Hoosiers Represent Big Ten in Challenge
Jan. 19, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosiers competed in the Big Ten/SEC Challenge on Saturday.The meet pitted four Big Ten schools against five SEC schools. The meet score after all events saw the SEC come out on top, 187 to 156.
The Indiana women's team performed well, getting seven top-five finishes including a first place finish and four top three performances, against the SEC opponents that included No. 9 Arkansas and No. 13 Florida on the women's side. Also, the Hoosiers recorded 14 career bests on the day.
Junior Wendi Robinson led the way for the women's team, winning the 3000m run with a provisional qualifying time of 9:28.01. Robinson's career best at that distance before Saturday was 10:03.79 which she recorded in the outdoor season at the Indiana Relays on April 8, 2006. The 35.78 second improvement produced a time that was just over a second longer than the fifth fastest time all-time at Indiana in the event. The time was also 23.82 seconds faster than the race's second place finisher.
Sophomore Vera Neuenswander tied for second in the pole vault for the second straight week. This week she placed third after tie breakers. Her height of 3.92m (12-10 ¼) was .15m higher than her vault of 3.77 last week at the Indiana Open.
Freshman Lindsey Hartman had a third place finish in the 600 meter run, recording a career best time of 1:33.73. Hartman finished less than a second after second place finisher Paige Farrell of Arkansas.
Junior Audrey Smoot recorded a personal best in the 400m dash when she placed fourth. Her time of 57.20 cut .13 seconds off of her previous best of 57.33 seconds.
Two Hoosiers recorded career bests in the mile run. Junior Caitlin Lauer's time of 5:02.03 was good enough for sixth place, and Senior Maura Ratcliff's time of 5:07.61 cut more than a second off of her previous best of 5:08.86.
Lauer and Ratcliff teamed up with Hartman and junior Molly Beckwith for a second place finish in the 4X800m relay. Their time of 9:11.18 was more than nine seconds faster than the Ohio State team that finished in third.
The relay wasn't the only time that Beckwith ran 800 meters on the day, as she recorded a career best time of 2:12.83 in the 800m run. The time was good enough for a fifth place finish, and it was more than a second faster than her previous career mark. Beckwith finished only 1.62 seconds behind the race winner, Jessica Ortman of Kentucky.
Sophomore thrower Faith Sherrill had a career day for the second straight week, recording career best in the shot put and the weight throw as she did at the Indiana Open on Jan. 12. Her toss of 14.93m (48-11 ¾) in the shot put was good enough for a fourth place finish, and it added .21 meters to her previous best heave. Her efforts in the weight throw added .30 meters to her career best, elevating the personal record to 16.39m (53-9 ¼).
The Hoosiers return to action on Saturday, as they will host the Gladstein Invitational. The event will take place on Saturday and Sunday and is an open event. It will be hosted at Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse.
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