Men's Track

    Indiana Set for Big Ten Track and Field Championships

    Go Hoosiers! David Neville looks to defend his title in the 200m at this weekend's Big Ten Championships.
    Go Hoosiers!
    David Neville looks to defend his title in the 200m at this weekend's Big Ten Championships.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 22, 2006

    Weekly Notes - Big Ten Championship
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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's and women's track and field teams part ways for the 2006 Big Ten Championship on Feb. 25-26. The men will travel to the University of Iowa, while the Hoosier women will converge on Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center at the University of Wisconsin.

    Live, up-to-date results for both championships can be found at: and

    In a final tune-up for the 2006 Big Ten Indoor Championships, the Indiana men's and women's track and field teams had solid all-around performances in their final regular-season home meet, the Hoosier Hills Invitational on Feb. 17. Seven Hoosiers turned in personal bests during competition and 15 finished in the top-five in their respective events.

    All six IU men pole vaulters cleared the bar led by Jeff Coover who finished first overall in the event with a mark of 5.00m (16-04.75).

    In the men's throws, Ryan Ketchum tossed a mark of 17.15m (56-03.25) in the shot put, and an18.48m (60-07.75) in the weight throw, good for second place in both events. On the women's side, Andrea Dalla Rosa captured a third-place finish in the weight throw with a heave of 16.60m (54-05.50).

    Marcus Thigpen cruised to a personal-best time of 6.77 in the 60m prelims, which qualified him for the finals later on in the evening. Once in the finals, Thigpen ran the same exact time, which put him third overall.

    In the women's distance/mid-distance events, Larra Overton won first-place honors in the 600m with a time of 1:34.45. In addition, Ashley Sommer finished fifth in the mile with a time of 5:10.85.

    The Indiana "A" relay teams on both the men's and women's sides came in first in the 4x400m relay and recorded season-best times. The women finished in 3:42.71, while the men finished with a time of 3:14.32.

    Last year at the Big Ten Championships, the Hoosier women finished in ninth place with 52 points. The last time the IU women took home the title was in 2000. The Hoosier men finished runner-up in last year's indoor conference meet with 105.5 points, their best finish in 12 years.

    Last season, David Neville was among three Hoosiers than were Big Ten Indoor champions. Neville captured the men's 200m title with a time of 21.46. Along with Neville, Sean Jefferson won the mile (4:26.70) and former Hoosier standout Aarik Wilson took home first in both the triple jump (16.83m/55-02.75) and the long jump (7.58m/24-10.50).

    The Indiana men's track and field team continues to earn national recognition. In the Feb. 21 Trackwire poll, the Hoosiers garnered a No. 22 ranking. IU shares the ranking with in-state rival Notre Dame. Indiana is one of three Big Ten teams to be tabbed in the top 25. Wisconsin earned a No. 4 ranking, while Michigan was tabbed in the No. 9 position.

    In the most recent NCAA Performance Lists, a total of seven Hoosiers can be found among the nation's best. In the men's 400m, David Neville's 46.67 time on Jan. 7 placed him at No. 9. Eric Redman, who ran the mile in 4:03.78 on Feb. 10, was the 29th best time this season. Stephen Haas, who is the only Hoosier to earn a NCAA automatic qualifying mark this season, has the 3rd best time in the 5,000m (13:44.09 on Feb. 10). In the long jump, Kiwan Lawson, who also is the Big Ten leader in the event, ranked fourth with his 7.75m leap on Feb. 10. Rounding out the men's top performers is Ryan Ketchum whose throw of 17.88m on Jan. 21 in the shot put ranks him 31st.

    On the women's side, Stacey Clausing ranks 22nd in the 400m with a time of 54.31 on Jan. 21. Clausing is joined by Courtney Johnson. Johnson in the 60m hurdles crossed the line on Feb. 3 in 8.48 which is the 42nd fastest time in the country this season.

    Indiana athletes can be found at or near the top to the Big Ten performance lists. Here is how the Hoosiers stand in an event-by-event breakdown:
    Men's Events
    60m: 3rd-Marcus Thigpen; 4th-Wil Glover
    200m: 3rd-David Neville
    400m: 2nd-David Neville
    Mile: 4th-Eric Redman
    5,000m: 1st-Stephen Haas
    60m Hurdles: 5th-Stephanos Ioannou
    4x400m Relay: 9th
    Pole Vault: 4th-Jeff Coover
    Long Jump: 1st-Kiwan Lawson
    Triple Jump: 5th-Kyle Jenkins
    Shot Put: 4th-Ryan Ketchum
    Weight Throw: 7th-Ryan Ketchum
    Women's Events
    200m: 7th-Clausing
    400m: 3rd-Clausing
    3,000m: 8th-Jessica Gall
    5,000m: 9th Lindsay Hattendorf
    60m Hurdles: 5th-Courtney Johnson
    4x400m Relay: 7th
    DMR: 6th
    Long Jump: 5th-Lorian Price; 9th Candace Perry
    Shot Put: 5th-Andrea Dalla Rosa
    Weight Throw: 8th-Andrea Dalla Rosa

    Illinois, who finished third at the championships last year, has tallied 10 or more NCAA qualifying standards this season. Senior Trammell Smith leads the Illini as he ranks No. 1 in two individual events, has recorded an automatic qualifying time of 1:16.50 in the 600-meters and provisionally finished in 1:48.02 in the 800-meters. He will look to defend his 800m title from last year.

    Iowa boasts two top-five conference rankings and two provisional NCAA qualifying marks as sophomore Shane Maier is No. 2 in the shot put while junior Adam Hamilton ranks third in the weight throw.

