Feb. 1, 2006
Hoosier Relay Notes
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BLOOMINTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's and women's track and field teams are set to host its fifth meet of the season. IU welcomes some of the nation's best competition to Gladstein Fieldhouse for the Hoosier Relays. The meet begins on Friday, Feb. 3 and runs through Saturday, Feb. 4.
INDIANA OPEN RECAP
The Hoosiers continued to look strong at Jan. 27-28's Indiana Open. For the meet, IU tallied 11 first-place finishes and an impressive 25 new personal best marks.
Larra Overton, in her first meet of the season, claimed a first-place finish in the mile with a personal best time of 5:02.52. In the men's mile, Charlie Keating followed suit with a personal best and first-place time of 4:16.41. Ryan Ketchum, who met the NCAA's provisional mark on Jan. 21, hurled an event-best 17.11m (56-01.75) in the shot put. Teammate Wil Glover blasted the competition in the men's 60m dash with a time of 6.88 for the title. In the pole vault, Jeff Coover took home his fourth first-place finish in as many weeks with a vault of 4.85m (15-11).
HOOSIERS IN THE RANKS
The Indiana men's track and field team stayed in the top 20 rankings after a strong showing at the Indiana Open. The Hoosier men are ranked No. 21 in the Trackwire Top 25 Jan. 31 rankings. Four Hoosiers earned Trackwire Dandy Dozen recognition in five events. David Neville maintained his spot in the list with a No. 10 standing in the 200m and a No. 7 mark in the 400m. Both Sean and John Jefferson are listed in the men's mile Dandy Dozen list at No. 1 and No. 8, respectively. In the 3,000m, Stephen Haas is tabbed at No. 8 while the men's DMR team earned a No. 10 ranking.
Neville and Ryan Ketchum can both be found on the NCAA's Performance List. Neville's 46.67 time in the 400m was good enough for No. 2 on that event's list. Ketchum finds himself in the No. 20 spot after throwing an impressive 17.88m (58-8.00) at the Indiana Invitational on Jan. 21.
On the women's side, Stacey Clausing ran the 400m in the 11th fastest time in the country with a time of 54.31 at the Indiana Invitational on Jan. 21 against Big Ten rivals Purdue and Ohio State and in-state foe Indiana State.
INDIANA INSTALLS BANKED TRACK
Indiana University's Gladstein Fieldhouse makes a conversion to a Mondo-surfaced banked track during the 2006 indoor track and field season. The 200m track, built by Mondo in Italy, saw its first use for the inaugural IAAF World Indoor Championships in March 1987 and then hosted the NCAA Div. I and Div. II Indoor Track and Field Championships annually through 1999.
ONE STEP CLOSER
So far this season, three Hoosiers are one step closer to the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. David Neville, Stacey Clausing and Ryan Ketchum have all met the NCAA's provisional qualifying marks in their respective events. Neville, who is second on the NCAA's performance list, was clocked at 46.67 at the Hoosier Open en route to earning an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the men's 400m. On the women's side, Stacey Clausing recorded a personal and season best time of 54.31 in the 400m to meet the provisional mark at last weekend's Indiana Invitational. In the shot put, Ryan Ketchum hurdled an event-best throw of 17.88m (58-8.00) to meet the provisional mark as well.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
The Hoosiers will make good use of the newly installed banked track at Gladstein Fieldhouse. Indiana will host six meets for the 2006 indoor season. For four consecutive weekends in Jan., IU will compete in its home facility. The Hoosiers travel to Fayetteville, Ark., Feb. 11-12 for the Tyson Invitational before returning home for the Hoosier Hills Invitational, the final competition before the Big Ten Championships.
The Indiana men's and women's track and field teams travel to Fayetteville, Ark. for the Tyson Invitational next weekend. Visit IUHOOSIERS.com for the latest news and results.