Hoosiers Sit in Fifth After Day One At Big Tens
Feb. 27, 2010
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Indiana finished day one of the women's Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships in fifth-place with 22 points. Leading the way for the Hoosiers were juniors Faith Sherrill and Stephanie Chin.
Sherrill earned All-Big Ten honors with her second-place finish in the shot put. Sherrill is the second All-Big Ten honoree for the Hoosiers in two years as Tiffany Howard earned the accolades at the indoor meet in 2009. Sherrill's throw of 15.86m (52-0.5) tied her for the second in the meet, and she defeated Purdue's Stacey Wannamacher by having a better second-best toss.
Chin cleared an NCAA provisional qualifying height of 4.05m (13-3.5) for fourth in the pole vault. Chin is one of only two Hoosier women to break the 13-feet barrier. Chin's teammate, freshman Kelsie Ahbe, also scored points for the Hoosiers, finishing sixth with a clearance of 3.95m (12-11.5). Ahbe's jump is the third-highest in school history.
Senior Wendi Robinson scored four points for IU with a fifth-place finish in the 3,000m. She finished in 9:31.35 and was just .003 seconds out of fourth. Her time is an NCAA provisional qualifer.
Junior Laura Morris scored two points for the Hoosiers with a seventh-place finish in the pentathlon. Morris scored 3,598 points, including a combined 1,674 in the 60m hurdles and the high jump. The junior ran a career best time of 9.38 in the hurdles and cleared a season best 1.69m (5-6.5) in the high jump.
Six Hoosiers qualified for Sunday finals. Senior Molly Beckwith was the top qualifier in the mile and the 600m. She will be joined in the mile final by Chelsea Blanchard and in the 600m final by Jordan Gray. Lindsey Hartman and Ashley Baker qualified for the final in the 800m.
The Hoosiers continue competition at the Big Ten Championships on Sunday, Feb. 28. For complete coverage of IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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