Hoosiers Off to Texas Relays (03-30-04)
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.
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RECAP OF FLORIDA RELAYS
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).
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.
QUICK TO QUALIFY
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)
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.
INDIANA AT THE 2004 NCAA INDOOR 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.
DISTANCE MEDLEY SQUAD SETS INDOOR RECORD
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.
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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.
INDIANA RELAYS TO MAKE HISTORY
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.
WILSON BACK ON THE SCENE
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.
NATIONAL CHAMPION IS ONE TO WATCH
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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