BLOOMINGTON, Ind. The Indiana mens and womens track and field team gave the Big Ten something to think about as the Hoosiers downed Ohio State and Purdue on Saturday in the Gladstein Fieldhouse. The men totaled 128 points on the day followed by rival Purdue (92) and OSU (87). The women scored 117 points to the Buckeyes 101, and the Boilermakers 92.
The men notched eight victories in 15 events on the day. Senior Aarik Wilson earned first in the triple jump with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 16.04-meters. It was the second week in a row that Wilson passed the provisional mark. Wilson also placed second in the long jump clearing 7.40-meters, finishing just behind sophomore teammate Kiwan Lawson, who notched a 7.43. Lawson's distance was just two-tenths short of an NCAA provisional mark.
Sophomore David Neville crossed the line first in the 400 with a time of 47.85, while senior Rodney Hollis was victorious in the 800 with a run of 1:52.60. Senior Sean Jefferson did not run in the mile, but he took first in the 3000-meters with a dominating time of 8:12.76, nine seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Sophomore Stephanos Ioannou won the 60-meter hurdles with a 7.95, while senior Jake Wiseman earned first in the pole vault with a score of 4.75-meters.
The mens 4x400-meter relay team of Neville, Hollis, Grimes and freshman Doug Dayhoff also earned first with a time of 3:15.07.
Junior Ryan Ketchum placed second in the shot put with a throw of 18.35-meters. The mark was his season high and for the third time this year, he provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championship. He also placed fourth in the weight throw with a toss of 18.32-meters.
Senior Wil Fleming was second in the weight throw with a personal-best throw of 20.12-meters. The distance passed the NCAA provisional qualifying mark.
The women won nine of 15 events, including finishing one-two in five of those victories. The Hoosiers were led by sophomore Stacey Clausing who earned two individuals victories as well as a relay first-place finish. Clausing took first in the 200-meters with a run of 24.53 seconds. She then won the 400 with a personal best 55.15, edging out senior teammate Charlene Maddox, who finished second with a 56.80.
Clausing later teamed up with Maddox, sophomore Michelle Huber and junior LaDonna Ray to lead the women to victory in the 4x400-meter relay. The quartet finished with a time of 3:48.52.
IU took charge right from the start and never looked back, as junior Kelly Siefker took a huge lead in the mile winning the event in 5:02.97. She was nearly six seconds better than Corrie Whisner of Purdue (5:08.12).
Ray, Huber and freshman Nikki Peterson placed one-two-three, respectively, in the 600 with Ray crossing the finish line at 1:34.97. Senior Larra Overton won the 800 with a career best 2:12.29, finishing ahead of freshman Lauren Keefe, who was second with a time of 2:16.99.
Junior Jessica Gall showcased a dominant run in the 3000, winning the event with a personal best 9:50.21. Gall was nearly 11 seconds better then senior teammate Julie Shields, who ran a 10:01.65.
Senior Ara Towns won the 60-meter dash for the third time this year, finishing with a time of 7.56. She also earned third in the 200 with a 24.92.
Sophomore Courtney Johnson and Lorian Price were neck-and-neck in the 60-meter hurdles. Johnson earned first with an 8.58, just ahead of Price, who notched a personal best 8.70. Price recorded a personal best and second-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 5.51-meters.
The Cream and Crimson return to action on Friday, Jan. 28, as Indiana hosts the Hoosier Relays. The two-day event will get underway at 4 p.m.