BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana mens and womens track and field teams will be in action at the University of Illinois in the Carle/Helath Alliance Classic Meet on Saturday, Feb.1, In addition to the host Illini and the Hoosiers, Eastern Illinois and Missouri will be competing on Saturday. The meet is set to begin at 8 a.m. at the Illinois Armory Track.
In the Polls The Hoosier womens team is ranked No. 10 in this weeks Trackwire 25 Power Rankings. Illinois is the only other Big Ten that is ranked, coming in at No. 19.
After its third-place finish at Purdue, the IU mens team dropped into a tie for No. 19 in the latest poll.
Once again, Indiana is only Big Ten School with both its mens and womens squad in the top 25. (See complete polls on page 2)
In addition, the IU women are ranked eighth in Team Power Rankings, while the Hoosier men are 11th.
Chesnut Breaks IU Triple Jump Record Junior transfer Lauren Chesnut has wasted no time putting her name in the Hoosier record books. Chesnut, who came to Indiana from George Mason, has broken the school record in the triple jump, not once, but twice. In her first competition at Indiana on Jan. 18, she posted a mark of 12.58m/41-03.25, bettering the indoor record by more than a foot. Chesnut improved on her record in the second week of the season at Purdue with a leap of 12.60m/41-04.25.
Last Time Out The Hoosier womens team captured its first win of the season at Purdue last weekend. Indiana totaled 115 points to beat Big Ten foes Purdue (105) and Ohio State (98).
The women's team had seven first-place finishes and seniors Rachelle Boone and Danielle Carruthers led the way. Boone had two first-place finishes and Carruthers captured a first and second-place finish. Boone secured first in the 60 and 200-meter dash with times of 7.43 and 24.55, respectively. Carruthers first-place finish came in the 60 meter hurdles.
The Hoosiers captured the first four spots in the 60-meter dash and the first three positions in the 200-meter dash. Boone led the squad finishing first with a time of 7.43. Carruthers came in second, 7.44, Ara Towns third, 7.68 and Karla Marshall fourth in 7.73. Towns also finished second in the 200 as Marshall finished third.
Other first-place finishes for the Hoosier women came from Lauren Chesnut (triple jump), Lindsey Hattendorf (3000 meter run), Jennifer Cobbina (long jump) and Chioma Ndubisi (400 meter run).
A Pair to Watch Indiana boasts two of the nations best athletes in seniors Rachelle Boone and Danielle Carruthers, a tandem that has collected a combined 15 All-America honors.
Last weekend at Purdue, both met the NCAA Provisional qualifying mark in the 60m. Boone placed first with a time of 7.43 with Carruthers right behind at 7.44. Carruthers ran an 8.20 in the 60m hurdles at Purdue, just off the NCAA Automatic mark of 8.17. Boones time of 24.31 in the 200m is also a provisional mark. Carruthers is undefeated in the hurdles this season and Boone has not lost in either the 60m or 200m.
Indiana's NCAA Automatic/Provisional qualifiers
60m Hurdles (8.17-auto/8.43-prov)
Danielle Carruthers 8.20 at Purdue 1-25
Rachelle Boone 7.43 at Purdue 1-25
Danielle Carruthers 7.44 at Purdue 1-25
Rachelle Boone 24.31 at Purdue 1-25
Head Coach Randy Heisler
Womens: Randy Heisler is entering his fifth season as the head coach of the womens track and field program and his 14 overall at Indiana. Since 1999, the Hoosiers have finished in the top four in three of the last four Big Ten Indoor Championships and captured the conference title at both the 2000 and 2001 outdoor meet. In addition, the Hoosiers finished second, by just 1.5 points at last seasons meet.
Returning Indoor All-Americans
Womens: Seniors Rachelle Boone and Danielle Carruthers both attained All-America status during the 2002 Indoor Season. Boone finished second in the 200m and fifth in the 60m at the NCAA Championships. Carruthers was the runner-up in the 60m hurdles and the sixth-place finisher in the 60m at the NCAAs. During her three-year career Boone has
captured a combined six Big Ten titles and eight All-America honors. Carruthers also has six conference titles and is a five-time All-American.
Indiana Women To Host Big Tens
IU will host the 2003 Big Ten Womens Indoor Championships. The meet is set for Saturday and Sunday March 1 and 2 at the Harry C. Gladstein Fieldhouse on the Indiana campus.
The Hoosiers will host the Indiana Invitational next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8, at the Harry C. Gladstein Fieldhouse.
Carle/Health Alliance Meet at Illinois Schedule of Events Field Events
8 a.m. Weight Throw, Womens
9:30 a.m. Weight Throw, Mens
11 a.m. Pole Vault, Womens
11:30 a.m. Long Jump, Mens and Womens
Noon High Jump, Women, then Men to Follow
12:30 Pole Vault, Mens
12:30 Shot Put, Women, then Men to Follow
1:30 p.m. Triple Jump, Mens and Womens