Five Hoosiers off to NCAA's (06-03-04)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind - Six Indiana track and field athletes will compete at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championships from, June 9-12 at the Mike A. Myers Track on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin, Texas.The women's team will be represented by senior Audrey Giesler, while redshirt sophomore Sean Jefferson, sophomore David Neville, junior Aarik Wilson, senior Chris Powers and junior Jake Wiseman will compete for the Hoosier men. Competition begins on Wednesday, June 9 at 1:00 p.m.
A QUICK LOOK AT WHO'S HERE FOR THE HOOSIERS:
Sean Jefferson, Rs-Soph., Delray Beach, Fla., 1500 M
Jefferson, the 2004 NCAA Indoor Champion in the mile,
will battle for the title in the 1500m. On April 17, he ran a personal best 3:40.90 at the Stanford Invite, a time that ranks fourth in the nation coming into the meet. Jefferson was a first-team All Big Ten selection after he captured first-place in the 1500m at the Big Ten Championships.
David Neville, Soph, Merrillville, Ind., 400M and 200M
Big Ten Freshman of the Year David Neville will compete in both the 400m and the 200m. Neville received an automatic bid in the 400m after he placed third overall in this event at the NCAA Mideast Regionals. His personal best time of 45.05 that he ran at the Big Ten Championships is the eighth fastest time in the nation this year and second on IU's all-time list. Neville did not automatically qualify in the 200m, but received a bid after he clocked in a 20.39 at the conference meet. This time also ranks eighth in the nation heading into the NCAA Championships.
Chris Powers, 5th Yr. Senior, Muncie, Ind., 5000M
Powers will be making his first appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in an attempt to win the 5k. Powers finished third overall at the NCAA Mideast Regionals. At the Big Ten Championship meet, Powers finished sixth overall in the event. On April 30 at the Cardinal Invite, Powers ran a personal best 13:48.45 in the 5k, which put him fourth on IU's all-time list.
Aarik Wilson, Jr., Fallon, Nev., Triple Jump, Long Jump
All-American Aarik Wilson is aiming for his first national title in the triple jump and the long jump. Wilson is familar with the national scene as he finished runner up in the triple jump at the 2002 Outdoor and 2003 Indoor NCAA Championships as well as a fourth-place finish at the 2002 Indoor NCAA's.
Wilson just broke the school record in the triple jump at the NCAA Mideast Regionals in which he claimed a second-place finish with a leap of 16.91m (55-5.75). He also was crowned the Big Ten Champion in the triple jump and took a second-place finish in the long jump at this year's conference meet. He owns the second farthest mark in the country in the triple jump and the17th best in the long jump (7.73m/24-04.50).
Jake Wiseman, Jr., Corydon, Ind., Decathlon
Decathlete Jake Wiseman will be making his first appearance at the NCAA's. Wiseman captured the bronze medal in the decathlon at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships with a total of 7365 points. Wiseman ranks 17th nationally coming into the event.
Audrey Giesler, Sr., Downers Grove, Ill., 3000m Steeplechase
Giesler earned a spot to compete after she clocked in an impressive 10:16.25 at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships placing second overall. This time puts her 17th among other steeplechasers in the country. Giesler is also the school record-holder in this event (10:14.19).
HOW TO GET RESULTS
Log on to www.texassports.com for live updates of this meet. For post-event results and recap, visit the official web site of Indiana athletics, iuhoosiers.com. Final results will be posted upon completion of each day's action.
NCAA MIDEAST REGIONALS RECAP
At the 2004 NCAA Mideast Regionals, four Hoosiers guaranteed themselves a trip to the NCAA Championships when Aarik Wilson placed second in the triple jump by breaking the school record (16.91m (55-05.75), Sean Jefferson took home a fourth-place finish in the 1500m (3:51.23) and David Neville placed third in the 400m (45.88) and Chris Powers qualified in 5K (14:18.09).
The IU men finished tied for sixth place with conference foe Wisconsin with a total of 30 points. The only other Big Ten schools to finish higher than IU was Ohio State (4th place, 48 points) The IU women placed 33rd with five points.
