Lawson, Jenkins and Neuenswander Travel to NCAA Championships
March 7, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior Kiwan Lawson, junior Kyle Jenkins and freshman Vera Neuenswander will represent the Hoosiers at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., Friday-Saturday, March 9-10.
Lawson won the Big Ten championship in the long jump with a leap of 7.73 meters. His best mark this year of 7.75 meters was done at the Tyson Center on Feb. 10. Lawson ranks seventh in the country in the event. He is making his second straight appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships after also qualifying in the long jump last season.
Jenkins finished first at the Big Ten Championships in the triple jump with a distance of 15.66 meters. An All-American in the event at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships, he currently ranks 12th in the indoor season. Jenkins best jump this year was 15.86 meters.
Indiana has traditionally been very competitive at the NCAA Championships in the jumps events. In 2005, Aarik Wilson, who is currently competing in the professional ranks, won the triple jump and long jump at the Indoor Championships.
Neuenswander cleared a Big Ten meet-record and school-record 4.11 meters in the pole vault at the Big Ten Championships to finish second. She was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year following the indoor campaign. Neuenswander is currently the top freshman in the country in the event, ranking 13th overall. She will be looking to become Indiana's first female All-American in the pole vault.
The men's long jump goes off at 6 p.m. EST on Friday. The women's pole vault begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday, while the men's triple jump is at 6:15 on Saturday.
The track and field teams are currently in training for the outdoor season. Indiana's first outdoor meet is the Stanford Invitational, March 30-31, in Palo Alto, Calif.
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