Hoosiers to Compete at USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
June 20, 2006
INDIANAPOLIS - Twenty-one current and former Indiana track and field standouts will compete on a national stage at the 2006 AT&T USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, June 21-25, at the Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). The 2006 USA Outdoor Junior Championships take place concurrently with the Outdoor Championships.
Jeff Coover will represent IU in the pole vault at the 2006 USA Outdoor Junior Championships. Coover, who just missed the cut for the NCAAs, cleared a career-best 5.06m (16-07.25) at the Mideast Regional.
Wil Fleming is set to compete in the hammer throw after claiming 11th place at the NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif. The Bloomington, Ind., product secured his spot at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a hurl of 68.26m (223-11).
A two-time All-American in cross country, Jessica Gall is slated to compete in the 5,000m. Gall, who took 11th at the NCAA Championships in the 10,000m, turned in her best performance of the year in the 5,000m at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 16:15.47.
Stephen Haas, an All-American in the 5,000m, will compete in his signature event at the USA Championships. Haas holds Indiana's fourth-best time in the event with a 13:43.61 mark set in Heusden, Belgium last year. This season, the Huntersville, N.C., native claimed the Big Ten title (14:00.54) in the event in addition to qualifying of the NCAAs in the 10,000m.
John Jefferson will compete in the men's 1,500m. Jefferson, who took 14th at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, turned in a team best this season by taking the title with a time of 3:41.96 at Indiana's Billy Hayes Invite.
Sean Jefferson, a three-time cross country All-American, will join his brother in the 1,500m. Jefferson, who did not compete this outdoor season for the Hoosiers, is currently fifth on IU's all-time list in the event with a 3:38.91 performance at the 2005 NCAA Championships.
Kyle Jenkins continued the Indiana jumps tradition with a fourth-place finish at his first NCAA Outdoor Championships. The Kent, Wash., native earned All-American honors in the triple jump with a personal-best mark of 16.19m (53-01.50) in the finals.
Jordan Kyle will compete in the junior men's 10,000m. Kyle recorded IU's third-best mark in the event during the 2006 outdoor season with a time of 30:47.09 at the Big Ten Championships.
Caitlin Lauer is slated to compete in the first round of the 800m at the junior nationals. The South Bend, Ind., native qualified for the event with a time of 2:12.71.
Tom Martin is set to run in the junior men's 1,500m. Martin's best mark in the 1,500m is 3:57.91.
David Neville, a three-time All-American in the 400m, will compete in the first round of the 400m. The Merrillville, Ind., native qualified for the USA Outdoor Championships with a time of 44.94 set at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships where Neville claimed third place.
Larra Overton, who is coming off a 15th-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 1,500m, will compete in the event at the USA Outdoor meet. While in Sacramento for the NCAAs, Overton turned in a personal-best 4:22.03 in her final effort in as a Hoosiers.
Wendi Robinson, a regional qualifier in 3,000m, will compete in the 3K at the junior championships in Indianapolis. Robinson recorded a personal-best 10:02.94 in the event at the Indiana Relays.
All-American Kelly Siefker is coming off a ninth-place finish at the Outdoor NCAA championships. Siefker is the second 3,000m steeplechase All-American under coach Judy Wilson in three years. Siefker set the school record in the event with a time of 10:10.79 at the prelims of the national meet.
Ara Towns, the reigning Big Ten Champion in the 100m, will compete in the first round of the 100m. Towns turned in her best 100m time of the year at the Mideast Regional with a mark of 11.46.
The 2005-06 Hoosiers will be joined by six former Indiana greats in Indianapolis. Aarik Wilson, a two-time national champion and a10-time All-American and, will compete in the triple jump. Additionally, Wilson holds the Hoosiers' triple jump record with a mark of 16.97m (55-8.25) set at the Pre-Olympic Trials in 2004.
Rose Richmond, a four-time All-American and the second Hoosier female track and field student-athlete to compete in the Olympics (Athens, 2004), will participate in the long jump at the USA Outdoor Championships. Richmond holds Indiana's all-time mark in the long jump with a leap of 6.57m (21-06.75) at the 2002 Big Ten Championships.
IU's 100m and 200m record holder, Rachelle Boone-Smith will compete in the 200m in Indianapolis. Boone-Smith earned All-America honors in four events while at Indiana (60m, 100m, 200m, 4x100m) and claimed four Big Ten titles, including the 200m crown in 2001 and 2003. Boone-Smith's top 200m time at IU came at the Big Ten meet in 2003 when she turned in a stunning 22.87 performance.
Danielle Carruthers, a seven-time All-American, is slated to compete in the 100m hurdles. Carruthers holds the Hoosiers' top mark in the event with a 12.68 performance at the 2002 Big Ten Championships. Additionally, Carruthers took sixth at the USA Track and Field Championships in 2001 after taking second in the event as a freshman.
Tom Chorny looks for his second USA Outdoor Track and Field title in the 3,000m steeplechase after claiming the honor in 2001. A two-time All-American in the event at Indiana, Chorny holds the Hoosiers' all-time mark in the event with a time of 8:30.97. Tom Brooks, a two-time letterwinner for the Hoosiers, will join Chorny in the 3,000m steeplechase in Indianapolis.
Complete coverage of the 2006 AT&T USA Outdoor Championships is available at www.usatf.org. Additionally, the meet will be televised live on ESPN2 from 6-8 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday, June 24, and from 5-7 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, June 25.
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