifying in the shot put. Jeff Coover was able to advance without a miss in the pole vault. Molly Beckwith posted the second-fastest time to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals of the 800m on Friday.
Sherrill posted a heave of 17.21m (56-5.25), which was the second-best throw in the competition and is number two on the Div. I list this season. The heave moved her to within 13 inches of the IU record held by NCAA Champion and IU Athletics Hall of Famer Katrin Koch. Sherrill attempted just three throws, all three of which were good enough to advance (16.03m, 16.33m). Sherrill advances to the NCAA Championships in two weeks in Eugene, Ore. She will compete in the hammer throw on Friday and the discus on Saturday, looking to advance to the national meet in all three events.
Coover posted a business-like performance in the pole vault. He cleared three bars, all on first attempts. His clearance of 5.25m (17-2.75) proved to be good enough for a top-12 finish and advancement to the NCAA Championships. The performance earns Coover his fourth trip to a national meet and his second NCAA berth outdoors. Coover earned All-America honors during his outdoor campaign in 2008 and redshirted during the 2009 outdoor season.
Beckwith's time of 2:05.33 was the second fastest in the six-heat prelims. She won her heat to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals, which will be run on Friday. Beckwith's time was slower than only NCAA indoor 800m champion Pheobe Wright, whose time was just .15 seconds better. Beckwith looks to advance to the NCAA Championships for the third straight season, finishing out her career with seven trips to national meets.
In the 10,000m, Zach Mayhew was just two places out of qualifying, finishing 14th with a time of 30:28.25. Lindsey Hartman was just three spots out of advancing in the 800m, taking 27th with a time of 2:09.42. Wendi Robinson was 17th in the women's 10K, with a time of 35:55.34.
The Hoosiers' continue action in Greensboro, N.C., on Friday, May 28. For complete coverage of IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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