Jan. 24, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - After impressive runner-up finishes at the Indiana Invitational on Jan. 21, the Indiana men's and women's track and field teams are set to host the Indiana Open on Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28 at Gladstein Fieldhouse. Friday's portion of the meet is slated to begin at noon and Saturday's at 10 a.m.
INDIANA INVITATIONAL RECAP
The Indiana men's and women's track and field teams both finished runner-up at the Indiana Invitational on Jan. 21 in Gladstein Fieldhouse. Both teams combined for 21 new personal bests and 10 first-place finishes. The women finished second behind Big Ten rival Ohio State with 147 points, while the men took runner-up to Indiana State with 139 points.
Two Hoosiers are one step closer to the NCAA Championships. Stacey Clausing met the NCAA's provisional mark in the women's 400m, while Ryan Ketchum earned the mark in the men's shot put.
HOOSIER MEN EARN RANKING
The Indiana men's track and field team earned a No. 13 ranking in the Trackwire Top 25 poll issued Jan. 17. Individually, three Hoosiers picked up rankings on Trackwire's Dandy Dozen list.
To open the 2006 indoor slate, the Hoosiers have recorded 12 individual first-place finishes for the No. 13 ranking. IU shares the ranking with Kansas. Additionally, Indiana is one of three Big Ten teams in this week's rankings. Wisconsin ranks third and Michigan sits at t-15th. David Neville earned two Dandy Dozen rankings in both the 200m and 400m. Sean Jefferson, who broke Jim Spivey's 23-year old record in the mile last season, claimed a No. 1 ranking in the mile. Stephen Haas recorded a No. 8 ranking in both the 3,000m and 5,000m. Haas is the school record holder and an All-American in both events.
NEVILLE RACES TO TOP SPOT
David Neville currently holds the second-best spot on the NCAA men's performance list in the 400m. Neville raced to a 46.67 finish in the event at the Hoosier Open on Jan. 7. The Merrillville, Ind., product is the only Hoosier on the performance list. Neville's winning time surpassed his previous personal best time of 46.95 set Dec. 12, 2005 at the Tyson Invitational. Additionally, Neville's time at the Hoosier Open meets the NCAA's provisional mark in the 400m (47.25).
INDIANA INSTALLS BANKED TRACK
Indiana University's Gladstein Fieldhouse makes a conversion to a Mondo-surfaced banked track during the 2006 indoor track and field season. The 200m track, built by Mondo in Italy, saw its first use for the inaugural IAAF World Indoor Championships in March 1987 and then hosted the NCAA Div. I and Div. II Indoor Track and Field Championships annually through 1999.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
The Hoosiers will make good use of the newly installed banked track at Gladstein Fieldhouse. Indiana will host six meets for the 2006 indoor season. For four consecutive weekends in Jan., IU will compete in its home facility. The Hoosiers travel to Fayetteville, Ark., Feb. 11-12 for the Tyson Invitational before returning home for the Hoosier Hills Invitational, the final competition before the Big Ten Championships.
The Hoosiers are back in action next weekend for the Hoosier Relays. The meet begins on Friday, Feb. 3 at 5 p.m. and continues on Saturday, Feb. 4 with a noon start time. All indoor meets are held at Gladstein Fieldhouse.