Indiana Wins Several Events On Day 2 of Gladstein Invitational
Jan. 27, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana Hoosiers won four events on the second day of the Gladstein Invitational, hosted by Indiana University.
For the women, sophomore Caitlin Lauer led a one-two-three sweep for the Hoosiers in the 600 meters. Her time of 1:32.86 ranks third on the all-time Hoosier list. Finishing behind her was senior Molly Beckwith (1:33.28) and sophomore Audrey Smoot (1:34.67).
"All three of these women are great competitors for us," interim head women's track and field coach Judy Wilson said. "Molly is still getting used to running again after switching from soccer to track. This has become a good sport for her."
Junior Zakiya Robinson recorded a third-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 5.82 meters, which a personal best and Indiana's best time this season. She was also sixth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.74.
"Zakiya is really starting to come into her own now," Wilson said. "She is one of our toughest athletes."
Senior Stacey Clausing won her second event of the meet with a victory in the 200-meter dash (24.21). She won the 400-meter dash on Friday with an NCAA provisional qualifying time.
Zakiya Robinson, Clausing, Lauer and Smoot each ran a leg of the 4x400 meter relay, helping the team finish first with a time of 3:48.70.
"A number of women were using this as a training race, since they had also raced the day before," Wilson said. "To run 11:52 is a good sign."
Freshman Vera Neuenswander tied for second in the pole vault, clearing 3.50 meters.
Other notes of interest on the day include a world record set in the women's weight throw. Brittany Riley of Southern Illinois recorded a toss of 24.57 meters, which bests the previous world record of 24.23 meters, set on Feb. 18, 2005, by Erin Gilreath. Both throws were recorded in Gladstein Fieldhouse.
"A lot of the athletes are doing some really good things and having some really solid performances," Wilson said. "They are going out and competing every week and getting better every week. We've had some really great crowds come out to watch them. The place was packed today. Next weekend it's going to be even bigger, we want people to come out to the field house and catch the excitement of IU track and field. This program has such tradition and such history that they really need to come out see it for themselves."
The Hoosiers return to action on Friday, Feb. 2, as they host the Indiana Relays. Events begin at 3 p.m.
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