Two Earn NCAA Qualifying Marks On Day 2 of Indiana Relays
Feb. 3, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- Led by seniors Lindsay Hattendorf and Courtney Johnson, several Hoosiers recorded personal bests on the second day of the Indiana Relays on Saturday, Feb. 3, held at Gladstein Fieldhouse at Indiana University.
Senior Lindsay Hattendorf had an NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 3,000 meter run. She finished third in the event with a personal best time of 9:32.32.
"Lindsey did great," interim head women's track and field coach Judy Wilson said. "Her focus is more on the outdoor season and getting to nationals in the 10,000 meters, but this is a really good time for her. Jessica (Gall), who also competed in the event, helped out a lot. Jess is probably going to go to the USA meet."
Senior Courtney Johnson ran a time of 8.42 in the 60-meter hurdles to qualify provisionally for the NCAA tournament. Her time came in the semifinals of the event and ranks as a personal best and the fifth-best time in school history.
Senior Lorain Price finished in the top five in two events. She was fifth in the 60-meter hurdle finals. Her best time of the day was 8.56, which came in the semifinals. Price was also second in the long jump with a leap of 5.81 meters.
Sophomore Candace Perry won the long jump with a distance of 5.91 meters.
Sophomore Tiffany Howard and freshman Faith Sherrill finished third and fourth in the shot put, respectively. Both threw for a distance of 13.82 meters. It was Sherrill's personal best mark in the event.
"Vera did a great job," assistant coach Jake Wiseman said. "Some things are really starting to click with Vera right now. Hopefully in a couple of weeks she'll set another personal record."
Wilson is pleased in the progress she has seen from a number of the freshmen this season, including Sherrill and Neuenswander.
"When you have freshmen that continue to improve on their best marks every week, that's what you want to see most out of them," Wilson said.
Senior Stacey Clausing was third in the 200-meter dash invitational, finishing in 24.17. She also ran a leg of the 4x400 meter relay team, which finished third in its best time of the season in 3:45.82. In addition to Clausing, who ran the final leg, senior Michele Huber, senior Molly Beckwith and sophomore Caitlin Lauer represented the Hoosiers in the event.
The Hoosiers go on the road next weekend, Feb. 9-10, traveling to the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., hosted by the University of Arkansas. Randal Tyson Indoor Track Center will also be the host site of the 2007 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, held March 9-10.
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