Gall Qualifies for Nationals
February 12, 2005
SEATTLE. - Junior Jessica Gall earned her first NCAA automatic qualifying time of the indoor season with a personal-best run of 16 minutes, 3.47 seconds in the 5000m at the Husky Classic, held on the campus of the University of Washington on Saturday afternoon. The time surpassed the NCAA automatic standard of 16:10.00.
Gall placed fourth in the event, but her time was nearly a minute and a half better then her previous personal-best. At the Indiana Invitational last year, she posted a time of 17:28.38. Her new time ranks second in school history behind only two-time All-American Michelle Dekkers, who holds the record with a 15:57.1 at the TAC Championships in 1989.
Gall's 16:03.47 is currently the sixth-best time in the nation. At last week's Meyo Invitational, the distance runner was fourth in the 3000 with a 9:30.92, eclipsing the NCAA provisional qualifying time of 9:35.00
"She ran a great race today," said women's distance coach Judy Wilson. "This is why we brought her here. We felt that this kind of competition would really give her the time she needed to qualify. She was in eighth heading into the last mile, but really turned it on from there and finished up the race real strong."
The rest of the IU women's squad was in Fayetteville, Ark., participating in the second day of the Tyson Invitational.
Junior Lindsay Hattendorf was the only first-place finisher on the day, earning a victory in the 5000m unseeded event. Hattendorf clocked a career-best 17:14.40 in the race.
Senior Larra Overton placed third in the 800 unseeded with a time of 2:11.18. Freshmen Nikki Peterson and Lauren Keefe also competed in the event as Peterson took ninth with a personal-best 2:13.36, while Keefe was 24th with a time of 2:17.48.
Senior Kelly Siefker was seventh in the mile championship with a time of 4:59.14.
Sophomore Lorian Price was sixth in the long jump with a leap of 5.72m (18-09.25), while freshman Zakiya Robins was 22nd posting a jump of 5.41m (17-08.75).
Price also placed 13th in the preliminary 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.53. Sophomore Courtney Johnson competed with her in the event finishing 17th with an 8.61. Neither runner qualified for the championship heat.
Sophomore Stacey Clausing tallied a pair of top-30 finishes, placing 21st in the 400 unseeded and 30th in the 200 with times of 55.57 and 24.29, respectively.
Indiana returns home on Friday, Feb. 18, as the Cream and Crimson host their final indoor event of the season, the Hoosier Hills Invitational. Events are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
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