BLOOMINGTON, Ind. The Indiana mens and womens track and field teams hit the road this weekend to compete at the Tyson Invitational, hosted by the University of Arkansas, on Friday, Feb. 13, at the Randal Tyson Track Center. Competition begins at 10:30 a.m. (CST) with the womens 3,000 meter race, the womens high jump and the mens shot put. Fridays last scheduled event is the mens 4x400 relay, which is set for 10:30 p.m. (CST).
Towns Competes at Millrose Games Junior sprinter Ara Towns competed in the prestigious Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden in New York on Feb. 6. Towns was one of five collegiate sprinter invited to participate in the 60 meter dash. Towns finished third with a time of 7.53.
Towns best time of the season in the 60-meters came on Jan. 30 at Missouris Tiger Classic when she clocked a 7.43. That time provisoinally qualified her for the NCAA Indoor Meet and ranks as the 18th-best nationally this season. Towns career best in the 60 came in the finals at the 2003 Big Ten Championships in Bloomington when she clocked a 7.39 to take third place behind former Hoosier teammates Rachelle Boone and Danielle Carruthers.
Johnson Steps in as Hoosiers Top Hurdler Freshman Courtney Johnson has stepped into the role of Indianas best hurdler five weeks into the season. Johnson has improved her time in the 60-meter hurdles nearly every week of the season. Johnson most recently clocked in a new personal best, 8.48 at the Indiana Invite, a mark that puts her second among Big Ten hurdlers, trailing only Yvonne Mensah of Illinois (8.36).
Johnson also set a Hearnes Fieldhouse record at the Tiger Classic in Columbia, Mo. on Jan. 30, with a time of 8.53.
Sean Jefferson Runs Four-Minute Mile Sophomore Sean Jefferson ran the mile in 4:00.83 last Friday night at the Indiana Invitational inside Gladstein Fieldhouse. The mark ranks as the fourth-best in IU history behind three former Olympians, Jim Spivey, Bob Kennedy and Terry Brahm. Another former Olympian, Mark Deady, ranks fifth. Jeffersons time is currently No. 5 nationally among collegiate runners. In addition, he provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Meet, which is set for March 12 and 13 at Arkansas Tyson Track Center.As of last Friday, Jeffersons time was the third-best by an American this year. It remains among the top 10.
Magnificent Mile In addition to Sean Jeffersons performance, fellow IU teammates Chris Redman, Chris Powers and Stephen Haas competed in an invitational mile last Friday night. Powers (4:07.32), Redman (4:07.90) and Haas (4:08.14) also moved into the top 20 in IU history in the mile. Seans twin brother John, who is redshirting during this indoor season, is also in that group as he ran a 4:02.37 in 2002. Five of the top 20 times in school history were run by athletes who are currently on the IU roster.
Neville Has Arrived Sophomore David Neville provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Meet in two events at last weekends Indiana Invitational. Neville ran NCAA provisional times in both the 200-meter and 400- meter dashes. His time of 21.44 in the 200 marked a career best and currently ranks 15th in the country. In the 400, the Merrillville, Ind., native clocked a 47.33, also a new career best. Hi s 400 time ranks 13th nationally.
Ketchum Moving Up the Charts Sophomore Ryan Ketchum has achieved new personal bests in both the shot put and the weight throw within the last two weeks. His heave of 17.60m (57-09.00) in the prelims at the Indiana Invite last weekend set a new personal best in the shot put. Ketchum also added a personal best of 16.18/53.01 in the weight throw at the Tiger Classic.
Powers Sets Hearnes Fieldhouse Record Senior distance runner Chris Powers turned in a record-breaking performance in the 3000-meter run at the Tiger Classic on Jan. 30. Powers set a new Hearnes Fieldhouse record by finishing in 8:13.46.
Wilson, Jefferson To Redshirt the 2004 Indoor Season Aarik Wilson, the 2003 NCAA Indoor runner-up in the triple jump, and John Jefferson, the 2003 NCAA Indoor runner-up in the mile, will both spend the 2004 indoor season in redshirt. Both athletes are working to get completely healthy after offseason injuries.
Womens Team: Indiana Invite Recap The Indiana mens and womens track and field teams most recently took part in the Indiana Invitational hosted by Indiana on Feb. 6-7.
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.
Senior Lauren 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.
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.
Mens Team: Indiana Invite Recap The Indiana mens and womens track and field teams most recently took part in the Indiana Invitational hosted by Indiana on Feb. 6-7.
Sophomore David 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.
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, a mark that was 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.
Coming Up Next Week The Hoosier track and field teams will host the Hoosier Hills Invitational on Friday, Feb. 20, at the Harry C. Gladstein Fieldhouse.