Five Athletes Qualify for NCAA Championship
March 5, 2002
The Big Ten Conference announced that Indiana's Danielle Carruthers has been named Big Ten Women's Indoor Track & Field Athlete-of-the-Year. It marks the first time ever that an Indiana athlete has earned the honor.
Carruthers won her first indoor Big Ten championship with a season best time of 7.26 in the 60-meter dash, which is a new meet record as well as Indiana University record. Carruthers continued her success after she finished second with a time of 23.73 in the 200-meter dash.
Carruthers' 7.26 is currently the tenth fastest in the nation by either a professional or at the amateur level.
"This is certainly a great honor but I feel like I have more to prove this season," Carruthers said.
"To this point, obviously we are pleased with Danielle's progress," said Indiana Women's Head Coach Randy Heisler. "It is an honor that she deserves. We believe she'll run even faster."
IU's Carruthers was named the Big Ten Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Week in February after helping to propel the Hoosiers Indoor Track Team to a victory at the USTCA Collegiate Cup. The junior set a American collegiate record in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.92. Carruthers also finished with a time of 24.34 in the 200-meter dash at the Challenge Cup.
"The best is yet to come for Danielle Carruthers," said Heisler.
This past summer Danielle Qualified as a competitor in the 100m hurdles at the 2001 World University Games in Beijing, China for her sixth place finish in the 100m hurdles at the USA Track and Field Championships
The Paducah, Ky. native has also excelled outdoors, as she was the NCAA runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles at last year's Championship with a school-record time of 12.79 and has won two Big Ten Championships as a member of the Hoosiers 4x100 relay teams, earning All-American honors.
At the high school level, Carruthers won three state titles in the 100-meter dash and the 100-meter hurdles and also picked up two state championships in the 200-meter event on her way to earning two Kentucky Gatorade Athlete-of-the-Year laurels.
Carruthers and two of her teammates on the women's side and five on the men's side will head to Fayetteville, Arkansas this weekend for the NCAA Championships as eight Hoosier earned a spot as qualifiers for the meet were announced on Tuesday.
Carruthers owns the fastest time in country in the 60-meter hurdles (7.92) and is seeded third in the 60-meters (7.26). Junior Rachelle Boone is seeded fourth in the 60-meters (7.28) and seventh in the 200-meters (23.44). Senior Tia Trent owns the 10th fastest seed time in the 400-meters with a school record 53.32.
"We have some people in place who can certainly win an NCAA Championship. If these women go out and perform as well as they are capable we can score some points and maybe come home with an individual champion," Heisler said.
On the men's side the Hoosiers advanced a pair of athletes in the triple jump in freshman Aarik Wilson whose top mark of 16.09 ranks eighth and junior Hasaan Reddick who is seeded 12th (15.93). Senior Dino Efthimiou is seeded ninth in the pole vault with a mark of 5.40 while Chris Powers is seeded 11th in the 5,000-meters (13:59.35). Freshman John Jefferson makes his NCAA Championship debut in the mile as he owns the 13th fastest time of 4:01.57.
"I am pleased to see so many different athletes qualifying for the NCAA Championship. This is the culmination of hard work and now we hope to see even more improvement at the biggest meet of the season," Indiana Men's Head Coach Marshall Goss said.
Competition will take place on Friday and Saturday at Randal Track Center.