Price Wins Long Jump Title on Day Two of the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships
May 12, 2007
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Senior Lorian Price claimed a Big Ten individual title in the long jump as the Indiana track and field teams competed in day two of the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Penn State in University Park, Pa., on Saturday, May 12.
Price hit her best mark of 6.46 meters on her first attempt to take the women's long jump title. Her mark currently ranks eighth in the nation and was good enough to qualify her for the NCAA Mideast Regional Meet on May 25-26 in Columbia, Mo. Price's leap is the third best all-time in school history.
"Lorian went out on all cylinders," IU interim head men's track and field and jumps coach Wayne Pate said. "I was amazed with her jump today. I knew that she was capable of going out and performing at that level. I am so proud of what Lorian was able to accomplish today."
Sophomore Courtney Freiberger wrapped up competition in the heptathlon where she earned a point for Indiana after finishing eighth with a final personal-best score of 4,466 points. Freiberger headed into the 800-meter run in ninth place and moved up from fourth to finish second with a time of 2:20.92. In the two earlier events of the morning, Freiberger jumped a personal-best 4.93 meters in the long jump and threw 34.22 meters in the javelin.
"We have two experienced hurdlers going into the final tomorrow, one of which was the long jump champion in Lorian Price," IU interim head women's track and field coach Judy Wilson said. "Courtney (Johnson) is so excited about competing in the hurdles tomorrow. Stacey (Clausing) looked really good and was very controlled today, and the 4x100 looked fantastic."
Freshman Jaqueline Coleman just missed scoring for the Hoosiers, but hit a regional qualifying mark in the long jump with a personal-best leap of 6.00 meters for ninth place.
IU's 4x100-meter relay team advanced to tomorrow's final. The Hoosiers won their relay in a season-best 45.22 and will compete on Sunday at 12:45 p.m. ET.
Also qualifying for finals in their respective events on Sunday - junior Zakiya Robinson in the 100-meter dash (8th/12.31), senior Stacey Clausing in the 400-meter dash (5th/54.71), and Price (4th/13.90) and senior Courtney Johnson (5th/13.85) in the 110-meter hurdles. Clausing also qualified for Sunday's 200-meter dash finals after she placed third in the trials with a time of 24.08.
"We have some athletes that can score some really good points tomorrow," Wilson said. "We have four athletes in the 5K, with one of them that just won the 10K last night in Jessica Gall. We have some really good opportunities to score solid points. Being only six points from tying for third, we can finish in the top half of this meet."
Indiana ended day two in fifth place with 31 points.
Tomorrow's competition opens with the triple jump at 11:40 a.m. For a complete recap and results of the 2007 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships, visit IUHOOSIERS.com.
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