Ketchum Named IU Athlete of the Week
March 6, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - On a weekly basis, IUHOOSIERS.com will recognize the top performances in Hoosier Athletics by selecting an IU Athlete of the Week. For the week ending March 5, indoor track and field athlete Ryan Ketchum garnered the honor.
In the Hoosiers' last chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., Ketchum topped his personal-best mark in the shot put with a first-place throw of 18.92m (62-01.00) at the Alex Wilson Invitational on March 4. Additionally, Ketchum's hurl met the NCAA's provisional mark in the event (17.75m). Ketchum cleared the provisional mark on two occasions this indoor season with the first coming at the Indiana Invitational on Jan. 21.
Ketchum earned the Athlete of the Week honor from a list of deserving nominees. The list of nominees included Joe Dubuque (wrestling), Jessica Gall (women's indoor track and field), Lauren Hines (softball), Marco Killingsworth (men's basketball) and Laura McGaffigan (women's tennis).
Hoosier Honor Roll
Senior Jessica Gall (women's indoor track and field) - Gall met the NCAA's provisional mark in the women's 3,000m with a time of 9:33.80, nearly three seconds faster than the provisional mark. Gall took seventh in the event.
Senior Lauren Hines (softball) - Hines led the Hoosiers to a 3-3 weekend at the Chattanooga Tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn. Hines provided a solid bat at the plate for Indiana, scoring two runs and posting eight hits, three doubles, one home run and drove in two RBI. The senior currently leads all Hoosiers with three home runs on the season.
Senior Marco Killingsworth (men's basketball) - Killingsworth led the Hoosiers in two road wins at Purdue (70-59) and at Michigan (69-67) this past week. Killingsworth averaged an impressive 14.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals in the two contests, while also hitting 14-of-23 (.609) shots from the floor. Against Purdue, the Montgomery, Ala., native collected 10 points, three rebounds and a career-high four steals while fighting through foul trouble in 25 minutes of action. Killingsworth would then respond with 19 points and 13 boards, including a season-best seven offensive rebounds, in 33 minutes of action in the Hoosier road win at Michigan. It was his seventh double-double this season and 14th of his career.
Junior Laura McGaffigan (women's tennis) - Against No. 6 North Carolina on March 4, McGaffigan recorded her first win over a ranked opponent when she topped No. 56 Caitlin Collins at the No. 2 position, 6-3, 6-2. The following day in the Big Ten opener, McGaffigan defeated Penn State's Andreea Niculescu, 7-6, 6-2 in singles. McGaffigan and doubles partner senior Sarah Batty, topped Sasha Abraham and Lauren Holzberg, 8-4 at the No. 1 slot against the Nittany Lions. For the season, McGaffigan is 10-4 in singles at the No. 2 position and 11-3 in doubles with Batty.
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