Men's Track

    Hoosiers Off to Texas Relays (03-30-04)

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-- The Indiana track and field team heads to Austin, TX, to take part in its second meet of the season, the 77th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. This event will be held on April 1-3 at the Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin.

    For post-event results and recap, visit the official web site of Indiana athletics, Final results from each day will be posted upon completion of the day's action.

    Indiana opened its spring season in a strong fashion at the 2004 Florida Relays with highlighted performances coming from David Neville, Ryan Ketchum, and Aarik Wilson, all of whom finished with first-place finishes in their respective events. Neville won first place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 20.83. Ketchum placed first in the shot put with a personal best of 18.36m (60-03.00). Triple jumper Aarik Wilson successfully defended his 2003 title with a mark of 7.49m (24-07.00).

    On the women's side, Ara Towns had a strong peformance in the 100-meter dash, as she made a regional qualifying time in the preliminaries with a time of 11.78. Another regional qualifier was Andrea Dalla Rosa, who finished seventh in the shot put after she threw a 14.90m (48-10.75).

    While the rest of the Indiana track and field team participated in the Florida Relays, the IU distance runners headed west to take part in the Stanford Invitational. The Hoosiers were paced by Kelly Siefker who shaved nearly 13 seconds off her personal best in the 3000-meter steeplechase to take a fourth-place finish. She finished with a time of 10:28.86. Siefker's teammate, Audrey Giesler was not too far behind in the race, as she finished eighth with a time of 10:36.18. Both times met the NCAA regional qualifying standards.

    The 2004 NCAA Indoo champion in the mile, Sean Jefferson took third-place in the 1500-meter with a personal best time of 3:42.81. This time also qualifies Jefferson in the regional qualifying standards as well as the Olympic Trials. Jefferson was the top colliegate runner in this event.

    Also on the men's side, Chris Powers made remarkable improvement on his personal best in the 5000 meter with a time 14:00.43, good for a 14th place finish. Powers' previous personal best was 14:22.48 in this event.

    In the 800-meter, Rodney Hollis finished seventh with a personal best of 1:48.69, which is also a regional qualifying time.

    In addition to racking up first-place in the shot put, sophomore Ryan Ketchum took home second-place honors in the discus with a heave of 52.52m (172-04.00), which was also a personal best.

    Thirteen Hoosiers have already met the NCAA Regional Qualifying Standards in their respective events. Below is a list of athletes who already have their ticket punched to the NCAA Regional meet which is on May 28-29 at LSU.

    Ara Towns, 100m, 11.78

    Kelly Siefker, 3000m Steeplechase, 10:28.86

    Audrey Giesler, 3000m Steeplechase, 10:36.18

    Lauren Chesnut,Triple Jump 12.44m(40-09.75)

    Andrea Dalla Rosa, Shot Put, 14.90m(140-06.00)

    David Neville, 200m, 20.83

    David Neville, 400m, 47.16

    Rodney Hollis, 800m, 1:48.69

    Sean Jefferson, 1500m, 3:42.81

    Chris Powers, 5000m,14:00.83

    Aarik Wilson, Long Jump, 7.49m(24-07.00)

    Aarik Wilson, Triple Jump, 16.42m (53-10.50)

    Ryan Ketchum, Discus, 52.52m(172-04.00)

    Ryan Ketchum, Shot Put, 18.36m(60-03.00)

    Mike Minton, Shot Put, 16.99m(55-09.00)

    Wil Fleming, Hammer Throw, 58.12m(190-06.00)

    After this past weekends meets, several Hoosiers etched their name into IU's all-time record book On the men's team, David Neville now sits at fourth on the all-time list in the 200-meter (20.83), Rodney Hollis is eighth in the 800-meter (1:48.69), Chris Powers holds up seventh on the all-time list in the 5000-meter (14:00.83) and Ryan Ketchum is now fourth in the shot put (18.36m/60-03.00).

    On the women's team, Kelly Siefker moved up to third on the all-time list in the 3000-meter steeplechase (10:28.86). Audrey Gielser still holds the record with a time of 10:14.19 in which she ran at the 2003 Outdoor Big Ten Championship meet.

