Indiana Relays - Day One Draws to a Close
Feb. 2, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosiers competed in the Indiana Relays on Friday at Gladstein Fieldhouse in Bloomington. The event will continue on Saturday.
Indiana's women's team competed very well on day one of the meet, qualifying three athletes for semifinal or final competition on Saturday and recording three career bests, four top-five finishes and two top-three finishes.
Freshman Lindsey Hartman had the second best time in the prelims of the 600m run. Her time of 1:33.98 was only .25 seconds slower than her previous career best, and it was less than a second slower than the top qualifier, Mary Cate Quiett of DePaul. Hartman finished nearly two seconds faster than the third best qualifier. She will compete in the finals of the event on Saturday.
Two Hoosiers qualified for the finals in the shot put, recording career bests in the process. Sophomore Faith Sherrill had the third longest toss of the prelims, and junior Tiffany Howard had the sixth best heave. Sherrill's throw of 15.05m was an improvement of 12 centimeters on her previous career best of 14.93m. Howard increased her career best by .14 meters with her toss of 14.33m.
In the high jump, Indiana had two athletes in the top eight, including freshman Laura Morris, whose career best height was good enough for third place. Morris recorded a height of 1.68m, which put her in a tie for second with Renee Hein who finished second because of tie-breakers. The height was six centimeters higher than Morris's previous best. Sophomore Ashley Rhoades finished in eighth place after tiebreakers broke up an eight-way tie for fourth. She recorded a leap of 1.63m.
Junior Molly Beckwith finished fourth the 800m run invitational. Her time of 2:13.02 was only .19 seconds off of her career best, and she finished only .23 seconds behind third place finisher, Kelly Langhans of Notre Dame.
Sophomore Arielle McAlpin finished just four centimeters out of qualifying for the finals in the long jump. Her distance of 5.35m was only five centimeters short of her career best of 5.40.
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