Indiana Women Ranked No. 22 in Latest USTFCCCA Poll
Jan. 30, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana Hoosiers are ranked No. 22 in the first set of rankings for Women's Indoor Track and Field released by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Wednesday, Jan. 30.
"One of our goals is to get to the point where our team gets recognized nationally like this," said Director and Head Coach of Indiana Track and Field Ron Helmer. "Right now we're on the back of a few great performances, but we also have a several athletes waiting in the wings to add to those performances and help us get that recognition."
The Hoosiers have been led this season by Junior Wendi Robinson. Robinson has been dominant as she has lapped her competition on the way to winning in three straight meets. She most recently competed in the 5000m run at the Gladstein Invitational. A week after provisionally qualifying in the 3,000m run by lapping the field, Robinson lapped the rest of the competition in the race three times en route to a career best time of 16:16.23. Her time was 1:18.76 faster than the second place finisher. The time is much faster than the provisional mark of 16:42.00 and only 8.23 seconds slower than the automatic qualifying mark of 16:08.00. Robinson is the first runner in the nation to post a qualifying mark in the event. On Jan. 12, Robinson lapped the field on her way to a career best time, winning the one mile run.
Indiana has also seen strong performances from several other athletes. Junior Caity Lauer inched closer to the NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 2:09.00 in the 800m run when she set a new career best of 2:10.71 in a winning effort on Jan. 26th at the Gladstein Invitational. The time was .22 seconds faster than her previous best.
Juniors Molly Beckwith and Audrey Smoot competed well in the 600m run, finishing first an second respectively at the Gladstein Invitational. Both runners also recorded career bests. Beckwith's first place time of 1:31.74 was almost a full second faster than her previous best of 1:32.69. Smoot's time of 1:32.23 was almost two seconds faster than her previous best of 1:34.01.
In the field, the Hoosiers have excelled as well. Sophomore Vera Neuenswander and freshman Stephanie Chin both cleared 3.92m in the pole vault on their way to finishing first and second respectively in the event. The height was a career best for Chin, 15 centimeters higher than her previous best of 3.77m.
In the weight throw sophomore Faith Sherrill recorded a career best with her fourth place heave of 17.17m, significantly improving on her previous career best of 16.39m. This marks the third consecutive week that Sherrill has improved her mark in the event.
The Hoosiers are back in action on Friday and Saturday as Indiana hosts the Indiana Relays at Gladstein Fieldhouse in Bloomington. Competition will begin at 3 p.m. ET on Friday.
USTFCCCA Division I women's indoor track and field rankings Jan. 30, 2008
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