    In addition to Sean Jefferson's national championship in the mile run at the NCAA Indoor Championships, junior Ara Towns (60 meter dash), sophomore David Neville (200 meter dash) and the men's distance medley relay team of junior Russell Hollis, senior Rodney Hollis, junior Eric Redman and Neville competed in the 2004 NCAA Track and Field Championships.

    Neville earned All-American recognition in the 200 meters, finishing seventh in the event with a personal-best time of 20.92, while Towns did not qualify for the event final with a 7.39 that placed her 12th in the preliminary round. With Russell Hollis filling in for Sean Jefferson on the distance medley relay team, the squad finished 13th with a 9:56.63.

    Indiana's distance medley relay team of Eric Redman, David Neville, Rodney Hollis and Sean Jefferson broke the school record at the Tyson Invitational. The quartet's time of 9:31.26 was the third-best time in the country during the indoor season, shattered the school record by 10 seconds.

    Redman opened the relay by running the 1200m in 2:56.5. David Neville followed with a 46.1 split in the 400m, and Rodney Hollis finished the 800m leg in 1:48.3. Sean Jefferson anchored the distance medley relay at 1600m and finished in 4:00.1.

    Indiana's distance medley relay performance was extremely impressive when you consider the following:

    • IU now ranks as the No. 7 school indoors all-time (the only schools to run faster are Stanford, Arkansas, Villanova, Alabama, Michigan, and Georgetown).

    • Because all four of IU's relay legs are American born, the 9:31.24 ranks as the sixth-best U.S. indoor performance of all-time and ranks as the No. 3 school indoors all-time with an all-US squad (behind Stan ford and Alabama).

    • The Hoosier relay also came very close to the American record, which is 9:28.83 by Stanford in 2000.  Indiana is just 2.41 seconds from the American record.

    Junior sprinter Ara Towns competed in the prestigious Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden in New York on Feb. 6. Towns was one of five collegiate sprinter invited to participate in the 60 meter dash. Towns finished third with a time of 7.53.

    According to Trackwire's March 9 Top 25 poll, the Indiana men's team ranks tied for 16th nationally. The Hoosiers are one of six Big Ten Conference squads to appear in the poll. Michigan leads the way at fifth. Minnesota is eighth, Ohio State ranks tied for No. 11, Purdue is tied for 18th and Wisconsin is tied at the No. 22 spot.

    The Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex on the Indiana University campus plays host to the biggest meet in the state of Indiana this year from April 9-10.

    This year's relays are set to begin at 4 p.m. on April 9, making it the first event held under the new lights at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex. Action begins at 10 a.m. on April 10.

    The 2004 Indiana Relays will not only bring some of the top collegiate talent to Bloomington for a scored meet, but it will also showcase some of the top high school talent from the state and give high school teams a chance to compete in advance at the site of the IHSAA Track and Field Championships, held June 5 at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex.

    The rich tradition of Indiana track and field will be on display, as Indiana's former Olympians will be honored as part of the meet. In addition, both the Haugh and Gladstein families will also be recognized as part of the event. The two families are the namesakes of Indiana's outdoor and indoor track facilities, respectively.

    Junior Aarik Wilson, the 2003 Big Ten Outdoor Champion in both the long jump and triple jump and the 2002 Outdoor National Runner-up in the triple jump will compete during the outdoor season after redshirting the indoor season in preparation for Olympic qualifying.

    Junior distance runner John Jefferson, the 2003 Big Ten Outdoor Runner-up in the 1,500 meter run as well as the 2003 Indoor runner-up in the mile run continues to battle a persistent leg injury that forced him to sit out of the indoor season, but heads into the outdoor season with the approach that he will compete.

    Sophomore Sean Jefferson put an exclamation point on the 2004 Indoor season by winning the national championship in the mile run with a time of 4:00.16. Jefferson's time not only marked a personal best and the fourth-best time in school history, but it was his second four-minute mile of the indoor season. He ran a 4:00.83 at the Indiana Invitational five weeks earlier.

    On the women's side, junior Ara Towns figures to lead the way. A two-time Outdoor All-American and Outdoor Big Ten champion as part of Indiana's 4x100 meter relay team, Towns is the Hoosiers' top returning sprinter and was Indiana's lone representative at the NCAA Indoor Championships.



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