Hoosiers Impressive on First Day of Indiana Invite
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The No. 8 Indiana women and No. 17 Indiana mens track teams enjoyed impressive showings during the first day of the Indiana Invitational Feb. 8 at Gladstein Fieldhouse. Although the event does not include meet scoring, several Hoosiers made quite an impact competing against more than 20 teams in their indoor home opener.
The top performance for the Indiana womens team came in the 60 meter semifinals, where Hoosier All-Americans Rachelle Boone (7.26), Danielle Carruthers (7.37) and Ara Towns (7.51) and sophomore transfer Karla Marshall (7.62) took the top four spots. Boone automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships and was one one-hundreth of a second away from her own school record of 7.25.
In addition, both Boone and Carruthers set Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse records in the 60m. Boone ran a 7.39 in the prelims and Carruthers 7.37 broke the record in her semifinals heat. Boone followed with the new record of 7.26 in the semifinals. Towns time in the 60m represented the best of her career.
Freshman Andrea Dalla Rosa threw a career-best 15.50m in the shot put, which also met the NCAA Provisional mark.
Andrea Dalla Rosa has improved over four feet in the last two weeks, womens head coach Randy Heisler said. She is among the top eight or nine in the league and could finish among the top two or three.
Two of the Hoosiers top long jumpers returned to action for the first time this season after sitting out with hamstring injuries. Seniors Rose Richmond (6.20m) and Tandra Foster (5.88m) posted a 1-2 finish in the event.
Rose and Tandra looked good and jumped well, Heisler said. To have them back, two of the best long jumpers in the Big Ten, changes our outlook.
Indiana also showed impressive depth in the 600 meters, as five runners moved on to the finals. LaDonna Ray (1.37.14) and Dena Florida (1.37.94) posted IUs top two efforts of the indoor season, while Stephanie Magley (1:39.49), Jessica Cassell (1:40.07) and Larra Overton (1:40.63) also advanced to the finals.
Sophomore Emily Tharpe (3.75m) recorded Indianas second-best pole vault of the season to finish third overall.
Mindy Peterson qualified for the 800-meter finals with an IU season-best time of 2:16.13.
In the 60m hurdles, Carruthers ran an NCAA-provisional time of 8.28 in the prelims, but hit hurdles in the semis, which eliminated her from the competition.
Danielle hitting those hurdles in just an occupational hazard of running that race, Heisler said.
On the mens side, Hoosier athletes turned several personal-best efforts.
All-in-all, it was a solid performance, but we still have a ways to go, mens head coach Marshall Goss said. This isnt a team scoring meet, but we can be a heck of a team in a team format.
Senior Mike Minton finished first in the shot put with a personal-best throw of 18.05m. Sophomore Russell Hollis ran a career-best 1:20.45 in the 600m, the fastest time of tonights prelims. Junior Cedric Jackson also qualified for the Saturdays finals with a time of 1:20.92.
Junior Rodney Hollis qualified for the 800m finals with a time of 1:56.27.
Freshman Stephen Haas posted the best time Mile time of the prelims, finishing in 4:21.36. Junior Kurtis George also qualified for the finals with a time of 4:24.18.
In the sprint events, the Hoosiers also fared well. Senior Matt Harris (8.25) and junior Micah Harvey (8,24) both qualified for the 60m hurdles finals. In the 200m, junior Contrell Ash ran a 21.88, his best time of the season, and Andre Grimes finished in 22.32 to move on to the finals.
Junior Daniel Martin ran the second-best time of the day in the 400m to advance.
Daniel Martin ran a good, smart race (in the 400m)., Goss commented. All the 800m guys recorded personal-bests and a redoing much better.
Junior Nathan Purcell ran the top preliminary time, finishing in 8:18.81 to advance to tomorrows finals.
Nathan Purcell ran a nice race in the 3000. That was a big personal record for him.
The Indiana Invite will continue tomorrow with the first event, the mens weight throw, beginning at Noon. All results can be viewed on IUHOOSIERS.com.