HOOSIERS PLACE THIRD AT BIG TEN WOMEN'S INDOOR TRACK
& FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
February 21, 1999
HOOSIERS PLACE THIRD AT BIG TEN WOMEN'S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Columbus, Ohio -- After finishing a dismal eighth place with only 35 points at the 1998 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships, the Indiana women's team under first year head coach, placed third in this year's Big Ten Indoor Championships with 93.5 points, a half-point ahead of Wisconsin. The 93.5 points is the most that Indiana has tallied since it won the 1991 Big Ten Indoor title with 91 points. Comments Heisler, "I don't consider this a moral victory, but to go from eighth to third is a stepping stone for the future. You can tell our kids our hungry and they believe. Our team is primarily made up of freshman and sophomores. My goal is for every girl who comes to Indiana to get a Big Ten (championship) ring either indoor or outdoor before she graduates."
Final team scores: 1. Michigan 116, 2. Purdue 109, 3. Indiana 93.5, 4. Wisconsin 93, 5. Ohio State 78, 6. Illinois 70, 7. Minnesota 66.33, 8. Penn State 59.17, 9. Iowa 14, 10. Michigan State 0.
"Based on entries prior to the meet we can score 81 points based on everyone showing up and placing where they were entered," says Heisler. "With that being the minimum standard, if we can have people place at least a spot higher we would move up the team ranks and that's what happened today. Everybody showed up and scored. Our staff did a great job and our athletes turned in a great performance."
Several Hoosiers turned in impressive performances today. LaToya Turner earned All-Big Ten honors by placing third in the 60m hurdles (8.66) and in the 200m (24.80). Also earning All-Big Ten was sophomore Maria Fleischmann in the triple jump. Fleischmann placed third with an IU indoor record of 40-8.75, surpassing Tina Debro's mark of 40-4.75. Sophomore Lorraine Dunlop was All-Big Ten with a third place finish in the 60m with a season best time of 7.50 and she also placed fifth in the 200m (24.85).
Turning in season best times and marks today were Tarviant Campbell, fourth in 400m (56.41), freshman Jenna Locke fifth in 600m with a time of 1:33.97 (third fastest in IU indoor history). Cori McLeod jumped a personal best in the high jump with a fourth place mark of 1.70m (5-7). Her previous high was 1.67m.
Indiana got 12 points from its throwers in the weight throw as sophomore Jennifer Brown was third (57-00), freshman Heather Colyer fifth (55-03), and freshman Krista Keir sixth (55-1). Colyer's and Keir's marks were season highs.
The Hoosiers resume indoor competition on February 26 when they host the Indiana USATF Championships at Gladstein Fieldhouse (5:30 p.m.). This is the final meet to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 5-6 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.
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