Big Weekend Ahead for Hoosiers
Feb. 13, 2008
SETTING THE SCENE
The Hoosiers will split up for the first time this season, as twenty Hoosiers will travel to Fayetteville, Ark. to compete in the Tyson Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The meet will feature 88 teams, including 15 teams that are ranked in the USTFCCCA top twenty-five for both the men and women, for a total of 30 ranked teams. The remaining Hoosiers will stay home, competing in Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse in Bloomington, in the Hoosier Hills Invitational on Friday.
LAST TIME OUT
The Hoosiers' last competition was in the Meyo Invite on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9, at the Loftus Center on Notre Dame's campus.
The Indiana women's team had a great night of competition on Friday. The ladies achieved seven career bests and had one provisionally qualifying mark and an IU school record.
The Indiana women's team had an outstanding day on Saturday as well, as three athletes provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships. The team also recorded six personal bests and had two top-five finishes. The Hoosiers also had one IU record on the day.
CHIN IS IN... THE RECORD BOOKS
Freshman Stephanie Chin finished second in the pole vault after tie breakers, recording a career best mark of 4.12m (13-6.25). The mark was not only a career best, but it was also well over the NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 3.95m.
Chin's mark set a new Indiana University record. She bettered the previous IU record, held by her teammate Vera Neuenswander, by one centimeter. Her vault was an improvement of 20 centimeters over her previous best of 3.92m.
The winner of the event, Andrea Smith of Minnesota, cleared the same height and won via tiebreaker rules. Chin's mark ties her for the seventh best height recorded nationally thus far in the indoor season.
VERY GOOD VAULT FOR VERA
Sophomore Vera Neuenswander posted the provisional height of 3.95m. The mark qualifies Neuenswander for the NCAA Championships, where she competed as a freshman in 2007. Neuenswander finished fourth in the event.
D.M.R. GIRLS GET IT DONE
The distance medley relay team of juniors Molly Beckwith, Audrey Smoot, Wendi Robinson, and Caity Lauer, finished 8.52 seconds faster than the provisional qualifying time for the NCAA Championships and cut nearly four full seconds off of the previous Indiana University record in the event.
Their time of 11:21.18 was good for fourth place as five teams were under the provisional mark. Indiana's mark is the tenth best time recorded thus far in Division I in the indoor season. The previous IU record was set last season by a relay team that included Lauer and Beckwith, and the mark was set on March 3, 2007, at the Alex Wilson Invitational.
The teammates in the DMR all recorded career bests on Saturday as well. Lauer nearly recorded her second provisional qualification of the meet, which would have been IU's fifth in the meet and fourth on the day. Lauer recorded a time of 2.09.87 in the 800m run, which is less than a second away from the provisional mark of 2:09.00. The mark was a career best for Lauer, as the South Bend native shed nearly a full second off of her previous best time in front of her family and friends.
Beckwith also recorded a career best in the 800m run, finishing just three places behind Lauer. Her time of 2:10.85 was nearly two full seconds faster than her previous best of 2:12.83.
Smoot finished the 400m dash in 56.03 seconds. The time was an improvement of 1.17 seconds over her previous career best of 57.20, which she recorded three weeks ago at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge. Smoot's teammate, freshman Lindsey Hartman, recorded a career best in the 400m dash as well. Her time of 57.60 cut .05 seconds off of her previous best.
No stranger to provisional qualifications, Robinson recorded her fourth such qualification of the season and her second of the meet in the mile.
FOUR QUALIFICATIONS NOW FOR WENDI
Robinson's time of 4:46.36 in the mile was good for sixth place, and she finished just one tenth of a second behind the fifth place finisher. The time was 1.64 seconds faster than the provisional mark of 4:48.00 and was an improvement on the career best that she set in the event at the Indiana Open of 4:53.81. Robinson shed 7.45 seconds off of her career mark.
Wendi's time is the fourth fastest in the event in IU history, bettering a mark of 4:47.77 by Kathy Gobbett that was recorded at the 1990 Big Ten Championships.
At the Big Ten/SEC Challenge, Robinson lapped the field on her way to provisionally qualifying in the 3,000m run, recording a time of 9:28.01. Robinson's career best at that distance before the meet was 10:03.79 which she recorded in the outdoor season at the Indiana Relays on April 8, 2006. The 35.78 second improvement produced a time that was just over a second longer than the fifth fastest time all-time at Indiana in the event. The time was also 23.82 seconds faster than the race's second place finisher.
The next week at the Gladstein Invitational, Robinson lapped the competition in the 5,000m run three times en route to a career best time of 16:16.23. Her time was 1:18.76 faster than the second place finisher and 32.48 seconds better than her previous career best. The mark was good enough for third all-time at Indiana.
Her time in the 5k is much faster than the provisional mark of 16:42.00 and only 8.23 seconds slower than the automatic qualifying mark of 16:08.00. Robinson was the first runner in the nation to post a qualifying mark in the event, and her mark still stands as the second best time recorded thus far in the country.
LINDSEY'S BEST 500
Freshman Lindsey Hartman finished ninth in the 500m dash with her career best time of 1:15.67. Her time was just .29 seconds behind the eight place finisher.
FIVE MORE P.R.'S FOR THE HOOSIERS
Two Hoosiers had career bests in the long jump. Sophomore Arielle McAlpin's jump of 5.51m was 11 centimeters further than her previous best. Sophomore Jackie Coleman finished with a mark of 5.48m, adding six centimeters to her previous best.
In the high jump, freshman Laura Morris recorded a career best. Her time of 1.63m added a centimeter to her previous best.
For results and recaps of the action taking place at both meets, stay tuned to www.IUHOOSIERS.com, as results and a full recap will be posted at the end of each day.
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