Hoosiers Knock Off Two-Time Defending Big Ten Champions
January 15, 2000 Hoosiers Knock Off Two-Time Defending Big Ten Champions
The Indiana women's track and field team defeated the two-time defending Big Ten champion Michigan Wolverines 84-77.
The victory for the women was their first in their last six meetings with the Wolverines and it snapped a losing streak that dated back to the 1980's.
"This is a great stepping stone for our women's program," women's head coach Randy Heisler said. "This shows the progress that we have made. I told the women that this is the biggest dual meet that I have been a part of since I have been here. To beat the two-time Big Ten defending champion is a real confidence builder for us as we train for the conference meet."
Danielle Carruthers pulled was a double-winner as she won both the 60 meter dash and 60 meter hurdles. She ran a team season best of 7.45 to win her second straight 60 meter race and she captured the 60 meter hurdles in a season team best 8.58.
"Danielle is such a key to this program. She did not run last year and having her back this season just makes everyone better and makes us a better team," Heisler said.
This week's Big Ten women's track and field athlete of the week Jennifer Brown put on another athlete of the week performance as she again posted NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the shot put and the weight throw. For the second straight week Brown set a school record, and this time added a Gladstein Fieldhouse record, with a mark of 18.42 (60' 5.25") in the weight throw, bettering her mark from last week by three feet. She posted a season team best mark of 16.09 (52' 9.5") in the shot put inching closer to the NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 16.10 (52' 10").
Tia Trent showed why she is regarded as one of the top 400 meter runners in the Big Ten as she captured her first 400 of the season with a time of 56.09.
The Hoosiers also won the 200 meters as Rachelle Boone crossed the finish line in a team season best time of 24.81 and they captured the pole vault as Cori McLeod vaulted a season team best 3.44 (11' 3.5")
Kim Craig (mile, 3rd, 5:10.58), Allyson Hammond (800 meters, 3rd, 2:17.33), Monica Hostetler (3,000 meters, 2nd, 9:52.80) and Maria Fleischmann (triple jump, 2nd, 11.62) all also set team season best marks.
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