Sherrill Launches Meet Record En Route to Big Ten Crown
Feb. 26, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Indiana women's track and field team posted 46 points to end day one of the Big Ten Championships in the team lead, an astonishing number when you consider they scored all 46 in just five events, with 34 points coming from just the shot put and pole vault. The Hoosiers went 1-2 in the pole vault, getting a Big Ten Championships Record performance from Faith Sherrill.
With the meet already won, Sherrill launched the final throw of the day for the meet record of 17.73m (58-2). The throw is her fourth of the year better than 58-feet. The second Big Ten indoor title of her career and her third including outdoor. Sherrill is a two-time conference champ in the shot put. Teammate Monique Riddick took second with a heave of 16.27m (53-4.5). Riddick was nearly two feet better than third place. The pair combined for 18 points toward the Hoosier cause.
In the pole vault, sophomore Kelsie Ahbe took second with a clearance of 4.05m (13-3.5). She had company in the scoring column, as teammates Vera Neuenswander and Stephanie Chin each cleared 3.95m (12-11.5) to take fourth and sixth respectively. Ahbe claims All-Big Ten honors for the second time in her career, after taking second outdoors a year ago. The trio scored 16 points for the team.
In the pentathlon, Laura Morris took fourth with 3,609 points and Courtney Woodard was eighth with 3,496 points. Morris scored at the Big Ten meet for the fourth time in her career. Woodard scores for the second time. The pair added 6 team points.
IU got fifth in the distance medley relay with a time of 11:35.32 (8th best in IU history) for four team points, getting carries from Breanne Ehrman, Samantha Gwin, Arianne Raby and Kelsey Duerksen. Sarah Pease took seventh in the 3,000m run. She finished in 9:35.15 to score two points for IU.
Hoosiers qualifying for Sunday finals on the day were: Chelsea Blanchard in the mile (4:48.07), Ashley Baker in the 800m (2:12.14), Jordan Gray in the 600m (1:31.26), Aireonna Bailey in the 200m (24.54).
The Hoosiers continue action at the Big Ten Championships on Sunday, February 27. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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