BLOOMINGTON, Ind. The Indiana men's and women's track and field team returns to action as the Cream and Crimson host the Hoosier Classic this Saturday, Jan. 15 inside the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse. Cincinnati, Kentucky State, Butler, and Indianapolis will send their mens and womens squad to the event, while several unattached competitors are also scheduled to participate. Events are scheduled to get underway at 11 a.m. Admission is free to all.
MEN TABBED FOURTH IN THE COUNTRY
The Indiana mens track and field team was tabbed fourth in the nation by Trackwire. The Hoosiers tallied 33 points in the preseason poll, trailing only defending national champion Arkansas (67), and Florida and Michigan who both garnered 34 points. Trackwire 25 projects a hypothetical score for the NCAA meet, factoring in injury reports and other variables supported by information gathered from coaches and NCAA-qualifying competitions across the country.
WILSON AND JEFFERSON TABBED PRESEASON NUMBER ONE Senior Aarik Wilson and junior Sean Jefferson were both selected as the top athletes in their respected events in the Trackwire preseason poll, released on Wednesday, Jan. 12. Wilson, a six-time All-American, was picked number one in the triple jump, an event that he finished second in the nationals last year and just missed out on an Olympic bid at the summer trials. He also was ranked number one in the long jump. Jefferson, a 2004 All-American, was tabbed as the leader in the mile, after winning the event at the NCAAs last season. Other ranked Hoosiers included, sophomore David Neville, sixth in the mens 400 meters and 11th in the 200, senior Ara Towns, 10th in the womens 60 meters, and the distance medley relay team, which came in 10th.
TAKE TWO The mens team will welcome nine members of the football program on the 2005 roster. The list includes; Rayshoun Calhoun, Greg Brown, Jahkeen Gilmore, David Lewis, Chris Phillips, Issac Price, Ryan Skelton, Marcus Thigpen and Yamar Washington. Gilmore notched IUs longest touchdown of the season on an 80-yard reception, while finishing second on the team with 23 catches.
KETCHUM EARNS BIG TEN HONOR AFTER NOTCHING NCAA PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING SCORE
Junior Ryan Ketchum has been named the Big Tens Track and Field Male Athlete of the Week, announced the conference on Tuesday, Jan., 10. Ketchum garners the first Athlete of the Week accolade of the season after his impressive performance in Indiana's season opening meet, the Hoosier Open. The junior earned the Cream and Crimsons lone NCAA provisional qualifying mark with a dominating first-place throw of 17.84 meters in the shot put, more then three meters better then the runner-up. Ketchum also set a personal best in the weight throw with a throw of 18.28 meters, good for second place. It is the first time in his career that Ketchum has received the weekly award.
SEVERAL HOOSIERS SET PERSONAL BEST AT OPEN The Hoosier Open might have been the seasoning opening meet, but several Hoosiers already showed their improvements from last season, setting personal-best times in their event. Andre Grimes won the mens 400-meters with a PR of 49.50, while David Stead took first in the pole vault with a PR of 4.85 meters. Stephanos Ioannou, Britain Jorgensen and Ryan Ketchums PR gave them second place finishes in their event. Ioannou ran the 60-meter hurdles in 8.05 seconds. Jorgensen cleared 2.01-meters in the high jump, while Ketchum claimed an 18.72-meter through in the 35lb. weight throw. David Neville ran the 600 with a 1:21.84, good for third place, Tre Kemp recorded a height of 1.95 meters in the high jump also finishing in third.
On the womens side, Tina Barniak finished first in the 800 with a PR of 2:19.35, while Stacey Clausing won the 600 with a 1:36.69.
WOMEN DOMINATE 200
Sophomore Lorian Price led a Hoosier contingent that dominated the womens 200-meter dash at the season-opening Hoosier Open. IU owned the top four spots in the event led by Price who earned the Hoosier victory with a time of 25.72 seconds, finishing ahead of teammates senior Ara Towns (25.83), and freshmen Zakiya Robinson (26.24) and Kyndal Carr (26.58).
GRIMES GRINDS OUT VICTORY
Senior sprinter Andre Grimes provided some excitement in the Hoosier Open.Grimes earned IUs first come-back victory of the season, coming back to take first in the 400-meter dash with a 49.50. Grimes trailed until the final turn when he overtook Illinois Adrian Walker for the victory
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.