HOOSIERS KNOCK OFF DEFENDING BIG TEN CHAMPS
February 12, 2000 HOOSIERS KNOCK OFF DEFENDING BIG TEN CHAMPS
Bloomington, Indiana - Sophomore Jennifer Brown and freshman Rachelle Boone each won two events to pace the Hoosier women in a 85.5-76.5 victory over Purdue, the defending Big Ten outdoor champions. The Hoosiers gained the win despite having four of their top runners at the Canon IV Classic in Indianapolis. The men fell to the Boilermakers by an 82.5-76.5 count.
"This is a big win'" says IU women's track coach Randy Heisler. "Not having four of our best runners here was obviously going to make the meet very tight, but we had really good performances across the board to help us win this meet."
Brown (St. Joseph, Ill./Ogden H.S.) set a personal best in the shot put with a mark of 16.32m (53-6.5) which is one centimeter off the IU record held by nine-time All-American Katrin Koch. Brown's mark is the third best in the United States collegiate ranks this year. Brown also won the weight throw at 18.24m (59-10.25) which is short of her 18.97m (62-3) mark that is tenth in the NCAA this season. Boone (Norfolk, Va./Washington H.S.) recorded her victories in the 60-meter (7.56) and 200-meter (24.63) dashes.
"I thought about sending Rachelle (Boone) up to Indianapolis this weekend," said Heisler. "But I really wanted to win this meet. So she stays here and wins two events for us."
LaToya Turner (Dallas, Texas/Skyline H.S.), Lorraine Dunlop (Buffalo, N.Y./Lafayette H.S), Tia Trent (Westerville, Ohio/North H.S), and Danielle Carruthers (Paducah, Kentucky/Tilghman H.S.) went to Indianapolis this weekend. Those four combine for the top two IU times in the 60-meters, 200-meters, 400-meters, and 60-meter hurdles this season.
Dunlop made the most of the trip to Indianapolis, running a 7.37 in the 60-meters preliminaries. That is tied for the sixth best time in the NCAA this year. Carruthers finished the 60-meters in 7.50 which is just of her season best of 7.45.
The Hoosiers earned victories in four other events. Freshman Amanda Bell (Clarksville, Ind./Clarksville H.S.) won the mile in a personal best 4:51.87, sophomore Stephanie Magley (Ft. Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) took the 800-meter run in a season best 2:15.20, and freshman Brooke Beckort (Elizabeth, Ind./South Central H.S.) won the 600-meter run in 1:36.61. Junior Maria Fleishman (Guatemala, Guatemala/Suber Moutano) earned her victory in the triple jump with a leap of 11.89m (39-0.25).
The men won six events with five of those on the track. Russell Brooks (LaSalle, Quebec/Marianopolis) won two events on the afternoon, running a season-best 21.68 in the 200-meters and a 6.83 in the 60-meters, nipping Vinny Sutherland of Purdue by one-hundredth of a second. Mikko Simos (Helsinki, Finland/Makenlanrinne) ran an IU season-best 1:52.68 to win the 800-meters and Ryan Huber (Wauseon, Ohio/Wauseon H.S.) won the 600-meter run in 1:19.71 as he continued to excel in that event. Huber set the school record two weeks ago as he proves himself to be among the Big Ten's elite at 600-meters.
The mile proved to be an exceptional event for the Hoosiers. Chris Ekman (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown H.S.) and Tom Taylor both improved on the previous team best. Ekman won the event in 4:12.38 with Taylor following at 4:14.46. Dino Efthimiou (LaGrange, Ind./Lakeland H.S) claimed the pole vault for IU, clearing 4.95m (16-2.75).
The men's and women's track and field teams are home next weekend as they host the Hoosier Hills Open in the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse Saturday at 11 a.m.
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