Day One of Gladstein Invite Comes to a Close
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosiers began competition in the Gladstein Invitational at Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse in Bloomington on Friday. The event will include over forty teams and over 700 athletes competing Friday and Saturday.
The Indiana women's track and field team had a very successful first day of the Gladstein Invitational. The Hoosiers recorded 12 career bests, 8 top five finishes, four top three finishes, one first place finish, and one NCAA provisional qualifying time.
Junior Wendi Robinson continued her dominant winning ways as she lapped her competition for the third straight week. This time, Robinson was running the 5000m run. A week after provisionally qualifying in the 3,000m run by lapping the field, Robinson lapped the rest of the competition in the race three times in route to a career best time of 16:16.23. Her time was 1:18.76 faster than the second place finisher. The time is much faster than the provisional mark of 16:42.00 and only 8.23 seconds slower than the automatic qualifying mark of 16:08.00. Robinson is the first runner in the nation to post a qualifying mark in the event. The time also puts Robinson into third place all-time at Indiana for the 5,000m run.
Robinson wasn't the only Hoosier recording a career best in the 5,000m run, as sophomore Sarah Pease finished third with a career best time of 17:39.03, and junior Kristina Trcka finished seventh with a career best time of 18:17.69.
The Gladstein Invitational was the first event of the season to include the pentathlon. Laura Morris competed in the event for the Hoosiers. She recorded career bests in four out of five events on the day.
In the high jump, she finished third as she cleared 1.62m, which was .02m more than her previous best of 1.60m. In the shot put, her heave of 11.48m was good enough for third place and was .14m further than her previous best. Morris then finished fifth in the long jump, leaping 5.33m, .24m further than her previous best in the event. In the 800m, she recorded a career best of 2:36.60. Morris finished the pentathlon with 3443 points.
In the triple jump, sophomore Arielle McAlpin recorded a career best with a distance of 11.31m. The mark added .21 to her career record.
Junior Molly Beckwith recorded a career best in the 400m for the second time on the season when she finished in 57.35 seconds, shaving .34 seconds off of her career record. Freshman Lindsey Hartman also recorded a career best in the event with a time of 57.65 seconds.
Senior Maura Ratcliff recorded a career best in the Mile run when she finished the invitational run in 5:01.85 for sixth place. The time is 5.76 seconds faster than her previous career best of 5:07.61.
Sophomore Ashley Rhoades finished fifth in the high jump as she cleared 1.60m, just .13m short of her career best of 1.73m.
The Gladstein Invitational continues on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. ET at Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse in Bloomington.
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