Pease Wins Penn Steeple Crown
April 23, 2010
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Sarah Pease became Indiana's first Penn Relays champion since 2006, winning the 3,000m steeplechase. Indiana also had three second-place finishes on the day as well as a fourth-place finish and a fifth-place finish.
Pease won the 3,000m steeplechase championship with a time of 10:16.51. She was nearly two seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Pease's Penn Relays title is the first by a Hoosier since 2006. Pease's time is the sixth fastest in Penn Relays history.
Faith Sherrill posted a huge improvement on her outdoor career best in the shot put. She took second with a 72-centimeter improvement on her career best. On her final throw, Sherrill let go of a bomb that traveled 16.46m (54-7.25). Sherrill finished behind only NCAA Champion Mariam Kevkhishvilli of Florida. 16.64m is the sixth-best mark in Division I this season. Sherill also took eighth in the hammer throw with a toss of 50.50m (165-8).
Kelsie Ahbe joined the four-meter club for second in the college section of the pole vault. Ahbe was one of only two vaulters to clear 4.06m (13-3.75). Ahbe finished second after tie breakers. Ahbe is the third Hoosier ever to clear four meters and the third to clear 13 feet. Her jump is the third highest in IU lore. The clearance is 2.25 inches better than the previous meet record for the college section. Ahbe's clearance is among the nation's top 30 this season.
In the college section of the women's steeplechase, Breanne Ehrman was second with a time of 10:40.45, which is a more than four-second improvement on her career best. Ehrman moves into fourth-place in the IU record books.
Zach Mayhew was fourth in the 5,000m championship section. He finished in a time of 14:05.25. The
Andy Weatherford took fifth in the championship section of the men's steeplechase. Weatherford finished just .02 seconds out of fourth with a time of 9:04.81. Weatherford was less than a half second off his career best.
The Hoosiers were seventh in the women's distance medley relay Championship of America. Molly Beckwith, Lindsey Hartman, Arianne Raby and Chelsea Blanchard finished in 11:16.17. Beckwith ran a split of 3:21.03 on the 1,200m leg, which is the fifth-fastest split in the history of the Penn Relays.
Ann-Marie Clarke won her heat and took 18th overall in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:00.47. The time is the eighth fastest in school history.
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