Alex Wilson Invitational - Beckwith, Chin Rewrite Record Books on Day Two
March 8, 2008
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Hoosiers competed on day two of the Alex Wilson Invitational on Saturday. The meet served as a last chance qualifier for next week's NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.
The women's team competed very well on the meet, reeling in five top-five finishes, four top-three finishes and two first-place finishes. The team also recorded three provisional qualifications, two career bests, and two Indiana University indoor records, increasing the total of Indiana records set in the Loftus Center this season to four.
Junior Molly Beckwith improved her career best in the 800m run by 4.18 seconds with her fifth-place time of 2:06.67. The mark is the fastest in IU history, surpassing Colette Goudreau's 1988 mark of 2:07.21. Beckwith's time was just nine-tenths of a second out of first place in the event. Beckwith's mark is also faster than the provisional qualifying standard of 2:09.00. This is Beckwith's second provisional qualification on the season, as she was part of the distance medley relay team that provisionally qualified at the Meyo Invite on Feb. 8th.
Freshman Stephanie Chin also set a new Indiana record, besting the IU record she set at the Meyo Invite on Feb. 9th. Chin's mark of 4.14m improved the previous IU best by two centimeters. Chin's mark improves her provisional qualification on the season as well. The mark was good for first place in the event and was 15 centimeters better than all of her competition.
Beckwith or Chin have been involved in all four of the IU record breaking performances this season at the Loftus Center facility.
Chin wasn't the only Hoosier to post a provisional height in the pole vault. Sophomore Vera Neuenswander posted a height of 3.99m, good for second in the event. Neuenswander's best on the season is 4.05m, which she posted at the Big Ten Championships last weekend.
Sophomore Faith Sherrill finished third in the shot put, recording a heave of 14.79m. Sherrill's toss was just three centimeters shy of the second place mark, and it was only 25 centimeters shy of her career best in the event.
Junior Audrey Smoot was just .27 seconds slower than her career best in the 400m as she finished in 56.30 seconds. Her time was good for seventh place. Smoot won the 600m run at the Big Ten Championships last weekend and was named First Team All-Big Ten this week.
The Hoosiers will be back in action next weekend at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. The qualifiers that make it into the national meet will be announced on Monday, March 10th. Stay tuned to IUHOOSIERS.com for updates on which Hoosiers get into the national meet.
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