Day Two Of Hoosier Relays
January 29, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind . - The Indiana women's track and field team won four more events in the final day of the Hoosier Relays, held on Saturday afternoon in the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse.
With the four victories today, the women posted 11 total victories in the two-day event.
"I think that we came out a bit flat today," said Director of Track ands Field Randy Heisler. "But that is understandable with this being our first back-to-back competition of the season. Overall, I think it was a great meet with some good competition, and this will help us prepare for the Big Ten's and the NCAAs."
Sophomore Stacey Clausing picked up her eighth first place finish of the season taking top-honors in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.75. Senior Charlene Maddox also competed in the 400 finishing fourth with a 56.46.
Junior Larra Overton defended her 800-meter preliminary round victory with a first place finish in the championship heat. Overton improved on her preliminary time by nearly six seconds, finishing with a time of 2:13.49.
Sophomore Courtney Johnson remained perfect in the 60-meter hurdles winning the finals with a personal-best time of 8.45. Johnson has now won the 60 all five times she has competed in the event on the season. Sophomore Lorian Price placed third in the hurdles with an 8.72. She also took third in the long jump with a leap of 5.76-meters.
"I think Price has really shown a lot this season with her jumping, even though she is also doing the hurdles too," said associate head coach/jumps coach Wayne Pate. "All the jumpers are in a training mode right now, preparing for the Big Ten Championship, but for all the jumpers to get the scores they are getting now with the hard training we are doing, it is very encouraging."
The women's 4x400-meter relay team, composed of Clausing, sophomore Michele Huber, Maddox and Ray, won the event with a time of 3:46.63.
Senior Ara Towns lost the 60-meter dash for the first time this season as she was edged by Carita Cole of Western Kentucky. In a photo finish, Cole ran 7.64 to Towns 7.65. Towns also placed eighth in the 200 with a run of 26.09.
Freshman Zakiya Robinson had a strong showing with a fifth place finish in the 200-meters and a seventh spot in the 60-meters with a personal-best time of 25.50 and 7.87, respectively.
The women's team returns to action next Saturday, Feb. 5, as the Hoosiers hit the road for the first time this year. Indiana will travel to South Bend, Ind., to participate in the Mayo Classic.
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