IU Tops ISU, KSU (01-17-04)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana men's and women's track and field teams captured their first dual meet wins of the 2004 indoor season on Saturday at Gladstein Fieldhouse on the IU campus. The Hoosier women scored 173 points to win the meet and defeat Big Ten rival Michigan (166.5 points), Kent State (104.5 points) and Indiana State (92 points). The IU men totaled 117 points to top Kent State (98.5 points) and Indiana State (98.5 points).
"Last week we had a limited number of athletes compete (in the Hoosier Open), so today was our first real team competition," IU track and field coach Randy Heisler said. "We are six weeks away from the Big Ten meet and I saw a lot of positive things today. We had some strong performances for it being this early in the season. It was a great atmosphere and a good competition."
The Hoosier women's team used a balanced effort to take the meet with five first-place finishes and four second-place finishes. Senior Jennifer Cobbina placed first in the long jump with a leap of 5.76m. Senior Lauren Chesnut picked up the victory in the triple jump (12.25m). Junior Ara Towns finished first in the 60m with a time of 7.48 and third in the 200m with a time of 25.22. Junior Charlene Maddox clocked a time of 56.79 to win the 400m and crossed the finish line in 25.19 to place second in the 200m. Freshman Courtney Johnson won the 60m hurdles in 8.64, and junior Emily Tharpe took top honors in the pole vault after clearing 3.75m.
"That was the biggest victory for us against Michigan on the women's side in the last five or six years," Heisler said. "It was a good team atmosphere to beat the three-time defending Big Ten Conference champion."
Indiana and Michigan represented the best of the Big Ten of late, winning eight of 10 conference titles (indoor and outdoor combined) in the last five years.
On the men's side, the Hoosiers had seven individual winners and a first-place relay. Senior Tom Burns edged Kent State's Peter Weisz in the mile with a time of 4:22.47. Sophomore Andre Grimes' time of 22.62 was enough to win the 200m, and sophomore David Neville placed first in the 400m, clocking a time of 48.82. Senior Rodney Hollis won the 800m run in 1:54.44.
Sophomore Sean Jefferson ran the 3,000m in 8:24.56 to win the event, and Eric Redman finished second in 8:31.04. Mike Minton's throw of 16.42m in the shot put was the best in the event. The Hoosier 4x400 relay team of Kevin Kempf, Ryan Sarbinoff, Cedric Jackson and Neville finished in 3:18.13 for the win.
"The Kent State and Indiana State men's teams came ready to compete," Heisler said. "When teams show up ready to compete, it only helps us."
Heisler said both teams are training hard right now in the early season.
"We are exerting a lot of energy and putting in a lot of work right now. We want everyone to peak at the same time for Big Tens and the NCAAs."
Both Hoosier squads return to action on Saturday, Jan. 24, when they face Big Ten foes Purdue and Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.
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