Wilson, who held the nation's best triple jump mark coming into the meet, was taken out by Leevan Sands of Auburn who bested Wilson's previous mark (16.85m (55-03.50) by jumping an 17.30m (56-09.25) However Wilson still took a second-place finish and broke the school record with a leap of 16.91m (55-05.75). The previous school record was held by Robert Cannon in 1978 16.87m (55-04.25).
Although the men's 1500m was later in the afternoon, the 101 degree temperatures were still stifling. To no one's surprise, Jefferson still fought through the tough conditions and took a fourth-place finish in his signature event with a time of 3:51.23. At the start, Jefferson lagged behind the 11 other runners through the entire 400 meters, but those who know Jefferson's style knew it was only a matter of time before he made his move. The pack really separated at the 800m spilt, but Jefferson was still in last. After the bell sounded for the final lap, Jefferson inched his way into sixth/seventh and made great strides at the 200m mark to move into fifth. Down the 100-meter straight away Jefferson pushed through to hold on and cross the finish line behind Said Ahmed of Arkansas (3:50.40), Rob Myers of Ohio State (3:50.35) and first-place finisher Chris Mulvaney of Arkansas (3:49.75).
Neville was poised and confident from start to finish in the 400m. Neville really caught up on the 200m curve and took off down the straight away to capture third overall with his second fastest time of the season, 45.88. The Merrillville, Ind., native finished behind Jamal Ashley of Mississippi State (45.62) and Kelly Willie of LSU (44.81).
Both the men and women's 4x400m relay teams took the track for the final running events of the night and ended on a good note.
The women's team of Michele Huber, LaDonna Ray, Stacey Clausing and Charlene Maddox ran an excellent race with a season-best time of 3:40.19, putting them eighth overall.
The men's 4x400 put on an outstanding show in their heat. Both Hollis brothers were stellar in their first two laps to keep Indiana in the race. Grimes did his part as well, earning a comfortable enough stance to allow Neville to get in great position to anchor out the relay. It was all over when Neville got the baton in his hands. He took the Hoosiers from a fifth-place stance into a steady third through the first 200 meters. It looked as if he let up a little with 200 meters left, but exploded down the stretch and shocked everyone when crossed the finish line, with a season-best time of 3:09.23.
In the men's 3000m steeplechase, Marcus Aguilar ran a decent race, but it would not be enough, as he took a 24th-place finish overall with a time of 9:36.76.
School record-holder in the triple jump, Lauren Chesnut placed eighth overall with a leap of 12.91m (42-04.25)
Jake Wiseman's throw of 57.63m (189-01.00) in the javelin was not enough to advance him to the finals and gave him a 12th-place finish overall.
Shot-putter Andrea Dalla Rosa finished 16th overall with a heave of 14.59m (47-10.50), and discus thrower Mike Minton finished 21st overall with a toss of 48.54m (159-03.00).
Freshman Courtney Johnson and Lorian Price competed in the preliminaries of the 100-meter hurdles. Johnson, the runner up at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships last week in this event, finished tied for 11th overall, just barely missing the qualifying cut (top 9 go), clocking in a time of 13.56. Price, who took a fifth place finish at the Big Ten Meet, came in 20th overall with a time of personal best time of 13.87.
The first running event of the meet for the Hoosiers was the men's 4x100m relay in which the quartet of Kiwan Lawson, Stephanos Ioannou, Andre Grimes and Courtney Roby turned in a season best team of 40.58. This time however, was not enough to push the relay team into the finals, as they took a 12th-place finish overall.
Ioannou not only competed in the 4x100m relay, but the 110m hurdles as well. Ioannou went up against some very tough competition, including the Big Ten Champion in this event, Joel Brown of Ohio State and finished 18th with a time of 14.19, which is one one-hundredth of a second off his personal best.
Junior All-American Aarik Wilson came in seventh in the long jump with a jump of 7.55m (24-09.25), which earned the Hoosiers two team points.Lawson also competed in this event and jumped at 7.43m (24-04.50), putting the freshman 10th overall.
