BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana mens and womens indoor track and field teams each turned in some impressive performances at the Hoosier Hills Open Staurday afternoon at Gladstein Fieldhouse. For each Hoosier team, the meet marked the final tuneup before next weeks Big Ten Championship. IU will host the womens meet March 1 and 2 at Gladstein Fieldhouse. Illinois wll host the mens meet March 1 and 2 at the U of I Armory Track in Champaign.
Three IU athletes turned in NCAA provisional qualifying performances, while another bettered her own NCAA qualifying time. Senior All-American Danielle Carruthers qualified for the NCAA Championship with an 8.16 clocking at Illinois on Feb. 1, and she ran an 8.14 at the Hoosier Hills Open.
Carruthers teammate, sophomore Ara Towns, posted IUs third-best 60m dash time of the season when she ran an NCAA provisional time of 7.43 to finish second. Towns time is also a personal best.
All-American long jumper Rose Richmond is also approaching postseason form, leaping a team-best and NCAA provisional qualifying distance of 6.20m.
For the men, senior All-American triple jumper Hasaan Reddick took one step closer to a return trip to the NCAA Championship when he recorded a provisional qualifying jump of 15.70m. The mark is also a season-best for Reddick.
For the women, sophomore Mindy Peterson ran a team-best 2:12.29 in the 800m to finish second, while freshman Kelly Siefker (2:15.18) and senior Stephanie Magley (2:15.75) also recorded personal-bests in the event. Sophomore Julie Shields (first place, 5:01.20) and Allyson Hammond (5:04.10) turned in the Hoosiers second and third-best times of the season in the mile. Jessica Gall (9:58.4), Becky Obrecht (10:10.42) and Audrey Giesler(10:10.53) took the top three spots in the 3000m, while Andrea Dalla Rosa (14.78m, shot put), Kelly McKinney (17.45m, weight throw) and Emily Tharpe (3.50m, pole vault) each had the Hoosiers second-best efforts of the season in their respective events.
Lauren Chesnut won the triple jump with IUs second-best performance of the season at 12.47m. Freshman Jean Schaffer took second in the high jump with a team-best 1.72m.
The Indiana mens team also had some solid performances. Defending outdoor national runner-up triple jumper Aarik Wilson did not participate in his specialty, but he did take second in the 60m dash (7.03). Mike Minton (17.30m) and Ryan Ketchum (16.90m) finished first and second, respectively, in the shot put with the Hoosiers second and third-best efforts of the season. Casey Friskes pole vault of 4.65m took fifth overall and was the teams best this season. Noah Shelton placed third in the high jump (2.05m), while Matt Harris (first place, 8.05) and Kyle Turner (third place, 8.30) competed in the 60m hurdles.