Indiana Set for Big Ten Track and Field Championships
Feb. 22, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's and women's track and field teams part ways for the 2006 Big Ten Championship on Feb. 25-26. The men will travel to the University of Iowa, while the Hoosier women will converge on Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center at the University of Wisconsin.
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All six IU men pole vaulters cleared the bar led by Jeff Coover who finished first overall in the event with a mark of 5.00m (16-04.75).
In the men's throws, Ryan Ketchum tossed a mark of 17.15m (56-03.25) in the shot put, and an18.48m (60-07.75) in the weight throw, good for second place in both events. On the women's side, Andrea Dalla Rosa captured a third-place finish in the weight throw with a heave of 16.60m (54-05.50).
Marcus Thigpen cruised to a personal-best time of 6.77 in the 60m prelims, which qualified him for the finals later on in the evening. Once in the finals, Thigpen ran the same exact time, which put him third overall.
The Indiana "A" relay teams on both the men's and women's sides came in first in the 4x400m relay and recorded season-best times. The women finished in 3:42.71, while the men finished with a time of 3:14.32.
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HOOSIERS AMONG NATION'S ELITE
In the most recent NCAA Performance Lists, a total of seven Hoosiers can be found among the nation's best. In the men's 400m, David Neville's 46.67 time on Jan. 7 placed him at No. 9. Eric Redman, who ran the mile in 4:03.78 on Feb. 10, was the 29th best time this season. Stephen Haas, who is the only Hoosier to earn a NCAA automatic qualifying mark this season, has the 3rd best time in the 5,000m (13:44.09 on Feb. 10). In the long jump, Kiwan Lawson, who also is the Big Ten leader in the event, ranked fourth with his 7.75m leap on Feb. 10. Rounding out the men's top performers is Ryan Ketchum whose throw of 17.88m on Jan. 21 in the shot put ranks him 31st.
On the women's side, Stacey Clausing ranks 22nd in the 400m with a time of 54.31 on Jan. 21. Clausing is joined by Courtney Johnson. Johnson in the 60m hurdles crossed the line on Feb. 3 in 8.48 which is the 42nd fastest time in the country this season.
SCOUTING THE BIG TEN - MEN
Iowa boasts two top-five conference rankings and two provisional NCAA qualifying marks as sophomore Shane Maier is No. 2 in the shot put while junior Adam Hamilton ranks third in the weight throw.
The Wolverines have won a conference-record 26 indoor team championships and will attempt to defend their distance medley crown from last year as they currently rank third in the league. U-M leads the Big Ten in four events, including sophomore Mike Wood's NCAA automatic times of 3:57.87 and 7:52.27 in the mile and 3,000m events, respectively.
Senior Brad Gebauer will look to defend his pole vault title for Michigan State as he currently leads the league with a 17-6.50 provisional mark. The Spartans have tallied five top-five rankings and two provisional qualifying standards this season.
Minnesota heads into the championships behind two-time 2006 Athlete of the Week Adam Schnaible. The junior has notched automatic and provisional standards and ranks in the top three in two conference events. Junior Aaron Buzard currently ranks in the top five in three events while senior Karl Erickson boasts a provisional mark and holds the conference lead in the shot put.
The Buckeyes have recorded four top-three league rankings this season as senior Brian Olinger has finished in provisional and automatic fashion in both the 3,000 and 5,000m events, respectively. Athlete of the Week Lenny Jatsek ranks No. 2 in the weight throw.
The Nittany Lions will be led by their underclassman this year as freshmen Ryan Fritz and Chris Morrisey rank No. 1 in two individual league events. Fritz provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the high jump, meeting a 7-1.25 height. Morrisey leads the Big Ten with 5194.00 heptathlon points.
Purdue currently ranks in the top five in four events. Jan. 17 Athlete of the Week, Ricky Pinkney, sits at No. 2 in the 60-meter hurdles with a provisional time of 7.85. Junior John Porter is ranked third in the pole vault with a 17-1.50 mark.
Wisconsin will look to repeat last year's conference title and attempt to win its fourth-consecutive championship. The Badgers lead the Big Ten in three individual events and boast 15 NCAA qualifying standards.
SCOUTING THE BIG TEN - WOMEN
Junior Cassie Hunt enters this weekend with two provisional and an automatic standard met while the 4x400m relay will attempt to win its second-consecutive title.
Iowa has met five NCAA provisional standards this season and is led by All-Conference honorees Peaches Roach and Kinkeke Alexander and junior Tiffany Johnson. Roach ranks No. 1 in the high jump league standings while Johnson leads the way with her 8.33 60m hurdle time.
Michigan, who is tied for the most Big Ten Championships in conference history with seven will look to defend last year's league title. The Wolverines lead the conference in six categories while senior Katie Erdman has recorded three top-two finishes, including two provisional marks and has automatically qualified for the NCAA championships in the 800m run.
The Spartans will be led by sophomores Nicole Bush and Etienne Chaplin who boast top-five league marks and have met provisional standards as MSU enters the championships looking to move up from its sixth-place finish last year.
Minnesota heads into the championships behind the 2005 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Liz Roehrig who ranks in the top five in three categories and has NCAA provisionally qualified in two events. Freshman Heather Dorniden, the Feb. 7 Athlete of the Week, currently sits at No. 2 with an automatic qualifying mark of 2:04.30 in the 800m.
Junior Jenna Harris, a first-team All-Big Ten honoree, will lead the Buckeyes and attempt to defend her 60m dash title as she is ranked second with a provisional time of 7.42. Sophomore Janine Zylinski and freshman Ayrizanna Favours have also recorded provisional marks while Zylinski leads the conference with a 53-7.5 shot put toss.
Fourteen Nittany Lions rank in the top five of nine league categories and will be led by two-time Athlete of the Week Jeannifer Leatherman and junior Shana Cox at this year's championships. Leatherman boasts an automatic qualifying mark in the weight throw with a toss of 72-0.0 while Cox leads the conference in the 200- and 400-meter events.
Purdue ranks in the top three in four Big Ten categories while senior Jocelyn Lindsey and freshman Brianna Neuman are tied for second in the pole vault standings as both Boilermakers have cleared a distance of 12-8.25
The Badgers enter the 2006 championships behind second-team All-Big Ten selection Erin Schoeller, who is ranked fifth in the 600m and junior Blair Luethmers who leads the conference with a 13-0.25 pole vault mark. UW is tied with Michigan with seven indoor team titles.
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