Indiana Travels to Illinois (1-30-03)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana men's and women's track and field teams will be in action at the University of Illinois in the Carle/Helath Alliance Classic Meet on Saturday, Feb.1, In addition to the host Illini and the Hoosiers, Eastern Illinois and Missouri will be competing on Saturday. The meet is set to begin at 8 a.m. at the Illinois Armory Track. For a complete schedule of events for the meet, see page two.
In the Polls
The Hoosier women's team is ranked No. 10 in this week's Trackwire 25 Power Rankings. Illinois is the only other Big Ten that is ranked, coming in at No. 19.
After its third-place finish at Purdue, the IU men's team dropped into a tie for No. 19 in the latest poll.
Once again, Indiana is only Big Ten School with both its men's and women's squad in the top 25.
Additionally, the IU women are ranked eighth in Team Power Rankings, while the Hoosier men are 11th.
Wilson's A Winner
Sophomore jumper Aarik Wilson is a proven winner. After finishing as the runner-up at the NCAA Outdoor Championships as a freshman, he's at it again in 2003. The Fall, Nev., product is unbeaten through the first two weeks of the season, winning both the long and triple jumps at Michigan and Purdue. Both of his triple jump outings (16.04m at Purdue, 15.93m at Michigan) have exceeded the NCAA Provisional qualifying mark of 15.60m and are not far off the NCAA Automatic mark of 16.20m.
Last Time Out
The men's team wound up third in a tight-race at Purdue last Saturday. IU finished with 100.5 points behind Ohio State's 106 and winner Purdue's 110.5.
IU had four first-place finishes on the day. Sophomore Aarik Wilson placed first in the long jump and the triple jump. His leap of 16.01m was not only good enough for a first-place finish in the triple jump event, but it also exceeded his jump from last week's meet at Michigan of 15.93 m. Teammate Hasaan Reddick placed second, behind Wilson, in the triple jump with 15.54 m.
In the Mile, freshman Sean Jefferson finished first in a time of 4:11.96. Aaron Fisher of Ohio State was a close second, finishing in 4:15.31.
The Hoosiers took first and second place in the 600 meter run, with sophomore Russell Hollis finishing in 1:21.25 and junior Cedric Jackson following in a time of 1:24.04.
In the 400 meter run IU took the second, third and fourth place slots. Ryan Sarbinoff finished in 49.45, just .07 seconds away from capturing first place. Daniel Martin and Kevin Kempf finished third and fourth, respectively.
Indiana wrapped up the day in fashion, finishing first in the 4x400 meter relay, posting a time of 3:18.95. Purdue followed the Hoosiers finishing in 3:22.26.
Returning Indoor All-Americans
On the men's side, three Indoor All-Americans return for the Hoosiers, including a pair of freshmen last season. By way of a fourth-place finish in the triple jump at the NCAA Championships, Aarik Wilson earned All-America status. John Jefferson finished 10th in The Mile at the Indoor Championships for All-America honors. Senior Hassan Reddick was also an Indoor All-American in the triple jump after coming in ninth at the NCAA meet.
The Hoosiers will host the Indiana Invitational next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8, at the Harry C. Gladstein Fieldhouse, which is located adjacent to the east end of Assembly Hall.
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