Hoosiers Ready for Indiana Relays
Jan. 30, 2008
NOTE: The Women's 200 & the Men's 200 heats 10-21 will be ran as a final Saturday morning starting at 11 a.m. due to the size of the meet.
SETTING THE SCENE
The Hoosiers will compete in the Indiana Relays on Friday and Saturday. The meet will take place at Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse, marking the fourth consecutive weekend in which the fieldhouse will host a meet. Competition is tentatively set to begin at 3 p.m. ET on Friday and at noon ET on Saturday.
INDIANA IN THE POLLS
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."
LAST TIME OUT
The Hoosiers participated in the Gladstein Invitational at Gladstein Fieldhouse on Jan. 25-26. The meet included over forty schools and more than 700 athletes.
The Indiana women's track and field team had a very successful first day of the Gladstein Invitational. The Hoosiers recorded 12 career bests, eight top five finishes, four top three finishes, one first place finish, and one NCAA provisional qualifying time.
WHAT A WIN FOR WENDI
Junior Wendi Robinson continued her dominant winning ways as she lapped her competition for the third straight week. This time, Robinson was running the 5000m run. 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 in 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.
Robinson wasn't the only Hoosier recording a career best in the 5,000m run, as sophomore Sarah Pease finished third with a career best time of 17:39.03, and junior Kristina Trcka finished seventh with a career best time of 18:17.69.
LAUER'S FINEST HOUR
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. The time was .22 seconds faster than her previous best.
Lauer was followed across the finish line by freshman Lindsey Hartman, who finished in 2:16.00, just .30 seconds slower than her career best. Hartman's time was good enough for third place.
Lauer later teamed up with senior Kyndal Carr and fellow juniors Molly Beckwith and Audrey Smoot in a second place effort in the 4X400m relay. The quartet finished in 3:50.13, more than five seconds ahead of the third place Cincinnati Bearcats.
SUCCESS IN THE 600m
Beckwith and Smoot also competed well in the 600m run, finishing first and second respectively in the event. 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.
MULTI FOR MORRIS
The Gladstein Invitational was the first event of the season to include the pentathlon. Laura Morris competed in the event for the Hoosiers. She recorded career bests in four out of five events on the day.
In the high jump, she finished third as she cleared 1.62m, which was .02m more than her previous best of 1.60m. In the shot put, her heave of 11.48m was good enough for third place and was .14m further than her previous best.
Morris then finished fifth in the long jump, leaping 5.33m, .24m further than her previous best in the event. In the 800m, she recorded a career best of 2:36.60. Morris finished the pentathlon with 3443 points.
CAREER BEST FOR BRITNEY
Also recording a career best on the weekend was junior Britney Freiberger in the 60m hurdles. Her time of 9.01 was .04 seconds faster than her previous best.
MORE OF MOLLY
Junior Molly Beckwith recorded a career best in the 400m for the second time on the season when she finished in 57.35 seconds, shaving .34 seconds off of her career record.
Freshman Lindsey Hartman also recorded a career best in the event with a time of 57.65 seconds.
Senior Maura Ratcliff recorded a career best in the Mile run when she finished the event invitational in 5:01.85 for sixth place. The time is 5.76 seconds faster than her previous career best of 5:07.61.
IU VAULTERS RULE THE FIELD
In the field, the Hoosiers 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.
THROWERS CONTINUE TO IMPROVE
In the weight throw 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.
Fellow sophomore Kristen Ness also recorded a career best in the event with a toss of 16.23m, adding .19m to her career record.
P. R. FOR McALPIN
In the triple jump, sophomore Arielle McAlpin recorded a career best with a distance of 11.31m. The mark added .21 to her career record.
RHOADES LEAPS TO FIFTH
Sophomore Ashley Rhoades finished fifth in the high jump as she cleared 1.60m, just .13m short of her career best of 1.73m.
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