IU Headed to Big Tens
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana men's track and field team will compete at the Big Ten Conference Indoor Championships on Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2 . The University of Illinois is hosting the event at the Armory Track. Action begins on Saturday at 10 a.m. with the Heptathlon 60 meters. On Sunday, the Weight Throw starts at 9 a.m.
Two-day tickets for adults are $10 and $5 for children and students. Single-day tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children and students.
For more information or directions, visit Illinois' web site at WWW.FIGHTINGILLINI.COM
Indiana and the Big Ten Indoor Meet
Since the first Big Ten Conference Indoor Meet in 1932, the Indiana men's team has claimed 15 championships, the fourth-most of any school in the conference. The Hoosiers' last title came in 1992, the third consecutive for IU (1990-1992). No team scores were compiled last season with the cancellation of the meet. In 2001, IU finished ninth and 2000 it tied for sixth.
Hoosiers In the Team Power Rankings
The Indiana men's track and field team is ranked 20th in this week's edition of the Team Power Rankings. The team is not ranked in the Trackwire 25 Poll.
Wilson In Search Of Triple Jump Crown
Sophomore jumper Aarik Wilson is looking for his first Big Ten Conference Indoor title this weekend. The Fallon, Nev., native placed second in the long jump last season on the first day of competition. Day two was canceled after the death of Penn State's Kevin Dare in a pole vaulting accident.
Wilson will have his first chance at an indoor conference triple jump win in Champaign this weekend. He leads the Big Ten with the best jump this season, a NCAA automatic mark of 16.56m (54-4.00). He won the outdoor title and took Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in 2002.
More on Wilson
Aarik Wilson will also have the chance to improve on his fourth-place finish at the 2002 NCAA Indoor Championships this season. He automatically qualified for NCAAs with a leap of 16.56m (54-4.00) in the triple jump at the Cannon IV Classic. Wilson won the event, attained an indoor personal-best, set the meet record and jumped the second-best indoor distance in school history. The mark is also the fourth-best in the country this season. In addition to his performance in the triple jump, Aarik Wilson had a nice outing in the long jump. He jumped a personal-best of 7.61m on his way to a first-place finish and an NCAA provisional mark at the Cannon Classic. The distance ranks in the top 20 nationally this season.
Rodney Hollis Leads The Pack
Junior Rodney Hollis comes into this weekend's meet with the best 600 meter time of any athlete in the conference this season. Hollis posted a time of 1:18.70 and set a new Indiana record at the Indiana Invite on Feb. 8.
John Jefferson Hits Provisional Mile
Sophomore John Jefferson ran a provisional mile time in the invitational event at the Indiana Invitational. on Feb. 7 He placed first with a time of 4:04.71. His time is the 26th-best in the country this season. Jefferson, who earned All-America honors in the event last season, has a personal-best time of 4:02.37.
Minton Has Career Day
Junior thrower Mike Minton had a career day on Feb. 7 at the Indiana Invitational. He threw a personal-best 18.05m (59-02.75) in the shot put. The distance met the NCAA Provisional mark and ranks 25th nationally this season and sixth among Big Ten athletes.
Head Coach Marshall Goss
Marshall Goss is beginning his 20th year with Hoosier track and field program and his fifth season as the head coach of the men's program. Goss has coached 22 All-Big Ten selections, 11 Big Ten Champions and eight All-Americans in his tenure as head coach. He has coaching assignments in all events with emphasis in the pole vault and hurdles for both the men's and women's teams.
Goss was named National High School Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1982, Indiana Track Coach of the Year in 1980, and Indiana Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1975. Goss was also South Central Conference Coach of the Year four times. His peers honored him again in 1994 when he was inducted into the Indiana High School Track and Field Hall of Fame.
The head track and field official at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, Goss served as assistant coach for the U.S. Junior National team which participated in the first World Junior Championship in Athens, Greece, in 1986. In 2001, he was named the honorary referee for the 92nd running of the Drake Relays.
Returning Indoor All-Americans
Indiana returns three Indoor All-Americans this season, including a pair of sophomores. By way of a fourth-place finish in the triple jump at the NCAA Championships, Aarik Wilson earned All-America status in his first season at IU. John Jefferson finished 10th in The Mile at the Indoor Championships for All-America honors in his rookie track campaign. Senior Hassan Reddick was also an Indoor All-American in the triple jump after coming in ninth at the NCAA meet.
Reddick In The Hunt
Senior Hassan Reddick ranks among the Big Ten's best jumpers. He owns the conference's fourth-best triple jump and the seventh-best long jump. The All-American has an NCAA provisional mark in the triple jump, a mark of 15.57m (51-1.00) in last weekend's Hoosier Hills open. Reddick has missed parts of this season with a hamstring injury.
Big Ten Championships
Schedule of Events
Saturday March 1, 2003
10 a.m. Heptathlon 60 meters
10:40 a.m. Heptathlon long jump
11:50 a.m.. Heptathlon shot put
12:50 p.m. Long Jump (trials and finals)
1:40 p.m. Shot Put (trials and finals)
1:45 p.m. Pole Vault (trials and finals)
2 p.m. 60 meters (trials)
2:15 p.m. 60-meter hurdles (trials)
2:30 p.m. Mile (trials)
3 p.m. 400 meters (trials)
3:20 p.m. 60 meters (semi-finals)
3:30 p.m. 800 meters (semi-finals)
3:50 p.m. 60-meter hurdles (semis)
4 p.m. 600 meters (trials)
4:15 p.m. 200 meters (trials)
4:40 p.m. 3,000 meters (finals)
5 p.m. Distance Medley Relay (finals)
Sunday March 2, 2003
9 a.m. Weight Throw (trials & finals)
10:20 a.m. Heptathlon 60-meter hurdles
11 a.m. Heptathlon pole vault
Noon High Jump (trials and finals)
1:30 p.m. Heptathlon 1,000 meters
1:50 p.m. Mile (finals)
2 p.m. 400 meters (finals)
2:10 p.m. 60 meter (finals)
2:20 p.m. 800 meters (finals)
2:30 p.m. 60-meter hurdles (finals)
2:40 p.m. 600 meters (finals)
2:50 p.m. 200 meters (finals)
3 p.m. 5,000-meters (finals)
3:25 p.m. 4x400 meter relays (finals)
3:45 p.m. Awards Presentations
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