Shields Wins Mile at Hoosier Hills
February 18, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-- With the Big Ten Championships just a week away, the Indiana women's track and field teams squeezed in one more home meet in order to prepare themselves for next weekend's championships. The final home meet of the indoor season, the Hoosier Hills, was a success as the handful of athletes that did compete turned in some solid performances.
The women's distance runners provided most of the highlights as Julie Shields captured first-place in the mile with a time of 5:05.32. The Hoosiers also took up the third, fourth and fifth-place spots as Nikki Peterson (5:11.72), Kristin Whitezell (5:11.93) and Allison Miller (5:11.93) crossed the finish line on each other's heels. Maura Ratcliff also competed in the mile, finishing with a time of 5:20.16, putting her in 12th place.
Larra Overton took home second-place in the 600m, clocking in a personal best time of 1:33.06, shaving nearly five seconds off her previous career best. Overton, who has made great strides this season also moved up to fourth on the IU all-time best list in this event.
Among the IU sprinters, Lauren Keefe clocked in a personal best time of 1:00.41 in the 400m, good for a second-place finish. In addition, Beth Gibbs advanced to the finals of the 60m hurdles and ended up finishing eighth in the event with a career-best time of 9.57. The women's 4x400m relay team consisting of Michele Huber, Charlene Maddox, Keefe and Peterson turned in a time of 3:53.22, which put them third overall.
In the field events. Jackie Davis earned a 12th-place finish in the pole vault with a clearance of 3.05m (10-0), Sarah Gilleran (1.58m/5-2.25) and Laura Olehman (1.53m/5.00.75) placed fourth and fifth, respectively in the high jump.
University of Florida senior All-American Candice Scott shattered her own collegiate record in the weight throw with a toss of 23.78.m/78-00.25. It marked the third time this season Scott reset her record in the weight throw. In addition former Gator Erin Gilreath reset her world record in the weight throw with a mark of 24.23m/79-06.
Indiana returns to action next weekend, Feb. 26-27 when they compete in the Big Ten Indoor Championships, which will be held in Ann Arbor, Mich., on the campus of the University of Michigan.
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