Women's long jumper Jennifer Cobbina placed 11th overall with a leap of 5.89m (19-07.50 ).
Also in the field events,discus thrower Andrea Dalla Rosa heaved a personal best 48.05m (157-08.00) to put her 14th overall.
Jessica Gall finished 20th overall, clocking in a time of 17:35.04 in the 5K.
RECORDS WERE MADE TO BE BROKEN
It was only a matter of time before Aarik Wilson broke a 26-year old record in the triple jump that was previously set by Olympian Robert Cannon in 1978 at the National Sports Fest 16.87m (55-04.25).
Wilson had come close to the record with his mark of 16.85m (55-03.50), in which he jumped at the Texas Relays., but the feat finally came at the NCAA Mideast Regionals at LSU on May 29 when Wilson took home a second-place finish with a personal best leap of 16.91m (55-05.75).
Sprinter David Neville is also in contention to break school records in both the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes.
Prior to the Big Ten Championship meet, Neville was fourth on the all-time list in the 200-meters (20.83) and fifth in the 400-meters (46.18). On May 16th all of that changed as Neville moved up two spots in both events after he captured titles in both the 200-meter and 400-meter with times of 20.39 and 45.05, respectively. Neville now sits at second in the 200m behind Albert Robinson who ran a 20.07 in 1984, and second in the 400m, behind former IU Olympian Sunder Nix who turned in a 44.67 back in 1982.
NEVILLE EARNS TWO LEAGUE AWARDS
After a very impressive performance at the 2004 Big Ten Outdoor Championships, red-shirt freshman David Neville was named Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year and Athlete of the 2004 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the conference office announced on May 19.
The Merrillville, Ind., native won titles in both the 200-meter and the 400-meter dashes, with times of 20.39 and 45.05, respectively. Not only were these times career-bests for Neville, but they also broke the previous Rankin Track records. Both times were also Big Ten bests for the season and ranked fifth nationally.
Neville became the first Hoosier performer to earn Big Ten Athlete of the Outdoor Championship since five-time All-American and Olympian Albert Robinson won the 1984 award, and Neville is the third IU athlete in the last four years to earn the Freshman of the Year laurel. Contrell Ash took the honor in 2001, followed by All-American Aarik Wilson in 2002.
JEFFERSON COMPETES AT HOME DEPOT MEET
Distance runner Sean Jefferson ran a 3:41.74 to finish fourth in the 1500 meters at the Home Depot Invitational in Carson, California on Saturday, May 21.
Jefferson, the 2004 NCAA National Champion in the indoor mile, was the only collegian in the field. He fell short of his goal of running an Olympic A Standard time of 3:36.20 or an Olympic B Standard time of 3:38.00.
Jefferson's top time in the 1500 meters this season was a 3:40.90 clocked at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays in Walnut, Calif., on April 17. That time ranks fifth on the collegiate descending order list this outdoor season.
The Home Depot Invitational included some of track and field's biggest names, with Marion Jones, Maurice Greene and Gail Devers all competing in the meet.
FOUR HOOSIERS ATTEMPT TO QUALIFY FOR OLYMPIC TRIALS
On Friday, April 30, four Hoosiers traveled out west to take part in the Cardinal Invitational at the Cobb Track & Angell Field in an attempt to qualify for the Olympic Trials.
The team had two Hoosiers that likely succeeded in doing just that. Tom Burns, who ran unattached in the 3000-meter steeplechase finished 13th overall with a life-time best 8:42.45. This time keeps him fourth on IU all-time list behind Steve Kelly (8:42.2), Charles Marsala (8:38.02) and Tom Chorny (8:30.97). Burns missed the Olympic Trial B standard by .35 seconds however, still has a decent shot at getting into the trials with this time.
