Hoosiers Host Indiana Invite (02-04-04)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's and women's track and field teams are back home at Gladstein Fieldhouse on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6-7, for the Indiana Invitational. The multi-events competition begins at Noon on Friday. The regular portion of the meet starts at 4 p.m., with the women's shot put, the men's 35-lb. weight throw, and the men's and women's long jump.
On Saturday, competition starts at Noon, and the final event, the men's 4x400 relay, is set for 2:55 p.m.
Admission to the meet is $5 for adults and $3 for youth, grades 12 and under. IU students are admitted free with a student ID.
Ketchum Has Career Day
Sophomore Ryan Ketchum achieved a new personal best in both the shot put and the weight throw last Friday in the Tiger Classic. His heave of 17.18m/56-04.50 in the shot was the second best among collegiate throwers entered in the event. Ketchum added a personal best of 16.18/53.01 in the weight throw.
Powers Sets Hearnes Fieldhouse Record
Senior distance runner Chris Powers turned in a record-breaking performance in the 3000 meter run at last Friday's Tiger Classic. Powers set a new Hearnes Fieldhouse record by finishing in 8:13.46.
Wilson, Jefferson To Redshirt the 2004 Indoor Season
Aarik Wilson, the 2003 NCAA Indoor runner-up in the triple jump, and John Jefferson, the 2003 NCAA Indoor runner-up in the mile, will both spend the 2004 indoor season in redshirt. Both athletes are working to get completely healthy after offseason injuries.
Towns Runs Top Time of the Season
Junior sprinter Ara Towns ran her first NCAA Provisional time of the 2004 indoor season last Friday at night in the Tiger Classic. In the 60 meter dash, the Hampton, Va., product finished in 7.43 to win the event and set a new Hearnes Fieldhouse record. The time is also the best of any Big Ten sprinter this season.
Towns' career best in the event came in the finals at the 2003 Big Ten Championships in Bloomington when she clocked a 7.39 to take third place behind former Hoosier teammates Rachelle Boone and Danielle Carruthers.
Johnson's time ranks as the second-best of the season among Big Ten hurdlers, trailing only Illinois' Yvonne Mensah at 8.48.
For the men's team, senior Chris Powers turned in a record-breaking performance in the 3000 meter run. Powers set a new Hearnes Fieldhouse record by finishing in 8:13.46. Senior Rodney Hollis took the 800 meter title by finishing in 1:51.72.
Sophomore Ryan Ketchum achieved a new personal best in the shot put. His heave of 17.18m/56-04.50 was the second best among collegiate throwers in the event. Sophomore Wil Fleming posted a second-place showing with a weight throw 17.46/57-03.50. Ketchum added a personal best of 16.18/53.01 in the weight throw as well. Sophomore David Neville picked up the victory in the 400 meter dash by clocking a time of 48.81. Seniors Ryan Sarbinoff (49.78) and Daniel Martin (50.03) placed third and fourth in the event, respectively.
Kiwan Lawson earned runner-up honors in the long jump with a leap of 7.00m/22-11.75.
Women's Team: Tiger Classic Recap
Junior sprinter Ara Towns earned Indiana's first NCAA provisional mark of the season in the 60 meter dash. Towns crossed the finish line in 7.43 to win the race and set a new Hearnes Center Fieldhouse record. Teammate and fellow junior Karla Marshall placed second with a time of 7.65.
Freshman Courtney Johnson set a new personal best and Hearnes Center Fieldhouse record as she captured the win in the 60 meter hurdles, finishing in 8.53. Another pair of Hoosier freshmen, Lorian Price (8.96) and Darcelle McCutcheon (8.99) placed fifth and sixth, respectively.
The Hoosiers posted a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 meter dash. Junior Charlene Maddox won the race in 25.02, Towns came in second in 25.56 and Marshall took third in 25.60. Maddox also finished first in the 400 meter dash and Kristen Kallner placed second in 58.72, a personal best time.
Senior Audrey Giesler had the meet's best collegiate time in the 3000 meter run as she finished in 9:52.87. In the 600-yard race, freshman Michelle Huber placed first with a time of 1:25.96. Senior Lauren Chesnut finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 12.12m/39-09.25.
The women's 4x400 relay team finished first with a time of 3:52.74.
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