Alabama Relays - Hoosiers Finish Strong on Day Four
March 30, 2008
TUSCALOOSA,Ala. - Indiana wrapped up competition at the Alabama Relays on Sunday. Over four days of competition, the men's and women's teams combined to win ten events and qualify seven athletes for NCAA regional competition.
The women finished the meet strong on day four, recording six top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes, two top-three finishes and one first-place finish. The team also recorded two career bests on the day.
In the 4x800m relay, juniors Audrey Smoot, Molly Beckwith and Caity Lauer teamed with senior Lauren Keefe for a first place finish. The four Hoosiers finished in 8:57.51, more than 15 seconds faster than the second place team from UAB. A second team in the event, including junior Courtney Freiberger, freshmen Lindsey Hartman and Ashley Baker, and senior Maura Ratcliff, finished fifth with a time of 9:20.54.
In the hammer throw, sophomore Faith Sherrill finished in third, recording a heave of 49.80m. Her toss was 65 centimeters better than the fourth-place finisher. Sherrill improved her career best in the event by 1.73m with the mark.
In the 4x400m relay, a team of Beckwith, Smoot, Lauer and senior Kyndal Carr finished seventh with a time of 3:48.94. The regional qualifying standard is 3:42.00, putting the team within seven seconds of qualification. Indiana also took eighth in the event, as a team of Hartman, junior Britney Freiberger, senior Courtney Johnson and sophomore Kayla Smith recorded a time of 3:57.23.
Sophomore Jacqueline Coleman finished in a tie for ninth when she recorded a leap of 11.42m in the triple jump. Coleman finished just ten centimeters out of eighth.
Sophomore Mackenzie Cutter recorded a career best in the javelin when she made throw of 28.69m.
The Hoosiers return to action on Friday as part of the team will compete at the Stanford Invite in Palo Alto, Calif., and part of the team will compete at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas. For news and results from Indiana track and field stay tuned to IUHOOSIERS.com.
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