IU Women Take Sixth, Seven Hoosiers Headed to Fayetteville
May 30, 2009
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - After scoring just three team points for 35th place at the Mideast Regional in 2008, the Indiana women scored 34.5 points for a sixth-place finish. Leading the way for the Hoosiers on Saturday was sophomore Sarah Pease who took second in the 3,000m steeplechase. Others earning NCAA bids on the day were junior Molly Beckwith, who was fifth in the 800 meters and senior Tiffany Howard, who was fifth in the shot put. Junior Ashley Rhoades tied for third in the high jump as well. The Indiana men's team was 16th with 16 points. Indiana should advance seven to the NCAA Championships, as Pease, Beckwith, Howard and Rhoades will be joined by Friday performers Derek Drouin, Vera Neuenswander and Wendi Robinson.
Pease took second in the steeplechase with the second-fastest time in school history. Her time of 10:12.19 is nearly three seconds faster than her previous best and moves her ahead of former IU standout Audrey Giesler. Pease was 11 seconds faster than the third-place finisher, Sarah Price of Michigan State. She was just .19 seconds slower than the `A' standard for the U.S. Track and Field Championships. The Elizabeth, Ind., native earned eight points for the Hoosier cause.
Beckwith earned her way into the national meet, taking fifth in an 800-meters field that included four of the top-five runners in the country. The Worthington, Ohio native finished in 2:04.31 to improve her time from Friday by .24 seconds. Beckwith's time was just .06 seconds fourth-place finisher Brittany Hall of LSU. The junior will advance to the national meet for the second-straight year, and her appearance in the outdoor meet will complete back-to-back seasons with both indoor and outdoor qualifications in the 800 meters. Beckwith earned four points for the Hoosiers with her finish.
Howard will also be headed to Fayetteville, Ark., as she took fifth in the shot put. Howard narrowly got into the final, taking the last spot of nine, but she took full advantage, as she posted a heave of 16.14m (52-11.5) to punch her ticket. The senior has a season and career best of 16.51m (54-2). Howard earned her spot in the national meet on her last two throws. Her fifth toss went 16.06m (52-8.25), and her fifth-place heave was her last. Both marks would've bettered the sixth-place mark of 16.05m (52-6.75) by Chinwe Okoro of the host Louisville Cardinals. Howard earned Indiana four team points and will journey to the first national meet of her career.
Rhoades finished in a four-way tie for third place in the women's high jump. The four jumpers entered a jump-off to decide, which three would earn automatic entry into the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Rhoades lost the jump off after a total of five jumps. The junior should gain an at-large entry into the national meet with her season-best clearance of 1.81m (5-11.25). Rhoades' finish earned 4.5 points for the Hoosiers. Rhoades' mark is tied for the 13th best this season in Division I.
Freshman De'Sean Turner added two points for IU in the men's steeplechase. He recorded a career best time of 8:55.75 for seventh place. He was less than a second out of sixth. He is on the at-large list for the NCAA Outdoor meet after his finish.
Senior Paul Fearnow earned the men's team a point with his eighth-place finish in the hammer throw. Fearnow recorded a heave of 60.09m (197-02). His placement puts him into contention for an at-large entry into the national meet. The Elkhart, Ind., native has a season best of 62.09m (203-8).
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