Day One Of Hoosier Relays
January 28, 2005 BLOOMINGTON, Ind . - The Indiana men's and women's track and field team held its fourth meet of the indoor season, as the Cream and Crimson hosted Day One of the Hoosier Relays on Friday, Jan. 28, in the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse.
The women earned 19 spots in Saturday's championship heat. Senior Ara Towns and freshman Zakiya Robinson, both advanced to the final heat of the 60-meter dash. Towns stayed perfect on the season in the 60 winning the preliminaries with a 7.56, and the semi-finals with a 7.50. Robinson set a personal-best with a 7.75 run in the semis, after notching a 7.83 time in the prelims.
That duo also advanced to the finals of the 200-meter dash, as Towns placed fourth with a time of 25.33 and Robinson 10th with a 25.61 in the preliminary heat.
Sophomore Stacey Clausing and senior Charlene Maddox moved to the finals of the 400-meter dash. Clausing won the preliminaries with a time of 55.25, while Maddox clocked a career-best 57.20, good for a seventh place finish.
The women's 600 saw three Hoosiers advance to tomorrow's finals. Junior LaDonna Ray took third with a 1:37.76. Freshman Nikki Peterson was fourth with a 1:37.02, while sophomore Michele Huber placed fifth with a personal-best of 1:37.13.
Sophomores Courtney Johnson and Lorian Price endured a battle for the top spot in the 60-meter hurdles. Johnson won the preliminaries and the semi-final heats with times of 8.64 and 8.60, receptively, the former a personal-best. Price placed second in the prelims with an 8.76 and third in the semis with a time of 8.80. The two wins gave Johnson four first-place finishes in four tries on the year in the 60 hurdles.
Price also qualified for the championship heat in the long jump tallying a mark of 5.48-meters in the preliminaries, where she finished ninth. IU graduate assistant coach and 2004 Olympian Rose Richmond also advanced to the finals after taking first with a leap of 6.98-meters.
In the mile, sophomore Tina Barniak finished sixth with a time of 5:25.81, also advancing to Saturday's final heat.
Day One also featured five championship heats. Junior Kelly Siefker tallied a first place finish in the mile invite. Siefker led all the way finishing with a time of 4:54.91. Junior Jessica Gall and senior Julie Shield finished right behind the Hoosier victor, as Gall placed second with a 5:00.42, while Shields was third at 5:00.73.
In the championship heat of the women's 3000-meters, sophomores Lindsay Hattendorf and Kristen Whitezell placed second and third, respectively, as Hattendorf ran a 10:09.29, while Whitezell posted a 10:21.36.
The Hoosier Relays will conclude on Saturday, Jan. 29, with events starting at 11:50 a.m., inside the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse.
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