Hoosiers Host Arch-Rival (04-27-04)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-- The Indiana track and field teams host arch-rival Purdue in a scored meet on Saturday, May 1 at the Haugh Track and Field Complex in Bloomington. The first event of the day is the women's hammer throw and is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. The men's 4x400-meter relay will the last event of the meet and is set to start at 2:25 p.m.
TITAN SERIES ON THE LINE
With Indiana and Purdue tied in the Titan Series at 7.5 points apiece entering the weekend, this meet could be a key factor in the series as it nears its conclusion. Should either school sweep both the men's and women's championships this weekend, that school would take a two-point lead with only three points left to be won (men's golf, softball and baseball.)
HOW TO GET RESULTS
For post-event results and recap, visit the official web site of Indiana athletics, iuhoosiers.com. Final results from each day will be posted upon completion of the day's action.
RECAP OF PENN RELAYS/DRAKE RELAYS/BIG TEN PREVIEW INVITE
The Hoosier track and field teams are coming off a busy weekend in which athletes competed at the 110th annual Penn Relays, the Drake Relays and the Big Ten Preview Invitational at Purdue.
During Thursday's competition at the Penn Relays, the IU track team had highlighted performances from distance runners Kelly Siefker and Audrey Giesler who finished fifth and sixth respectively in the 3000-meter steeplechase championship. Siefker turned in a personal best 10:26.84 and Giesler ran a 10:27.09. Both are regional qualifying times. In the field events, Andrea Dalla Rosa finished fifth in the shot put with a heave of 14.46 (47-05.25).
On the men's side, Matt Sweetman finished 15th overall in the 3000-meter steeplechase championship with a personal time of 9:19.32 on Thursday. In the first section of the same event, Marcus Aguilar finished sixth with a time of 9:05.71, and his teammate Charlie Koeppen finished 16th with a time of 9:34.36. Both times were personal bests.In addition, Mindy Peterson ran a 17:81.61 in the championships of the 5000-meter and Kristin Whitezell who finished 18th overall in the 3000-meter with a time of 10:04.78.
At the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday, Jake Wiseman finished third overall in the decathlon with a personal best 7037 points. The break down of Wiseman's performance was as follows: 100m (10.97); Long Jump (6.80m-22-03.75); Shot Put (13.07m-42-10.75); High Jump (1.87m-6-01.50); 400m (51.87); 110h (15.70); Discus (36.50m-119-09.00); Pole Vault (4.70m-15-05.00); Javelin (60.07m-197-01.00); 1500m (5:300.84).
On Friday at the Penn Relays, Aarik Wilson placed first his section of the long jump with a leap of 7.56m (24-09.75). In the same section, Kiwan Lawson placed eighth with a jump of 7.02m (23-01.75).
The Hoosier 4x200-meter relays teams also competed on Friday with the men's team placing first in their heat with a season-best time of 1:25.46 and the women's team placing third in with a time of 1:38.79.
In the field events, Ryan Ketchum finished seventh in the shot put with a heave of 17.57m (57-07.7) and third in the discus with a throw of 51.45m (168-09.00). Mike Minton finished 11th overall in the discus with after he threw 47.09m (154-06.00).
Also in action on Friday was David Stead at the Drake Relays. Stead finished 18th overall after clearing 4.80m (15-09.00)
The weekend events wrapped up on Saturday at the Penn Relays with Aarik Wilson placing first in the triple jump championship section with his third-best jump of the season, 16.64m (54-07.25). Wil Fleming placed ninth in the hammer throw championships with a heave of 58.12m 190-08.00.
At the Big Ten Invitational at Purdue, four Hoosiers earned first-place honors as Courtney Johnson ran a 14.15 in the 100-meter hurdles, Stephanos Ioannou ran a 14.49 in the 110-meter hurdles, Ashley Groth ran a 2:14.52 in the 800-meter and Kevin Kempf turned in a 54.03 in the 400-meter hurdles.
Two Hoosiers turned in personal bests at the Purdue meet as Julie Shields ran a personal best in the 1500-meter with a time of 4:47.12 and Trey Warfield turned in a 49.66 in the 400-meter.
QUICK TO QUALIFY
Twenty-one 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, 11.69
Kelly Siefker, 3000m Steeplechase, 10:26.84
Audrey Giesler, 3000m Steeplechase, 10:27.09
Audrey Giesler, 5000m, 16:14.88
Lauren Chesnut,Triple Jump 12.65m (41-06.00)
Andrea Dalla Rosa, Shot Put, 14.90m (140-06.00)
David Neville, 200m, 20.83
David Neville, 400m, 46.18
Rodney Hollis, 800m, 1:48.69
Sean Jefferson, 1500m, 3:40.90
Sean Jefferson, 5000m 14:18.35
Chris Powers, 5000m,14:00.83
Aarik Wilson, Long Jump, 7.73m (25-04.50)
Aarik Wilson, Triple Jump, 16.85m (55-03.50)
Ryan Ketchum, Discus, 53.74m (176-04.00)
Ryan Ketchum, Shot Put, 18.51m (60-08.75)
Mike Minton, Shot Put, 16.99m(55-09.00)
Wil Fleming, Hammer Throw, 60.54m (198-07.00)
Jennifer Cobbina, Long Jump, 6.00m (19-08.25)
Kristin Whitezell, 3000m Steeplechase, 10:48.75
Jessica Gall, 5000m, 16:51.01
Courtney Johnson, 100m H, 13.84
Stacey Clausing, 200m, 23.80
Stephen Haas, 1500m, 14:12.73
Jake Wiseman, Javelin, 62.24m (204-02.00)
Marcus Aguilar, 3000m Steeplechase, 9:05.71
Jake Wiseman, Decathalon, 7037 points (Prov. Qualified)
**Tom Burns, 3000m Steeplechase, 8:45.04 (unattached)
Sophomore Sean Jefferson was named the Big Ten Men's Track and Field Co-Athlete of the Week for the period ending April 18. Jefferson shared the honor with Wisconsin's Matt Tegenkamp.
Distance coach Robert Chapman said it is easy to tell that Jefferson is very strong right now.
"He was really able to shift gears smoothly and move from about sixth to first in the final 150 meters," said Chapman. "The scary thing is that we both can tell that there is more there. 3:40 may just be the tip of the iceberg."
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