Indiana Sends Seven to 2008 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
June 10, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's and women's track and field teams will have a combined seven student-athletes competing at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa on Wednesday, June 11-Saturday, June 14.
Senior Abbie Stechschulte will compete in the heptathlon after automatically qualifying for the multi-event when she won the collegiate title at the Texas Relays with a personal-best score of 5,661 points, the second-best point total in Indiana women's track and field history and the fourth-best total recorded at the Division I level this season. The Columbus Grove, Ohio, native opened the meet on Wednesday, April 2 with a personal-best time of 13.76 in the 100-meter hurdles to take third place in the event. Her mark garnered her a regional qualification in the 100m hurdles.
Stechschulte went on to place seventh in the high jump (1.66m), sixth in the shot put (12.44m) and sixth in the 200-meter dash (25.12). In the first event of the day on Thursday, Stechschulte took fourth with a mark of 5.96 meters in the long jump. She used a toss of 35.52 meters to place seventh in the javelin, and finished third in the 800 meters with a personal-best time of 2:17.57.
Senior Kyle Jenkins was the runner-up at the NCAA Mideast Region meet in the triple jump with a mark of 16.17 meters to earn an automatic bid to the national meet. The South Kent, Wash., native, who is already an All-American for his work during past indoor seasons, was the Big Ten Champion in the triple jump with a leap of 16.39 meters (+4.4 wind). His mark of 16.27m, which came on his third attempt, ranked him eighth in the nation heading into the regional.
Senior Courtney Johnson earned an at-large berth after clocking a personal-best 13.12 in the prelims of the 100-meter hurdles at the regional meet last weekend. The Columbus, Ohio, native's time ranks among the top-10 in country and improved her second-best standing in the IU record book.
Senior Kiwan Lawson also earned an at-large bid after placing sixth at the Mideast Region in the long jump. Lawson recorded a mark of 7.75 meters in Fayetteville. The Columbus, Ohio, native was the 2008 Big Ten Champion in the long jump with a personal-best mark of 7.87 meters, which set a new facility record at the Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium in Champaign.
Junior Jeff Coover earned an automatic bid after placing fourth at the Mideast Region mark when he cleared 5.21 meters in the pole vault. The La Jolla, Calif., native entered the regional ranked eighth in the nation with a mark of 5.35 meters, recorded at the Sea Ray Relays on April 12.
Sophomore Molly Beckwith earned an at-large berth in the 800-meters after clocking a time of 2:06.46, which ranked 29th nationally entering the regional at Arkansas. The Worthington, Ohio, native competed at the Mideast Region and placed fifth in her heat in 2:07.76.
Freshman Stephanie Chin also earned an at-large bid in the pole vault. Chin recorded a mark of 4.25 meters at the Sea Ray Relays on April 11. The Bloomington, Ind., native's mark is a school record and ranked seventh in the country leading up to the regional meet.
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