Neuenswander Breaks IU Pole Vault Record at Billy Hayes Invitational
May 4, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Freshman Vera Neuenswander cleared 4.12 meters to break the Indiana pole vault record at the Billy Hayes Invitational on the Billy Hayes Track at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex on Friday, May 4, in Bloomington.
Neuenswander's clearance also improved her regional qualifying mark and currently ranks sixth in the nation.
"Vera had a good night," IU interim head women's track and field coach Judy Wilson said. "She's confident and ready for Big Tens and is primed to better her indoor season. She's not afraid to go out and compete."
The Indiana women's 4x100-meter teams qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional meet, which will be held in Columbia, Mo., on May 25-26. The team, which is made up of seniors Lorian Price and Stacey Clausing, and juniors Kyndal Carr and Zakiya Robinson, clocked a time of 45.30 to win the event.
Senior Jessica Gall ran a 4:44.23 to win the 1,500-meter open race. Clausing won the 200-meter dash with a regional qualifying time of 23.93 and placed second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.97. Clausing has now qualified for the regional meet in both the 200- and 400-meter dashes.
"Stacey just showed tonight that she's the ultimate team player," Wilson said. "She's getting herself ready for the Big Ten meet. I think she, along with some of the other seniors, have come on at the end. I think they are going to be ready to go."
Sophomore Courtney Freiberger recorded a season-best mark of 38.77 meters in the javelin throw for second place. Classmate Wendi Robinson clocked a 4:32.91 for second in the 1,500-meter invitational run. Junior Lauren Keefe also competed for the Hoosiers in the 1,500 and ran a 4:38.21 for fourth place.
Freshman Ashley Rhoades cleared 1.62 meters in the high jump for fourth place, and was matched by junior Laura Oehlman, who placed fifth. Sophomore Tiffany Howard used a toss of 13.09 meters for fourth in the shot put.
Sophomore Kristina Trcka finished fifth in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:51.19. Senior Candace Perry took third in the long jump with a leap of 5.83 meters. She was followed by freshman Jacqueline Coleman followed in fourth with a mark of 5.66 meters and Price took fifth with a leap of 5.64 meters.
The women's 4x400-meter team also finished among the top-five for the Hoosiers with a second place finish in 3:47.28.
The Hoosiers open the championship season next weekend when they visit Penn State for the Big Ten Outdoor Championships on May 11-13, in University Park, Pa.
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