Indiana Heads to Happy Valley for Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships
May 10, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana track and field teams open the championship season this weekend when they travel to the 2007 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Penn State in University Park, Pa., on May 11-13.
Multi-events begin at noon (ET) on Friday with the men's 100-meter dash, while the women's 100-meter hurdles open the heptathlon at 12:15 p.m. The women's pole vault opens the field events at 1:30 p.m., that afternoon and the women's 10,000-meter run is slated as the last event of the day at 6:30 p.m. on the Nittany Lion Track. Friday's events open at 9:30 a.m. with the men's 110-meter hurdles as the first event of the day in the decathlon, while the heptathlon begins with the women's long jump at 10:15 a.m. Field events are slated to begin at 1:20 p.m. with the men's long jump and events on the track a set to start at 2:10 p.m. with the women's 4x100-meter relay. Sunday, the final day of competition, opens with the women's triple jump at 11:40 a.m. and the finals of the women's 4x100-meter relay at 12:45 p.m.
The Hoosiers will look to improve upon last year's finishes at the Big Ten Championships. The men's team placed third in last season's Big Ten Outdoor Championship with 105 points and behind league champion Wisconsin (161.5) and Minnesota (161.5).
IU had seven earn first team All-Big Ten honors, including the Big Ten Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Championship in David Neville. The Hoosiers also had two receive second team accolades.
The women's team finished seventh with 52 points. IU had one earn first team All-Big Ten honors in Ara Towns, who won the 100-meter dash for the Hoosiers.
Indiana saw quite a bit of success at last weekend's Billy Hayes Invitational on Friday, May 4, in Bloomington.
Senior Stacey Clausing posted two NCAA Regional qualifying times on Friday night. The senior won the 200-meter dash at 23.93, marking her second regional qualification of the season and the third-fastest time in the conference this season. Clausing was also on the first-place 4x100-meter relay squad that clocked in at 45.30, which is also the third-best mark in the Big Ten this year. Her effort at Billy Hayes earned her IU's first Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week this season.
Indiana freshman Vera Neuenswander cleared 4.12 meters to break the Indiana pole vault record at the Billy Hayes Invitational in Bloomington, on Friday, May 4. Her clearance also improved her regional qualifying mark and currently ranks seventh in the nation. Prior to Neuenswander's mark, Emily Tharpe set the IU pole vault record of 3.96 meters during the 2002 season. Her effort in the pole vault earned her a second straight IU Athlete of the Week honor.
The Indiana women's 4x100-meter teams qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional meet, which will be held in Columbia, Mo., on May 25-26. The team, which is made up of seniors Lorian Price and Stacey Clausing, and juniors Kyndal Carr and Zakiya Robinson, clocked a time of 45.30 to win the event.
On the men's side, the men's 4x100-meter relay team, made up of juniors Marcus Thigpen, Keith Heerdegen and Jacob Moylan, and senior Kiwan Lawson, ran a 40.51 for the event title and a regional qualification at IU's Billy Hayes Invitational on Friday.
Sophomore Blayne Burkholder came away with the pole vault title and a regional qualification after clearing 5.05 meters in the event at the Billy Hayes Invitational. Sophomore Jeff Coover, who placed second with the same mark and another regional qualification for the Hoosiers, followed Burkholder in the event.
For complete results and recap of the Big Ten Championships, visit IUHOOSIERS.com and www.bigten.org.
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