Meyo Invite Day Two - Three Hoosiers Provisionally Qualify
Feb. 9, 2008
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Hoosiers finished competition in the Meyo Invite on Saturday at the Loftus Center on Notre Dame's campus. Saturday was the second day of competition in the meet.
The Indiana women's team had an outstanding day as three athletes provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships. The team also recorded six personal bests and had two top-five finishes.
Freshman Stephanie Chin finished second in the pole vault after tie breakers, recording a career best mark of 4.12m (13-6.25). The mark was not only a career best, but it was also well over the NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 3.95m. Chin's mark set a new Indiana University record. She bettered the previous IU record, held by her teammate Vera Neuenswander, by one centimeter. Her vault was an improvement of 20 centimeters over her previous best of 3.92m. The winner of the event, Andrea Smith of Minnesota, cleared the same height and won via tiebreaker rules. Chin's mark ties her for the seventh best height recorded nationally thus far in the indoor season.
Chin was not the only Hoosier to post a provisional mark in the pole vault on Saturday, as sophomore Vera Neuenswander posted the provisional height of 3.95m. The mark qualifies Neuenswander for the NCAA Championships, where she competed as a freshman in 2007. Neuenswander finished fourth in the event.
No stranger to provisional qualifications, junior Wendi Robinson recorded her fourth such qualification of the season and her second of the meet, as she was a part of the distance medley relay team that provisionally qualified on Friday evening. Robinson's time of 4:46.36 was good for sixth place, and she finished just one tenth of a second behind the fifth place finisher. The time was 1.64 seconds faster than the provisional mark of 4:48.00 and was an improvement on the career best that she set in the event at the Indiana Open of 4:53.81. Robinson shed 7.45 seconds off of her career mark. Wendi's time is the fourth fastest in the event in IU history, bettering a mark of 4:47.77 by Kathy Gobbett that was recorded at the 1990 Big Ten Championships.
Robinson's teammates in the DMR, juniors Caity Lauer, Molly Beckwith and Audrey Smoot, all recorded career bests on Saturday as well. Lauer nearly recorded her second provisional qualification of the meet, which would have been IU's fifth on the meet and fourth on the day. Lauer recorded a time of 2.09.87 in the 800m run, which is less than a second away from the provisional mark of 2:09.00. The mark was a career best for Lauer, as the South Bend native shed nearly a full second off of her previous best time in front of her family and friends.
Beckwith also recorded a career best in the 800m run, finishing just three places behind Lauer. Her time of 2:10.85 was nearly two full seconds faster than her previous best of 2:12.83.
Smoot finished the 400m dash in 56.03 seconds. The time was an improvement of 1.17 seconds over her previous career best of 57.20, which she recorded three weeks ago at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge. Smoot's teammate, freshman Lindsey Hartman, recorded a career best in the 400m dash as well. Her time of 57.60 cut .05 seconds off of her previous best.
The Hoosiers will return to action next weekend as Gladstein Fieldhouse will play host to the Hoosier Hills Open, and a portion of the team will compete at the Tyson Invite in Fayetteville, Ark.
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