Jan. 16, 2008
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SETTING THE SCENE
The Indiana Track and Field program continues the indoor season on Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Big Ten/SEC Challenge at Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse. The Hoosiers hope to continue their promising season as competition is set to begin at 11 a.m. ET. The meet marks the second straight weekend in which the fieldhouse has hosted an event, having hosted the Indiana Open on Jan. 12.
PARKING UPDATES FOR THE INDOOR SEASON
Due to the beginning stages of construction of the Basketball Development Center, Indiana Athletics had announced some parking changes for teams and fans for the 2008 indoor track and field season. Due to the construction, the Blue Lot south of Gladstein Fieldhouse will be closed for the next 15 months, along with Gate No. 14, which previously permitted traffic from North Fee lane to turn into the Blue Lot.
IU Indoor Track and Field parking for the next two indoor season will be in the Green Lot directly north of Gladstein Fieldhouse, which also serves the IU Tennis Center. Parking access will be through Gates No. 12 and No. 13 from North Fee Lane. A limited amount of car/van parking is in numbered parking spaces north of Gladstein Fieldhouse. Any buses will have to park in the Green Lot.
Team entry to Gladstein Fieldhouse will be designated by a banner at the Fieldhouse's northwest doors. Spectator entry will be through a set of north-facing double doors situated between Assembly Hall and Gladstein Fieldhouse, which also will be designated by directional banners. IU Athletics Events Staff will be in position at the spectator entry doors to direct fans to the seating area.
LAPPING THE PACK
The women's team was led by junior Wendi Robinson who dominantly won the one mile run, finishing just under 19 seconds ahead of the competition. Her time of 4:53.81 was just .61 seconds more than her career best of 4:53.20. Robinson finished the race more than a lap ahead of much of the opposition
FASTEST FOUR HUNDRED
Junior Molly Beckwith won the 400m dash with a career best time of 57.69, cutting .15 seconds off of her previous best.
Beckwith then used her skills in the 400 to anchor Indiana's 4X400 relay, which she ran with juniors Britney Freiberger and Caitlin Lauer and freshman Lindsey Hartman. They won the relay with a time of 3:54.45, which was more than four seconds ahead of the competition.
ONE, TWO, IN THE 3,000
Lauer also finished in front in the 600m run. Her time of 1:32.28 improved her career best of 1:32.86. Finishing behind Lauer was her teammate, junior Audrey Smoot, with a time of 1:34.36.
CUTTING FIVE SECONDS
In the 3000m run, senior Maura Ratcliffe finished second with a time of 10:24.13 which shattered her previous best of 10:29.51.
VAULTING UP THE PLACINGS
Indiana had two women in the top four in the pole vault. Freshman Stephanie Chin finished second, and sophomore Vera Neuenswander finished fourth after tiebreakers because the two both vaulted over 3.77m to enter a three way knot with Stephanie Duffy of South Florida who finished in third.
Chin's successful vault over 3.77m puts her into fourth place all-time at Indiana. Neuenswander had a vault last season of over 4.11m, which stands as the record at IU.
A CAREER DAY
Sophomore thrower Faith Sherrill had a great day at the Indiana Open, breaking one personal record and coming very close to another. Her toss in the weight throw was just .02m short of her career best. Her heave of 14.72m in the shot put was .65m longer than her previous best of 14.07.
HOWARD HEAVES A P.R.
Junior thrower Tiffany Howard equaled her personal record when she threw for a distance of 14.19 in the shot put. She previously recorded that distance at the Gladstein Invitational on Jan. 26, 2007.
NATION'S BEST COME TO BLOOMINGTON
The Big Ten/SEC Challenge brings several nationally ranked programs to Gladstein Fieldhouse, raising the level of competition for the Hoosiers. Three teams ranked in the top twenty-five in the USTFCCCA National Rankings for indoor track and field will visit Bloomington on Saturday. Ninth-ranked Arkansas and No. 13 Florida will participate in the Big Ten/SEC Challenge representing the SEC. Illinois is ranked 25th and will be representing the Big Ten in the meet.
This weekend won't be the first time Indiana has competed against a ranked team this indoor season, however, as the Hoosiers will be competing against the Illini for the second consecutive Saturday.