    The Wolverines have won a conference-record 26 indoor team championships and will attempt to defend their distance medley crown from last year as they currently rank third in the league. U-M leads the Big Ten in four events, including sophomore Mike Wood's NCAA automatic times of 3:57.87 and 7:52.27 in the mile and 3,000m events, respectively.

    Senior Brad Gebauer will look to defend his pole vault title for Michigan State as he currently leads the league with a 17-6.50 provisional mark. The Spartans have tallied five top-five rankings and two provisional qualifying standards this season.

    Minnesota heads into the championships behind two-time 2006 Athlete of the Week Adam Schnaible. The junior has notched automatic and provisional standards and ranks in the top three in two conference events. Junior Aaron Buzard currently ranks in the top five in three events while senior Karl Erickson boasts a provisional mark and holds the conference lead in the shot put.

    The Buckeyes have recorded four top-three league rankings this season as senior Brian Olinger has finished in provisional and automatic fashion in both the 3,000 and 5,000m events, respectively. Athlete of the Week Lenny Jatsek ranks No. 2 in the weight throw.

    The Nittany Lions will be led by their underclassman this year as freshmen Ryan Fritz and Chris Morrisey rank No. 1 in two individual league events. Fritz provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the high jump, meeting a 7-1.25 height. Morrisey leads the Big Ten with 5194.00 heptathlon points.

    Purdue currently ranks in the top five in four events. Jan. 17 Athlete of the Week, Ricky Pinkney, sits at No. 2 in the 60-meter hurdles with a provisional time of 7.85. Junior John Porter is ranked third in the pole vault with a 17-1.50 mark.

    Wisconsin will look to repeat last year's conference title and attempt to win its fourth-consecutive championship. The Badgers lead the Big Ten in three individual events and boast 15 NCAA qualifying standards.

    lllinois, who finished second in last year's championships, currently ranks in the top five in nine league categories. Junior Yvonne Mensah holds the lead and three NCAA provisional marks in as many events and will look to defend her 60m hurdles title.

    Junior Cassie Hunt enters this weekend with two provisional and an automatic standard met while the 4x400m relay will attempt to win its second-consecutive title.

    Iowa has met five NCAA provisional standards this season and is led by All-Conference honorees Peaches Roach and Kinkeke Alexander and junior Tiffany Johnson. Roach ranks No. 1 in the high jump league standings while Johnson leads the way with her 8.33 60m hurdle time.

    Michigan, who is tied for the most Big Ten Championships in conference history with seven will look to defend last year's league title. The Wolverines lead the conference in six categories while senior Katie Erdman has recorded three top-two finishes, including two provisional marks and has automatically qualified for the NCAA championships in the 800m run.

    The Spartans will be led by sophomores Nicole Bush and Etienne Chaplin who boast top-five league marks and have met provisional standards as MSU enters the championships looking to move up from its sixth-place finish last year.

    Minnesota heads into the championships behind the 2005 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Liz Roehrig who ranks in the top five in three categories and has NCAA provisionally qualified in two events. Freshman Heather Dorniden, the Feb. 7 Athlete of the Week, currently sits at No. 2 with an automatic qualifying mark of 2:04.30 in the 800m.

    Junior Jenna Harris, a first-team All-Big Ten honoree, will lead the Buckeyes and attempt to defend her 60m dash title as she is ranked second with a provisional time of 7.42. Sophomore Janine Zylinski and freshman Ayrizanna Favours have also recorded provisional marks while Zylinski leads the conference with a 53-7.5 shot put toss.

    Fourteen Nittany Lions rank in the top five of nine league categories and will be led by two-time Athlete of the Week Jeannifer Leatherman and junior Shana Cox at this year's championships. Leatherman boasts an automatic qualifying mark in the weight throw with a toss of 72-0.0 while Cox leads the conference in the 200- and 400-meter events.

    Purdue ranks in the top three in four Big Ten categories while senior Jocelyn Lindsey and freshman Brianna Neuman are tied for second in the pole vault standings as both Boilermakers have cleared a distance of 12-8.25

    The Badgers enter the 2006 championships behind second-team All-Big Ten selection Erin Schoeller, who is ranked fifth in the 600m and junior Blair Luethmers who leads the conference with a 13-0.25 pole vault mark. UW is tied with Michigan with seven indoor team titles.

    So far this season, Indiana's Stephen Haas in the men's 5,000m is the only Hoosier to earn a NCAA automatic qualifying mark. David Neville (400m), Stacey Clausing (400m), Ryan Ketchum (shot put), Kiwan Lawson (long jump), Courtney Johnson (60m hurdles) and Eric Redman (mile) have all earned provisional qualifying marks in their respective events.

    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.

    The Hoosier track and field coaching staff is one of the best in the nation. The staff boasts three Olympians in Randy Heisler (1988, Discus), Rose Richmond (2004, Long Jump) and Dave Volz (1992, Pole Vault). Additionally, IU's jumps coach, Wayne Pate, was the 2005 National Assistant Coach of the Year. Along with Pate, assistant coach/men's distance coach, Robert Chapman, garnered Mideast Regional Assistant Coach of the Year last season. The Hoosiers also welcome former IU standout Jake Wiseman as the new assistant coach for pole vault and multi events. While at Indiana, Wiseman competed in the heptathlon and decathlon in the outdoor season and the 60m dash, long jump, pole vault, shot put and 1,000m indoors.

    After a successful fall cross country campaign, Sean and John Jefferson have their sights set on Big Ten and NCAA crowns for the indoor season. Both Jeffersons were All-Americans in the mile with Sean Jefferson setting the school record (3:56.44) at last year's Meyo Classic.

    Following the Big Ten Championships, the Hoosiers have one more chance to qualify athletes for the NCAA Championships. IU will travel to South Bend, Ind., for the last chance Qualifier Meet on Sat. March, 4.



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