Hoosiers Preseason No. 16 (1-16-03)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University men's track and field team has been ranked No. 16 in Trackwire's Preseason Top 25 poll. The Hoosier men are one of four Big Ten teams ranked in the poll and along with the IU women, who are ranked tied for 8th, Indiana is the only conference school with both teams in the poll.
A season ago, Indiana finished fourth at the Big Ten Outdoor Meet (the indoor meet was canceled). Indiana returns nearly every athlete from last season's team, including three Indoor All-Americans. Sophomore Aarik Wilson and senior Hassan Reddick earned All-America status in the triple jump and figure to be a big part of Indiana's success this season. Sophomore John Jefferson finished 10th in the Mile at the NCAA Indoor Meet to earn All-America honors.
Wilson was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2002, finished runner-up at the NCAA Outdoor Meet and in fourth at the NCAA Indoor Meet. Reddick turned in a ninth-place finish at NCAA Indoors and automatically qualified for NCAA Outdoors.
Junior sprinter Contrell Ash is another impact athlete for the Hoosiers. Ash was the 2001 Big Ten Freshman of the Year after sweeping the 100m and 200m titles at the outdoor conference meet. He battled injury in his sophomore season, but should be ready to go in 2003.
The Hoosiers are one of four Big Ten teams ranked in the poll. Wisconsin leads the way at No. 13, Purdue is 17th and Michigan is ranked tied for 24th.
The IU men, along with the women's team, will open their indoor season on Saturday, Jan. 18, in
Ann Arbor, Mich. The Hoosiers will battle Michigan, Michigan State and Kent State in the meet at the U-M Indoor Track Building.
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