IU Set for Hoosier Hills (02-19-04)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana men's and women's track and field teams will host their final home meet of the 2004 indoor season on Friday, Feb. 20. The Hoosier Hills meet is set for a 4 p.m. start at Gladstein Fieldhouse. Admission for the meet is free.
NCAA Bound Men's Distance Medley Sets Record
Last Saturday at Arkansas' Tyson Invitational, Indiana's distance medley relay team of Eric Redman, David Neville, Rodney Hollis and Sean Jefferson broke the school record. The quartet's time of 9:31.26 is the third-best time in the country this season, shattered the school record by 10 seconds and is an automatic NCAA indoor championship qualifying time.
Redman opened the relay by running the 1200m in 2:56.5. David Neville followed with a 46.1 split in the 400m, and Rodney Hollis finished the 800m leg in 1:48.3. Sean Jefferson anchored the distance medley relay at 1600m and finished in 4:00.1.
More On The Men's Distance Medley Relay
Indiana's distance medley relay performance was extremely impressive when you consider the following:
IU now ranks as the No. 7 school indoors all-time (the only schools to run faster are Stanford, Arkansas, Villanova, Alabama, Michigan, and Georgetown).
Because all four of IU's relay legs are American born, the 9:31.24 ranks as the sixth-best U.S. indoor performance of all-time and ranks as the No. 3 school indoors all-time with an all-US squad (behind Stan ford and Alabama).
The Hoosier relay also came very close to the American record, which is 9:28.83 by Stanford in 2000. Indiana is just 2.41 seconds from the American record.
Men's Team Ranked Nationally
According to Trackwire's Feb. 17 Top 25 poll, the Indiana men's team ranks tied for 19th nationally. The Hoosiers are one of five Big Ten Conference squads to appear in the poll. Minnesota leads the way at fifth, Ohio State ranks No. 12, Purdue is tied for 13th and Wisconsin occupies the No. 17 spot.
Roby to Make Debut
Courtney Roby will make his track and field debut this weekend at the Hoosier Hills meet. Roby, a senior-to-be wide receiver on IU football team, will run in the 60 meter dash. The Indianapolis native ranks in the top 10 in school history in receiving yards.
On the National Scene:
Here is a look at where Indiana track and field athletes rank nationally:
David Neville, III
200m -- 21st
400m -- 17th
60m -- 17th
3000m -- 38th
Men's Distance Medley Relay -- 3rd
Eric Redman, David Neville, Rodney H ollis and Sean Jefferson
Mile -- 8th
Stephen Haas - 5k - 15th
Chris Powers - 5k - 20th
Teams To Compete
Athletes from the following schools and clubs will compete in the Hoosiers Hills Meet this weekend:
M & M W Track Club
Mercury Track Club
Speed-XL T&F Team
Where They Rank in the Big Ten"
The following is list of Indiana athletes that rank in the top 10 performances this season by Big Ten athletes:
3. Ara Towns 7.41
6. Karla Marshall 7.53
60 Meter Hurdles
2. Courtney Johnson 8.48
9. Lorian Price 8.85
7. Ara Towns 24.37
7. Michelle Huber 56.28
9. Charlene Maddox 56.52
9. Ashley Groth 2:12:53
3. Audrey Giesler 9:34.70
9. Audrey Giesler 17:02.77
3. Jean Schaffer 1.74m
5. Emily Tharpe 3.80m
6. Lauren Chesnut 12.62m
9. Andre Grimes 6.94
60 Meter Hurdles
5. Stephanos Ioannou 8.10
3. David Neville 21.26
5. David Neville 47.33
1,600 Meter Relay
7. Indiana `A' 3:17.28
3. Stephen Haas 14:06.29
5. Chris Powers 14:13.27
Distance Medley Relay
2. Indiana `A' 9:31.26
6. Kiwan Lawson 7.17m (23-06.25)
3. Sean Jefferson 4:00.83
10. Tom Burns 4:07.23
7. Ryan Ketchum 17.60m (57-09.0)
Coming Up Next Week: Big Ten Championships
Indiana returns to action when it travels to the Big Ten Championships, Feb. 27-28. The men's competetion will be held in Ann Arbor, Mich., at the Univeristy of Michigan and the women's will be held in Iowa City, Iowa, at the University of Iowa.
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