Alabama Relays - Three Hoosiers Qualify for NCAA Regional on Day Three
March 29, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Hoosiers competed in the Alabama Relays on Saturday, marking the third day of competition. There were 27 events completed on the day, and 42 total athletes from the Indiana men's and women's teams competed on the day.
The women found great success on the day, recording three regional qualifications, ten career bests, eleven top-five finishes, five top-three finishes and one first-place finish. Senior Courtney Johnson, sophomore Vera Neuenswander and freshman Stephanie Chin posted the regional qualifications for the Hoosiers.
Chin recorded an IU record with her clearance of 4.15m, surpassing Neuenswander's 2007 mark of 4.12m. The mark surpasses the qualifying standard of 3.85m and is one centimeter better than the IU indoor record she set on March 7 of 4.14m. Chin finished in second place after tie-breakers broke the tie she held for first place.
Neuenswander finished in third, recording her own regional qualifying mark of 3.85m. Chin and Neuenswander are the only women in IU history to record a height of over 4.00m, in the indoor or outdoor season. Both have now bested four meters in both seasons.
Senior Courtney Johnson finished second in the 100m hurdles, recording a regional qualifying time of 13.66m. Johnson's time is .26 seconds faster than the qualifying standard of 13.92 seconds. Johnson's career best in the event is 13.38 seconds. Junior Britney Freiberger followed Johnson in and recorded a career best time of 15.06 seconds.
Two Hoosiers recorded career bests and top-five finishes in the 5,000m run. Junior Kristina Trcka finished in 18:16.38, which was good for first place. Following Trcka in was senior Maura Ratcliff, who shed just under 1:23 off of her previous best in the event. Ratcliff's time of 18:32.37 was good for fourth place and was more than 11 seconds faster than the fifth-place finisher.
In the 1500m run, junior Caity Lauer cut eight seconds off of her previous career best with her second-place time, 4:33.95. Lauer's previous best was 4:42.00. Lauer is within 6.5 seconds of the regional qualifying standard of 4:27.9. Lauer was followed in by senior Lauren Keefe, who came in tenth place.
In the high jump, sophomore Ashley Rhoades was just two centimeters shy of her career best, recording a clearance of 1.65m. Her jump was good for fourth place. Freshman Laura Morris was just behind Rhoades with a clearance of 1.60m, which was good for a tie for fifth place.
In the long jump, sophomore Jacqueline Coleman finished just 23 centimeters shy of the regional qualifying mark. Her leap of 5.74m was good for a fourth-place finish.
Sophomore Kayla Smith finished fifth in the 400m hurdles. Her time of 1:02.61was a career best, cutting .57 seconds off of her previous best. She moves to within 1.79 seconds of the regional qualifying standard, 1:00.82.
Senior Kyndal Carr finished tenth in the 200m dash, recording a career best time of 25.17 seconds. The time is an improvement of .08 seconds on her previous best. Carr also recorded a career best in the 100m dash. Her time of 12.34 seconds is .06 seconds faster than her previous mark.
The Hoosiers continue action in the Alabama Relays on Sunday morning at 8 a.m. For results and a complete recap, stay tuned to IUHOOSIERS.com.
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