Hoosiers Finish Strong In Invite
Jan. 26, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosiers competed in Day 2 of the Gladstein Invitational on Saturday in Bloomington. Day two included 21 events after 29 on day one of the invitational.
A day after the Hoosiers recorded 12 career bests, eight top five finishes, four top three finishes, one first place finish, and one NCAA provisional qualifying time, IU's women recorded seven career bests, eight top five finishes and three first place finishes.
Junior Caity Lauer inched closer to the NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 2:09.00 in the 800m run when she set a new career best of 2:10.71 in a winning effort. The time was .22 seconds faster than her previous best. Lauer was followed across the finish line by freshman Lindsey Hartman, who finished in 2:16.00, just .30 seconds slower than her career best. Hartman's time was good enough for third place.
Lauer later teamed up with senior Kyndal Carr and fellow juniors Molly Beckwith and Audrey Smoot in a second place effort in the 4X400m relay. The quartet finished in 3:50.13, more than five seconds ahead of the third place Cincinnati Bearcats.
Beckwith and Smoot also competed well in the 600m run, finishing first an second, respectively, in the event. Both runners also recorded career bests. Beckwith's first place time of 1:31.74 was almost a full second faster than her previous best of 1:32.69. Smoot's time of 1:32.23 was almost two seconds faster than her previous best of 1:34.01.
In the field, the Hoosiers excelled as well. Sophomore Vera Neuenswander and freshman Stephanie Chin both cleared 3.92m in the pole vault on their way to finishing first and second, respectively, in the event. The height was a career best for Chin, 15 centimeters higher than her previous best of 3.77m.
In the weight throw, sophomore Faith Sherrill recorded a career best with her fourth place heave of 17.17m, significantly improving on her previous career best of 16.39m. This marks the third consecutive week that Sherrill has improved her mark in the event. Fellow sophomore Kristen Ness also recorded a career best in the event with a toss of 16.23m, adding .19m to her career record.
Also recording a career best on the day was junior Britney Freiberger in the 60m Hurdles. Her time of 9.01 was .04 seconds faster than her previous best.
The Hoosiers return to action on Friday, Feb. 1 in the Indiana Relays, which will be hosted in Bloomington at the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse. The meet will take place on Friday and Saturday.
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