Joining him was Chris Powers, who competed in Section A of the 5000m and clocked in an impressive time of 13:48. 45. Powers shaved 12 seconds off his previous personal best (14:00.43) and this also puts him fourth on IU's all-time list behind Terry Brahm (13:38.04), Jim Spivey (13:33.47) and Bob Kennedy (13:22.17). Powers found himself in the same situation as Burns, just barely missing the Olympic B standard time by .45 seconds however, is still likely to get in the trials.
Sean Jefferson, the 2004 NCAA Indoor Champion in the mile competed in Section A of the 1500m and finished 11th overall with a time of 3:47.95.
Stephen Haas competed in Section B of the 5000m. Haas took the lead at 2000-meters, pressed and held the lead to 3200 meters, but then suffered a cramp. He went from about 1st to 20th in half a lap, wasn't able to shake the cramp off, and had to step off the track.
JEFFERSON NABS BIG TEN ATHLETE OF THE WEEK FOR THIRD TIME
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.
The 2004 NCAA Indoor Champion in the mile, finished second in the 1,500 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays to claim a share of the league honor. Jefferson ran a personal-best time of 3:40.89, the second-fastest time in the nation this year, behind BYU's Nathan Robinson, who only bested Jefferson by .01 seconds, clocking in at 3:40.90.
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."
While this is the first time Jefferson has received the league's weekly honor for track and field, it marks the third time in his career he has been honored by the conference office.
He received his first Athlete-of-the-Week award during the cross-country season on Oct. 9, 2002 after his fifth place effort at the 20-team Indiana State Invitational helped the Hoosiers to a second place team finish.
He also received this honor again on Oct. 5, 2003 when he was first for Indiana and fifth overall in a career-best 24:01 for 8000m. This helped the No. 19 Hoosiers to a third place team finish at the Murray Keatinge Invitational.
WILSON NAMED ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Aarik Wilson earned Big Ten Conference Athlete of the Week for the period ending April 5. This is the second time Wilson has earned this honor as he was recognized back on March 31, 2003.
Wilson, the 2002 NCAA outdoor and 2003 NCAA indoor runner-up in the triple jump continued his dominance in the triple jump and long jump at the prestigious 77th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. He posted NCAA Regional qualifying leaps en route to a first-place finish in the triple jump and a fourth-place finish in the long jump. The Fallon, Nev., product posted a new personal best in the triple jump with a leap of 16.85m/55-3.50. Entering the weekend, that would be the top mark in the nation . In the long jump, Wilson jumped 7.67m/25-02.00.
PUT IT IN THE BOOKS
Over the course the 2004 Outdoor season, several Hoosiers have etched their names on the all-time school record list. Rodney Hollis is eighth in the 800-meters (1:48.69), Chris Powers holds up fourth on the all-time list in the 5000-meters (13: 48.45) and Ryan Ketchum is now third in the shot put (18.71m/61-04.75). Wil Fleming tossed a mark of 60.61m (198-10.00) in the hammer throw at the Purdue meet, which puts him at third in the record books.
On the women's team, Kelly Siefker moved up to third on the all-time list in the 3000-meter steeplechase after she ran a 10:26.84 at this year's Penn Relays. Audrey Gielser still holds the school record in this event with a time of 10:14.19 in which she ran at the 2003 Outdoor Big Ten Championship meet. Giesler most recently posted the fifth-best time in school history in the 5000m with a time of 16:44.88 at the Indiana Relays.
Christina Archibald and Elliston Tipton hold up the second spot in the high jump (1.78m (5-10.00)) and the pole vault (3.75m (12-03.75), respectively.
In addition, Jessica Gall made her mark on the all-time list in the 5000m race with a time of 35:14.87, a time which puts her fifth on the all-time list.
MEN RANKED NATIONALLY
According to Trackwire's May 18 Top 25 poll, the Indiana men's team ranks tied for 14th nationally. The Hoosiers are one of five Big Ten Conference squads to appear in the poll. Ohio State leads the way at fifth, Wisconsin is tied for 18th, Minnesota is tied for 21st and Penn State is tied for 25th.
NATIONAL CHAMPION IS ONE TO WATCH
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.
INDIANA AT THE 2004 NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
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.
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