HOOSIERS SET FOR BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
February 18, 1999 HOOSIERS SET FOR BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Upcoming Meet Information: The Hoosiers head to Madison, Wisconsin, for the Big Ten Championships Saturday (Feb. 20) and Sunday (Feb. 21) with a record of 15-1 (4-0 Big Ten). Saturday's action begins at 10 a.m. (CST) and Sunday's events begin at 10:20 a.m. (CST). Follow the action at www.bigtenchampionships.com.
Media Inquires: Please contact Herman Hudson at the Howard Johnson Hotel (Madison, Wisconsin) at (608) 251-5511.
Results...are available on the world wide web at www.wisc.edu/ath/ and on fax-on-demand. The fax-on-demand instructions are: dial (770)563-1131; enter your personal identification number (PIN); the Big Ten number is 282; and the document numbers are 3500 for the first days results, 3501 for the second day, and 3502 for championship information.
10:00 a.m. Heptathlon 60m
Sunday February 21
10:20 a.m. Heptathlon 60m hurdles
Head Coach Marshall Goss...is in his first year as the Indiana head coach and 16th year with the program. He has directed the Hoosiers to the No. 2 ranking in the national team Power Ranking and a record of 15-1 (4-0 Big Ten).
Hoosiers in the Polls: The Hoosiers are ranked second in the team Power Ranking with 235.64 points. Tennessee, which barely defeated the Hoosiers earlier this year is number one with 240.6 points.
Last Meet: The Hoosiers defeated Purdue 88-72 Saturday February 13 at the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse. Junior Kurt Krick finished third in the weight throw (16.94m; 55-7) and achieved the fourth best collegiate shot put throw this year at 18.99m (62-3 3/4). Krick's shot distance is just 0.01m off the NCAA automatic qualifying mark. Freshman Raheem Ellis also improved his national standing to 11th in the 200m dash with a time of 21.31.
Next Meet: The Hoosiers host the USA Track & Field Championships at the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse Friday February 26. This meet will not be team scored.
Against the Big Ten: The Hoosiers defeated all four conference foes they faced. IU defeated Michigan and Michigan State at the Michigan Quadrangular, then defeated Ohio State in a tri-meet with Tennessee, and finished the dual meet season with an 88-72 win over Purdue.
The Track is Open for Qualifying: Junior Russell Brooks and freshman Raheem Ellis have both put up NCAA provisional marks in the sprints. Brooks is 23rd in NCAA Division one in the 60m dash with a time of 6.72 seconds. Ellis is 33rd in the 60m dash at 6.74 seconds and ranks 11th in the 200m dash at 21.31 seconds.
Going the Distance: Senior Tom Chorny ran the 3000m in 8:06.91 at the Indiana Invitational. That places him 18th in the NCAA this year and is a provisional qualifying mark.
Belly Up To The Bar: Senior Jeremy Rochford flew over the bar at 2.16m (7-1) in the high jump for the third straight meet. Rochford's leap is an NCAA provisional mark and ties him for 19th in the nation.
Throwing The Weight Around: Junior Kurt Krick just keeps finding more distance with the shot put. Krick threw a personal best 18.99m (62-3 3/4) against Purdue. That places him fourth in the nation with just two weeks remaining before the NCAA Championships at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis March 5-6.
Looking Through the IU Record Book: Several Hoosiers have moved into the top-five in the IU record book this year. Junior Kurt Krick has improved his position to second on the school's shot put list at 18.99m. That is just 0.13m off the school record held by Nathan Davis, who reached 19.12m at the 1996 Big Ten Championships. Krick is also second in the weight throw with a mark of 16.94m. Freshman Raheem Ellis is already third on IU's 200m dash list at 21.31. The record is 21.22 by Gary Gooden at the Hoosier Hills in 1988. Senior Jeremy Rochford's high jump mark of 2.16m is tied for fifth at IU and falls nine centimeters short of the record set by Ron Jones in 1984. Freshman Greg Yeldell is already making an impact in the triple jump and is tied for fifth at 15.40m (50-6 1/4).
Instant Impact: Freshman Greg Yeldell, Raheem Ellis, and Ryan Huber have proved they can compete with the veterans. Yeldell won the long jump at the Michigan Quadrangular (7.26m; 23-10) and then won the triple jump the next two meets. Ellis has already provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 60m (6.74) and the 200m (21.31). Huber started the season with a 200m victory at the Michigan Quadrangular (22.82) and has also recorded the sixth best time ever at IU in the 600m run (1:20.79) at the Indiana Invitational.
Dan Billish: 800m - won the Indiana Invitational in 1:55:32.
Russell Brooks: 60m - won vs. Purdue in 6.82...top collegiate at the Indiana Invitational with a 6.78...finished second with an NCAA provisional mark of 6.72 in the Tenn./Ohio State meet...set the UM Track Building record by winning the Michigan Quadrangular in 6.85.
200m - won the 200m race in the Tennessee/Ohio State meet in 21.60.
Tom Chorny: Mile - won against Tennessee and Ohio State with a time 4:09.02.
3000m - set a meet record 8:16.05 at Notre Dame...first at the Michigan Quadrangular by finishing in 8:21.10.
Sean Cleary: 600m - won vs. Purdue with a personal best 1:21.82
Trent Davis: 400m - ran a meet record and personal best 48.47 at Notre Dame.
Raheem Ellis: 60m - ran a 6.74 to finish third and provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championships in the Ohio State/Tennessee meet.
200m - ran his personal best and won with the 11th best collegiate time in the nation this year (21.31) vs. Purdue...outran the field at the Indiana Invitational with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 21.78.
Brian Garriotte: Pole Vault - topped the Indiana Invitational field by clearing 4.90m (16-0 3/4).
Brad Griggs: 600m - won at the Michigan Quad with a time of 1:20.72, which was the fourth best mark in IU history.
Ryan Huber: 600m - won at the Indiana Invitational in 1:20.79, which is the sixth best time in IU history.
Kurt Krick: Shot Put - threw the fourth best throw in the NCAA this year at 18.99m (62-3 3/4) vs. Purdue...dominating winner at the Indiana Invitational with a shot of 18.48m (60-7 1/2)...won at Notre Dame (17.79m; 58-4 1/2)...won at the Michigan Quadrangular with a distance of 18.01m (60-1 1/4).
35 lb. wt. throw - threw a personal best 16.94m (55-7) against Purdue.
Nick Sears: 60m Hurdles - won at Notre Dame in 8.31.
Mikko Simos: 800m - won the Purdue meet with a personal best 1:51.33.
Jeremy Rochford: High Jump - reached 2.16m (7-1) for the fourth time and won versus Purdue...won at the Indiana Invite by clearing 2.16m (7-1) for the third time this season...reached 2.16m (7-1) for the second consecutive meet to win the Indiana Invitational...cleared a meet record 2.16m (7-1) at Notre Dame...Michigan Quadrangular champion after clearing 2.08m (6-9 3/4).
Greg Yeldell: Long Jump - Michigan Quadrangular winner with a leap of 7.26m (23-10).
Triple Jump - set a meet record 14.95m (49-0 3/4) at Notre Dame...out-distanced the competitors from Ohio State and Tennessee by jumping 14.96m (49-1)...second at the Michigan Quadrangular with a distance of 15.40m (50-6 1/4), fifth best ever at IU.
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