BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana mens and womens track and field will compete this Friday and Saturday at the Cannon IV Classic, hosted by Butler University. The meet will be held at the Duke Warehouse in Plainfield, Ind. Competition begins at 3:15 p.m. on Friday with the mens pentathlon. At 7 p.m., the womens weight throw, the womens long jump and the mens 60 meters trial start. The meet will run on a rolling schedule.
Directions To The Meet From Indianapolis: Take I-70 West to SR 267 North. This is on the west side of Indianapolis past the Indianapolis International Airport. Proceed on 267 north approximately 1.25 miles. You will pass a hospital on your left. Just past the hospital is Stafford Road. Turn right on Stafford Road and the building is the first large industrial building on your right. Turn into the parking lot; proceed straight ahead to the south side of the building. Entrance is on the southwest corner of the building.
In the Polls
The Hoosier womens team is ranked tied for No. 9 in this weeks Trackwire 25 Power Rankings. The IU mens team is tied for 24th in the latest poll. Once again, Indiana is only Big Ten School with both its mens and womens squad in the top 25.
Additionally, the IU women are ranked eighth in the Team Power Rankings, while the Hoosier men are 11th.
Carruthers NCAA Bound
Senior Danielle Carruthers has already qualified for the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships. On Feb. 1 at Illinois, Carruthers ran the 60m hurdles in 8.16 seconds. The automatic qualifying mark is 8.17. Her time in the 60 hurdles is the third-fastest in the country this season. The NCAA meet is set for March 7-8, in Fayetteville, Ark. Carruthers is a seven-time All-American for IU and was last seasons Big Ten Indoor Athlete of the Year.
Boone A Record Breaker Again
Senior Rachelle Boone has added two records to her long list of accomplishments in the last two weeks. Last weekend at the Indiana Invitational, Boone set a Gladstein Fieldhouse record in the 60m with a time of 7.26. On Feb. 1 at the Illinois Health Alliance Classic, she set an Armory Track record in the 60m with a time of 7.32.
More On Boone
For her efforts, Boone selected this weeks Big Ten track and field Athlete of the Week. The senior has run the third-fastest (7.26) 60m time in the nation this season. In addition, she has the fifth-best time in the 200m at 23.65. Boone has automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 60m and has a provisional mark in the 200m.
Wilson's A Winner
Sophomore jumper Aarik Wilson is a proven winner. After finishing as the runner-up at the NCAA Outdoor Championships as a freshman, hes at it again in 2003. The Fall, Nev., product is unbeaten through the first four weeks of the season, winning both the long and triple jumps in each of Indianas meets this season. All four of his triple jump outings, including his best mark (16.14m/53-10.25) of the season on Feb. 1 at Illinois have exceeded the NCAA Provisional qualifying mark of 15.60m. The NCAA Automatic mark is 16.20m.
Wilson has the seventh-best mark nationally in the triple jump in 2003.
Chesnut Breaks Hoosier Triple Jump Record
Junior transfer Lauren Chesnut wasted no time putting her name in the Hoosier record books. Chesnut, who came to Indiana from George Mason, broke the school indoor record in the triple jump in her very first meet at IU. In her first competition on Jan. 25, she posted a mark of 12.58m/41-03.25, bettering the indoor record by more than a foot. Chesnut re-set her record in the second week of the season at Purdue with a leap of 12.60m/41-04.25. The old record of 12.48m/40-11.5 had been held by Maria Fleischmann and was set in 2000.
Dalla Rosa Improving All the Time
Freshman thrower Andrea Dalla Rosa is making serious strides in her first collegiate season. Dalla Rosa has improved her shot put mark more than four feet over the two weeks. At the Indiana Invitational, she threw a personal-best 15.50 meters (50-10.25), which also exceeded the NCAA Provisional mark of 15.20m.
Jefferson Hits Provisional Mile
Sophomore John Jefferson ran a provisional mile time in the invitational event at the Indiana Invitational. He won the event in 4:04.71. His time is the 16th-best in the country this season. Jefferson, who earned All-America honors in the event last season, has a personal-best time of 4:02.37.
Rodney Hollis Sets 600m Record Junior Rodney Hollis set a new Hoosier indoor record in the 600m at the Indiana Invite last Saturday. Hollis ran a time of 1:18.70, breaking the old record of 1:19.25 held by Ryan Huber.
Minton Has Career Day
Junior thrower Mike Minton had a career day on last Friday at the Indiana Invitational. He threw a career-best 18.05 m (59-02.75) in the shot put. The distance met the NCAA Provisional mark and ranks 21st nationally this season.
Long Jumpers Make Debut
Senior long jumpers Rose Richmond and Tandra Foster competed for the first time this season at the Indiana Invitationial. The pair had been sidelined with hamstring injuries. Richmond placed first with a leap of 6.02m while Foster finished second with a mark of 5.88.
The Hoosier Coaches
Womens: Randy Heisler is entering his fifth season as the head coach of the womens track and field program and his 14 overall at Indiana. Since 1999, the Hoosiers have finished in the top four in three of the last four Big Ten Indoor Championships and captured the conference title at both the 2000 and 2001 outdoor meet. In addition, the Hoosiers finished second, by just 1.5 points at last seasons meet.
Mens: Marshall Goss is beginning his 20th year with Hoosier track and field program and his fifth season as the head coach of the mens program. Goss has coached 22 All-Big Ten selections, 11 Big Ten Champions and eight All-Americans in his tenure as head coach. He has coaching assignments in all events with emphasis in the pole vault and hurdles for both the mens and womens teams.
Returning Indoor All-Americans Womens: Seniors Rachelle Boone and Danielle Carruthers both attained All-America status during the 2002 Indoor Season. Boone finished second in the 200m and fifth in the 60m at the
NCAA Championships. Carruthers was the runner-up in the
60m hurdles and the sixth-place finisher in the 60m at the NCAAs. During her three-year career Boone has captured a combined six Big Ten titles and eight All-America honors. Carruthers also has six conference titles and is a five-time All-American.
Mens: On the mens side, three Indoor All-Americans return for the Hoosiers, including a pair of freshmen last season. By way of a fourth-place finish in the triple jump at the NCAA Championships, Aarik Wilson earned All-America status. John Jefferson finished 10th in The Mile at the Indoor Championships for All-America honors. Senior Hassan Reddick was also an Indoor All-American in the triple jump after coming in ninth at the NCAA meet.
Indiana women To Host Big Tens
IU will host the 2003 Big Ten Womens Indoor Championships. The meet is set for Saturday and Sunday March 1 and 2 at the Harry C. Gladstein Fieldhouse on the Indiana campus.
Mens Big Ten Meet at Illinois
The Indiana mens team will travel to the University of Illinois for the 2003 Big Ten Indoor Championships on March 1 and 2. The meet will be held at the U of I Armory Track in Champaign, Ill.
Next Up The Hoosiers return home to host the Hoosier Hills meet on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Gladstein Fieldhouse.