Indiana To Host Hoosier Open (01-09-04)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana men's and women's track and field teams opens the 2004 indoor season on Saturday, Jan. 10, when they host the Hoosier Open. Indiana welcomes Louisville and the University of Indianapolis to Bloomington and Harry C. Gladstein Fieldhouse for the meet. The first event of Saturday's competition, the men's long jump, begins at 11 a.m.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
11:00 a.m. M Long Jump - Women to follow
11:00 a.m. W Shot Put - Men to follow
11:30 a.m. W Pole Vault
11:45 a.m. M Pole Vault
12:00 p.m. M 60m Hurdles
12:10 p.m. W 60m Hurdles
12:15 p.m. M 3,000m
12:30 p.m. W 3,000m
12:45 p.m. M Triple Jump - Women to follow
12:50 p.m. W 60m Dash
12:55 p.m. M 60m Dash
1:00 p.m. W Weight Throw - Men to follow
1:00 p.m. W High Jump - Men to follow
1:00 p.m. W Mile
1:10 p.m. M Mile
1:15 p.m. W 400m Dash
1:20 p.m. M 400m Dash
1:25 p.m. W 800m
1:30 p.m. M 800m
1:35 p.m. W 200m Dash
1:40 p.m. M 200m Dash
1:45 p.m. W 4x400
1:55 p.m. M 4x400
Randy Heisler officially begins his first season as Indiana's Director of Track and Field. Heisler, who has served as the head women's coach since 1999, was named to the position in August. He takes over the duties of Marshall Goss with the men's program. Goss announced his retirement from coaching and is now serving a new role as an assistant athletics director at IU.
In addition, current assistant track and field coaches Wayne Pate (horizontal jumps, high jumpers) and Ed Beathea (sprints) have been promoted to associate head coaches for the men's and women's track and field programs. Judy Wilson and Robert Chapman will continue to serve as head cross country coaches and assistant track and field coaches.
Indiana claimed a eighth-place finish at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships...with only two Hoosiers competing.
Aarik Wilson finished as the national runner-up in the triple jump with a mark of 55-9 and earned All-America status with a sixth place finish in the long jump with a 25-10.25 effort. John Jefferson also turned in an All-America performance, finishing as the national runner-up in the mile run with a 4:06.46 performance.
Wilson's performance in the triple jump at the indoor championships established a new Indiana school record and was less than a foot short of the national championship jump from USC's Allen Simms, who jumped 56-7 1/2.
As for Jefferson, his performance was less than a second off the national championship mark of 4:05.70 run by Notre Dame's Chris Mulvaney.
Both Wilson and Jefferson qualified for the NCAA Championships after claiming Big Ten titles in long jump, triple jump and mile run, respectively.
As a team, the Hoosier men placed fifth at tbe Big Ten Conference Indoor Championship in Champaign, Ill.
It can be argued that the 2003 season will go down as the greatest in the history of Indiana women's track and field.
The Hoosier women finished in a tie for eighth place at the NCAA Indoor National Championships, despite sending only three athletes to compete.
Danielle Carruthers and Rose Richmond each took home national runner-up finishes, with Carruthers running an 8.01 in the 60 meter hurdles for a mark that was one-hundredth of a second off the national championship mark of 8.00 run by LSU's Lolo Jones and Richmond turning in a 21-2 mark in the long jump.
Rachelle Boone took third in the 200 meter dash with a mark of 22.99 and finished seventh in the 60 meter dash at 7.35.
The Hoosiers finished as runners-up at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, with Boone stealing the show.
The senior was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Championship after posting wins in the 60 meter dash (7.26) and the 200 meter dash (23.61). Her time in the semifinals of the 60m dash (7.21) was the second-fastest time by a collegian this year, was a new personal-best and broke her own Gladstein Fieldhouse record.
She also followed Carruthers as Indiana's second consecutive Big Ten Athlete of the Year.
The highlight of the meet for the Hoosiers came in the 60 meter dash, where Boone, Carruthers and sophomore Ara Towns finished 1-2-3.
Boone was not the only Hoosier to win a Big Ten championship, as Richmond claimed the conference long jump crown with a Big Ten Indoor Championship record leap of 21-3 1/4.
In addition, Chioma Ndubisi turned in a conference-champion performance in the 400 meters, running 55.09 to win by nine-tenths of a second.
Carruthers earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in both the 60 meter dash (7.34) and the 60 meter hurdles (8.07).
The Hoosiers return to action on Saturday, Jan. 17, when both the men's and women's teams host the Indiana State Sycamores. The IU women will also host Big Ten opponent Michigan at this meet.
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