Feb. 28, 2009
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior Tiffany Howard took a convincing win in the shot put for her first career Big Ten title on day one of the Big Ten Indoor Championships. Howard's championship scored 10 team points for the Hoosiers and was a big reason why they finished the day in fourth place with 27.5 points. Also scoring for Indiana were sophomore Laura Morris, juniors Vera Neuenswander and Kristen Crawford, and senior Wendi Robinson.
Howard matched her career mark with her winning toss of 15.83m (51-11.25) and was more than a foot better than the second place finisher. The mark is the fourth best in IU history. Howard is the first Hoosier to win a Big Ten Indoor shot put crown since Heather Brown in 2000. Her mark is currently 17th on the national list. Crawford also scored in the shot put, finishing fourth and netting IU 15 points in the event. The junior's mark of 14.98m (49-1.75) is a more than two-foot improvement on her best and is the eighth best ever at IU.
Robinson improved her provisional qualification in the 3,000-meters, finishing in 9:26.69 to shed nearly two seconds off of her mark this season and her career best. Her time is the fifth best in IU history. The mark was good for fourth-place in the impressive field of Big Ten runners. She earned five team points.
Neuenswander took third in the pole vault, finishing tied with Katie Shaw of Michigan State. She cleared 3.97m (13-0.25), two centimeters above the provisional standard. The junior cleared the automatic mark two weeks ago at the Tyson Invitational. Her tie for third netted the Hoosiers 5.5 points.
Morris took seventh in the pentathlon with 3,728 points, nearly 200 more than the eighth-place finisher, Kayla McClendon of Wisconsin. Morris earned two team points for the cream and crimson.
The Big Ten Championships resume at 11 am ET on Sunday at Gladstein Fieldhouse. For complete coverage stay tuned to www.IUHoosiers.com.