Women's Big Ten Indoor Championships - Indiana in Seventh Place Through Six Events
March 1, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Hoosiers began competition in the Big Ten Indoor Championships on Saturday. The event took in the Minnesota Fieldhouse on Minnesota's campus. The championships will continue on Sunday at noon.
The Hoosiers scored 13 team points on Saturday and stand in seventh-place. The team is just three points out of fifth-place where the Iowa Hawkeyes sit with 16 points, and it is only one point behind the Purdue Boilermakers who are currently in sixth-place.
The Hoosiers had eight athletes finish in the top-ten, two athletes finish in fourth-place, and two athletes qualify for finals competition on Sunday. Leading the team were two sophomores who took fourth place finishes in their respective events, scoring points for the team.
Sophomore Vera Neuenswander improved her best mark of the season in the pole vault with her fourth-place vault. The mark of 4.05m was good for a tie for second place, but Neuenswander finished fourth after tie-breakers. The mark is ten centimeters better than the provisional qualifying mark of 3.95m, and it is nine centimeters better than the season best she recorded at the Tyson Invite on Feb. 15th, 3.96m. Neuenswander wasn't the only Hoosier to score points for the team in the pole vault. Freshman Stephanie Chin's clearance of 3.84m was good for seventh-place.
Sophomore Faith Sherrill was just six centimeters shy of her career best with her fourth-place heave of 14.99m (49' 2.5"). She finished just five and a quarter inches shy of second-place and only four inches short of third. Sherrill was one of only nine athletes to advance to the finals in the shot put.
Junior Molly Beckwith continued her solid season with a qualification for tomorrow's final in the 600m. Beckwith's time of 1:32.63, was the sixth best qualifying time in the event. The time was also less than a second slower than her career best, 1:31.74. Beckwith wasn't the only Hoosier to qualify for the finals in the 600m. Fellow junior Audrey Smoot posted a time of 1:33.95, qualifying for Sunday's event final.
Indiana finished eighth in the distance medley relay with a time of 12:00.16. The relay team consisted of senior Maura Ratcliff, juniors Britney Freiberger and Wendi Robinson, and freshman Lindsey Hartman. The eighth-place finish scored a point for the Hoosiers in the team standings.
In the pentathlon, freshman Laura Morris finished tenth, recording four career bests in the process. Her point total in the pentathlon of 3510 was a 67 point improvement on her previous best. The total was only 58 points behind the seventh place finisher. Morris also recorded career bests in three of the five events. In the 60m hurdles, her time of 9.41seconds was a .11 second improvement on her previous best. Morris raised her career best clearance in the high jump by two centimeters to 1.65m. In the 800m run, Morris finished in 2:33.61, cutting nearly three full seconds off of her previous best of 2:26.60.
The Big Ten Indoor Championships resume competition tomorrow at noon in the Minnesota Fieldhouse in Minneapolis.
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