IU Women in Second After First Day of Big Tens
May 15, 2009
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Indiana wrapped up day one of competition at the Big Ten Championships on Friday. Indiana's women's team scored 27 points on the day to claim second through three events. The men scored three points for seventh place after two events. Leading the way for Indiana were junior Vera Neuenswander and sophomore Stephanie Chin who were second and third in the pole vault, junior Wendi Robinson who was third in the 10,000 meters and junior Kristen Ness who was fourth in the hammer throw.
Neuenswander finished second in the pole vault with a clearance of 4.05m (13-03.5). Chin matched that height but finished third due to tiebreakers. The second- and third-place finishes garnered 14 points for the Hoosiers. The jumps better the regional standard, and for Chin, the mark is an eight inch improvement on her season mark.
Robinson took third in the 10,000 meters. Her time of 35:02.34 was better than the previous Jesse Owens Stadium record. The Danville, Ind., native earned six points for the Hoosiers. Robinson holds a career and season mark of 33:40.79, which is better than the provisional NCAA standard.
Ness took fourth in the hammer throw with a heave of 52.64m (172-8). Ness finished two feet and eight inches better than the fifth-place toss by Michigan's Melissa Gurchinoff. The placement earned Indiana five team points, and the Hoosiers got two more out of the event with Kristen Crawford taking seventh. Crawford's best mark of 50.48m (165-7) was two feet and five inches better than the eighth-place finisher from Wisconsin.
Sophomore Laura Morris finished the day in sixth place in the heptathlon. Her 3037 points are just 127 out of fourth. She took third in the high jump with a clearance of 1.69m (5-6.5), and she was fourth in the shot put with a heave of 11.92m (39-1.25). The shot put mark is just three centimeters off of her career best.
The men got two points out of Tim McLeod in the 10,000 meters. McLeod battled a talented field as well as five minutes of smoke from the Ohio State baseball stadium's postgame fireworks display to post a career best time of 30:54.78 for seventh place.
Indiana's men's team also got a point out of senior Paul Fearnow. The Elkhart, Ind., native took eighth in the hammer throw with a heave of 56.47m (185-3).
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