Women's Big Ten Indoor Championships - Smoot Takes 600m as Hoosiers Complete Day 2
March 2, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Hoosiers finished competition in the Big Ten Indoor Championships on Sunday. The event took place in the Minnesota Fieldhouse on Minnesota's campus.
Indiana finished ninth overall recording 33.5 points. The team finished just 1.5 points behind Michigan State, the eighth place team. The Hoosiers recorded six top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes, and one first-place finish, which was recorded by Junior Audrey Smoot.
Smoot's first Big Ten Championship came in the 600m. Her time of 1:31.59 is a career best and the second-fastest time in IU History. Smoot surpassed fellow junior Molly Beckwith in the IU record books. Smoot's previous career best, which had stood as the fourth-fastest in IU History, was improved by .64 seconds. Beckwith finished fifth in the event, recording a time of 1:32.16. The juniors scored 14 team points for Indiana in the race.
The two juniors teamed up with senior Kyndal Carr and freshman Lindsey Hartman in the 4X400m relay. Their time of 3:50.71 was good for seventh-place and was less than a half second behind the sixth-place Wisconsin team.
Junior Wendi Robinson finished fifth in the 5000m, recording a provisional qualifying time of 16:29.07. Robinson finished nearly ten full seconds ahead the sixth place runner, and the provisional qualification is the second in the 5,000m for Robinson on the season, as she finished in 16:16.23 on Jan. 26 at the Gladstein Invite.
Sophomore Ashley Rhoades scored a team point for the Hoosiers in the high jump with her eighth-place finish. Rhoades cleared a height of 1.66m, which is just seven centimeters short of her career best. Rhoades also finished just four centimeters short of the fourth-place height, 1.70m.
Freshman Laura Morris recorded a career best in the high jump as she also cleared 1.66m. The clearance added three centimeters to her previous best. Morris finished tenth in the event after tiebreakers.
The Hoosiers will return to action on Friday, as Indiana will compete in the Notre Dame Qualifier in South Bend on March 7th and 8th.
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