BLOOMINGTON, Ind. Sophomore David Neville provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Meet in two events and Lauren Chesnut (triple jump), Emily Tharpe (pole vault) and Charlene Maddox (200 meters) acheived new season bests to win their respective events as the Indiana track and field teams wrapped up competition at their own Indiana Invitational Saturday inside Gladstein Fieldhouse.
Neville had an impressive day as he ran NCAA provisional times in both the 200 meter and 400 meter dashes. Nevilles time of 21.44 won the event and marked a career best in the 200. In the 400, the Merrillville, Ind., native clocked a 47.33 to place first and also set a new career best.
Chesnut scored the win for Indiana in the triple jump behind a season-best effort of 40-9.75, while Tharpe took top honors in the womens invitational pole vault after clearing 12-5.50, her best height of the season.
I think both teams are making great strides, and continuing to get better each week, Indiana head coach and director of track and field Randy Heisler said. We have two more weeks before the Big Ten Conference Champioships. If we continue to improve, well be very competitive and put ourselves in a position to vie for Big Ten titles.
Kevin Kempf reached a new career-best with of 1:22.04 in the 600 meter dash en route to a second-place finish. IU teammate Cedric Jackson finished third in 1:22.37.
Ryan Ketchum collected a second-place finish with a throw of of 56-11.50 in the shot put. In the weight throw, Ohio States Dan Taylor broke his own collegiate record by throwing 76-3.00, mark that also a new Gladstein Fieldhouse record . Hoosier Wil Fleming collected fourth-place honors in the weight throw with a toss of 58-5.25.
Rodney Hollis finished runner-up in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:51.56 and Russell Hollis placed fifth in 1:53.36. In the long jump, Kiwan Lawsons leap of 23-2.25 was good enough for third place. Jake Wiseman scored 4,835 points in the heptathlon and finished fourth. Indiana also won the mens 4x400 relay with a time of 3:17.28.
On the womens side, Indiana posted first and second-place finishes in the 200 meter. Charlene Maddox won the race with a new personal record time of 24.74 and Michele Huber ran a 25.08, her best time of the season, to finish second. Karla Marshall clocked a career best time of 7.54 in the 60 meters to finish second overall and first among collegiate sprinters.
Rookie hurdler Courtney Johnson turned in a career best in the 60 meter hurdles for the second-straight day. Johnson clocked a time of 8.48, which put her second in the event and first among collegiate entries. She continues to inch closer and closer to the NCAA provisional time of 8.43. Ashley Groth eclipsed her career-best effort in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:14.84. In the 5,000 meter run, Audrey Gielsers time of 17:02.77 put her in third place.
In addition to Chesnut and Tharpe, several other Hoosier athletes performed well in field event finals. Lorian Price turned her best performance of the season in the long jump, leaping 19-2.75 to finish third in the event. In the shot put, Andrea Dalla Rosa placed second by throwing 47-3.75.
Bloomington native Jean Schaffer competed in the pentathlon for the first time this weekend. Schaffer compiled 3,322 poins to take fifth place in the event.
Both teams return to action next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15, at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.