Hoosiers Ready for the Road
Feb. 6, 2008
SETTING THE SCENE
The Meyo Invite marks the first time the Hoosiers will compete away from Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse in the 2008 Indoor season. The meet will take place at the Loftus Center on Notre Dame's campus in South Bend, Ind. The meet will mark the fifth straight weekend of competition for the Hoosiers. Competition is set to begin at 5 p.m. ET on Friday and at 9:30 a.m. ET on Saturday.
LAST TIME OUT
On Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2, the Hoosiers competed in the Indiana Relays at Gladstein Fieldhouse in Bloomington. The event included over 40 teams and more than 700 athletes.
Indiana's women's team competed very well on day one of the meet, qualifying three athletes for semifinal or final competition on Saturday and recording three career bests, four top-five finishes and two top-three finishes.
Indiana's women's team competed very well on day two of the meet as well, recording two career bests, five top-five finishes and three top-three finishes.
NOTHING BUT WINS FOR WENDI
Junior Wendi Robinson took the weekend off at the Indiana Relays, after provisionally qualifying in two distance events at the two previous meets. She will return to competition this weekend in South Bend.
At the Big Ten/SEC Challenge, Robinson lapped the field on her way to provisionally qualifying in the 3,000m run, recording a time of 9:28.01. Robinson's career best at that distance before the meet was 10:03.79 which she recorded in the outdoor season at the Indiana Relays on April 8, 2006. The 35.78 second improvement produced a time that was just over a second longer than the fifth fastest time all-time at Indiana in the event. The time was also 23.82 seconds faster than the race's second place finisher.
The next week at the Gladstein Invitational, Robinson lapped 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 and 32.48 seconds better than her previous career best. The mark was good enough for third all-time at Indiana.
Her time in the 5k 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 was the first runner in the nation to post a qualifying mark in the event, and her mark still stands as the best time recorded thus far in the country.
CAITY TAKES THE MILE
Her time was an improvement of 11.70 seconds on her previous best of 5:02.03. Lauer's time moves her to within 2.03 seconds of the provisional qualifying time of 4:48.00.
THIRD FOR HARTMAN
Freshman Lindsey Hartman finished third in the finals of the 600m run. Her time of 1:35.36 was nearly a full second faster than the fourth place finisher.
VAULTERS NEAR THE TOP AS USUAL
In the pole vault invitational, sophomore Vera Neuenswander finished in third after tie-breakers divided up a four-way knot that included fellow Hoosier Stephanie Chin, who came in fifth. The two Hoosiers both cleared a height of 3.82m.
THROWERS AT THEIR BEST AGAIN
Two Hoosiers qualified for the finals in the shot put, recording career bests in the process. Sophomore Faith Sherrill had the third longest toss of the prelims, and junior Tiffany Howard had the sixth best heave.
Sherrill's throw of 15.05m was an improvement of 12 centimeters on her previous career best of 14.93m. Howard increased her career best by .14 meters with her toss of 14.33m. Howard finished fourth in the shot put finals with a toss of 13.90m. Howard moved up two spots after qualifying for the finals with the sixth best distance.
CAREER MARK FOR MAURA
In the 3,000m run invitational, senior Maura Ratcliff posted a career best time of 10:16.63. Her time was 7.50 seconds faster than her previous career mark of 10:24.13.
FINALS FOR TWO HOOSIER JUMPERS
In the high jump, Indiana had two athletes in the top eight, including freshman Laura Morris, whose career best height was good enough for third place. Morris recorded a height of 1.68m, which put her in a tie for second with Renee Hein who finished second because of tie-breakers. The height was six centimeters higher than Morris's previous best.
Sophomore Ashley Rhoades finished in eighth place after tiebreakers broke up an eight-way tie for fourth. She recorded a leap of 1.63m.
BECKWITH FINISHES FOURTH
Junior Molly Beckwith finished fourth the 800m run invitational. Her time of 2:13.02 was only .19 seconds off of her career best, and she finished only .23 seconds behind third place finisher, Kelly Langhans of Notre Dame.
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