Neuenswander Breaks Big Ten Record in Pole Vault at Big Ten Championships
Feb. 24, 2007
CHAMPAIGN, Ill.- Freshman Vera Neuenswander broke the Big Ten record in the pole vault with a second-place finish on the first day of the Big Ten Indoor Championships, hosted by Illinois, on Saturday, Feb. 24. Indiana is 7th in the team standings after the first day with 18 points.
Neuenswander cleared 4.11 meters in the pole vault, besting the previous Big Ten record of 4.00-meters, done by Ebbie Metzinger of Purdue in 2002. She also bested the school record of 3.91 meters, which was held by Emily Tharp (2002). Her jump ranks just outside the top 10 in the country in the event, and is an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.
Mallory Peck of Purdue also cleared 4.11 meters in the competition, but Peck earned the first-place points due to number of times attempted.
"Vera just stepped up and competed and did well," assistant coach Jake Wiseman said. "It was awesome, that was one of the best pole vault competitions that I've ever watched. I knew that one day soon it would all come together for her, and today it did."
Senior Lorian Price finished fifth in the long jump for the Hoosiers with a leap of 5.93-meters to score four points for Indiana. She also ran a provisional qualifying time of 8.43 in the 60-meter hurdles to qualify for the finals.
Sophomore Candace Perry finished sixth in the long jump, matching her teammate's 5.93-meter mark in the event. The distance of their other jumps determined their final placing.
Senior Lindsay Hattendorf finished eighth in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:47.39. She earned Indiana one point in the team standings. Hattendorf will compete in the 5,000 meters on the second day of the meet.
Senior Stacey Clausing qualified for the finals in the 200- and 400-meter dash. She ran a time of 24.19 in the 200-meters, and won her heat in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.07 to advance.
Senior Molly Beckwith had the fourth fastest time overall in the 600-meters to earn a spot in the finals. She ran a time of 1:33.02, which ranks fifth on the all-time list at Indiana.
In the shot put, sophomore Tiffany Howard reached the finals in the shot put with a toss of 14.15-meters, finishing ninth overall.
"Of the 27 athletes we have here, 15 are of either freshman or sophomore standing" interim head women's track and field coach Judy Wilson said. "Our seniors have come through with some great times, and our younger athletes are excited and enthusiastic. We've improved so much throughout the course of the season, which is laying the foundation for a solid outdoor season. We have someone in the finals in nearly every event, with a lot of people right on the verge of scoring. Tomorrow we hope to come out and capitalize on that."
Indiana continues at the Big Ten Indoor Championships on Sunday, Feb. 25.
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