Jan. 23, 2008
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SETTING THE SCENE
The Indiana Track and Field program continues the indoor season on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26, in the Gladstein Invitational at Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse. The Hoosiers hope to continue their promising season as competition is set to begin at noon ET on Friday and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.. The meet marks the third straight weekend in which the fieldhouse has hosted an event, having hosted the Indiana Open on Jan. 12 and the Big Ten/SEC Challenge on Jan. 19.
GLADSTEIN INVITATIONAL TEAM PARKING INFORMATION
Due to the IU men's basketball game vs. Connecticut on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m., teams should enter through Gate 13 and drive all the way until they are almost to the North lobby loop and turn left as if they were going to park near the Spectator Entrance. They can then proceed to the Team Entrance and drop off, then drive forward and back out Gate 13. The parking area on the north side of the field house is one way to the east, if teams properly use this loop it will prevent clusters of traffic.
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.
LAST TIME OUT
The Indiana Track and Field program competed in the Big Ten/SEC Challenge on Jan. 19. The meet pitted four Big Ten schools against five SEC schools. The meet score after all events saw the SEC come out on top, 187-156.
The Indiana women's team performed well, getting seven top-five finishes including a first place finish and four top three performances, against the SEC opponents that included No. 9 Arkansas and No. 13 Florida on the women's side. Also, the Hoosiers recorded 14 career bests on the day.
ANOTHER GOOD RUN FOR ROBINSON
Junior Wendi Robinson led the way for the women's team, winning the 3000m run with a provisional qualifying time of 9:28.01. Robinson's career best at that distance before Saturday was 10:03.79 which she recorded in the outdoor season at the Indiana Relays on April 8, 2006. The 35.78 second improvement produced a time that was just over a second longer than the fifth fastest time all-time at Indiana in the event. The time was also 23.82 seconds faster than the race's second place finisher.
BETTER VAULTS FOR VERA
Sophomore Vera Neuenswander tied for second in the pole vault for the second straight week. This week she placed third after tie breakers. Her height of 3.92m (12-10 1/4) was .15m higher than her vault of 3.77 last week at the Indiana Open. The vault of 3.92m puts Neuenswander within .03m of the provisional qualifying mark of 3.95m.
HARTMAN HANGS WITH THE LEADERS
Freshman Lindsey Hartman had a third place finish in the 600 meter run, recording a career best time of 1:33.73. Hartman finished less than a second after second place finisher Paige Farrell of Arkansas.
AWESOME DAY FOR AUDREY
Junior Audrey Smoot recorded a personal best in the 400m dash when she placed fourth. Her time of 57.20 cut .13 seconds off of her previous best of 57.33 seconds.
CAREER BESTS IN THE MILE
Two Hoosiers recorded career bests in the mile run. Junior Caity Lauer's time of 5:02.03 was good enough for sixth place, and Senior Maura Ratcliff's time of 5:07.61 cut more than a second off of her previous best of 5:08.86.
SECOND PLACE FOR RELAY TEAM
Lauer and Ratcliff teamed up with Hartman and junior Molly Beckwith for a second place finish in the 4X800m relay. Their time of 9:11.18 was more than nine seconds faster than the Ohio State team that finished in third.
BECKWITH RUNS 800 TWICE
The relay wasn't the only time that Beckwith ran 800 meters on the day, as she recorded a career best time of 2:12.83 in the 800m run. The time was good enough for a fifth place finish, and it was more than a second faster than her previous career mark. Beckwith finished only 1.62 seconds behind the race winner, Jessica Ortman of Kentucky.
ANOTHER GREAT DAY FOR FAITH
Sophomore thrower Faith Sherrill had a career day for the second straight week, recording career best in the shot put and the weight throw as she did at the Indiana Open on Jan. 12. Her toss of 14.93m (48-11 3/4) in the shot put was good enough for a fourth place finish, and it added .21 meters to her previous best heave. Her efforts in the weight throw added .30 meters to her career best, elevating the personal record to 16.39m (53-9 1/4).