Men's Track

    IU Set for Hoosier Hills (02-19-04)

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    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

    Ara Towns
    60m -- 17th

    Audrey Giesler
    3000m -- 38th

    Men's Distance Medley Relay -- 3rd
    Eric Redman, David Neville, Rodney H ollis and Sean Jefferson

    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:

    Ball St
    Cardinal TC
    Indiana Invaders
    Indiana State
    Inside Track
    M & M W Track Club
    Mercury Track Club
    Northern Kentucky
    Progressive Athletics
    Puma TC
    Southern Indiana
    Speed-XL T&F Team
    St Francis

    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:

    60 Meters
    3. Ara Towns 7.41
    6. Karla Marshall 7.53

    60 Meter Hurdles
    2. Courtney Johnson 8.48
    9. Lorian Price 8.85

    200 Meters
    7. Ara Towns 24.37

    400 Meters
    7. Michelle Huber 56.28
    9. Charlene Maddox 56.52

    800 Meters
    9. Ashley Groth 2:12:53

    3,000 Meters
    3. Audrey Giesler 9:34.70

    5,000 Meters
    9. Audrey Giesler 17:02.77

    High Jump
    3. Jean Schaffer 1.74m

    Pole Vault
    5. Emily Tharpe 3.80m

    Triple Jump
    6. Lauren Chesnut 12.62m

    60 Meters
    9. Andre Grimes 6.94

    60 Meter Hurdles
    5. Stephanos Ioannou 8.10

    200 Meters
    3. David Neville 21.26

    400 Meters
    5. David Neville 47.33

    1,600 Meter Relay
    7. Indiana `A' 3:17.28

    5,000 Meters
    3. Stephen Haas 14:06.29
    5. Chris Powers 14:13.27

    Distance Medley Relay
    2. Indiana `A' 9:31.26

    Long Jump
    6. Kiwan Lawson 7.17m (23-06.25)

    3. Sean Jefferson 4:00.83
    10. Tom Burns 4:07.23

    Shot Put
    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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