March 1, 2006
Alex Wilson Invite Notes
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Several members of the Indiana men's and women's track and field team travel north to South Bend, Ind., for the Alex Wilson Invitational March 3-4. The meet is the Hoosiers last chance to qualify for the NCAAs. The meet will be held at Notre Dame's Loftus Sports Center.
Men's Big Ten Championship Recap
To open the 2006 conference meet, Kiwan Lawson (long jump) and Ryan Ketchum's (shot put) earned second-place finishes, while the team sat in second place overall with 27 points after the first day of competition in Iowa City. Three Hoosiers advanced to the finals in their respective events, including, John Jefferson (mile), Eric Redman (mile), Marcus Thigpen (60m & 200m), and David Neville (200m & 400m). In the final day of competition, IU claimed 72 points en route to a fifth place finish. David Neville led the Hoosiers with two stunning titles in the finals of the 200m and 400m.
Neville became the Big Ten's 400m champion, an event in which he previously earned a NCAA provisional qualifying mark, with a first-place time of 47.11. The defending champion in the 200m, Neville held onto his title by claiming the 200m crown with a first-place time of 21.21.
Women's Big Ten Championship Recap
At the opening day of the Big Ten Championships for the women in Madison, Wis., IU long jumper Candace Perry took home a third-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 5.95m (19-06.25), which tied her personal best. A total of three Hoosiers advanced to the finals in their respective events, including Stacey Clausing (400m), Michele Huber (400m) and Kelly Siefker (Mile).
Of IU's three athletes who advanced to the finals of their respective events, the Hoosiers earned three top-ten finishes. Clausing led Indiana with a fourth-place finish in the 400m en route to a ninth-place finish as a team.
Hoosiers Among Nation's Elite
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 32nd best time this season. Stephen Haas, who is the only Hoosier to earn a NCAA automatic qualifying mark this season, has the third best time in the 5,000m (13:44.09 on Feb. 10). In the long jump, Kiwan Lawson, ranked sixth 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 37nd.
On the women's side, Stacey Clausing ranks 27th 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 46th fastest time in the country this season.
Three Hoosiers Earn Conference Honors
Following the indoor track and field championships, three Hoosiers earned all-conference honors. David Neville garnered first-team All-Big Ten distinction after winning both the 200m and 400m at the conference meet. Ryan Ketchum (weight throw) and Kiwan Lawson (long jump) both took runner-up and second team All-Big Ten honors in their respective events.
One Step Closer
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.
Stephen Haas, along with those who qualify a the Alex Wilson Invitational, will travel to Fayettville, Ark., for the NCAA Championships March 10-11.