Women's Track and Field Team To Begin Season in Top 10
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University womens track and field team has been ranked tied for eighth in Trackwires Preseason Top 25 poll. The No. 8 ranking is the highest of any Big Ten team in the poll and with the IU mens team ranked No. 16, Indiana is the only conference school with both teams in the top 25.
Last season, the Indiana women finished eighth at the NCAA Indoor Meet and tied for 35th at the NCAA Outdoor Meet. In Indoor competition, Rachelle Boone and Danielle Carruthers earned All-America honors for their performances. Boone was the runner-up in the 200m and turned in a fifth-place finish in the 60m. Carruthers finished second in the 60m hurdles and sixth in the 60m. The pair returns for their seniors seasons in 2003.
In addition to Boone and Carruthers, IU returns sophomores Charlene Maddox and Ara Towns and junior Chioma Ndubisi and welcomes Karla Marshall, a transfer from the University of Tennessee.
The nucleus of the 2002 Cross Country team that turned in a 14th-place finish at the NCAA Meet will compete this spring. That team included sophomore Mindy Peterson and juniors Becky Obrecht, Audrey Geisler, along with freshmen Jessica Gall and Lindsay Hattendorf. That group, along with juniors Allyson Hammond and Heidi Crowley and freshman Kelly Siefker, look to carry the momentum and success into the indoor track season.
Indiana should be potent in the field events as well. Former Big Ten long jump champions Rose Richmond and Tandra Foster and junior Jennifer Cobbina are back for IU. Sophomore Emily Tharpe will look to better the school record she set in the pole vault last season. Sophomore Christina Archibald, who finished second at the Big Ten Indoor Meet a year ago, is back as well. In the throws events, senior Kelley McKinney will take the lead and freshman Andrea Dalla Rosa should be a big contributor as well.
Other Big Ten womens teams ranked in the preseason poll include Illinois at No. 16 and Minnestoa at 22nd.
The Hoosier women, along with the mens team, will open their indoor season on Saturday, Jan. 18, in Ann Arbor, Mich. IU will compete against Michigan, Michigan State and Kent State in the meet at the U-M Indoor Track Building