Riddick Puts Herself in NCAA Discussion
March 5, 2011
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Indiana track and field got one last chance to post marks good enough to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships, the last chance came at the Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational and the Iowa State NCAA Qualifier. Monique Riddick may have done just that. While she didn't hit the automatic qualifying mark in the shot put, she looks to have put herself in range to get into the championship field.
Riddick launched a heave of 16.66m (54-8) to move into 15th on the national list. Her second-place finish at Iowa State should be good enough to get one of the final spots in the shot put at the NCAA Championships. The NCAA has a mandatory field size of 14 in every event. Field sizes typically range from 14-16 at the NCAA Championships.
Also in Iowa, Kind Butler won the 60m in 6.70 seconds and took the 200m in 20.95. He was .03 off his season best in the 60 and .02 off his season best in the 200. Patrick Onye took the men's weight throw with a heave of 20.17m (66-2.25), winning by more than a foot.
At Notre Dame, Andy Weatherford posted an impressive performance in the mile, finishing in 4:02.80 for sixth place. Weatherford shed more than three seconds off his career best time. Vera Neuenswander and Kelsie Ahbe both cleared 4.06m (13-3.75) in the pole vault. Neuenswander finished tied for third and Ahbe took sixth.
The Hoosiers return to action at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas on March 11-12. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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