BLOOMINGTON, Ind. The Indiana men's and women's track and field team will open the 2005 season at home as the Cream and Crimson host the Hoosier Open. The event will be held this Saturday, Jan. 8, beginning at 11 a.m. in the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse.
THE FIELD Indiana will compete against Vincennes University, the men of Illinois University, the womens team of the University of Dayton and selected athletes from the University of Indianapolis and Southern Indiana University. In addition the open will also feature athletes from the postgraduate club team the Indiana Invaders.
KEEP AN EYE ON The Invaders are no stranger to tough competition. The organization is comprised of elite athletes competing in USA Track & Field National Championship competitions in Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field, and the Marathon.
In 2004, the team, in its sixth full year of competition won the USA National Track & Field Club Championships. The Invaders qualified 16 athletes for the US Olympic Trials with 13 athletes competing in the largest number of events for any USATF club at 11 events, five finished in the top ten, and six placed in the top 20. Hope Sanders is one athlete to keep an eye on. Sanders is a 2004 US Olympic Trials Qualifier in the 800-meters, after finishing sixth in the USA Indoor Nationals in the 800.
Indianapolis sophomore Andrea Cook broke the UIndy school record in the 60-meter hurdles in the season-opening Illinois State Early Bird Invitational last week, while Dayton junior Kelly Pohlman was a gold-medal winner in the shot put in the A-10 championships a year ago. The Illinois mens team will also feature two juniors who were Olympic trial competitors in the 400-meters in Abe Jones and Adrian Walker
LAST YEARS HOOSIER OPEN The Indiana mens and womens track and field teams opened the 2004 indoor season competing in their own Hoosier Open against athletes from the University of Louisville and the University of Indianapolis.
A handful of Indiana athletes produced personal best on the day. Sophomore Ryan Ketchum had a pair of personal best. Ketchum threw 16.82m/55-05.25 in the shot put to finish first. In the weigh throw, he hit the 16.23/53-03.00 mark. Andre Grimes ran the 60m in 6.98 to win the event, while sophomore David Neville competed for the first time at Indiana and won the 400m in 48.55. Freshman Britain Jorgenson and junior Noah Shelton both cleared 1.97m/6-05.50 in the high jump.
On the womens side, sophomore Kelly Siefker clocked a personal-best time of 5:02.48 to cross the finish line first in the mile. Sophomore Jean Schaffer cleared 1.74m in the high jump, which set a new personal best.
Sophomore Andrea Dalla Rosa won both the shot put (14.48m/47-06.25) and the weight throw (15.47m/50-09.25). Junior Ara Towns placed first in the 60m (7.49) and the 200m (25.49). Junior Charlene Maddox ran the 400m in 57.96 to finish first, and Jennifer Cobbina placed first in the long jump with a leap of 5.60m/18-04.50. Junior Larra Overtons time of the 2:15.95 in the 800m.
IU STAYS CLOSE IN INDOOR SEASON When winter is looming and you own one of the top indoor facilities in the country, there is no need to travel much as the Hoosiers will experience in 2005. IU will participate in seven events before the Big Ten Championship in late February. Out of the seven contests, five will take place in the friendly confines of the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse. The Cream and Crimson will travel to the Mayo Classic in South Bend, Ind., and the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. during the month of February.
RICHMOND REACHES ATHENS Former Indiana Track and Field All-American, and current graduate assistant coach Rose Richmond became just the second female and 23rd overall IU Track and Field Olympian in school history when she jumped 6.76m/22-2.25 at the Carson (Home Depot) USATF Western Regional Championships on July 24. Richmond, along with Marion Jones and Grace Upshaw were U.S.A. representatives in the womens long jump at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. She finished 20th with a leap of 6.46m/21-2.25. Only the top 12 advanced to Fridays finals.
TOWNS LOOKING TO BUILD Ara Towns, a two-time Outdoor All-American, who redshirted the outdoor last season, will look to cement her status as one of the best sprinters in the conference. Towns was the lone Hoosier female to compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships last year, where she earned All-American status after a 12th place in the 60-meter dash.