BLOOMINGTON, Ind. The Indiana mens and womens track team had 16 athletes and a relay team finish in the top-three in their respective events, including two first-place finishes by Ryan Ketchum in the mens shot put and Stacey Clausing in the womens 400 meter dash at the final home meet of the indoor season, the Hoosier Hills Invitational. The meet serves as tune-up for both teams, who will compete in the Big Ten Conference Championships next weekend.
We ran a lot of athletes tonight with the intention of tuning up for Big Tens, head coach Randy Heisler said. Coming in, we hadnt decided on everyone that we will be taking to Big Tens, so this meet was a situation that will help determine who will go.
For the mens team, Ketchum and Mike Minton posted a one-two finish in the shot put. Ketchum threw 17.58m/57-8.50, while Minton had a heave of 16.69/54-9.25 for a new season best in shot put.
Also setting new season bests were Nick Kruse who finished the mile in 4:20.95, Kris McAloon, who had a time of 1.55.81 in the 800 meter run to finish fourth and Ryan Sarbinoff, who finished third in the 400 meter dash with a time of 49.44.
Courtney Roby made his track and field debut tonight, and performed extremely well in the 60 meter dash. Roby, also a wide receiver on the IU football team, ran the third-fastest time in the preliminary, crossing the finish line in 6.93. The time tied Andre Grimes for the best by a Hoosier sprinter in the event this season. Roby placed third in the finals race with a time of 6.98.
Courtney Roby ran very well tonight, Heisler said. After just two weeks of training, I was pleased with his performance. He will compete at the Big Ten Championships.
On the women side, the Hoosiers finished one-two-three-four in the 400 meter dash respectively. Stacey Clausing led the way with a time of 55.85, and Charlene Maddox was second with a season best 55.85. LaDonna Ray also had a season best 57.67 to finish third, while Jessica Cassell finished fourth at 58.30.
Indiana also posted two second and third-place finishes in the mile and pole vault. In the mile, Audrey Giesler finished in second with a time of 4:58.18 and Kristin Whitezell ran a 5:03.55, her best time of the season to finish third. In the pole vault, Abby Paul cleared the 3.45m/11-3.50 marker to finish second and IU teammate Ashley Stinton was in third by clearing 3.30m.
In the 4x400 relay, the Indiana A team finished second after a time of 3:56.90.
Other Hoosiers with season bests in their respective events included Christina Archibald, Jennifer Cobbina, Kelly Siefker and Andrea Dalla Rosa. Archibald jumped 1.67m/5-5.75 in the high jump. In the long jump, Cobbina leaped 5.79m/19-0, a season best. In the 800 meter run, Siefker finished third with a time of 2:14.99. Dalla Rosa improved on her season best in the shot put with a throw of 14.92m/48-11.540 to finish fifth.
I was happy to see Andrea Dalla Rosa set a season best, Heisler added. That was her farthest throw since last seasons Big Ten Championships.
Indiana returns to action when it travels to the Big Ten Championships, Feb. 27-28. The mens competition will be held in Ann Arbor, Mich., at the University of Michigan and the womens will be held in Iowa City, Iowa, at the University of Iowa.
I think our teams are ready to go to Big Tens, Heisler said. We wont be taking great numbers, but were going to take kids who are ready to compete and score points.